No Solar, The Buck Stops Here

I’m not going to mince words here – the political process in Tallahassee is “utterly broken” and corrupt. There is plenty of blame to go around, but the buck stops at the top, and that is with Governor Rick Scott. In a critical election year with control of the Governor’s seat in play, you can be [...]

Rural Clean Energy Receives Boost from 2014 Farm Bill

The 2014 Farm Bill was finally passed into law. Here are some interesting changes, including new funding levels for programs that support rural clean energy (including REAP, BCAP, and VAPG).

“Traditional” vs “New”: Olympics and Utilities

As both the Sochi Winter Olympic & Special Olympic games have now drawn to a close, more than a few commentators sniffed about a “disappointing” Olympic games for the USA. Speedskating coach Bob Fenn reportedly said, “It’s like the fall of the Roman Empire.” One newspaper commented, “It’s just not the year the U.S. hoped [...]

Solar Spirit

This blog complements “40 Religious Groups Practicing Creation Care with Wind Turbines,” posted February 23. Solar energy represents an opportunity to reduce one’s impact on the environment, while also potentially saving money. It makes sense then, that faith-based organizations, which are often strapped for cash and devoted to environmental stewardship, would see the benefit of [...]

Solar Boom Continues!

2013: another record year for the solar industry! The much anticipated solar market report, U.S. Solar Market Insight Report: 2013 Year-in-Review, was released today by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and GTM Research, and the stats are impressive! 4,751 megawatts (MW) of new photovoltaic (PV) capacity was added in 2013, 41% greater than what [...]

Solar Mythbusters #3: Too much solar power?

Myth: High levels of solar penetration are too disruptive for utility and grid operations. This is the third in our Solar Mythbusters series: check out the cloud and intermittency myths we already busted. Cost and complexity are often cited as barriers to integrating large amounts of solar power on a utility grid system. More specifically, [...]

Daytona Speed Week Drives Toward 100% Renewable Energy

This blog was co-authored by SACE Florida Director Susan Glickman. Susan Glickman and I spent a day at Daytona International Speedway watching Leilani Munter race in the ARCA Racing Series. For those new to the car racing scene, ARCA is considered the “Farm Team” for NASCAR.  This week is ‘Speed Week’ in Daytona – the big [...]

Solar Mythbusters #2: Intermittency is a barrier to solar development?

Myth: The intermittent nature of solar photovoltaic (PV) generation prevents it from being a dependable energy source for utilities.  This is the second in our Solar Mythbusters series see #1 on Clouds here. By definition, solar energy (PV without storage) is intermittent because it’s not available at night and generation levels can be impacted by [...]

Solar Deserves a Shout Out!

Today marks the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) 40th anniversary, and the nation’s first “Shout Out for Solar” day!  And there are many reasons to “shout out” for solar. Over the past forty years technology gains and enormous reductions in price have moved solar from an R&D pipe dream to the energy source Americans want [...]

Less Sunny Year in Gainesville

A few weeks ago the Gainesville City Commissioners voted (5-2) to suspend the Regional Utilities (GRU) feed-in tariff (FiT) solar program. Interestingly, the event received little attention outside the Gainesville area, despite being one of the most documented and discussed solar policy innovations in the U.S. just five years ago. Given the war on solar [...]