Here Comes the Sun: SACE Takes Part in Knoxville Day of Action to #PutSolarOnIt

The sun was shining bright on Knoxville during the longest day of 2014, as the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) took part in an event to spread awareness about solar energy and to build public support for new carbon emission standards. The local grassroots efforts were part of a June 21 National Day of [...]

South Carolina Legislature Gives Two Thumbs Up To Wind Energy

Last week, the South Carolina Legislature passed a resolution in support of wind energy in the Palmetto State. Senator Greg Hembreee (R-Dillon and Horry Counties) introduced S 757, a concurrent resolution “to recognize the wind energy capabilities of South Carolina”, among other accolades for the state.

SACE Runs on Solar in Asheville

A little over two years after installing a 9.6 kW-dc solar system at SACE’s headquarters in Knoxville, TN, we’ve now got the Asheville office running on solar power from a 7.8 kW-dc (6.9 kW-ac) system, as well! Asheville’s installation was officially interconnected to the Duke Energy Progress grid on May 2, 2014. The system provides [...]

5 Ways Tennessee Can Reduce its Power Plant Emissions

This guest blog was written by Michael Obeiter, Kristin Meek and Rebecca Gasper of the World Resources Institute (WRI).  The original post can be found here. A new WRI analysis finds that Tennessee can reduce its CO2 emissions 22 percent below 2011 levels by 2020 just by taking advantage of existing infrastructure opportunities. Tennessee could reduce CO2 [...]

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 [...]