Black History Month Energy Leaders Blog Series: Bishop Carroll Johnson Stands Up for Solar in the Sunshine State

n honor of Black History Month, SACE is publishing a blog series highlighting the efforts of African American leaders that have played key roles in clean energy in the Southeast.The third post in the series interviews Bishop Carroll Johnson of Orlando Florida.

Thankful for More Solar in Alabama

While the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has been retiring old coal plants or investing in expensive pollution controls to keep other coal plants operational, it has primarily focused on replacing any lost generation capacity with its preferred version of “clean energy” – nuclear and natural gas. However, TVA is moving further into the renewable energy [...]

Local utility quietly clouds solar future

But this past August, our local electric utility company passed perhaps the worst solar power policy in the south. Lafayette Utilities System (LUS) introduced an extremely complicated electric, water and sewer rate increase the same week historic, 1,000-year flooding occurred in Louisiana. The new rate structure for net metered customers, including solar power families like mine, is likely to double monthly electric bills, and double the length of time it takes for a solar panel system to pay for itself. The new policy effectively acts as a giant tax on solar power. Solar tax credits are being phased out, and when coupled with LUS’s new solar tax, it is unlikely that solar power systems would ever pay for themselves.

Celebrating One Million Solar Installations

Today we are joining thousands of people and organizations across the country to celebrate #MillionSolarStrong – a social media celebration of one million completed solar installations in the USA.

Solar Jobs are Shining Bright

Over 35,000 new solar jobs were added in North America in 2015, bringing the total count of US solar jobs to over 208,000. This number represents a 20 percent increase from 2014, and 123 percent increase from 2010. One out of every 83 jobs created in 2015 across the whole United States was a solar job…

Southeastern U.S. Jealous of Brazil’s Solar-Powered Sports

This post was written by SACE Communications Intern, Taylor Lyon. Watching the 2014 World Cup makes us wonder: Would solar sports arenas work here too? On June 14th, the first ever World Cup match powered by solar energy was played. The 2014 World Cup is more than an exhibition of premier soccer; it’s an exhibition [...]

Time for Rick Scott to take climate change seriously

This blog is a guest post written by Kristin Jacobs and Cindy Lerner and was originally published in Florida’s Sun Sentinel on May 23, 2014 and can be viewed here if you have a subscription to the paper. Earlier this month, the U.S. Global Change Research Program released the 2014 National Climate Assessment, an important report [...]

Squirrels Are Driving Me And The Utilities Nuts

So I’ve never really thought of squirrels as being a major nuisance (some out there do, see N.A.D.S.: North American Defense against Squirrels) but this summer, my neighborhood squirrels seemed to have it out for my home solar system.   After returning from a week’s vacation I noticed that my solar output had dropped dramatically.  You [...]

Sharp Manufacturing Jobs at Solar Facility in Memphis

Last week I had the pleasure of touring the Sharp Manufacturing Company of America’s Memphis, TN facility with a few members of SACE staff.  Having used Sharp solar panels for both our Knoxville office array, and on the array installed at my home, it was fascinating to get an inside look at the manufacturing process [...]

There Is No Such Thing as a Solar Ash Spill

Although it has been over four years since more than a billion tons of coal ash were dumped on the small town of Kingston, TN, the city is still working to clean up both its river and its image.  As part of that image cleaning effort, the city of Kingston recently approved a contract for construction [...]