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Fact check: Is snow on solar panels a problem for ...

Snow can temporarily slow solar panel output, but the impact tends to be small and short-lived, a developer says. On the day Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced a goal of powering his state entirely by renewable electricity by 2050, a rural Republican legislator threw snow on the proposal in a Facebook post. Rep. Jeremy Munson’s photograph of snow-covered solar panels was accompanied by a pointed a rebuke of Walz’s vision: “On...

Utility-Scale Solar Projections Now Exceed Pre-Tar...

The latest data from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables shows a year-over-year dip for solar, but growth above pre-tariff levels on the horizon. Projections for utility-scale solar growth from 2020 to 2022 now exceed forecasts drafted before the Trump administration’s announcement of Section 201 tariffs, according to a new Solar Market Insight report from energy research and consulting company Wood Mackenzie Power &...

Ohio’s Seitz Stays on ALEC Board While 71 Companie...

Seitz’s claim about no communications with ALEC leadership stretches credulity further… For months now, we’ve been examining why self-proclaimed “free market” Bill Seitz, the powerful Majority Leader in Ohio’s House of Representatives, picks energy winners and losers in the state’s economy. Despite proclamations that he dedicates his “time and resources to promote limited government, free markets and federalism,” in reality,...

2019- Your Year For Solar Electric?

2019 Solar Co-op Newsletter 2019- Your Year For Solar Electric? This statement is an understanding based on experience with the Licking County Solar Cooperative and within the solar electric industry. Initially in 2010 we were seeking an understanding of the principles of solar electric use and a fair hearing and local demonstration of the viability and production of solar electric in Licking County. Thanks to those early...

Under Trump’s Tariffs, The US Lost 20,000 So...

2016 was the best year on record for solar energy in the United States. A report from the U.S. Department of Energy at the time showed that solar energy was responsible for a much larger share of employment in the electric power sector (43%) than the whole of the fossil fuel industry combined (22%). With such robust numbers, it seemed as though solar energy, and renewables more broadly, were about to revolutionize the energy...

Attacks on wind and solar power by the coal and ga...

Wind and solar power projects are under attack by coal and gas companies that fear competition from the booming renewable energy industry. Below are examples from the past year of the fossil fuel industry’s war on renewable energy projects. Who killed the Wind Catcher project? In July of 2018, AEP announced the cancellation of the Wind Catcher project, a multi-state effort to build what would have been the nation’s largest...

Forum: Small-scale renewable energy has value

It seems Cherryland Electric Cooperative (CEC) leaders have launched a campaign to diminish and discourage efforts to deploy small, local renewable energy systems. In a Jan. 22 forum piece in the Record-Eagle, and more recently in the February issue of their Country Lines publication, CEC officials have editorialized against small-scale renewable installations. In both pieces, CEC posits that local, small-scale systems are...

Join us for the 2019 Ohio Solar Congress

Saturday, March 9 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Ohio University, Baker Center 1 Park Place Athens, OH 45701 Click here to RSVP! The Ohio Solar Congress is a free public conference that brings together solar supporters from across the state to learn and discuss the current state and future for solar energy in Ohio. The day will include a series of presentations about solar technology and policy topics as well as ways to get involved...

‘It’s About Economics’: Two Coal...

Trump is losing his rallying cry to save coal. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) voted on Thursday to retire two coal-fired power plants in the next few years despite a plea from the president to keep one of the plants open. Earlier this week, the president posted an oddly specific tweet that urged the government-owned utility to save the 49-year-old Paradise 3 plant in Kentucky. It so happens that the facility burns coal...

China Is Building a Solar Power Station in Space

This would take solar power to a whole new level. Front Row Seats China’s Academy of Space Technology is working on an orbital power plant that would capture solar energy in space and beam it back to Earth. The plant would be able to harness solar power even when it’s cloudy back on Earth, since its photovoltaic array would be floating high above any terrestrial weather. With plans to launch a test facility before 2025,...

IEEFA U.S.: 5 ways utilities are driving the rapid...

Technology gains pose a major threat to baseload power providers The utility industry, broadly speaking, has a checkered history on renewable energy development, often having fought state renewable energy portfolio standards, curtailed residential net energy metering for solar and brought into question the reliability of wind and solar. But a new dynamic is at play now, especially around solar-plus-storage projects. Here,...

Since Trump tariffs, solar jobs have atrophied

Solar jobs slip for the second year in a row, says The Solar Foundation annual report. This week, an advocacy group called The Solar Foundation released its ninth annual solar jobs report. In 2018 the industry contracted, shedding 8,000 solar jobs, or a loss of about 3.2 percent from 2017. The solar industry employed 242,343 people in 2018, the report said. The solar industry is the largest renewable energy employer in the...

‘Inkjet’ solar panels poised to revolu...

What if one day all buildings could be equipped with windows and facades that satisfy the structure’s every energy need, whether rain or shine? That sustainability dream is today one step closer to becoming a reality thanks to Polish physicist and businesswoman Olga Malinkiewicz. The 36-year-old has developed a novel inkjet processing method for perovskites—a new generation of cheaper solar cells—that makes it possible...

Dispelling the Myths: Renewables in the Grid

Around the world, renewable electricity generation by solar and wind is increasing at exponential rates, with shares approaching 50% or more in some countries. New ways to manage energy generation, transmission, distribution, and storage are being established, as well as how to best manage the integration of new renewable electricity with traditional, centralized energy sources, such as coal, gas and nuclear power plants....

To stay below 1.5ºC, we must massively scale solar...

A new study by the University of Technology Sydney maps routes for massive decarbonization and 100% renewable energy to reach Paris Agreement goals. In North America, as the rest of the world, we must move quickly. January 21, 2019 Christian Roselund One generation decarbonisation without carbon capture and storage (CCS) or geoengineering, including anthropogenic and natural carbon sinks and sources. Image: Malte...