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Local residents taking advantage of solar power

David Tavares, a plumbing inspector for the city of Chicago, lives with his young family on the 2500 block of West 114th Street, across from Kennedy Park. At the close of 2019, he was preparing to flip the switch on a solar power generating system for his one-story bungalow. The solar panels, which face south and east on his roof, are expected to generate 95 percent of the electricity the Tavares household uses. Surplus...

Wind, Solar to Dominate New Power Plants in 2020

Our electricity grid is on track to get a lot cleaner in 2020. Of the 42 gigawatts of new power plant capacity projected to go online nationwide—about the capacity in New York State today—76 percent will come from wind and solar, based on the latest batch of data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. That would be a record share, up from 64 percent of new capacity added in 2019. And it would be despite the Trump...

More and more homeowners are renovating existing h...

With the world in an unprecedented climate crisis, many of us wonder what we can do as individuals to reduce our carbon footprint. A significant step could begin at home. In Canada, housing and other buildings account for up to 17% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. Globally, “operational emissions” — emissions from the energy used to heat, cool, light and operate buildings — accounts for 28% of global carbon...

After pipeline feud, Virginia nonprofit aims to re...

A weeklong boot camp in Union Hill, Virginia, trained 10 area residents on the basics of installing rooftop solar. UNION HILL, Va. — Richard Walker never misses an opportunity to broadcast what he calls his $64,000 question. Last Friday was no different. “How can we have a community solar program here where we save everybody money?” the burly 61-year-old boomed to an audience of more than 30 renewable energy enthusiasts...

Industry warned of tariff ‘devastation.̵...

In June of 2017, solar’s leading trade group warned in a blog that a proposed anti-China tariff would spell doom. The levy would send solar prices through the roof and “devastate the future of solar in America,” it said. A year and a half later, things are looking very different. The tariffs did happen, punishing China less than they might have and contributing to the loss of thousands of solar jobs and to...

Cheap at Last, Batteries Are Making a Solar Dream ...

Todd Karin was prepared when California’s largest utility shut off power to millions of people to avoid the risk of wildfires last month. He’s got rooftop solar panels connected to a single Tesla Powerwall in his rural home near Fairfield, California. “We had backup power the whole time,” Karin says. “We ran the fridge and watched movies.” Californians worried about an insecure energy future are increasingly looking to this...

How to Get a Solar Tax Credit in 2020

Solar-panel companies are aggressively marketing their products this season. In my own neighborhood in a New York City suburb, door-to-door salespeople have been making the rounds. Reps from two different solar companies have stopped by, and that’s in addition to multiple mailings I’ve received. Their pitch: Hurry if I want a big federal tax credit for a new solar-panel system, because it’ll be gone at year-end....

Ohio’s biggest solar project has a buyer

Developer Innergex Renewable Energy has announced that it has signed a power contract with “an investment grade rated U.S. corporation” for the 200 MWac Hillcrest solar project. A solar project with a planned capacity that nearly matches what the state of Ohio has installed to date has a buyer and is moving forward. While it has not been made public exactly who the buyer is, developer Innergex Renewable Energy holds firm...

Column: Limits on wind, solar are hurting Ohio far...

Ohio is an agriculture state. Family farms often span generations. In places like Paulding County, farmland sustains soybeans, corn, hogs, cattle and wheat. In recent years, a new cash crop has taken root alongside this more traditional harvest: clean energy. The agriculture community has turned to solar and wind energy to supplement traditional farm income. Solar arrays can power an energy-intensive hog barn and other...

Positioning for a low-carbon future, utilities rel...

Positioning for a low-carbon future, utilities rely on gas, coal in near term Executives from some of the largest U.S. electric utilities and power providers said they will continue to rely on fossil fuels, including coal, well into the next decade as they position themselves for a low-carbon future. “There’s no question that at certain times of the year, the fossil generation fleet is what carries the...

South Euclid, OH council considers resolution sett...

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio — City Council heard the first reading Monday (Nov. 25) of a resolution that establishes a goal for the city’s government to use 100 percent clean energy by 2025 and a goal for the community as whole to be doing the same by 2035. The resolution’s language states that 139 U.S. cities, including Cleveland and Cincinnati, have already adopted 100 percent clean energy goals, and six U.S. cities have...

Fast Times for the US Residential Solar Market

Rooftop solar deployments now rival massive utility-scale plants By definition, residential solar is small and utility-scale is very large. But recently, the annual output of the most prolific rooftop solar installers is starting to rival utility-scale plants. Sunrun leads the pack; it is on track to install more than 400 megawatts this year through its in-house crews and installer partners. That puts it on par with, for...

A new solar heat technology could help solve one o...

Heliogen’s demonstration tower in Lancaster, California.Heliogen It’s pretty clear how we can reduce and eventually eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from some sectors of the economy. Electricity, transportation, and buildings, three of the biggest emitters, have a pathway to zero. It won’t be easy, and progress is too slow, but we have a handle on what to do. But there are still big chunks of the economy that don’t have a...

Huge Battery Investments Drop Energy-Storage Costs...

The global energy transition is happening faster than the models predicted, according to a report released today by the Rocky Mountain Institute, thanks to massive investments in the advanced-battery technology ecosystem. Previous and planned investments total $150 billion through 2023, RMI calculates—the equivalent of every person in the world chipping in $20. In the first half of 2019 alone, venture-capital firms...

Significant Renewable Energy Growth in U.S. Very S...

After revising its three-year U.S. power forecast, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has predicted major declines for fossil fuels and nuclear power alongside strong growth in renewables by 2022, according to a review of the data by the SUN DAY Campaign, a pro-renewables research and education nonprofit. “FERC’s latest three-year projections continue to underscore the dramatic changes taking place...