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New Wisconsin subdivision to require solar on ever...

As some homeowners associations debate whether solar panels should be allowed, at a new Milwaukee-area subdivision, they will be mandatory. Ground was broken in late May on Red Fox Crossing, a 34-home development where deed restrictions require solar installations, with the cost paid back through the mortgage. The developers and other local experts said they don’t know of any similar development in the Midwest. But the...

Pile On The Payoff = When Battery Energy Storage S...

Utility executives may be calling battery energy storage (BES) systems the holy grail of renewables integration and other industry challenges, but here’s an ironic reality: Most organizations keep that holy grail half full or even close to empty. That’s because most organizations target few value streams from battery systems, damaging the profitability of the investment. Learn how storage investments can provide value along...

The Solar Industry Is Creating Jobs Nearly 17 Time...

In 2016, jobs in the United States solar industry increased nearly 17 times faster than the rate of the overall economy. This was part of a global trend of jobs growing in renewable energy. The data shows it: We don’t have to choose between good jobs and the future of our planet. A new report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) reveals that solar jobs in the US (and around the world) are expanding...

Iowa solar installers rush to get ahead of possibl...

While it remains unclear how an Iowa utility will change the way solar customers are compensated, installers in the state aren’t taking chances. Alliant Energy is expected to introduce a new tariff for customer generation today as part of an ongoing process initiated by state regulators. Some people in the state’s solar industry, as well as some clean-energy advocates , suspect that Alliant’s proposed new tariff will...

Indiana’s governor just signed a law that will cri...

Solar panels on a barn in Indiana. CREDIT: Rectify Solar Indiana’s governor just signed a law that will cripple the state’s solar industry Gov. Eric Holcomb just slashed incentives for rooftop solar. ThinkProgress | By Jeremy Deaton and Laura A. Shepard In Indiana, solar employs nearly three times as many people as natural gas, according to the Department of Energy. You might think, given the numbers, that legislators would...

Here’s How Much Tesla’s New Solar Roof...

    Photo: Tesla Solar Here’s How Much Tesla’s New Solar Roof Could Cost  By Daniel DiClerico  November 02, 2016 Consumer Reports | Can you really install a solar roof on your home that would cost about as much—or even less—than a regular roof? That’s the claim Tesla CEO Elon Musk made Friday when he announced plans to create Solar Roof tiles that will “look better than a normal roof, generate electricity,...

Faster Than You Expected: Tesla Solar Roof Tiles G...

 Faster Than You Expected: Tesla Solar Roof Tiles Go on Sale  Energy and Resources Digest | By , Energy and Infrastructure Strategist, Many investors and consumers make a common mistake: They see renewable energy as a trend that’s “coming”… something they’ll see in a vague, distant future… They think it’s still not time to take renewable energy seriously – neither as a way to power their own lives nor as a sound investment...

3 Burning Questions (and Answers) About Tesla̵...

CR readers want to know more about the costs and benefits By Paul Hope May 22, 2017 When Tesla unveiled pricing for its Solar Roof last week, Consumer Reports ran a cost-benefit analysis on three real-world houses. Two of them more than recouped the high up-front costs of the Solar Roof over 30 years, and one came out a net loss. After publishing our analysis, we received some smart questions from CR readers about the...

Americans are now twice as likely to work in solar...

CREDIT: Green MPs Americans are now twice as likely to work in solar as in coal Last year, solar accounted for one of every 50 new jobs in the United States. ThinkProgress | By Jeremy Deaton In his first hour as president, Donald Trump promised to resurrect middle-class manufacturing jobs in the United States. It will be all but impossible for him to reverse the tides of globalization and automation, but the future may...

WATCH: Almost everything you know about clean ener...

Bloomberg New Energy Finance chair Michael Liebreich giving his keynote talk at the April BNEF Summit in New York City. Credit: J. Romm WATCH: Almost everything you know about clean energy is outdated “This is a different world from three years ago” — renewables are no longer “alternative energy.” ThinkProgress | Renewables and efficiency have already won the battle for the future of electricity. At least, that was the...

Solar site puts BG on the map for green energy

BG Independent News Bowling Green is now second only to Oberlin in Ohio for the percentage of renewable power in its energy portfolio. As if on cue, the rain stopped and the sun came out for the dedication of the new Bowling Green solar field on Thursday afternoon. The 165-acre solar field, which started producing power earlier this year, is the largest solar site in Ohio. And with a portion of the solar field’s product...

Kentucky Coal Museum shifts to solar power

Inside the Kentucky Coal Museum, visitors can peruse plenty of memorabilia on mining and the commonwealth’s coal camps. But on the roof, they’ll find a display dedicated to an unexpected industry: Solar power. In a cost-saving move, this museum in eastern Kentucky is embracing the sun as a source of affordable energy and installing approximately 80 solar panels on its roof. Tre’ Sexton said he was surprised...

Kentucky coal company announces plans to build the...

The company says the farm will give jobs to displaced coal miners.  A Kentucky coal company announced Tuesday that it is planning to build a solar farm on a reclaimed mountaintop removal coal mine and that the project would bring both jobs and energy to the area. Berkeley Energy Group, the coal company behind the project, billed it as the first large-scale solar farm in the Appalachian region, which has been hit hard by the...

How Much Does a Rooftop Solar System With Batterie...

Backup power or self-consumption? The cost of a solar-plus-storage system depends on how it’s used, say analysts from RMI and NREL. Back in April 2015, Rocky Mountain Institute and partners including Global X and HOMER Energy published a study, The Economics of Load Defection, that examined how grid-connected solar-plus-battery systems will compete with traditional electric service. The findings showed that declining costs...

Australian Electric Grid Operator Predicts Half It...

Could a combination of PV and storage cut Australian blackouts? The boss of Australia’s fifth-largest electricity distributor has hinted that residential solar-plus-storage could help prevent blackouts like the one that rocked South Australia last September. SA Power Networks CEO Rob Stobbe predicted that 50 percent of his company’s customers would have home battery storage by 2035, and 30 percent would have electric...