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Shading Out Solar: State Policies In Ohio Valley D...

When Jennie and Brian Kahly decided to move to a 150-acre family farm in West Virginia’s Preston County, they thought a lot about what type of farmers they wanted to be. “We went ahead and made a list of values, and one of those values was to minimize our fossil fuel use,” Jennie said. “That doesn’t mean we don’t use fossil fuels. It means we make a conscious effort to minimize them.” Installing solar panels was high on...

Solar’s future brightens in southern Ohio

CHILLICOTHE – If it seems like the sun is shining more brightly on the future of solar farm development in southern Ohio than elsewhere in the state, that’s because it is, both literally and figuratively. “There was a knowledge from our past work that it wasn’t just the best place to build solar for social and economic reasons, it was also the best place to build solar because of the solar...

Even most Americans in coal-reliant states prefer ...

A large majority of Americans in coal-heavy states favor increasing renewable energy use. Most would also be willing to buy solar panels for their own use, and a plurality would be willing to pay an additional $5 a month to get energy from fully renewable sources, according to a survey from Consumer Reports. The consumer advocacy group spoke with 1,200 Americans, including 400 residents of coal-reliant states: Illinois,...

U.S. solar production increases 25.4% in first hal...

Non-hydro renewable energy sources (biofuels, biomass, geothermal, solar, wind) set new U.S. records for both production and consumption in the first half of 2018, according to a SUN DAY Campaign analysis of data just released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). EIA’s latest “Monthly Energy Review” (with summary statistics for the first six months of  2018) reveals that output by non-hydro renewables...

Solar power on the rise in Ohio but installation c...

They’re on the governor’s home. Bob Evans’ corporate headquarters has them. So does the Ikea store near Polaris. In Franklin County alone, there are more than 200 registered sites equipped with solar panels, according to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. Statewide, there are more than 2,600. There is no requirement to register. Kevin Eigel believes there is likely twice that number in Franklin County. He started his...

More solar panels mean more waste and there’s no e...

Solar panels might be the energy source of the future, but they also create a problem without an easy solution: what do we do with millions of panels when they stop working? In November 2016, the Environment Ministry of Japan warned that the country will produce 800,000 tons of solar waste by 2040, and it can’t yet handle those volumes. That same year, the International Renewable Energy Agency estimated that there were...

Climate reality requires starting at home: Weaning...

Fossil fuels have to go. It didn’t take the latest report from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to tell us that: we’ve known it for three decades. But the report makes it clearer than ever: Burning billions of tons of coal, oil, and natural gas is creating a thickening blanket over the Earth, holding in its heat and disrupting all kinds of systems, from oceans temperatures and chemistry to storm patterns,...

Homeowners switch to solar to save money. Some cit...

Jeffrey Hebrank wants to install solar panels on his Highland home to take advantage of federal, state and regional incentives that have created something of a solar boom in Illinois. But a city fee of $25 a month would reduce the savings on his power bill and extend the time it would take to recoup his investment. ”Highland owns its own municipal power plant, so they don’t want us to install solar panels and generate our...

Planned Cincinnati Solar Project Could Be Largest ...

Cincinnati is trying to figure out where to put lots of solar panels in what could be the largest solar project on city owned property in the U.S. This picture is of existing solar panels on Beekman St. provided The City of Cincinnati is expected to put out a request for proposals next month in what could be the largest solar array by a city on city property. The 25 mega-watt project would power 25 percent of the...

Appalachia Could Get a Giant Solar Farm, If Ohio R...

AEP’s plan would bring jobs to an impoverished region, but its structure would break the established regulatory mold in a state that has pushed back on renewables. Appalachian Ohio, a region hurt by the decline of coal, may become home to one of the largest solar projects east of the Rockies. American Electric Power submitted a plan Thursday evening to work with two developers to build 400 megawatts of solar in...

100% Renewable Energy: Cleveland Sets a Big Goal a...

Cleveland joins more than 80 U.S. cities that have committed to get all their electricity from renewable sources. But in Ohio, that might be easier said than done. Cleveland’s climate action plan includes improving energy efficiency in buildings to help lower electricity demand as it shifts to 100 percent renewable power. Credit: Chris Gent/CC-BY-SA-4.0 Cleveland, Ohio, which has worked for years to reinvent itself as...

Decentralized micro-grids could be the next big th...

A new report concludes that microgrid technologies could make a local “techno-economy” 90 percent self-sufficient, paving the way for a truly renewable society. When it comes to renewable energy, it’s not just about getting the energy — distribution and storage are also major issues. Renewable energy tends to be abundant during some parts of the day (for instance, when it’s sunny or windy), and lacking during other parts....

Solar energy tour designed to shed light on green ...

2018 Green Energy Ohio Tour 1. The Green Energy Ohio Tour Now in its 16th year, the Green Energy Ohio (GEO) will take place the weekend of September 28-30. Last year’s Tour featured 71 open houses and 6 guided tours, showcasing 10 different green energy technologies. Over 300 participants took advantage of the opportunity to see firsthand the progress that is being made in Ohio. We are looking forward to another great Tour –...

Solar Energy Largely Unscathed by Hurricane Floren...

In North Carolina, the #2 solar state, Florence was the first extreme weather test for much of its renewable energy. Nuclear and coal ash had flood problems. North Carolina gets nearly 5 percent of its electricity from solar panels. The state’s solar farms survived Hurricane Florence with little damage. Credit: Duke Energy Faced with Hurricane Florence’s powerful winds and record rainfall, North Carolina’s...

In Ohio, solar co-ops unite neighbors to help with...

Solar United Neighbors has helped more than 200 Ohio homeowners collectively install 1.4 megawatts of solar capacity. A network of local solar power cooperatives is helping Ohio residents overcome obstacles to installing solar panels on their homes. Since January 2016, Solar United Neighbors of Ohio has formed 14 co-ops that have helped more than 200 homeowners collectively install 1.4 megawatts of solar PV capacity. The...