This week in renewable energy: 10/25/13

Every Friday, Community Renewable Energy shares important clean energy developments– and some that are just plain cool.

Here’s what we were reading this week.

Solar progress

  • Community-owned solar continues to grow in popularity across the US! Michigan recently released its state-specific guide to community solar, Colorado added 1MW of community solar power, and New Mexico’s Kit Carson Electric Cooperative was highlighted in National Geographic’s energy blog as an example of the growing shared solar movement. This week, shared solar was celebrated by the Solar Electric Power Association when they gave the Kit Carson Electric Cooperative at the Taos Charter School  its Utility of the Year award.
  • From the Center for America Progress: “Middle-class homeowners are leading the rooftop solar revolution.” From Mari Hernandez’s article:

Who is buying up all of those solar power systems? Through our analysis of solar installation data from Arizona, California, and New Jersey, we found that these installations are overwhelmingly occurring in middle-class neighborhoods that have median incomes ranging from $40,000 to $90,000. The areas that experienced the most growth from 2011 to 2012 had median incomes ranging from $40,000 to $50,000 in both Arizona and California and $30,000 to $40,000 in New Jersey.

  • The US government continues to show its support for solar power and energy independence. This week, the Department of Energy announced $60 million will be dispersed to boost solar research and development. (Electric Light & Power)

Bright ideas

  • Military families at a New Jersey base will receive 55,000 solar panels. (Courier-Post
  • Chicago welcomed the annual Solar Power International. “No one should be left out when it comes to solar, including the Midwest,” said Governor Pat Quinn. From the article:

As [Chicago mayor] Rahm Emanuel observed, it used to be that if you were pro-environment, you were anti-jobs — but that’s no longer true. Anyone seeing the flashy show and slick exhibition hall can confirm that solar is no longer just for hippies, either.

Schools and businesses go solar

  • Delaware State University and the University of Texas at San Antonio received an award from the Department of Energy to focus on solar education for minority students. (Electric Light & Power)
  • The San Francisco 49ers will add 49 solar panels to reach their net zero energy goals.
  • Solar Energy Industries Association and Vote Solar released their ranking of the top US companies that have embraced solar power. Check out the results below. (NBC Bay Area)

What do you think was the most important renewable energy story this week? Share your insights and thoughts below or by email.

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