This week in renewable energy: 11/29/13

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.

Community-owned solar

  • Joe Recchie's Community Renewable EnergyThe IRS released new guidelines that might make it easier for those with residential solar installations to take advantage of tax credits. The Solar Garden Institute provides further details.
  • Whether you’re a community-owned solar enthusiast or just want to learn more about the topic, Living on Earth aired a profile of Harvard, Massachusetts’ efforts.
  • Meanwhile, Grist covers Frytown, Iowa’s solar farm.

Global progress

  • Crowdsourcing is helping to bring solar technology to Africa. From Earth Techling‘s article: “SunFunder allows donors to select the cause they want to support, collects the donations, and then loans the money to the solar company doing that work. The solar company invests the money and earns a profit. That profit is returned to SunFunder and ultimately the original donors.”
  • In Japan, yet another large solar power plant is set to begin construction. (Wall Street Journal)
  • Butembo, Congo is benefiting from rooftop solar. From World Crunch‘s article:

The good thing about solar energy is the responsible attitude that goes with it,” Tchipenda insists. “We don’t waste energy anymore. Now we save it.” Because they’re aware that they can run out of energy if they’re not cautious, people are cautious with their energy use. “The children know now that they can’t leave the lights on when they leave their rooms and that they need to turn off all appliances in the living room before they go,” explains Kakiranyia Jean de Dieu, a parent who converted to solar energy two years ago. “It’s very educational,” he says.

The solar boom

  • Solar power was responsible for all 530 megawatts of new power generated in October. “it’s a clear sign that solar is no longer a niche play,” the article states. (The Atlantic)
  • In Texas, rooftop solar panels aren’t just a bonus– they’re coming standard on some new housing developments. (Think Progress)
  • In South Carolina, utilities panic over the rise of solar power— with good reason. Read all about it at The State.
  • Raleigh, North Carolina  may soon make group-purchase of residential solar panels even easier.
  • Connecticut is just one of many states offering powerful incentives for residents to install solar.
  • Colorado citizens are pushing the government to invest in more solar power technology. (PV Magazine)
  • The largest landfill in the world could soon become home to New York state’s largest solar power array. (Responding to Climate Change)
  • Businesses and nonprofits are going solar, too. In fact, Honda announced it will install 70,000 solar panels on one of its newest test courses. (Clean Technica)

Bright ideas

Japanese companies are thinking BIG when it comes to solar power’s incredible potential — Shimizu Corporation wants to install solar panels on the moon!

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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