This week in renewable energy: 12/13/13

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 groups, nonprofits, and cities go solar

  • Joe Recchie's Community renewable Energy backs solar power in the MidwestAurora, Colorado welcomed a solar garden this week (Solar Daily)
  • In fact, solar gardens are sprouting up all over Colorado. (Denver Post)
  • The Vermont Veterans Home are investigating the benefits of installing solar power, and they found that they could save up to 10% on their energy bills with just 87 panels– that means the Veterans Home could save $40,000 every single year. (Bennington Banner)
  • Green Tech highlights the growing popularity of crowdsourced community solar projects.

Global progress

  • As we shared in Wednesday’s post, the US is accelerating its solar power installation and breaking records. In fact, for the first time ever, the US is on track to install more solar projects than Germany, the world leader in renewable energy. The popularity of residential installations is a big factor in this progress. (Salon)
  • In just the past three years, India called for the installation of 2,000 MW of solar power and created the lowest tariff of any nation to ensure their projects’ viability. (via the World Bank)
  • You may not think of Finland when you think “solar power,” but the city of Salo just became home to the country’s largest ever solar installation. (YLE News)

Midwestern renewables

  • Minnesota’s Lake Region Electric Cooperative celebrated its new community-owned array with 96 solar panels. (Clean Energy Resource Teams)
  • Michigan is studying how solar power functions in the snowy state. (Michigan News)
  • Policymakers in Iowa vow to aggressively pursue solar. (DesMoines Register)

Lastly, we read about solar-powered clothing. And why not wear solar? We’re constantly learning how flexible and beneficial solar technology is in our daily lives. (Forbes)

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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