This week in renewable energy: 6/28/13

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.

Renewables and community-building

From coast to coast, American communities are energized by community solar gardens. This week brought us news and thoughts from Michigan, Colorado, and Minnesota. (Michigan League of Conservation Voters, Denver Post, Fresh Energy)

Public policy

  • This Tuesday, President Barack Obama addressed climate change head on, calling for stricter regulation of pollution from power plants, which emit 33% of the country’s carbon dioxide. Read more about the plan.
  • South Carolina is considering fixing policy that restricts solar power. From the article: “In an unusual decision Thursday, the Public Service Commission agreed to hold an interactive public workshop Sept. 12 to discuss key policies that govern solar energy.” (The State)
  • Aspen’s Million Solar Roofs campaign “calls for the installation of the equivalent of 1 million solar roofs in Colorado by 2030.” (Aspen Times)
  • Clean Technica breaks down the most recent state-by-state solar power information, showing that state policy is one of the most influential aspects of renewable power adoption.

Nonprofits and businesses back solar

Organizations of all sizes love solar power. This week, we heard about how Well Fargo , a large Massachusetts grocery store chain, Austin nonprofit LifeWorks, and Chicago nonprofit Uncommon Ground are all investing in solar. (WWLP, Chicago Tribune)

Solar innovation

Solar and wind power could change the future of shipping. From the article:

A recent demonstration project used solar panels to provide about 10 percent of the electricity for a cargo ship to reduce emissions from the low-grade fuel such ships use. Such systems could also reduce shipping costs by reducing the amount of fuel consumed. Prices for fuel are so high now that some shipping companies are slowing down their ships to the point that they’re travelling slower than old sail-powered ships. That could open an opportunity for wind powered ships, at least for some applications. —Kevin Bullis, MIT Technology Review

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

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