This week in renewable energy: 6/9/14

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

America goes solar

  • 2394376192_fb7d54bd07Last week, Community Renewable Energy covered the enormous progress of solar power in America. Some highlights? Solar power made up nearly 3/4 of all new power installations in the first quarter of 2014. Residential solar is way up. In the first quarter of 2014, residential installations surpassed commercial installations for the first time in 12 years. Additionally,households are embracing solar with or without subsidies. In fact, 1/3 of residential installations didn’t utilize subsidies.
  • Discovery reports: “It’s official. Solar power can beat out fossil fuels in generating big-scale electricity. For the first time, scientists have used solar power to generate ‘supercritical’ steam.”

Global progress

  • Solar power holds enormous promise for isolated, rural communities. Equatorial Guinea is adding to its solar power capacity in order to improve the lives of its residents, who spend as much as 1/5 of their income on electricity. (Venture Beat)
  • Chile celebrated Latin America’s largest solar power plant.  “This plant demonstrates that photovoltaic solar energy is an ideal way of diversifying the energy matrix in Chile, reducing costs and contributing towards meeting the demand for clean and sustainable energy,” notes SunEdison’s José Pérez. (Clean Technica)
  • Brazil is boosting its economy while reducing carbon emissions and deforestation. (National Geographic)

Community-owned solar

  • Shared solar continues to gain popularity across the US. This week, we read about how Massachusetts will welcome its first shared solar garden at the end of the month. (Harvard Solar)
  • Renters, students, nonprofits, and businesses in New York may soon be able to support solar energy. (Vote Solar)
  • In Colorado, community-owned solar continues to expand. (Solar Server)

Bright ideas

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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