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.
- Every week, we hear about diverse organizations going green. This week, we learned about the Tennessee Valley Authority,WalMart, a paper company, a firehouse, and schools investing in solar power. The Denver Housing Authority will also benefit from solar, thanks to a donation from a local solar power company.
- At Community Renewable Energy, we love seeing examples of how solar power is improving lives across the globe. This week, we read about how Pakistani villages are getting energy from solar sources.
- A new study from Carnegie Mellon University confirms that use of solar power– and the subsequent drop in carbon emissions– is good for our health, not just good for the planet and our wallets.
- Discovery compiled 8 Cray Cray Ways to Harness Solar Energy. Researchers are working on applying solar power technology to everything from roads and highways to artificial photosynthesis. Also, I loved reading about these stained glass windows that generate power. They’re beautiful in more ways than one!
- We also saw even more global progress toward adopting renewable energy in Japan, Turkey, Canada, and Cuba.
- In the Huffington Post, Seth Shulman (from the Union of Concerned Scientists) talks about how conservatives are backing renewable energy:
With partisan politics trumping science-based solutions all too often these days, it’s especially heartening when people overcome political differences to let solid data point the way toward practical solutions. That’s what happened in Georgia last month when state regulators voted to require Georgia Power — the state’s sole investor-owned electricity provider — to expand the use of solar power in its energy mix.
- Which states are the friendliest to residential solar power? Nerd Wallet breaks down the current state of solar power across the US. How does your state rank? They explain the criteria they used:
- Are your electricity bills expensive? Solar is most advantageous for consumers who already face increasingly expensive electricity bills.
- Does your state offer economic incentives that make the switch worth it? Many states, notably Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey and New York, have made commitments to helping residents’ transition to solar and offer excellent incentives, tax rebates, grants, and subsidies for solar installation.
- Is your state sunny enough to obtain energy through solar? The more sun your area gets,the more power your panels can generate.
- Is there existing state capacity for solar? We also took into account how many Megawatts of solar energy the states’ electric grids are currently producing to gauge current commitment to transitioning to renewable energy sources.
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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