This week in renewable energy: 8/9/13

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.

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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