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Report: New Survey Shows How Electric Utilities and Policymakers Are Holding Back Local Solar

Report: New Survey Shows How Electric Utilities and Policymakers Are Holding Back Local Solar

Katie Kienbaum

December 16, 2021

A new report shows how electric utilities and policymakers are creating unexpected delays and added costs for solar projects and slowing the growth of local solar, based on our first ever survey of solar developers.  READ MORE


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What Is the Value of Solar? — Episode 148 of Local Energy Rules

What Is the Value of Solar? — Episode 148 of Local Energy Rules

Maria McCoy

January 19, 2022

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell and guest Gabriel Chan discuss how to calculate solar energy’s true value, where to improve Minnesota’s Value of Solar, and why we must ground decisions in data.  READ MORE


Why Minnesota’s Community Solar Program is the Best

Why Minnesota's Community Solar Program is the Best

John Farrell

January 12, 2022

Minnesota's community solar program reached 826 megawatts in December 2021, enough to power more than 100,000 homes each year or about as much capacity as a typical nuclear power plant!  READ MORE


90% of Last Year’s New Power Plants Were Renewable

90% of Last Year’s New Power Plants Were Renewable

Maria McCoy

January 10, 2022

Take a look at a year's worth of power generation buildout in the United States, illustrated by two simple charts.  READ MORE


Register for Democratizing Power: New Citizen Initiatives Challenge Monopoly Electric Utilities

Register for Democratizing Power: New Citizen Initiatives Challenge Monopoly Electric Utilities

Stacy Mitchell

January 6, 2022

Join the Institute for Local Self-Reliance for an inspiring conversation about how grassroots initiatives are taking on electric utility monopolies and winning the fight for democratic and community control!   READ MORE


The Long Wait for Community Solar in Washington State — Episode 147 of Local Energy Rules

The Long Wait for Community Solar in Washington State — Episode 147 of Local Energy Rules

Maria McCoy

January 5, 2022

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell and guest Mason Rolph discuss Olympia Community Solar, the organization’s advocacy work, and why Washington needs a proper community solar program.  READ MORE