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Report: 30 Million Solar Homes Would Create 1.77 Million Jobs, $69 Billion in Energy Savings

Report: 30 Million Solar Homes Would Create 1.77 Million Jobs, $69 Billion in Energy Savings

Katie Kienbaum

July 14, 2021

A new report finds that deploying distributed solar energy to the equivalent of 30 million American homes would produce significant job-creation and economic benefits while addressing climate change and mitigating racial and income disparities.  READ MORE


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Drone Data Helps a Minnesota City Conserve Energy — Episode 141 of Local Energy Rules

Drone Data Helps a Minnesota City Conserve Energy — Episode 141 of Local Energy Rules

Maria McCoy

October 20, 2021

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell and guest Shannon Mortenson discuss Warren’s first-of-its-kind thermal imaging project, lessons learned from the pilot, and how cities can help residents conserve energy.  READ MORE


25 Reasons for 25D Direct Pay: Why Solar Tax Incentives Should Benefit More Americans

25 Reasons for 25D Direct Pay: Why Solar Tax Incentives Should Benefit More Americans

Katie Kienbaum

October 15, 2021

The residential solar Investment Tax Credit is the main federal incentive for rooftop solar, but many Americans — especially low-income households — aren't able to benefit from it. Here are 25 reasons why Congress should make this tax credit more equitable.  READ MORE


Massachusetts’s Community Solar Program

Massachusetts’s Community Solar Program

Maria McCoy

October 13, 2021

Massachusetts enabled virtual net metering in 2008’s Green Communities Act and the state has incentivized community solar development through several programs. This post summarizes the policy and compiles additional Massachusetts community solar resources.  READ MORE


Rep. Seth Berry on the Movement for Publicly-Owned Power in Maine — Episode 140 of Local Energy Rules

Rep. Seth Berry on the Movement for Publicly-Owned Power in Maine — Episode 140 of Local Energy Rules

Maria McCoy

October 6, 2021

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, a rebroadcast from the Building Local Power Podcast, host John Farrell and guest Seth Berry discuss Our Power Maine: an initiative to replace Maine's investor-owned utilities with a consumer-owned utility.  READ MORE


Utility Conflict of Interest is at the Heart of Minnesota’s Solar Interconnection Frustration

Utility Conflict of Interest is at the Heart of Minnesota’s Solar Interconnection Frustration

Maria McCoy

October 4, 2021

In these reply comments to the Minnesota PUC, ILSR points out that as long as the utility’s interest is to profit off of new generation assets, it cannot successfully manage grid access for third parties.  READ MORE