What Is Holding Back Solar Feed-In-Tariff Programs In The U.S. Market?

Date: 25 Jun 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Media Coverage | 1 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Solar Industry Magazine, June 21, 2012 Feed-in tariffs (FITs) have spurred the installation of more than three-quarters of global solar capacity. Germany’s FIT – perhaps one of the best-known programs – has led to the development of more than 50,000 MW of solar power and wind power domestically since its inception in 1990. But despite this … Read More

States Try Variants of Feed-In Tariff to Help Connect Solar, Wind Power to Grid

Date: 20 Jun 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Media Coverage | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

E&E News – Tuesday, June 19, 2012 While much of the renewable energy sector remains focused on extending federal tax credits for wind, solar and other alternative fuels, utilities and small-scale energy producers in more than a dozen states are forging ahead with programs that pay renewable energy producers a fixed rate for power they put … Read More

Crowdfunding for Community Power?

Date: 19 Jun 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 3 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Back in April, President Obama signed the JOBS Act and one of the most-heralded elements was so-called crowdfunding. The law sought to solve a major problem: it’s hard to finance small-scale business ventures.  Wall Street only cares about multi-million dollar plays and securities regulations make small-dollar projects rather difficult (and costly) to jointly fund. The Act … Read More

1.21 Gigawatts!

Date: 18 Jun 2012 | posted in: Energy, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In the past five years, a new U.S. renewable energy policy has quietly grown more popular, enabling enough solar power (1.21 gigawatts!) to send Michael J. Fox “Back to the Future.” CLEAN programs – Clean Local Energy Accessible Now – have been adopted in 14 states and can significantly increase the deployment of local solar power, says a new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR).… Read More

Phase-Out of the Federal Wind Tax Credit a Good Thing?

Date: 14 Jun 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 4 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Energy and Environment News has a very long story on a new angle for the federal wind tax credit debate: a phaseout. This article raises several issues, apart from that policy strategy, that are worth a quick discussion. 1. Why Would Wind Compete with Natural Gas? The article waxes long about the trials of the wind … Read More

Report: U.S. CLEAN Programs – Where Are We Now? What Have We Learned?

Date: 11 Jun 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 7 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance identifies all of the existing CLEAN (Clean Local Energy Accessible Now) programs in the United States (also known as feed-in tariffs) and examines the lessons learned from the early adopters. Download the report [pdf] Read the ebook version Executive Summary CLEAN programs (Clean Local Energy Accessible Now) provide … Read More

Report: Solar Power for Minnesota

Date: 8 Jun 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This report, done for the Solar Works for Minnesota campaign, explores the value of solar power on schools, libraries, and other public buildings in Minnesota.  It was co-authored by John Farrell of ILSR and Christina Mills of IEER. Download the Report Highlights Minnesotans spend more than $20 billion dollars every year on these energy imports. With … Read More

Vermont’s Streamlined Solar Permitting

Date: 7 Jun 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The state of Vermont has come up with a good rule for reducing the cost of solar power installations. A national study recently found that local permitting can increase the cost of residential solar by 15-20%, a problem that becomes more pressing as the cost of solar hardware falls. Vermont’s rule shifts the burden of permitting … Read More

An Energy Switch, Waiting to be Flipped

Date: 23 May 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Media Coverage | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Minneapolis Star Tribune – May 23, 2012 Minnesota spends more than $20 billion a year on energy — primarily importing polluting fossil fuels — and the state’s utilities typically lobby against decreasing our dependency. This hampers our economy and harms our environment. Fortunately, cities don’t have to rely on the Legislature to stand up for more-efficient … Read More

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