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Date: 8 Jul 2014 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Waste to Wealth Internships (DC Office) The Institute for Local Self-Reliance seeks qualified college and university students or graduates for summer and academic year internships to work on its Waste to Wealth Program.  Course credit may be available with approval … Read More

Celebrate Independence with 3 Steps Toward Energy Self-Reliance

Date: 2 Jul 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Being from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, I’m often asked, “You want everyone off-grid and independent with their own solar array and a battery, right?” In a word, no. But our mission of economic and energy self-reliance has several similarities to … Read More

One City Utility is Carbon Neutral, Today – Episode 21 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 1 May 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

It’s one thing to own your utility and have a commitment to renewable energy, but it’s another thing to deliver. The municipal utility in Palo Alto, CA, set an ambitious target of 33% renewable energy by 2015 and to ultimately … Read More

Millions of People Investing in Solar – Episode 16 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 20 Feb 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For years, the only effective way to go solar was to have tens of thousands of dollars and a sunny roof.  Investing in solar was nearly impossible.  But a couple years ago, a new notion called crowdfunding got its start, and California-Based Mosaic was on the forefront.  Its crowdfunding program allows people to pool their resources, large or small, to build community-based solar installations.  It’s not about charity, either.  Mosaic’s pioneering crowdfunding effort is letting people across the country earn a modest return on their solar investment and putting clean local power on rooftops everywhere.

We spoke with Mosaic president Billy Parish via Skype in mid-February about the potential for crowdfunding to give most Americans a chance to invest in renewable energy.… Read More

Reactions to My Take on Master Limited Partnerships for Renewable Energy

Date: 14 Jun 2013 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 3 Facebooktwitterredditmail

When I wrote two weeks ago that Master Limited Partnerships are a Lousy Policy for Solar, Wind, and Taxpayers, I was aware that it wasn’t a widely held view.  The piece has done more than provide another viewpoint on the … Read More

Minnesota’s New (Standard Offer) Solar Energy Standard

Date: 28 May 2013 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A friend at Fresh Energy generously called me the “architect” of Minnesota’s new solar energy standard (signed last week), and although that may be a bit generous, I’d like to provide a detailed description of the nation’s newest solar energy … Read More

Report: Expect Delays – Reviewing Ontario’s “Buy Local” Renewable Energy Program

Date: 20 May 2013 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Launched in 2009, Ontario’s “buy local” Feed-In Tariff (FIT) program promised to deliver hundreds of megawatts of new renewable energy and create 50,000 new jobs by the end of 2012. The program has had some notable achievements, and the province … Read More

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