With Liberty and Solar for All

Date: 1 Aug 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 1 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For over 100 years, the American economy has been fueled by enormous expansion of fossil fuel energy. It has emitted a disproportionate share of its environmental impact (too much) and economic rewards (too few) on those less fortunate. More than … Read More

Community Solar Gardens Sprouting in Minnesota

Date: 22 Apr 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 3 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On April 7, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission resoundingly rejected (click the link for an annotated ruling) a severely lacking community solar gardens proposal from Xcel Energy and required substantial improvements for the utility’s revised filing. The regulatory smack-down means … Read More

Five Reasons Solar’s Win Over Gas in Minnesota is Just the Beginning

Date: 28 Feb 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Solar advocates were popping corks when a New Year’s Eve ruling by an administrative law judge in Minnesota said that distributed solar arrays were a more cost-effective resource than natural gas to meet Xcel Energy’s peak power needs. The energy … 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

Democratic Energy’s Top 5 of 2013

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

Rooftop Revolution A combination resource of our two reports on residential and commercial solar grid parity, including a slideshow, infographic, and an amazing interactive map (#5 on this list by itself).       Germany Has More Solar Power Because … Read More

The #1 Solar Utility is in…Iowa? – Episode 12 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 5 Dec 2013 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

It may be one of the oldest cooperative utilities in the country, but in the next six months, Farmers Electric Cooperative (FEC) of southeastern Iowa will be leading the nation in this 21st century energy source. Upon completion of a new solar array, the 640-member cooperative will have over 1,500 Watts of solar per customer on their system, nearly double the #2 utility. It’s also the most reliable utility in Iowa. How can this small, member-owned utility in Kalona be “America’s Most Progressive Utility”?… Read More

Improvements Needed to Xcel’s Proposed MN Community Solar Program

Date: 11 Nov 2013 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Xcel Energy has published their proposed community solar program on Sept. 30, 2013 and ILSR submitted comments on the unlawfully capped and fee-crazy program last week. Comments below Public Comments on Community Solar (Docket E-002/M-13-867) Program Design Requirements Does Xcel’s … Read More

Lessons from Minnesota – a Solar Success (Presentation)

Date: 16 Jul 2013 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This presentation by Director of Democratic Energy John Farrell shows the politics, process, and policy that led to Minnesota becoming the 17th state with a solar or distributed renewable energy standard in 2013.  Delivered to a webinar audience of Oregonians … Read More

New Community Solar Crowdfunding Opportunity Sells Out in 24 Hours

Date: 10 Jan 2013 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Nearly 300 gigawatts of unsubsidized local solar could beat utility prices in the next decade, but until recently most Americans couldn’t participate because their own rooftop isn’t suitable for solar. That’s changing fast. Just one project featured in our 2010 … Read More

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