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

Local Climate Solutions

Date: 27 Jan 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

What can an individual city or town do to fight climate change? A lot! View these slides from a presentation by ILSR’s Director of Democratic Energy John Farrell to the Northfield Climate Summit on January 18, 2014, to see what … Read More

High Speed in the Blue Grass State: Russellville’s Gig

Date: 23 Jan 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Logan Journal recently reported that the Russellville Electric Plant Board (EPB) now offers gigabit service to local businesses. The article notes that Net Index, an online tool to measure download and upload speeds, recognizes EPB as the first Gig city … Read More

Chris Mitchell Shares Lessons Learned from Seattle and Gigabit Squared; The Challenge of Private Sector Cable Competition

Date: 15 Jan 2014 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This article originally ran on MuniNetworks.org, our site dedicated to broadband and community networks.  This the second in a series of posts exploring lessons learned from the Seattle Gigabit Squared project, which now appears unlikely to be built. The first post … Read More

Chris Mitchell Shares Lessons Learned from Seattle and Gigabit Squared; Addressing Big City Community Networks

Date: 9 Jan 2014 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

We originally published this story on MuniNetworks.org, ILSR’s site dedicated to our broadband initiative. This is the first in a series of articles on Seattle and Gigabit Squared by Christopher Mitchell, Director of the Initiative. A few weeks ago, a … Read More

Justifying a Network with Indirect Cost Savings – Community Broadband Bits Episode 80

Date: 7 Jan 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Today, Lisa and I are joined by Eric Lampland for a discussion of how a community could justify building a community owned network from the indirect benefits that it would create, including the savings that each household realizes from competition … Read More

Auburn Essential Services; A Workhorse in Northeast Indiana Saves Jobs, Serves Public

Date: 3 Jan 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In 1985, Auburn Electric became one of the first communities in the midwest to deploy fiber. At the time, the purpose was to improve electric and voice systems substation communications within the municipal utility. That investment laid the foundation for a … Read More

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