Community-Owned Transmission?

Date: 15 Nov 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The enormous growth in local renewable energy is decentralizing the electricity system, often supplanting energy from centralized power plants.  But not all renewable energy is built locally, even in a country like Germany with massive local ownership of its renewable … Read More

Clean Break Inspires Americans to Pursue “Energy Change”

Date: 14 Nov 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 1 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Friend and renewable energy journalist Osha Gray Davidson released a book today called Clean Break, detailing the German Energiewende (translation: energy change).  It’s a story of how the Germans systematically shifted to clean energy, finding as they proceeded that the … Read More

Why Are Residential PV Prices in Germany So Much Lower Than in the United States?

Date: 20 Sep 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 5 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Earlier this week, Lawrence Berkeley Labs released a marvelous comparison of residential PV costs in Germany and the United States, finally putting some detail to an enormous gulf in costs (nearly $3.00 per Watt).  The following chart (from page 35 … Read More

Why We Pay Double for Solar in America (But Won’t Forever)

Date: 10 Jul 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 7 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Update 12/21/12: Corrected chart.  Overhead and Sales Tax had been switched in the German data column. I often get flak when I publish research on the cost trajectory for solar (e.g. my Rooftop Revolution report estimates 100 million Americans reaching … Read More

Who Has the Most Cost-Effective Solar Feed-in Tariff?

Date: 4 May 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 7 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In a forthcoming report on U.S. feed-in tariff programs, I’ll provide a comparison of solar feed-in tariff (FIT, a.k.a. CLEAN Contract) rates across the United States. Comparing published rates is not particularly helpful, however, because contract lengths vary (from 15 to … Read More

Lots of Solar Power May Reduce, Not Increase, Electricity Prices

Date: 4 Apr 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 3 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Whether German feed-in tariffs or U.S. tax incentives, opponents of solar rail at its perceived high cost. But a story making rounds this week, “why power generators are terrified of solar,” presents a powerful image that may flip this conventional … Read More

Ontario Feed-in Tariff Prices Drop, Germans Still Far Cheaper

Date: 23 Mar 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Ontario just completed a revision of their landmark feed-in tariff program and rates for renewable electricity generation and prices fell sharply: 30% for solar and 15% for wind power. This continues a trend of falling costs for renewable energy around … Read More

German Policy Could Make Solar in America “Wunderbar”

Date: 23 Feb 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This post was originally titled Residential Solar for $2.24 per Watt in Germany? The Germans are debating significant revisions to their landmark renewable energy policy, and instead of declaring the death of the German solar market, Americans should focus on … Read More

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