ILSR’s Distributed Solar Capacity Quarterly Update

Date: 14 Dec 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Renewable energy continues to dominate new power plant capacity and distributed generation has contributed an increasingly large share. We’ve been tracking this phenomenon since April of 2014, and, finally, the Energy Information Administration has recognized the prevalence of distributed solar … Read More

ILSR Sponsors the Third National Cultivating Community Composting Forum

In collaboration with the US Composting Council (USCC) and BioCycle, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance announces two events to be held in conjunction with the USCC’s International Conference and Trade Show in Jacksonville, Florida.… Read More

Top 10 Reasons to Support Community Power

Date: 26 Oct 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Building local equity is the key to campaigns for 100% renewable energy, giving everyone a chance to own a piece of their energy future.

What does control of our electric grid look like? Check out these images to help illustrate the importance of clean, local energy.… Read More

Did FERC Just Smash the Biggest Roadblock to Clean, Local Power for Electric Co-ops?

Date: 28 Sep 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Because they only sell 11% of the country’s electricity and they largely overlap politically conservative areas, electric cooperatives are often the forgotten stepchild of the clean energy movement. But with 7 of the top 10 dirtiest power systems (as measured by … Read More

Ever Greater Share of New Power from Distributed Solar

Date: 11 Sep 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Second quarter data from the Energy Information Administration and the Solar Energy Industries Association came out this week and distributed solar continues its surging growth. Over 650 megawatts (MW) of new distributed solar capacity was grid connected between April and … Read More

New Handbook on Next Generation Connectivity From Gig.U

Date: 30 Jul 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Gig.U, a collaboration of more than 30 universities across the country has just released The Next Generation Network Connectivity Handbook: A guide for Community Leaders Seeking Affordable, Abundant Bandwidth. The handbook, published in association with the Benton Foundation, is available … Read More

Utility Solar May Cost Less, But It’s Also Worth Less

Date: 17 Jul 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A new report released this week asserts that utility-scale solar is much more economical than small-scale solar. The clear implication is that we should let incumbent utilities build or buy solar from large-scale arrays instead of allowing customers to generate … Read More

Solar for All: An Article of Faith – Episode 26 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 16 Jul 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Minnesota’s community solar garden program may be the envy of the nation — once the utility’s stall tactics have been stopped — but it needs a little help to fulfill the vision of bringing solar to all. That’s where Julia … Read More

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