Solar Potential on Public Buildings in Kansas City

Date: 22 Jun 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

How much solar is installed on municipal buildings? How much could be installed? As we discovered in writing ILSR’s Public Rooftop Revolution report—the latest in the Rooftop Revolution series—nobody had the answer, for almost every city we contacted. But in the course of the research, three cities answered our call to analyze their rooftop solar potential specifically … Read More

Distributed Solar Surges in Early 2015

Date: 10 Jun 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Distributed solar was 13% of all new power plant capacity in 2014, and 2015 is starting off even bigger. Distributed residential and commercial solar installations surged 45% over the same period last year and accounted for 35% of all new power plant capacity in the first quarter of 2015. The following chart shows the quarterly data … Read More

Public Rooftop Revolution in Pictures

Date: 10 Jun 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

There are a lot of stories on residential rooftop solar but few if any on what cities are doing to make themselves energy self-reliant by using their own buildings and lands to generate power. In Public Rooftop Revolution, ILSR estimates that mid-sized cities could install as much as 5,000 megawatts of solar—as much as one-quarter of … Read More

Duking It Out Over Municipal Solar in Raleigh – Episode 24 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 2 Jun 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

There aren’t many solar success stories from the Southeast, making Raleigh, NC, stand out in a region with low-cost electricity and modest sunshine. With just over 2 megawatts of solar on public property––providing close to 7% of municipal building peak demand––Raleigh’s solar success comes despite state rules preventing the city from buying electricity from any non-utility … Read More

Lancaster: The Leading Solar City? – Episode 23B of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 1 Jun 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Jason Caudle, city manager with the City of Lancaster, talked with John Farrell in April 2015 about his city’s solar boom. With more than 118 MW of solar, both private and public, operating within city limits, Lancaster is well on its way to producing or procuring 530 MW of clean energy by 2020. Hitting that target … Read More

The Hole in Brian Potts’ WSJ Critique of the “Solar-Panel Craze.”

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

In his Sunday Wall Street Journal commentary on May 17, Brian Potts suggests that cost is the bottom line in the electric customer shift to solar, and that rooftop solar costs too much. But his defense of the utility’s view of energy costs leaves a big hole in the big picture: the value of solar energy … Read More

A Lesson in Solar from a Northern Neighbor

Date: 8 May 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Based on population, Ontario would be the 5th largest state if it were part of the U.S., but its installed solar capacity, 1,500 MW would rank it 3rd. The province has also shut down all its coal-fired power plants. How does a northern province become a solar and climate leader, despite one of the poorest solar … Read More

Watch: Somebody Wants Something – Getting the Most from a Proposed Takeover of Hawaiian Electric Company

Date: 30 Apr 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

If your electricity—generated from imported oil—is the most expensive in the country and your solar resource is terrific, you’d expect your electric company to be making great strides toward renewable energy. On Hawai’i, the progress toward clean energy is in limbo, because island’s largest electric utility—largely owned by islanders—is likely to be acquired by mainland utility … Read More

Can Other Cities Match Georgetown’s Low-Cost Switch to 100% Wind and Sun?

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

This is probably not the first place you’ve read about Georgetown, TX, the town of 55,000 that will be getting the equivalent of 100% of its electricity from renewable energy by 2017. But few articles hit upon the two key reasons Georgetown was able to make this move when so many other cities with abundant renewable … Read More

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