Utility “Gets Ready” for More Local Energy in Hawai’i

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

Hawai’an solar advocates are celebrating this week after the island state’s largest utility, Hawai’ian Electric (HECO) filed a plan with the public utility commission to take a “proactive approach” to adding more distributed solar to their grid system. Utilities across … Read More

Watch: John Farrell Talks Community Solar with Sierra (Club) Magazine Editor Paul Rauber

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

Following up on his “Solar for All” piece in the current issue of Sierra Magazine, Paul Rauber interviews his “solar guru,” ILSR Senior Researcher John Farrell, on the future of community solar. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQcIX3bGTBo]

Is Your Utility Ready for a Solar Rooftop Revolution?

Date: 4 Jan 2013 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A presentation summarizing ILSR’s reports on the local solar opportunity as unsubsidized solar becomes competitive with retail electricity prices in nearly every state over the next decade. Read the reports and view our other multimedia resources on solar parity. Is … Read More

Report: Commercial Rooftop Revolution

Date: 4 Dec 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 2 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Although only 0.1% of electricity is generated by solar power in 2012; within a decade, 300,000 MW of unsubsidized solar power will be at parity with retail electricity prices in most of the United States and more than 35 million buildings may be generating their own solar electricity sufficient to power almost 10% of the country.… Read More

Finding Value in Distributed Generation, Before it Finds You

Date: 9 Nov 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 2 Facebooktwitterredditmail

ILSR Senior Researcher John Farrell is giving this presentation to a collaborative meeting of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners (NARUC) this weekend.  It highlights the proven value of distributed solar to utility … Read More

The Missing Piece in the Clean Local Energy Transformation

Date: 1 Nov 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A presentation by ILSR Senior Researcher John Farrell explores how decentralized biogas production could provide a key piece of the future, renewable electricity system.  Given Oct. 29, 2012, in St. Louis to the Biocycle Annual Conference. The Missing Piece in … Read More

Hawaii Drives Past Solar Power Cost Barrier, Surprised by Additional Roadblocks

Date: 30 Jul 2012 | posted in: Energy, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The report finds that while the economics of solar continue to improve, a number of unexpected barriers have arisen. Homes often need electrical upgrades and local governments struggle to keep up with permit requests. Utilities are also reluctant to give up their market dominance, enforcing antiquated rules about grid interconnection that can add significant expense, delay, or even kill projects entirely.… Read More

Report: Hawaiian Sunblock – Solar Facing Unexpected Barriers Despite Low Cost

Date: 26 Jul 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 6 Facebooktwitterredditmail

First in the U.S., Hawaii residents and businesses can install solar power – without incentives – for less than the cost of grid electricity.  But as local Earthjustice lawyer Isaac Moriwake notes, “the gates of heaven do not open just … Read More

Local Energy Choice with Community Choice Aggregation

Date: 17 Jul 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Local Energy Choice with Community Choice Aggregation from John Farrell   A presentation by ILSR Senior Researcher John Farrell to the National Strategy Meeting of the Local Energy Aggregation Network (February 2012) on the potential for community choice aggregation policy … Read More

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