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Is Socialism What’s Stopping a Fair Value for Solar?

Complete nonsense. The most socialistic thing I’ve ever heard. That’s just two quotes from a value of solar conversation between ILSR’s John Farrell and Karl Rábago of the Pace Energy and Climate Center that took place online on July 8, 2015.

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

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 their own power.

There are several reasons to seriously question the mistaken assertion that big solar is better.

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

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 their own power.

There are several reasons to seriously question the mistaken assertion that big solar is better.

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

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 Nerbonne, executive director of Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light, comes in. In June 2015, John Farrell talked to Nerbonne about opening up community solar for everyone — not just for people with high credit scores — and what people of faith can do about it.

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

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 Nerbonne, executive director of Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light, comes in. In June 2015, John Farrell talked to Nerbonne about opening up community solar for everyone — not just for people with high credit scores — and what people of faith can do about it.

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of July 13, 2015

This week in Democratic Energy:

  • California leaders back solar projects
  • How caps are holding solar growth hostage
  • Why health benefits should be part of value of solar calculation

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100% Renewable Energy: How to Get There (Video)

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of July 13, 2015

This week in Democratic Energy:

  • California leaders back solar projects
  • How caps are holding solar growth hostage
  • Why health benefits should be part of value of solar calculation

Featured Stories

100% Renewable Energy: How to Get There (Video)

IREA floats tariff plan to tap customers “causing us to lose money”

Denver Post, July 8, 2015

The board of Intermountain Rural Electric Association, Colorado’s biggest electric cooperative, is proposing a new — and potentially groundbreaking — tariff to deal with the growth of rooftop solar in its service area.

The board agreed Tuesday to present the plan, which involves adding a charge for systems that do not use IREA service very much, to its members. An earlier attempt to add a so-called demand charge met with protests from customers and was scrapped.

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of July 3, 2015

This week in Democratic Energy:

  • Solar Energy Amendment moves forward in Florida
  • New grid fees threaten Minnesota renewable energy producers.
  • New York is poised to become the cleanest state in the US.

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The U.S. solar industry is shifting toward consumers by  Katie Fehrenbacher, Fortune

Solar Net Metering a Subsidy to Utilities?

When Robert Nohavec of Park City, Utah; Jabbar Graham from Cherry Hill, New Jersey; and Don Born, of Waldoboro, Maine installed solar on their homes, they had something unexpected in common.

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