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Renewable Record: Wind And Solar Supplied 10% Of US Electricity In March

Renewable Record: Wind And Solar Supplied 10% Of US Electricity In March
Above Photo: Joshua Wiese/IPS March produced the highest share of wind and solar generation the U.S. has ever seen. The saying about March — “in like a lion, out like a lamb” — plays extremely well for renewable generation. Wind and solar together crossed the 10 percent mark of total U.S. electricity production in March, reports the Energy Information Administration. That’s the first time they’ve reached double-digit market share for a ... Read more

What Makes A Successful Utility-Led Community Solar Program?

What Makes A Successful Utility-Led Community Solar Program?
Above Photo: From utilitydive.com An examination of shared solar programs across the country reveals diverse pathways to success With almost two-thirds of utility professionals expecting moderate or significant growth in community shared renewables over the next ten years, it is time to look at what works and what doesn’t for utility-led programs. Investor-owned utilities (IOUs) now have 13 community solar programs representing 91 MW of ... Read more

Coal To Solar Switch Could Save 52,000 US Lives Per Year

Coal To Solar Switch Could Save 52,000 US Lives Per Year
Above Photo: Oxfam International/flickr  So about those coal jobs: Turns out replacing coal with solar could keep a lot more people alive. Swapping out coal energy for solar would prevent 52,000 premature deaths in the United States every year, according to a new analysis from Michigan Technological University. Amid all the talk from the Trump Administration that regulations targeting coal are hurting people, this shows “many more lives are ... Read more

How Minnesota Doubled Its Solar Capacity

How Minnesota Doubled Its Solar Capacity
Above Photo: TIM CHAPMAN MIAMI HERALD STAFF The state’s cities and counties embarked on a rare kind of collaboration. Americans love solar. Almost 9 in 10 adults favor expanding it, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center. But not everyone can put panels on their homes. For one thing, the upfront cost of solar can be prohibitive. For another, some people don’t have the space, or their rooftops may be too shady or may face the wrong ... Read more

France Declares All New Rooftops Must Be Topped With Plants Or Solar Panels

France Declares All New Rooftops Must Be Topped With Plants Or Solar Panels
Above Photo: From csglobe.com A new law recently passed in France mandates that all new buildings that are built in commercial zones in France must be partially covered in either plants or solar panels. Green roofs, as they are called, have an isolating effect which helps to reduce the amount of energy needed to heat a building during the winter or cool it in the summer. They are capable of retaining rainwater and reducing problems with ... Read more