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Solar Is Cheaper Than Electricity From the Grid in 42 of 50 Largest U.S. Cities

Solar Is Cheaper Than Electricity From the Grid in 42 of 50 Largest U.S. Cities
Now a new report called Going Solar in America, prepared by the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center with the support of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, shows how the plummeting costs of going solar could already make it the more economical choice for energy consumers in 42 of the U.S.’s 50 largest cities. It found that in those cities, a fully financed solar system would cost average residential consumers less ... Read more

Could Global Tide Be Starting To Turn Against Fossil Fuels?

Could Global Tide Be Starting  To Turn Against Fossil Fuels?
From an oil chill in the financial world to the recent U.S.-China agreement on climate change, recent developments are raising a question that might once have been considered unthinkable: Could this be the beginning of a long, steady decline for the oil and coal industries? Alarm bells are ringing for the masters of the financial universe, too. The governor of the Bank of England, Canadian banker Mark Carney, warned repeatedly during 2014 ... Read more

Electricity’s Un-Natural Monopoly

Electricity’s Un-Natural Monopoly
The 21st century electricity system is radically different. The scale of electricity generation is rapidly shrinking, from coal and nuclear power plants that can power a million homes to solar and wind power plants that power a few to a few hundred nearby homes. Electricity demand has leveled off, so that every unit of new wind and solar power produced for the grid displaces a unit of fossil fuel energy. Batteries and electric vehicles ... Read more

How Solar Power Could Slay The Fossil Fuel Empire By 2030

How Solar Power Could Slay The Fossil Fuel Empire By 2030
​Above: Abengoa Solar’s Solnova Solar Power Station ​In just 15 years, the world as we know it will have transformed forever. The ​age of oil, gas, coal and nuclear will be over. A new age of clean power and smarter cars will fundamentally, totally, and permanently disrupt the existing fossil fuel-dependent industrial infrastructure in a way that even the most starry-eyed proponents of ‘green energy’ could never have imagined.  We are ... Read more

Local Ownership Of Solar Creates Jobs, Builds Community Wealth

Local Ownership Of Solar Creates Jobs, Builds Community Wealth
Above: Workers with San Francisco-based Everybody Solar install a photovoltaic system. Photo by Everybody Solar / Flickr. Locally owned renewable energy projects create more economic benefits than absentee-owned projects, and they are less likely to encounter community opposition. By enacting policies to support local renewables, Farrell argues, states and counties stand to gain thousands of jobs and millions of dollars. Farrell’s report ... Read more

How Wall Street Really Is Failing The Planet

How Wall Street Really Is Failing The Planet
Investors are putting short-term rewards ahead of the long-term health of the planet. The International Energy Agency estimates that another $10.5 trillion will need to be invested in clean energy by 2030 to avoid raising the planet’s temperature by more than 2 degrees Celsius. If warming exceeds that level — or even if it falls short – it could have catastrophic, irreversible effects. Financing for fossil fuels snapped ... Read more

U.S. Residential Solar Just Beat Commercial Installations For The First Time

U.S. Residential Solar Just Beat Commercial Installations For The First Time
The first quarter of 2014 was another big one for the U.S. solar industry, with 74 percent of all new electricity generation across the country coming from solar power. The 1,330 megawatts of solar photovoltaics (PV) installed last quarter bring the total in the U.S. up to 14.8 gigawatts of installed capacity — enough to power three million homes, according to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Read more

Enthusiasm High for a New Economy for Baltimore

Enthusiasm High for a New Economy for Baltimore
With growing recognition that the economy fails to serve the interests of most people, alternative institutions and processes based on economic democracy are beginning to pop up everywhere. This movement points to what is called by some as “the New Economy.” Throughout the country people are joining a global movement to create structures grounded in democratic control of community wealth – an economy of, by, and for the people. On May 16 ... Read more

The Rise of Solar Co-ops

The Rise of Solar Co-ops
While many people associate cooperatives with a place for hippies to buy organic food, the cooperative movement has actually grown far and wide, creating sustainable enterprises that generate jobs and strengthen local economies. Today, there are nearly 30,000 cooperatives in the United States, with more than 100 million members. From day care centers to hardware stores, cooperatives seem to be permeating every sector of society. So it’s no ... Read more

Solar Power Employs More People Than Coal and Oil Combined

Solar Power Employs More People Than Coal and Oil Combined
Welcome to the future, its already here. Solar employs and nuclear destroys; we have ample evidence of that now, and with the annual U.S. solar jobs census we now have proof that solar power isn’t just providing energy, without destroying our oceans and contaminating the earth and air with strontium, caesium and barium, among other chemicals, it is providing more than 143,000 Americans a paycheck. Read more