The Schneider family farm – dairy cows, schnapps making, 100kW of solar PV and two wind turbines.

GREEN ENERGY IS GRASSROOTS ENERGY IN GERMANY

Originally published on RenewEconomy. (Note: This is part of a series of interviews and stories that will run over the next few weeks looking at Germany’s Energiewende, and the transition of Germany’s energy grid to one dominated by renewable energy. You can find them all in RenewEconomy’s Insight section). One of the most misunderstood aspects of Germany’s energy More Info »

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ARIZONA CORPORATION COMMISSION IMPOSES “COMPROMISE” SOLAR FEE

They started gathering outside of the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) building, in Phoenix, at 6 am, on Wednesday morning. There were reputedly close to 1,000 and by noon 107 had testified to the Commission. Some wore the green shirts that marked them out as employees of SolarCity, America’s leading rooftop solar company. Others were connected to More Info »

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EXTRA FUNDING APPROVED FOR RESIDENTIAL SOLAR IN SAN DIEGO

Under the San Diego California Solar Initiative (CSI), two-thirds of the program’s budget was initially allocated to non-residential solar projects with a corresponding target of 180 MW, amounting to $202 million. Now, $5 million of that is being shifted to solar for homeowners by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). This shift to residential/distributed solar makes More Info »

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CALIFORNIA NATIVE AMERICANS GAMBLE ON SOLAR WITH WIRSOL SOLAR

The California National Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA) partnered with Wirsol Solar, which joined the group as an associate member recently. The company is working with Native American gaming facilities in California to see how solar power can help reduce the cost of energy for these gaming facilities and rural reservations that aren’t served by the conventional electric More Info »

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TODAY, LOCAL POWER IS ON THE LINE IN COLORADO

(Editor’s Note: Instead of opposing rooftop solar, corporate utilities need to focus on the new opportunities that rooftop solar offers. This may call for critical self examination and restructuring, but could be of great benefit in the years to come. Corporate utilities need to focus on what their role will be a decade from now More Info »

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GOOGLE INVESTS $103 MILLION IN SOLAR PLANT

  Google has announced that it will be investing $103 million into the Mount Signal Solar project, located in California. The project is being developed by Silver Ridge Power and boasts of a capacity of 265 megawatts. The investment represents Google’s continued support of solar energy and the company’s endeavor to promote projects that aim to make this More Info »

Vanderbilt Proposes Building Energy Storage Into Solar Cells

VANDERBILT PROPOSES BUILDING ENERGY STORAGE INTO SOLAR CELLS

Imagine a photovoltaic cell or module that actually stores as well as produces energy, acting as a battery and producing power even after dark. New research into silicon-based supercapacitors at Vanderbilt University shows that it’s possible. Supercapacitors have long been looked at as a potential alternative to batteries for energy storage, but they remain bulky and expensive More Info »

Second Solar Group Seeks Probes After Arizona Republic Reveals APS Lies

SECOND SOLAR GROUP SEEKS PROBES AFTER ARIZONA REPUBLIC REVEALS LIES

Lies May Have Violated State Statute (PHOENIX) On Sunday, an Arizona Republic investigation revealed the utility monopoly APS repeatedly lied about funneling money to political organizations to attack solar customers.  On Tuesday, AriSEIA, a leading Arizona solar organization, called for the Arizona Corporation Commission to investigate whether ratepayer funds were funneled in this political scheme. Today, More Info »