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Rooftop Solar

Regardless of Fierce Opposition, Rooftop Solar Is Unstoppable

Javier Sierra | Posted 08.04.2016 | Green
Javier Sierra

As the Spanish saying goes, the sun is the poor man's blanket. And thanks to technology, it's also our heating system, air conditioner, refrigerator a...

Protecting Consumers: Making the Solar Industry a Safe and Fair Marketplace

Terry Goddard | Posted 07.08.2016 | Green
Terry Goddard

A national look at the consumer protection issues raised by the rapidly growing use of rooftop solar panels just happened, when the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) convened a Workshop on this and other solar energy related issues in Washington DC on June 21st.

Get Smart Fast: Solar Power

Elizabeth McCulley Gore | Posted 05.19.2016 | Green
Elizabeth McCulley Gore

Solar power is growing faster than ever in the United States. The price of solar panels has dropped dramatically, by more than 70 percent over the past decade.

Misadventures of Howard Hughes Can Teach Electric Utilities

Llewellyn King | Posted 04.11.2016 | World
Llewellyn King

Howard Hughes, a pioneer in movie making and aviation (which informed his cantilevered underwire bra design for actress Jane Russell), was blindsided ...

Nearly Half Our Power Could Come From Rooftop Solar Panels

The Huffington Post | Casey Williams | Posted 04.15.2016 | Green

Shout it from the rooftops -- America's rooftop solar capacity could be double what scientists previously thought. If Americans slapped solar panels ...

The Sun Belongs to Everyone

Jorge Madrid | Posted 03.03.2016 | Green
Jorge Madrid

The Battle for Rooftop Solar is about People over Profits I thought only supervillains like Mr. Burns or Supreme Leader Snoke from Star Wars were bol...

There's A Civil War Being Fought On Your Rooftop

Carl Pope | Posted 01.29.2016 | Green
Carl Pope

Utilities don't mind that solar is renewable, zero carbon, and enjoys free fuel -- as long as they own it. But solar is also modular and decentralized, which they hate. They don't want to compete with their own customers.

Why Are Progressives Asking Poor Families to Subsidize Wall Street and the Richest Americans?

Tom Dalzell | Posted 01.06.2016 | Green
Tom Dalzell

Even though roof-top solar is still up to three times more expensive than large-scale solar installations, it is favored by Wall Street because it generates billions in profits. These investors have figured out how to win taxpayer subsidies and game the utility pricing system.

The Next Solar (r)Evolution

Jonathan Silver | Posted 09.08.2016 | Green
Jonathan Silver

Developers need to appreciate the unique role the utilities play with consumers and the utilities need to develop business cultures which see their customers as their partners and not their adversaries, and don't see new sources of power production as a threat. The faster we help this happen, the faster residential solar will grow.

Can Utilities Survive the 21st-Century Energy Market?

James Stafford | Posted 05.12.2015 | Business
James Stafford

The electric utility is at a crossroads. Facing flat electricity demand and a sudden insurgent campaign from rooftop solar, the large, centralized utility company is entering a new era. The smarter utilities are moving with the tide rather than fighting it.

6 Reasons 2014 Was a Good Year for Climate Action

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 03.01.2015 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

When we heard about Federal cuts to environmental initiatives, we couldn't help but think of the potential disaster when climate-denying forces really take power next year. So here are six reasons to be optimistic under even the most climate-denying Congress.

The Most Important Race You've Never Heard of: Louisiana's Battle to Save Solar

Brian Holton Henderson | Posted 01.03.2015 | Green
Brian Holton Henderson

On Tuesday, voters in Louisiana will cast ballots in the state's increasingly contentious Public Service Commission election. The PSC race has received little media attention beyond the state level, but its outcome will have national implications.

Xcel "Inadvertently" Bills Coloradans for Expressing Opinion, Voting

Brian Holton Henderson | Posted 11.23.2014 | Green
Brian Holton Henderson

Is Xcel billing ratepayers for the cost of attacking ratepayers who go solar?

The Future of Public Power

Brian Holton Henderson | Posted 08.17.2014 | Green
Brian Holton Henderson

If utilities continue to rely on their comfortable monopolies, more and more consumers are going to demand a change.

Coloradans to Xcel: Don't Stifle Rooftop Solar

Anne Smart | Posted 04.13.2014 | Green
Anne Smart

Last week, hundreds of Coloradans gathered at the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to express their support for rooftop solar and net metering (and t...

How Much For A Ray Of Sunshine?

Posted 12.11.2013 | Green

How much for a ray of sunshine? In Colorado it's becoming a hotly contested question. Almost 30,000 Coloradans signed a petition that was deliver...

Distributed Generation - A Key Piece of the Energy Puzzle

Craig Lewis | Posted 10.23.2012 | Los Angeles
Craig Lewis

Streamlining distributed generation (DG) in the U.S. will put the nation on a path towards lasting energy independence. California can serve as a standard that states and utilities across the country can use.

Tom Zeller Jr.

Solar Leasing Companies Head Eastward. Popsicle, Anyone? | Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 09.24.2011 | Green

"We've got to make solar feel simpler than people see it today," says Patrick Crane, the chief marketing officer for the California-based solar leasin...

Five Reasons Why Every Rooftop Matters

Michael Brune | Posted 08.21.2011 | Green
Michael Brune

Every kilowatt hour of solar you generate either replaces electricity that might otherwise come from burning coal. No one ever had an asthma attack because of a solar panel.