February 22nd, 2017 | by Steve Hanley
Lancaster, California has been a leader in renewable energy since 2011. Now the city council has voted in favor of a new policy that requires all new homes to have a rooftop solar system large enough to provide all the electricity needed to operate the home.
February 21st, 2017 | by Steve Hanley 1 comment
A new bill filed in the California legislature would move the timetable forward for renewable energy forward by several years to 50% by 2025 and 100% by 2045. Both targets are among the most ambitious in the country.
February 14th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley
Twenty governors of both political parties have written a letter to the president urging support for renewable energy policies. They point out that renewables provide jobs in the very rural areas where the presidents says he wants to create more jobs.
January 28th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley
The SunShot Initiative was created by the US Energy Department in 2011 to help lower the cost of installed solar to $1.00 per watt. It reached its goal three years early but is threatened by the ignorance of Donald Trump.
January 10th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley
HECO, Hawaii's utility company, now expects to achieve its goal of 100% renewable energy by 2045. That's 5 years sooner than originally expected.
December 27th, 2016 | by Steve Hanley
Two writers for the Huffington Post suggest that Mexico could derive many benefits from building a wall of solar panels along its border with the US. Not only would it create much needed jobs, it would allow Mexico to earn income from US electricity customers.
December 23rd, 2016 | by Steve Hanley
Arizona has voted to eliminate net metering for residential solar customers. Here's why the change won't matter.
December 18th, 2016 | by Steve Hanley
A new proposal in Arizona would provide incentives to renewable energy suppliers to provide some of their electricity to utility companies during peak demand hours when it is needed most.
November 14th, 2016 | by Steve Hanley
Rocky Mountain Power in Utah is asking the PUC to slash the money it pays rooftop solar customers from 14 cents to 4 cents per kilowatt hour. Is that fair to people with rooftop solar systems?
October 31st, 2016 | by James Ayre
Argentina’s first renewable energy tender under the new RenovAr program has attracted more than 2,834 megawatts (MW) worth of solar
October 24th, 2016 | by Aisha Abdelhamid
Originally published on Cost of Solar. Looking at the map, Hawaii appears to be an ideal solar market. Every sun-worshipper
October 21st, 2016 | by Steve Hanley
Minnesota has just dedicated the largest solar far in the midwest. The North Star facility will supply power for 20,000 homes. In other news, Minnesota Power will shutter two more coal fired plants by the end of 2018.
October 19th, 2016 | by Steve Hanley
Vote No on Amendment 1 on the Florida ballot. It's a scam that does exactly the opposite of what it promise to do. Don't be taken in by this carefully crafted bait and switch effort.
October 1st, 2016 | by Steve Hanley
250 miles west of Senegal, the island nation of Cape Verde is making plans to ditch fossil fuels and derive 100% of its electricity from wind and solar power by 2020.
September 24th, 2016 | by Steve Hanley
Covering 1.2% of the Sahara Desert with solar panels could generate enough electricity to power the entire world says professor Mehran Moalem on Quora.
September 17th, 2016 | by Steve Hanley
The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on Friday to switch to 100% renewable energy as soon as possible. The action
September 16th, 2016 | by Steve Hanley 2 comments
China, Japan, South Korea, and Russia plan a global ultra-high voltage grid for renewable energy. But first, they must settle their political differences.
August 2nd, 2016 | by Steve Hanley
Campaigning in Pennsylvania on Monday, Donald Trump confirmed he is an ignoramus by telling the audience that solar power was too expensive and wind turbines kill all the birds.