Rhone Resch, SEIA President and CEO 9/12/13
All across the United States, rooftop solar panels are popping up on homes, businesses and schools like mushrooms in a forest, and utility-scale solar projects are bringing huge amounts of clean energy into our communities. Why? Well, among other things, consumer choice in America is something that we all hold very sacred.
By David Field, OneRoof Energy CEO and Founder
The demand for solar in the U.S. has nearly doubled over the past few years, bringing significant opportunity for solar installation providers along with challenges that such rapid growth inevitably brings. Now the solar industry must collectively take advantage of this momentum by advocating for a streamlined and more efficient solar permitting practices and working with local governments to establish a permitting standard that will increase efficiencies and help installers manage costs amid this growth.
October 16 -- As the world's largest retailer and biggest private employer, Walmart commands attention from Wall Street to Main Street. But it's not what's happening inside Walmart stores making news this week -- it's what's happening on top of them. The annual Solar Means Business Report, which identifies major commercial solar projects and ranks America's top corporate solar users, was released this week by SEIA and Vote Solar. >>View Article
October 15 -- Innovation in solar, wind and other renewable power is booming worldwide, especially in China, and is now eclipsing that in fossil fuels — an about-face that occurred in just one generation, new research shows. >>View Article
October 8 -- Estero High School flipped the switch Friday on a program that will bring the sun into classrooms as a teaching aid. The Lee County school is among 21 in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties using solar power to reduce energy costs and provide a learning opportunity as part of Florida Power & Light's Solar for Schools initiative. >>View Article
October 8 -- A number of churches in Massachusetts have been installing solar panels on their roofs not just to lower energy costs but also to reduce their impact on the environment. >>View Article
October 8 -- Solar-powered breweries are giving bar patrons and consumers one more reason to enjoy a tasty brew—the feeling they’re saving the planet, one sip at a time. Abita Brewing Company, just north of New Orleans, has announced the completion of its 85 KW solar photovoltaic (PV) system on the roof of its main warehouse. The brewery’s 340 solar panels installed by South Coast Solar are expected to offset 2,737,202 kilowatt hours of electrical usage, making it one of the largest commercial solar systems in the state of Louisiana, reports the Beer Street Journal. Abita Brewing Company’s new solar array is expected to offset 2,054 tons of carbon — the equivalent of planting 10,264 trees. >>View Article
October 3 -- The shale revolution has gotten a lot of attention in the past few years, and rightfully so. But during pretty much the exact same time, a solar boom has occurred. >>View Article
October 2 -- Energy-efficiency saves lives. At least that's what top-ranking Army commanders are saying to explain a shift from fossil fuels to to solar energy and other renewable technologies at U.S. military outposts. According to Bloomberg, fuel tankers carrying oil and gas are particularly vulnerable to attack in a war zone. Now, army officials are hoping that investments in solar energy and photovoltaic panels will help mitigate the risk of attack and lessen the number of casualties. >>View Article
September 26 -- Wind power is no longer an insignificant energy source in the United States. Turbines across the country provided 4 percent of the nation's electricity last year — enough to power half of Mexico. >>View Article