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[ACORE Member] Planet2025 Network Launches Program

April 22 -- Union Station is the new site of the Earth Day Network’s 2013 celebration of April - Earth Month, bringing its message of sustainability and conservation to about 100,000 visitors daily. Among the green exhibits, environmental films, energy demonstrations, farmers’ market, and youth science fair and art contests, a local movement is being launched that could become an international model for energizing communities and cultivating healthier lives. >>View Release

A Plan To Make Washington As Green As Google

April 22 -- The U.S. government is the nation’s largest energy consumer. It accounted for 1.5 percent of the country’s total energy use in 2009 (the most recent year for which figures are available) and spent $24.5 billion the previous year on fuel and electricity for its roughly 500,000 buildings and 600,000 vehicles. >>View Article  

Renewable Energy An Economic Boon For NC

April 22 -- A 2007 compromise among utilities, legislators, regulators and community groups brought substantial investments in domestic renewable energy. The 2007 standard is working and fueling job growth and economic investment that is good for the economy, good for business and good for consumers. >>View Article

Go Green! Sports Stadiums Save Energy

April 22 -- You could view a National Football League stadium as a hulk of concrete and steel, where video boards and bright lights eat up electricity, refrigeration is needed to keep the beer cold, halftimes are flush-fests and cars idle before and after games. >>View Article

119,000 Reasons Why Solar is a United States' Success Story

April 19 --Every state in the union has benefitted from solar power’s remarkable growth over the last few years. In an actual headcount of employees, DC-based The Solar Foundation has found 119,000 employees in solar companies across the country.  You can dive in and learn more about them here at the State Solar Jobs Map. >>View Article

Report Says Major Boost In Renewables Would Not Hurt U.S. Grid Reliability

April 19 --If the U.S. ceases to burn coal, shuts down a quarter of existing nuclear reactors and trims its use of natural gas by 2050, the resulting increased reliance on wind, solar and other renewables will not result in a less reliable electricity grid, according to a new report prepared by Synapse Energy Economics Inc. for the nonprofit Civil Society Institute. >>View Article

The US Solar Industry Puts People To Work In All 50 States

April 18 -- According to The Solar Foundation's (TSF) recently released interactive map, California has more solar workers than actors; more Texans work in solar than ranching; and the U.S. solar industry has more workers than the coal mining industry. Those findings and many more were discovered by The Solar Foundation team, led by Andrea Luecke, as they put together comprehensive solar job data about all fifty U.S. states and the District of Columbia. >>View Article 

Government Policy Can Help Innovate The Path To A Clean Energy Future

April 18 -- The key to broader penetration of solar energy depends on access to capital markets and innovative financial structures that can reduce the cost of capital for project finance as well as increase the investor base beyond the traditional tax-equity driven investors. There is a strong case for the DOE to establish the Advancd Research Project Agency-Capital (ARPA-C) that will function to support the broader adoption and commercialization of renewable energy through mechanisms, including credit enhancment and direct equity investments for capital market project aggregation warehouse facilities and securitization transactions. >>View Article

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