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Record-Breaking Flight Shows the Power of Solar Energy

July 6 -- A record-breaking flight using electricity produced from the sun is showcasing
what is possible using clean technology.

The accomplishment marks the latest leg of a round-the-world mission by two Swiss explorers
to promote the promise of clean technology.

Solar Impulse 2 took off from Abu Dhabi on March 9 on the first stage of a 35,000 km
journey. >>View Article

On the Record -- Trade Media Coverage is Top Tier Coverage

July 6 -- When are 10,000 readers better than three million? Simply put, when you’re a solar
company and all 10,000 readers are cleantech professionals who passionately care about your
ideas or products. At Tigercomm, our cleantech clients want to educate more decision makers
about the economic and environmental benefits of renewable energy technologies, and we
regularly turn to trades to get their messages in front of key publics.

Whether you work in cleantech, healthcare or any another field – PR pros get a lot of
pressure from their board members, bosses and clients to land national, mainstream media
hits because of the outlet’s size or reach. However, just because those hits are commonly
perceived as “bigger” doesn’t always make them better.  >>View Article

Policy Critique Ignores Benefits of Solar to All Ratepayers

July 6 -- The June 29 opinion piece “Nonsolar users bear burden of net metering” ignores the
benefits of solar to all ratepayers, and presents a one-sided view of costs based on
incomplete calculations that were compiled by the utilities. The piece also ignores the
overall value of solar in creating high-quality local jobs in the Commonwealth and in
preventing harmful emissions. The Net Metering and Solar Task Force report shows that the
benefits of solar far outweigh the costs, providing a net benefit of $9b to the
Commonwealth.

The Baker administration supports reaching at least 1,600 megawatts of solar while
minimizing costs to ratepayers. However, according to the task force, the pathway described
by the op-ed’s authors — to not raise the net-metering caps — is the most expensive scenario
for meeting the 1,600-megawatt goal. >>View Article

New Regulations Pave Way for Solar Energy

July 6 -- Where is solar energy headed in Nevada?

The state basks in an average 250 sunny days a year, and the push to turn our clear skies
and sun rays into energy grows every year.

In fact, Las Vegas is the third-sunniest city in the country, tied with Phoenix and Tucson,
and just behind Yuma, Ariz., and Redding, Calif., according to the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration. >>View Article

Public Investment in Clean Energy ''Poised for Exponential Growth'

July 2 -- A bill that would allow clean energy projects to leverage master limited partnerships, which are used by the oil and gas industry, was reintroduced in the Senate on Wednesday.

“Congress should level the playing field and give all sources of domestic energy -- renewable and non-renewable alike -- a fair shot at success in the marketplace,” Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), sponsor of the bipartisan bill, said in a statement. “This practical, market-driven solution will unleash private capital and create jobs.” >>View Article

Michigan-made biofuels the way to increase energy security

July 2 -- In a recent guest column in the Kalamazoo Gazette, Michael Miller thanked Congressman Fred Upton for working to allow exports of oil drilled in the United States.

Rather than looking for new ways to make money by drilling for oil, we should be looking at ways to further boost Michigan's growing biofuels industry – a sector that already fosters job creation and economic opportunity in our rural communities. >>View Article

There's a lot more solar power in the US than we thought

July 2 -- How much solar photovoltaic (PV) power is generated in the United States? According to a new report, official government figures may be understating the total by as much as a third. That's a pretty big deal!

Here's the problem: the Energy Information Administration (EIA) and other energy agencies can easily gather data on electricity from big, utility-scale solar power plants that sell into wholesale markets. But it's much, much more difficult to get data about electricity from solar panels on the customer side of the meter. That means that rooftop solar power on homes and businesses gets overlooked and undercounted. >>View Article

Lyon: Dark money clouds energy debate

July 2 -- Voters are long familiar with Michigan’s big issues each election — jobs,
education, infrastructure and taxes are perennial defining platforms for Michigan
candidates. Energy is poised to join that short list, with issues surrounding energy choice,
oil and gas development, renewables, and environmental stewardship top-of-mind for a growing percentage of legislators, corporate interests and voters. And with energy issues come
“front groups” paid for by energy companies. >>View Article

In Colorado, more jobs, less carbon

July 2 -- Earlier this month, a new report titled "Winds of Change" highlighted the major positive impact Colorado's booming wind energy industry is having on our economy. The report, which was rolled out by the national nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) at the Alliance Center in Denver, found that Colorado is home to nearly 10 percent of the entire nation's wind energy workforce, with more than 2,500 jobs announced in the state's wind sector the past three years alone.

These are good jobs at 22 manufacturing plants and nearly 30 wind farms. They're jobs at wind turbine servicing companies like the Boulder-based business that I co-founded. They're jobs running financial analyses to maximize private-sector profits. >>View Article

PUC needs to push Idaho Power toward more wind, solar

July 2 -- This week Idaho faces a critical moment for its future prosperity and security. What is at stake? Hundreds if not thousands of jobs, income for farmers and other property owners, attracting new industries to the state, reduced and more stable power prices, and a larger tax base.

I am an energy strategist, having worked for global corporations and governments for more than 20 years, including Duke Energy, Google, Microsoft and the U.S. Department of Energy. Five years ago I moved back to Blaine County, bringing my work home, and I have been distressed to watch Idaho miss a vast economic, security and environmental opportunity: homegrown renewable energy. >>View Article

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