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Scotland reaches solar goal 5 years early – PV record broken in U.S.

photo courtesy of ecocongregationscotland.org
photo courtesy of ecocongregationscotland.org

The installation pace of renewable energy generated by photovoltaic (PV) solar power has rapidly accelerated and that’s not surprising. Not only is solar electricity good for the environment, its installation costs are dropping rapidly. Now solar’s total generation costs in some parts of the world are almost as low as traditional dirty electricity sources, even without accounting for solar’s lower-pollution economic benefits. Additionally, solar electricity is not subject to fuel cost increases and can provide the benefits of distributed generation. Continue reading Scotland reaches solar goal 5 years early – PV record broken in U.S.

Pioneering utilities benefit the environment and customers

Hooley Digester - photo courtesy of Kroes Construction
Hooley Digester – photo courtesy of Kroes Construction

Innovative utilities, both for, and not for, profit, are finding new ways to generate and deliver electricity that are more sustainable and help the environment, customers, and customers’ wallets. Continue reading Pioneering utilities benefit the environment and customers

Rooftop solar’s resale value exceeds its cost

photo courtesy of SEIA
photo courtesy of SEIA

For the first six months of 2015, solar power accounted for 40% of all new electric generating capacity brought on-line in the U.S. according to a recent report by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). That makes economic sense, especially for U.S. rooftop solar. Photovoltaic (PV) system costs have fallen and buyers are willing to pay more for homes that have PV systems than they will pay for similar homes without them. Homeowners can now install solar panels and then immediately recover their PV investment, and more, if they sell their house. Continue reading Rooftop solar’s resale value exceeds its cost

Vermont electricity is 100% renewable & Green Power exceeds 60% in 6 U.S. states

Vermont hydropower dam - photo courtesy of Green Mountain Power
Vermont hydropower dam – photo courtesy of Green Mountain Power

Vermont’s electricity generation became 100% from green power sources in late 2014, when the state’s only nuclear power plant permanently closed. Additionally, according to USEIA data five other states are encouragingly not far behind. As of June 2015, renewable sources power 60% or more of those states’ electricity production. Continue reading Vermont electricity is 100% renewable & Green Power exceeds 60% in 6 U.S. states

Top 5 U.S. green-power users avoid CO2 = 785,000 households

chart by GN4N staff - for data sources see below
chart by GN4N staff – for data sources see below

More than 1,300 large U.S. electricity users, including 78 Fortune 500 companies, belong to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Power Partnership. Partners pledge to use, at a minimum, green power for a specified percentage of their electricity use. For members using the most electricity, program requirements mean that at least 3 million kWh of the electricity that they use each year be green power. Continue reading Top 5 U.S. green-power users avoid CO2 = 785,000 households