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Some Like it Dirty and Expensive? Why?






With no out-of-pocket cost, you could have solar panels on your roof generating electric power at a lower rate than what you are paying your utility now.

You can choose to own the panels with zero down bank financing, or have SolarCity own and maintain the panels with a solar lease or Solar PPA (power purchase agreement). Either way, you’re protected.






SunShot 2030 | Department of Energy






NEW SOLAR OPPORTUNITIES FOR A NEW DECADE Since the SunShot Initiative began in 2011, solar has made great strides in the United States. At the time, solar power comprised less than 0.1% of the U.S. electricity supply with an installed capacity of just 1.2 gigawatts. Solar now supplies more than 1% of U.S. electricity demand… Read More »






As U.S. Cedes Leadership on Climate, Others Step Up at Davos – The New York Times






Under the Obama administration, the United States took on a climate leadership role. But President Trump has threatened to quit the Paris climate deal, and within minutes of his taking office on Friday, the White House website removed a discussion of the threat of climate change and replaced it with a commitment to eliminate cornerstone… Read More »






Virginia: Solar Feed-in Tariffs






$ 1,000 sign up bonus + 2 cents / kWh premium on exported solar energy. See DSIRE site below for list of participating utility companies in the TVA Interconnect and participating solar installers. Incentive Amount:$1,000 upon installationYears 1-10: retail electric rate + premium paymentYears 11-20: retail electric rate2015 Premium Rates: $0.02/kWh Source: DSIRE






Projected growth in CO2 emissions driven by countries outside the OECD – Today in Energy – U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)






Projected growth in CO2 emissions driven by countries outside the OECDSource: U.S. Energy Information Administration, International Energy Outlook 2016Note: OECD is the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.Global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are projected to increase by one-third between 2012 and 2040 in EIA’s International Energy Outlook 2016 (IEO2016) Reference case, largely driven by… Read More »






EIA projects 48% increase in world energy consumption by 2040 – Today in Energy – U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)






EIA projects 48% increase in world energy consumption by 2040Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, International Energy Outlook 2016The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s recently released International Energy Outlook 2016 (IEO2016) projects that world energy consumption will grow by 48% between 2012 and 2040. Most of this growth will come from countries that are not in the… Read More »






Electricity generation from renewable sources expected to grow 9% this year – Today in Energy – U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)






Electricity generation from renewable sources expected to grow 9% this yearSource: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Short-Term Energy Outlook, January 2016Electricity generated from utility-scale renewable plants is expected to grow by 9% in 2016, based on projections in the latest Short-Term Energy Outlook. Much of the growth comes from new installations of wind and solar plants… Read More »






Power generation from coal and natural gas expected to temporarily converge this spring – Today in Energy – U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)






Power generation from coal and natural gas expected to temporarily converge this springSource: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Electric Power Monthly, Short-Term Energy OutlookRepublished May 14, 2015, 2:00 p.m. to correct an error in the graphEIA’s most recent Short-Term Energy Outlook forecasts that the amount of electricity generation fueled by natural gas in April and May… Read More »






For Atlantic City Locals There’s a Zero Risk Bet Which Brought This Man $ 46,797






The Effects of Falling Solar PV Costs vs Value of Available Solar Incentives
If you are planning on going solar, you might be delaying your decision due to concerns about:
Falling Solar PV materials cost and Rapid advances in solar technology











Manufacturing scale, not cheap labor, driving China’s solar PV price advantage – Scientific American Blog Network






This could have happened in the USA over the past 60 years if not for political obstructionism… A new study released in the journal Energy and Environmental Science by MIT and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory looks at factors driving cheap(er) Chinese made solar panels. By David Wogan on September 10, 2013 Share on Facebook Share… Read More »






EERE Success Story—Solving the Efficiency Puzzle: New Solar Cells Open Pathway to 40% Theoretical Efficiency | Department of Energy






III-V/Si multi-junction solar cells developed at Ohio State University undergo illuminated current-voltage testing. The solar cells found in today’s typical photovoltaic (PV) solar panels convert about 20% to 23% of the light that passes through them into electricity, leaving nearly 80% of the their possible energy conversion behind. Read more at the source here: EERE… Read More »






A Virginia man responds thoughtfully when asked if immigrants are taking coal jobs.

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The Young Turks: Virginia man responds thoughtfully when asked if immigrants are taking coal jobs. By Adam Mordecai Meet Nic Smith. He’s got some powerful things to say. Nic, who works at a Waffle House in Virginia, comes from a long line of union coal miners. His grandfathers were coal miners. His great-grandfathers were coal miners.… Read More »