A new book takes readers on a fascinating exploration of the many faces of solar energy, from rooftops to wide open spaces, from small-scale to large, from coast to coast and plenty of places in between. Harness the Sun: America’s Quest for a Solar-Powered Future, by Philip Warburg, covers an exciting range of solar technologies, issues, locations, and opportunities, in a compelling, easy-to-read style that will have you wondering why we aren’t doing even more of this, and how you can get a piece of the action. Read More
September 3rd, 2015
September 3rd, 2015
Since my iceberg of excuses for not having solar couldn’t stand up to the light of day, and since I know there’s a lot going on, solar-wise, I’m really excited about exploring options for solarizing my roof. But where do I start, and what happens next?
Here are three simple questions—and some answers—from my own solar journey that might help you in yours. Read More
August 6th, 2015
The first-ever national limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants have just become final. That’s great news for finally getting a grip on carbon from the U.S. power sector. But what’s it going to cost us?
The good news is that cutting carbon turns out to be not just affordable, but smart: the Clean Power Plan’s public health and climate benefits, worth an estimated $34 billion to $54 billion in 2030, far outweigh the estimated costs of $8.4 billion. Read More
July 13th, 2015
A Nevada utility and a solar developer have just struck a deal for solar electricity at a price that stands out compared not just to other solar deals, but also to just about any other option for new electricity. Here’s what it and other recent deals say about the future of solar. Read More
July 7th, 2015
June 22nd, 2015
I’ve got a confession to make: For all the talking I do about solar and the solar revolution underway, I haven’t thrown my hat in the solar ring. An iceberg-sized collection of excuses stands between me and Solardom, and my homeowner-ship is hesitant to steam past them. But here’s why my excuses might just be hogwash, and how that iceberg might just melt away under the summer sun. Read More
June 12th, 2015
An op-ed in yesterday’s Investor’s Business Daily uses a new study to make unsubstantiated claims about the economic impacts of the proposed Clean Power Plan on vulnerable communities. Since the op-ed didn’t provide a link to the actual analysis, we hunted it down and took a look behind the headlines. And when we did, we found that the foundations of this new “analysis” are shaky indeed. Read More
May 21st, 2015
May 8th, 2015
We’re working hard to set the record straight on disinformation about the Clean Power Plan, the first-ever national limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants under the Clean Air Act. It’s not hard to find fodder: there’s plenty of misleading stuff out there, and some of it has gotten way more airtime than it should have. To fight back, colleagues and I gave a webinar recently on the really wrong conclusions some studies have come to on the Clean Power Plan, and how they got it so far off the mark.