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I’m Just About to Install Solar. Here’s What I’m Looking to Get out of It…

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

My rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) system is finally set to be installed. Now I find myself on the edge of solarization, and I want to be clear—with myself at least—why I’m doing this. Just what am I hoping to get out of it? Read more >

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Community Solar: Making Solar Accessible without Rooftops

, director of state policy & analysis, Clean Energy

Community solar is a powerful and effective tool for increasing access to the solar revolution. That’s one of the key takeaways from research recently completed by UCS’s 2016 Schneider Fellow, Thazin. For nearly 15 years, UCS has participated in Stanford University’s Schneider Fellowship Program, which pairs talented students with national nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to work on issues in support of sustainable energy. The dispatch below—penned by Thazin—summarizes her work on the exciting role that community solar can play in the transition to a clean energy economy. Read more >

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Congress Can and Should Act to Support Coal Communities

, senior energy analyst

Congress returns from recess to a big opportunity to support coal communities, by passing the RECLAIM Act (H.R.4456), which would release existing funding for the cleanup and redevelopment of abandoned mine lands with the goal of spurring economic development in these communities. I previously blogged about this bill when it was introduced by Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY-5) back in February. This month, the House Natural Resources Committee will be considering a revised version of the bill, hopefully leading to a markup and a vote out of committee. Read more >

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Backward Steps on Clean Energy in Wisconsin? Not at the local level…

, policy analyst, Clean Energy

Despite a state legislature that has taken steps backward on clean energy in Wisconsin, policies and programs at the local level are moving the state in the right direction. Read more >

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Is the Midwest Finally Catching on to Utility-Scale Solar?

, energy analyst

There seems to have been a significant uptick in the number of utility-scale solar projects announced in the Midwest recently—from Michigan to Minnesota , Indiana to Iowa, and even up in Wisconsin. Is this just a one-off bump in activity, or the start of something bigger? Are we actually starting to see the solar revolution spread to the Midwest where wind power has historically been king of renewables?  And if large-scale solar is coming in a big way, are we ready? Read more >

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