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More Than 550 Solar Companies Tell Congress to Protect America's 250,000 Solar Workers

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Mar 24, 2020 9:34:07 AM

554 solar companies sent a letter to Congress underscoring the impact COVID-19 is having on the solar industry

Following is a statement from Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, on the letter:

“As the COVID-19 crisis reaches new heights, we are grateful that Congress is putting American families and their safety and wellbeing first. This is a public health crisis that is affecting Americans on a personal and an economic level.
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House Clean Energy Tax Package Includes 5-Year Extension of Solar ITC, Storage Incentives

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Nov 19, 2019 10:29:11 AM

Today the House Ways and Means Committee released a comprehensive clean energy tax package that includes a five-year extension of the 30% solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) and new incentives for energy storage.

Following is a statement from Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) on the tax package:

“This is a positive development for everyday Americans who want access to affordable clean energy. The Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) enjoys bipartisan support in the House and is responsible for making solar energy an American economic success story. An ITC extension will create thousands of jobs, add billions of dollars in private investment to the economy and reduce emissions. These benefits will be further accentuated with the inclusion of storage in a clean energy tax package.

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U.S. Utility Solar Pipeline Soars to 37.9 GW, A New Record

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Sep 18, 2019 11:16:38 AM

The U.S. solar industry now has the largest pipeline of utility-scale solar projects in history, signaling promising future prospects for solar energy development.

According to the latest U.S. Solar Market Insight Report from Wood Mackenzie and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the contracted pipeline has ballooned to a record 37.9 gigawatts (GW), the highest in the history of U.S. utility solar photovoltaics (PV). This follows record-high procurement of 15 GW in 2018. More than 6 GW of solar capacity were added to the five-year forecast since last quarter because of the uptick in utility-scale deals.

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New Analysis of 1,500 Scientific Studies Details Threat to Health and Climate

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 24, 2019 1:36:38 PM

A comprehensive analysis of nearly 1,500 scientific studies, government reports, and media stories on the consequences of fracking released Wednesday found that the evidence overwhelmingly shows the drilling method poses a profound threat to public health and the climate.

The sixth edition of the Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking (the Compendium), published by Physicians for Social Responsibility and Concerned Health Professionals of New York, found that "90.3 percent of all original research studies published from 2016-2018 on the health impacts of fracking found a positive association with harm or potential harm."

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New Survey Reveals 70% of Americans Support Nationwide Solar Panel Mandate on New Homes

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 21, 2019 4:33:48 PM

A new survey reveals American adults are eager to harness the sun's energy, with 70 percent saying they would support a nationwide mandate requiring solar panels to be installed on all newly built homes. The survey,* conducted by CITE Research on behalf of  Vivint Solar (NYSE: VSLR), a leading full-service residential solar provider, also revealed significant others and environmental experts are the most influential when deciding to install residential solar for the good of the environment, while politicians are the least influential by far.

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Huge Florida Solar Project To Rise in Shadow of Nuclear Power Plant

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 20, 2019 11:15:12 AM

The $150 million solar facility will cover 1,000 acres of an old quarry near Crystal River, just a stone's throw from a soon-to-be-decommissioned nuclear plant.

Editor's Note: What's not discussed in the article excerpt from today's Chronicle is the back story on how this region currently gets its electricity. Duke Energy spent $1.8 billion building a new natural gas-fired power plant in a complex nearby about five years ago. This replaced two coal plants and an aging nuclear plant which is supposed to undergo decommissioning starting in 2020. One concern we have with this planned decommissioning is Duke Energy's plan to contract with an outside party to handle the decommissioning. This company will own the "dry cask storage system assets, including the used nuclear fuel assemblies." While the NRC people feel confident that these on-site canisters are safe, even in high-risk flood and hurricane zones, we're not as confident. We'd like to see them moved somewhere that's not 4 ft. above sea level.

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Hydropower Questioned: Better Alternatives Now Exist

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 11, 2019 10:19:26 AM

Note from GB Editor: An interesting criticism of hydropower, in comparison to other renewable sources of power. It's important to keep in context, however, that the worst contributors to Climate Change are places such as Poland, where massive amounts of coal are still being burned. Any renewable source, including hydropower, is a welcome alternative.-MP

Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman at IDTechEx, has recently written the below article questioning hydropower and its alternatives. 

Hydropower takes years to install and it can drown vegetation creating years of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Dams have burst in three countries recently. Fortunately many better options are available or emerging. The strong trend now is to making electricity where you need it, from your solar watch to your village microgrid. Both are evidence of another trend which is the ability to move your zero-emission electricity generation. 

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New Analysis Finds a Strong Economic Case for ResilientSolar and Battery Storage in Five Southeastern Cities

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Apr 29, 2019 4:21:12 PM

Clean Energy Group’s new report series explores the obstacles and opportunities for deploying solar+storage at critical community facilities throughout the Southeast.

Solar and battery storage technologies that provide clean, reliable backup power are cost-effective for many critical community facilities in the Southeast, according to Clean Energy Group’s report series, “Resilient Southeast: Exploring Opportunities for Solar+Storage in Five Southeastern Cities,” released today in partnership with regional nonprofit partners details a first-of-its-kind economic analysis evaluation for solar PV and battery storage (solar+storage) in the region. When the economic value of resilience is accounted for, solar+storage was proven to be a positive investment for all locations and building types examined. 

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'Coal is on the way out': study finds fossil fuel now pricier than solar or wind

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Mar 27, 2019 11:40:52 AM

New study finds that approximately 75% of coal production is more expensive than renewables.

The Guardian reports that a study by Energy Innovation outlines the path to the end result of almost all coal production becoming more expensive than wind and solar.

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Electricity Price Data Suggests Best and Worst Places for Solar Power

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jan 11, 2019 10:00:32 AM

The up-to-date, interactive data on electricity rates offers valuable insights for solar installers and planners.

It's often hard to find the latest electricity rates, but William Hudson at ChooseEnergy.com sent us this well-maintained and helpful update.
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