Increasing demand and decreasing costs are making solar energy more attractive and affordable to solar developers, leading to more profitable investments in solar energy. In 2015, the federal government renewed the Investment Tax Credit (ITC). The ITC is a 30% credit of all expenditures related to equipment that generates electricity. This means that solar developers [...]
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The leaders of over 190 countries met in Paris last December to come to a global agreement about climate change. This conference was called the Conference of the Parties, or COP21. The proposed long-term agreement established at COP 21 is to keep global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius; however, the ultimate aim is [...]
Governor Jerry Brown has done it again! He has called for California utilities to be 50% renewable by 2030. Jerry Brown's call will probably lead to a new California mandate. This of course will require thousands of acres of new wind and solar farms! California's existing mandate (33% by 2020) is mainly being filled by [...]
A California nuclear power plant, San Onofre nuclear generating station, closed for good on June 7, 2013. This is excellent news for renewable energy! Dennis Silverman, of the University of California, Irvine, has calculated that it would require a solar facility 20 square miles large to replace the nuclear generating station. While not all the [...]
Solar manufacturing costs have steadily dropped in the last five years. According to John Aziz at The Week, the price per watt has fallen from $4 per watt in 2008 to just 58 cents today! If this technological and manufacturing trend continues, the price of solar generated electricity here in the sunny southwest could fall [...]
Catalina Solar Project phase 1 is under construction on 1,100 acres in central California and should be complete at the end of 2012. This project will supply power to SDG&E in San Diego. Phase 2 and phase 3 will be even larger and are expected to be complete in 2013. Phase one will produce enough [...]
The first renewable energy State Mandates were first adopted in 1983. Nearly thirty years later, there are 30 States with renewable mandates. New States are adding mandates and existing mandates are becoming stricter every year. There is also a possibility that a federal mandate will be passed. Evidence is all around us that costs are [...]
The clean energy revolution is accelerating! Wind power in America surpassed 50 gigawatts this year! This is enough energy to power approximately 13 million homes, or Nevada, Colorado, Wisconsin, Virginia, Alabama, and Connecticut combined. This is also approximately 7% of America’s total energy usage, which will be 700 gigawatts. I know we use more than [...]