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US Solar Jobs Growing Ten Times Faster than National Average Employment Growth

US Solar Jobs Growing Ten Times Faster than National Average Employment Growth

Today The Solar Foundation (TSF), a non-profit organization that seeks to further the understanding of solar energy through research and public education, released its 4th National Jobs Census report, which shows remarkable growth in the U.S. labor market as it pertains to solar energy employment.
CA’s Million Solar Roofs Bill Re-referred to Committee

CA’s Million Solar Roofs Bill Re-referred to Committee

In what appears to be a last ditch effort to save SB-1 and at the same time save political face, members of the California assembly re-referred the solar bill to the Utilities and Commerce Committee for the wrangling over final language.
SB 1 Defeat Reveals the Victors

SB 1 Defeat Reveals the Victors

Less than a month ago, SB1, the Million Solar Roofs Initiative, failed to survive the vicious political gauntlet of the California Assembly. Back-up plans are varied: the bill could be implemented directly through the California Public Utilities Commission, brought up again in a January session in the legislature or even sent straight to the voters through a direct statewide initiative process. Either way, success is far from certain. In the meantime, there are some clear winners to the bill's defeat.
CA’s Solar Roofs Bill Threatened by Special Interests

CA’s Solar Roofs Bill Threatened by Special Interests

"Akeena Solar Goes Nuclear, Opposes California's Million Solar Roofs Bill.'' Good headline, huh? And it's true. The bill that would have made California a world leader in solar energy has been ruined by a partisan payoff to unions.
5 Ways Cities Can Benefit from SunShot’s Latest Solar Prize Challenge

5 Ways Cities Can Benefit from SunShot’s Latest Solar Prize Challenge

The solar industry is growing fast. In 2016, solar energy was the largest source of new generating capacity in the United States. With more than 1 million U.S. solar projects now operating, the country has more than 35 gigawatts of total solar installed capacity—enough to power the equivalent of 6.5 million average American homes.    
In Illinois energy bill negotiations, equity is taking center stage

In Illinois energy bill negotiations, equity is taking center stage

All three major coalitions pushing for new clean energy legislation are touting social justice as a priority but vary on their approaches and accountability.  As the country continues to grapple with its historic and ongoing racial injustices, equity is seen as a driving factor in Illinois energy legislation being hammered out in often-contentious negotiations leading up to the state’s fall […]
A Self-sufficient Solar Industry?

A Self-sufficient Solar Industry?

In 2006, California enacted the California Solar Initiative. The goal of the initiative was to install 3,000 megawatts (MW) of generation capacity and to establish a self-sufficient solar industry in which solar energy systems are a viable mainstream option for both homes and businesses within 10 years. This goal raises an interesting question about the definition of a self-sufficient solar industry -- and who defines it. It also provides an opportunity for the industry to think about and plan for its future. In California, one of the assessments that will be made about the California Solar Initiative will be whether or not the goals of the program were met. It will be important for the industry to be involved in the definition of a self-sufficient solar industry.
Completing Maine’s Energy Independence Strategic Vision with Fuel from Its Forests

Completing Maine’s Energy Independence Strategic Vision with Fuel from Its Forests

We have recently seen a significant increase in interest from business, state government and the public in helping Maine become energy independent. These discussions often center around weatherization, wind, solar, and tidal power which are all important parts of a strategy aimed at curtailing Maine's oil addiction. I am still amazed however that home and small business heating is not as well addressed in the policy discussions.