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Kansas tried to rip off wind and solar energy users. Court says NO.

In 1980, the Kansas legislature passed a law that said utility customers using renewable energy may not be subjected to “higher rates or charges” or “any other prejudice or disadvantage.” Though the meaning of the law should be intuitively obvious even to a slow witted fourth grader, authorities in Kansas, including the Kansas Corporation Commission, […]

April 6th

Perovskite solar cells are a step closer with new trap state research

By now *everybody* knows that perovskite solar cells are the wave of the future. Unfortunately the future is on hold at present as all attention turns to the COVID-19 crisis. Nevertheless, there will be a future, and perovskite technology is poised to dominate the solar industry of the future — especially if researchers can manage […]

March 30th

Solar hit 40% of new US electricity generation capacity last year!

A new report by the Solar Energy Industries Association says solar energy installations added 13.3 gigawatts to the supply of electricity in the US in 2019 — 40% of the total. “Even as tariffs have slowed our growth, we’ve always said that the solar industry is resilient, and this report demonstrates that,” says Abigail Ross Hopper, CEO […]

March 19th

What does the Coronavirus pandemic mean for energy democracy?

Most of the material we publish on our website reflects thoughtful deliberation and careful research. This piece has a different theme––it offers some speculation about the relationship between energy democracy and large social and economic upheavals. By John Farrell Institue for Local Self-Reliance I’m writing this piece from my living room couch, my kids out […]

March 17th

Solar vs carbon capture on the high plains (solar is WINNING)

South Dakota was once a quiet backwater for solar activity in the US, but no more. A major electricity wholesaler just inked its first ever solar energy deal to create the largest ever solar farm in South Dakota, and the ripple effect could spill out into 8 other states in the region. That includes neighboring […]

March 13th

Tesla Powerwall gets approved for solar battery rebate in Australia

The Tesla Powerwall, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that can store energy from solar panels, provide backup power, and even be used for full off-the-grid use, has been approved for Victoria’s solar battery rebate. Tesla has emailed its customers in Victoria with the good news that the Powerwall has been approved for the rebate. The Solar Homes […]

March 8th

Podcast: Talking with Mark Z Jacobson about 100% Renewable Energy

In the first half of this special two-part episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc. and CleanTechnica contributor, takes Zach Shahan’s place as host to talk with Mark Z. Jacobson, professor at Stanford University and cofounder of The Solutions Project, about transitioning the world to 100% renewable energy. By Winter […]

March 1st

Tesla offers solar help to Australia bushfire victims

Tesla is helping Australia bushfire victims with its part in the collective efforts alongside 5B, a solar provider in Sydney, and Mike Cannon-Brooks, the founder of Atlassian. The goal is to install solar panels and batteries in towns that have lost power completely due to the devastating bushfires of 2019–2020. By Johnna Crider Cleantechnica Cannon-Brookes has already donated […]

February 25th

Solar jobs are 10,000 fewer than in 2016, thanks to Trump

For the first time in three years, the Solar Foundation’s annual census of U.S. solar-related jobs, released Wednesday, showed a solid increase, with the South—not known in the past for a particular friendliness to renewable energy sources—making significant gains. Last year, 5,600 new solar jobs were added to the nation’s total, according to the 10th survey conducted by the foundation, bringing the total to 249,983, […]

February 20th