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Burlington Starts Down a Renewable Path

Burlington, Vermont has set the standard for the nation by converting all of its power sources into renewable ones. The city had a choice several years ago, to go the natural gas route or to choose renewable resources. Burlington chose right. Instead of going the easy route,  the 42,000 person city of Burlington focused its energy […]

February 24th

What President Obama SHOULD Say About Solar In The SOTU

By Frank Andorka, RGB Contributor All eyes will be on the House of Representatives tonight … oh, who am I kidding? Viewership for the State of the Union have been falling for years, and I’m fairly certain this year won’t be any different. I’m thinking it’s because the state of the union is always strong and […]

January 20th

Obama may reject Keystone XL pipeline after all

By Meteor Blades Sen. Mary Landrieu’s effort to squeak by in the Louisiana run-off election that every prognosticator of note says she will lose, failed in a squeaker of its own Tuesday. She could only get 13 of her fellow Democrats to join her and all 45 Republican senators in trying, once again, to make an […]

November 20th

Burying Solar Not A Noble Cause

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears; I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him. The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones; So let it be with Caesar. Marc Antony, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Act III, Scene 2 By Chip Martin, Special To RGB […]

October 12th

5 Things To Know About Solar Politics

This post originally appeared on PV Solar Report. It is cross-posted here with permission. By Carter Lavin The politics that surround and shape the solar industry can be confusing and hard to navigate. We as an industry must have a richer understanding of these politics so that we may shift them to our advantage. While […]

August 15th

Xcel Has More Faces Than Eve

By Chip Martin, Special to RGB In 1957, 20th Century Fox produced a movie called The Three Faces of Eve, starring Joanne Woodward as Eve White, a woman suffering from dissociative identity disorder (previously known as multiple personality disorder) who has three distinct personalities — the timid wife, the party girl and the stable woman […]

July 30th

Can’t We Get A Restraining Order Against Xcel Already?

By Chip Martin, Special to RGB In the 1987 thriller Fatal Attraction, Glen Close’s delightfully insane stalker character Alex Forrest famously proclaimed to her victim Dan (Michael Douglass), “I WILL NOT BE IGNORED, DAN!” Alex, you have nothing on Xcel Energy. You remember Xcel Energy, right? That charming Minneapolis company that is suing city council […]

July 1st

Desperation, Is Thy Name Xcel Energy?

By Chip Martin, Special To RGB About 10 days ago, I wrote about the exciting push toward municipalization in Colorado, and how the citizens there were working to free themselves from the yoke of Xcel Energy oppression.  As I wrote then (at the risk of seeming self-reverential): Despite mouthing public platitudes about how much it […]

June 9th

Coloradans Have Nothing To Lose But Chains

By Chip Martin, Special To RGB As most of you who read me regularly know, I am all about smashing the regulated-monopoly-utility racket that currently holds us hostage. They’ve never faced real competition before, and now rooftop solar poses a significant threat. That’s why they’re hell-bent on regulating it out of the picture. In Colorado, […]

May 29th

Why Sunrun Added REC And Joined With Sungevity

This article originally appeared on Solar Wakeup. By Yann Brandt, Managing Editor of SolarWakeup Residential solar is the fastest growing part of the solar market and some of the major players in the sector have been making big moves. Recently, Sunrun acquired the residential division of REC Solar including AEE Solar and SnapNrack while also announcing […]

May 13th

Can India Go 100% Renewable by 2050?

This post originally appeared on Solar Power World. The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the writer and are not intended to represent the views or policies of the United States Department of Energy or the United States. The article was not prepared as part of the writer’s official duties […]

May 13th

Who Has The Best Job In Solar? Bet It’s Not You

By Chet Henry, Special To RGB Close your eyes for a moment and picture the perfect job in solar. You’d talk solar all day and all night. You’d work with some of the most innovative companies in the solar world. You’d fly around the country — first class, of course — to attend solar ribbon […]

May 9th

Solar Wakeup: Top 5 Anti-Solar Policy Tricks

Yann Brandt, solar entrepreneur and proprietor of SolarWakeup.com (if you’re not receiving his daily wrap-up of news from around the solar industry in your inbox, shame on you), wrote this original piece for his website. When I saw it, I immediately demanded he let me post it here. Thankfully, he acceded to my request: By Yann Brandt, Managing […]

April 18th

Paula Mints: Will The Tariff Wars Ever End?

Paula Mints is one of the top market researchers in the country whose insights are sharp and incisive. She is also the founder and chief market research analyst for SPV  Market Research. In this post, she says the trade wars currently raging in the solar industry must stop — or the long-term damage to the industry may be irreparable. […]

April 6th

We Love Solar So Much That We Want To Smother It

We all know those parents, hovering just out of sight, keeping an eye on every move their children make, offering unsolicited advice and generally trying to keep control of everything — all in the name of “love.” The utilities have studied that behavior and decided to go all-in with it, with a much more sinister goal: to […]

April 1st