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China is eating our lunch on renewable energy. So is India.

Last year, in its annual evaluation of the 40 most attractive national markets for investments in renewable energy, the accounting and professional services firm of Ernst & Young assessed the United States as No. 1. But this year the U.S. slipped to No. 3 with China placing first, and India second. The reason: that climate science denier squatting in the White House. […]

May 16th

Florida’s Amendment 1 is a utility-backed anti-solar scam

By Meteor Blades The solar power companies of Florida said it. The Tampa Bay Times said it. The Miami Herald said it. The Orlando Sentinel said it. The League of Women Voters said it. The Green Party of Florida, the Libertarian Party of Florida, the Christian Coalition, the AFL-CIO, the Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida, the Capital […]

October 19th

Renewable energy up 70% globally — US playing catch-up

By Meteor Blades A study commissioned by the Financial Times shows that the planet’s 20 largest national economies generated 8% of their electricity from renewable energy — solar, wind, and other green power sources — in 2015, up from 4.6% in 2010. (This does not include hydropower.) There are huge differences among these nations. Overall in […]

August 15th

Mark Davis, a SOTU guest tonight, is helping D.C.’s low-income residents get solar power

By Meteor Blades Along with 22 other citizens who have done something special, former Washington Bullets player Mark Davis will join First Lady Michelle Obama in the guest box tonight as President Barack Obama delivers his final State of the Union address. Davis wasn’t invited because of his basketball career, but for the role he is playing in Washington, D.C., in getting solar-powered electricity onto the rooftops of […]

January 12th

Before Boosting Canada, Raise The Solar Cap in New Hampshire

By Chip Martin, RGB Solar Agitator New Hampshire has always been one of the leaders of the United States since its founding in 1629. Even today, it plays a historic and critical role in helping the country choose its presidents. But that reputation for leadership could take a hit if New Hampshire allows its burgeoning […]

October 23rd

What Just Happened In West Virginia?

By Frank Andorka, Solar Advocate When I first heard the news, I thought it was a joke. I mean, the governor of West Virginia vetoed HB 2201, the odious bill that would have effectively killed the solar industry by imposing usurious taxes on solar users in the state. So that should have been the end […]

March 5th

An Open Letter To SEIA: Let Us Help

  Dear SEIA: First of all, let me say how much I admire the work you do. You are facing an uphill battle on the political front, trying to convince an intransigent Congress of the  value of solar to the U.S. economy and why they should extend the ITC beyond 2016. I do not envy […]

March 3rd

IOUs Ransom Solar in Washington

By Chip Martin, RGB Contributor Utilities in Washington State are making the most of the desperation gripping the solar industry there, dangling the promise of an extended rebate program for the small price of the most fundamental solar policy – net metering — and with it, the industry’s future stability. While one would think the local […]

January 28th

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

Five States That Made Anti-Solar Efforts in 2014

As solar panel technology improves, it becomes increasingly less expensive for homeowners to install their own panels and go off the grid. That’s great news for a lot of home owners across the United States. Or, it would be, but for the efforts of states and power companies passing anti-solar rules, which make consumers pay a […]

January 6th

Solar Power is Truly a Bipartisan Solution

If you’re at all like me, then you might find listening to the rhetoric being spat back and forth between republicans and democrats to be a bit nauseating. According to our elected officials, whatever ails our country (un-employment, healthcare, social security, climate change, lack of education etc.) is always the “other guys” fault , or […]

December 1st

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