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The Energy Gang: The Solar Federal Tax Credit - Will Expiration Kill Jobs or Make Installers Stronger? [PODCAST]

March 30, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Federal Solar Subsidies and Industry Risk

The federal investment tax credit has enabled dramatic growth in the United States solar energy industry. But its looming expiration, coming soon in 2017, is causing some within the solar business to ask: will it still be needed to continue that growth?[read more]

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Eight Hurdles to a Proposed Constitutional Amendment for Solar Choice in Florida

March 30, 2015 by Jim Pierobon

Solar Choice and Ballot Measures in Florida

 

A sea-change is brewing in Florida and is shaping up to be the most closely watched 2016 referendum on any state’s election ballot. Solar advocates are on track to ask voters to permit entities other than monopoly utilities to sell power generated by solar energy systems in the Sunshine State.[read more]

Ohio Pressed Pause on Economic Growth When It Froze Its Clean Energy Standards

March 22, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Ohio Clean Energy Economics

In May of 2014, the Ohio Legislature froze the state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy standards as a result of political pressure from Ohio’s largest power company, FirstEnergy, and other groups. We’re only now learning just how bad the damage is.[read more]

3 Ways of Looking at the Solar Opportunity in India

March 17, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

Solar in India

Will India be the solar opportunity of a lifetime? Or is it just noise? To some extend, it comes down to what one believes: Will India develop? Will its government be part of the solution or part of the problem? There are three ways of looking at this market: The “Vision”, the “Reality” and the “Need” perspective.[read more]

Led by the U.S., Clean Energy Showing Economic Muscle Worldwide, Especially Wind and Solar

March 16, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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If there was any doubt about the financial viability of environmentalism, a new report published by Advanced Energy Economy shows that energy entrepreneurs not only are making dramatic progress in developing clean fuel alternatives, but they also are making money while doing it.[read more]

Driving Finance for Energy Efficiency Investment

February 27, 2015 by Clare Taylor

Energy Efficiency Financial Support

Policymakers and financial institutions are pushing hard for scaled-up investment into energy efficiency. Will the work of the Energy Efficiency Financing Institutions Group report help unlock the EUR 100 billion per year needed to reach the European Union 2020 targets?[read more]

Preserve the Massachusetts Solar Renewable Energy Credit II Program

February 24, 2015 by Jesse Grossman

Massachusetts’ Solar Renewable Energy Credits are an unquestioned success, creating green jobs and clean energy while protecting taxpayers. As the program enters its second phase, it’s time for Governor Baker to reaffirm the state’s commitment to a sustainable economic future.[read more]

'One Million Solar Homes,' Tanzanian Style

February 23, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

Tanzania and Solar

Tanzania, in an effort led by Off-Grid Electric, along with the support of the international development community, just set a goal of having “One Million Solar Homes” by the end of 2017. The campaign hopes to furnish solar electricity for 10 percent of the nation’s population and generate over 15,000 solar jobs.[read more]

Illinois Bill Pledges More Clean Energy Jobs, Boost to Economy, and Cleaner Air

February 21, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Illinois and Clean Energy Jobs

Illinois is two-for-two on clean energy wins. Illinois legislators introduced a bill to spur significant new growth in the clean energy industry, creating an estimated 32,000 jobs annually across Illinois once proposed clean energy standards are fully implemented.[read more]

How the Solar Industry and Climate Activists Can Realistically Work Together

February 20, 2015 by Carter Lavin

Activists and Solar Business Cooperation

Climate activists and the solar industry are natural allies. Both groups want solar arrays on every home, school, and business; solar jobs in every town; and a fossil-fuel-free electric grid. Together these groups would be an unstoppable political force. Unfortunately, they aren’t working together, yet.[read more]

India's 100 GW Solar Target Could Create 1 Million Jobs by 2022

February 20, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

India Solar Target and Jobs

Delhi is abuzz as the first renewable energy-financing summit organized by the Indian government, RE-Invest 2015, wrapped up with commitments totaling 266 GW of renewable energy in the next 5 years. For context, the country currently has about 250 GW of total installed power from all sources.[read more]

The Job Creation Shuffle

February 18, 2015 by Severin Borenstein
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Energy and Employment

Renewable energy proponents and advocates of the Keystone pipeline finally agree that the right way to count “job creation” is to focus narrowly on the jobs in the industry they want to boost and ignore the overall impact on employment. But researchers who actually study employment are not on board.[read more]

Can Ending Energy Poverty Abroad Create Jobs at Home?

February 17, 2015 by Justin Guay
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Energy Poverty Progress and Job Creation

An innovative American company called All Power Labs has a creative and interesting approach to tackling the challenge of energy poverty, one that has turned existing ideas about development aid and manufacturing jobs on their head.[read more]

Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition: Labor, Faith, Consumer, Business, and Green Agreement

February 15, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Illinois Clean Jobs

In Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's first State of the State address he outlined Illinois' grave economic position and highlighted a desire to make the state more competitive and create jobs. The same day, a new coalition was announced that could help make his wish come true: the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition.[read more]

Advanced Energy Leads California Jobs Growth [INFOGRAPHIC]

February 14, 2015 by Lexie Briggs

California Job Growth and Advanced Energy

Everyone knows that advanced energy is bringing jobs to California, but until recently, we didn't know just how many. Companies in California's advanced energy sector are "creating more jobs and investing more money than competitors in any other state."[read more]