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On A New Way for Homeowners to Go Solar

Of course I don't believe the air will be selectively cleaned up or that cleaner air now will make up for past transgressions, but cleaner air will benefit everyone regardless of income. My point about Collective Sun is that like Mosaic, they have a low barrier to investing. And they also put solar on places like this:

California Shared Renewables is just starting, and I know people who are working to create projects with the intention of benefitting low-income folks.

The trends should be farther along than they are, and the future options should be current. We should have had more support for solar long ago. But given where we are, I'm thankful for the trends.

March 6, 2014    View Comment    

On A New Way for Homeowners to Go Solar

Thanks for your comment, Bob! I would certainly not consider that a good development, but I don't agree with your statement:

To survive, utilities will need to evolve with the times. There is more to come as solar becomes more mainstream. It will benefit everyone in many ways, not the least of which is a cleaner environment for all -- especially important for low-income communities, which are often in environmentally compromised areas.

March 6, 2014    View Comment    

On Solar Energy Is Heading to Mainstream in the United States

Hi Willem,

Thanks for your comment. Of course I am familiar with the production data. Shayle Kann was not saying that U.S. production is close to that of some other countries or that solar is a major source of our energy -- yet. He did illustrate that the rate of solar production is increasing. Neither he nor I said it is mainstream, but we believe it's heading there.

Even the article you point to says that solar is a "promising startup" that "could really make a dent."

Time will tell. Like the author of the article you point to, I am optimistic.



December 18, 2013    View Comment    

On How to Market Solar Energy to Women , and Why It's Important

Oops, meant to reply to comment below, please disregard this.

November 11, 2013    View Comment    

On How to Market Solar Energy to Women , and Why It's Important

Solar is a newer industry; fossil fuels got big boosts when they were at that stage, too. See A couple excerpts: "during the first 15 years of subsidies for the respective industries, oil and gas subsidies represented half a percent of the federal budget, about $1.8 billion a year, and all renewables only about a tenth of a percent, or $0.5 billion." and "When it comes to new power plants, many places around the world are finding that solar and other renewables are cheaper than coal and gas even without subsidies."

In addition, fossil fuels come with externalities that all our children will be dealing with for many years.

November 11, 2013    View Comment    

On How Clean Energy Victory Bonds Can Power Our Future

Thanks for your comment, Nichol, and great question.

The bonds would count toward the overall deficit. They would be sold over a period of 2-3 years, and would have variable terms, so that the government would not be on the hook for repayment in the short term (up to 10 years). Also, the programs supported by the bonds, such as the Investment Tax Credit and Production Tax Credit, are all proven jobs and tax revenue generators, so the increase in revenues will more than offset the cost of the bonds, resulting in a reduction in the deficit over the next decade.

July 30, 2013    View Comment    

On Intersolar 2013: Looking to the Future of the Solar Energy Industry

Yes, storage will be key in spreading solar further and definitely came up at Intersolar. See more at

July 25, 2013    View Comment    

On Are Solar Panels Worth the Cost?

If you have enough space, you can put solar panels on another part of your property. Or if you live in a state with solar gardens laws, you can subscribe to power from panels installed elsewhere (see Maybe it doesn't have to be either/or. I love solar, but I'd hate to see people cutting down trees to install it.

June 14, 2013    View Comment    

On The Path to 100% Renewables

More news on renewables:

Renewable energy provides 82% of all new US electrical generating capacity in first Q 2013:

13 countries got more than 30% of their electricity from renewable sources in 2011: (lots more stats in this one, too)

Some examples of places going 100% renewable already, or planning to:

April 10, 2013    View Comment    

On The Path to 100% Renewables

Mario, that's wonderful, thanks for sharing! I'm glad to see an example of using a combination of renewables so successfully. And it's relevant to the comment I just posted, given that Costa Rica does not spend money on wars.

Not all countries can make such extensive use of hydropower, but different combinations of renewables can work in different places. 

April 8, 2013    View Comment    

On The Path to 100% Renewables

Speaking of costs, David Roberts asks, renewables are too expensive compared to what? See his post on how far we could have gotten with the money we've spent on the Iraq war:

April 8, 2013    View Comment    

On The Path to 100% Renewables

Hi IK,

Yes, political will is a key missing ingredient. Storage is always getting better, and a mix of different types of renewables -- not just wind and solar -- generated in a more distributed way will help a lot. That has the added benefit of more local control of power, plus benefits to local economies, and greater grid security.

We do have the technology to get well on our way toward this goal; what we may not have is the political will.

I hope to learn more at the April 16 conference and will report back.

Thanks for your comment!


April 5, 2013    View Comment