Former Vice President Al Gore spoke in Florida at a rally for Hillary Clinton this week, where he specifically urged Floridians to vote NO on Amendment 1, which would kill rooftop solar in the Sunshine State to the benefit of entrenched utilities. View the video of the speech above, or see below for the transcript, edited for length (emphasis is ours):
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On Friday, Arizona released a Recommended Order and Opinion that would end net metering as we know it in the state and give a raw deal to Arizonans. The proposal is particularly astonishing because Arizona has the greatest solar intensity in the nation.
A big win for solar in Massachusetts! The Bay State’s Department of Public Utilities (DPU) issued an order that prevents the utility National Grid from hitting homeowners with exorbitantly high fees, which would have damaged prospects for solar in this burgeoning clean energy state.
Working with our regional partner, the Northeast Clean Energy Council, and other aligned parties including our friends at Vote Solar, the Energy Freedom Coalition, and the Acadia Center, we successfully blocked several potentially harmful rate design proposals advanced by National Grid.
The Pew Research Center released a survey this week titled The Politics of Climate, an overview of the stark political divides in a variety of climate issues and policies. Of the more notable sections in the survey was one that polled public support for increases in different forms of energy.
Solar polled at 89 percent favorable among U.S. adults, higher than any other energy source, including wind, nuclear, natural gas, coal, etc.
If last night’s Opening General Session taught us anything, it’s that there are two distinct paths forward for solar in America.
In the first, we can continue viewing our growth as zero sum, where the future of distributed solar is purely at odds with utility-driven models of large-scale solar development. This path will ultimately please the traditional energy interests who would rather see us fight amongst ourselves than rise together to create a formidable industry.
It seems like clockwork at this point. With each new Solar Market Insight report, the solar industry sees more historic growth, and this new report from GTM Research and SEIA is no different.
The solar industry installed 2,051 megawatts of PV in Q2 2016, bringing the total nationwide capacity to 31.6 gigawatts (see Figure 1.1 below) and making this quarter the best non-quarter 4 ever for the industry. There is now enough solar installed to power more than 6.2 million U.S. homes and reduce carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons each year.
Three cheers for solar in Florida! Amendment 4 officially passed on August 30. We found the magic policy lever and now Floridians will begin reaping the benefits of low cost, clean solar energy. You can expect to see solar projects popping up all over the sunshine state, right? Not exactly. In fact, the fight is just beginning for the future of solar energy in Florida.
Solar Power International is the largest solar trade show in North America, and is a jam-packed event full of education, networking opportunities, and more. To help keep your finger on the pulse, SEIA will be running a live blog of SPI 2016, with updates on everything that SPI has to offer. Check back and see what's been going on!
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Last week, GRID Alternatives, a non-profit solar installer with the goal of providing affordable solar to low-income communities, launched a free Women in Solar training program. The training, in partnership with SunEdison, is part of GRID’s National Women in Solar Initiative to bring more women into the solar industry and support their professional growth.