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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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.
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!
SEIA held its inaugural Empowerment Series event last week at the Pillsbury Conference Center in Washington D.C. The event, Women’s Empowerment: Leaders in Solar Energy, brought together women leaders across all sectors of the solar industry to engage in meaningful discussion about new trends and policies. Attendees at the sold out event heard from expert panelists and speakers focused on educating, connecting and providing thought leadership for women in the solar industry.
President Obama announced this morning that he is putting forth actions that will accelerate grid integration of renewable energy and storage. This announcement comes hours before the White House hosts a Summit on Scaling Renewable Energy and Storage with Smart Markets. Regulators, power companies, developers and others will come together to promote better grid integration for renewables and discuss efforts for energy storage and other flexible resources.
“Solar is Going to Get Ridiculously Cheap,” says the headline in a story by Fortune Magazine’s Katie Fehrenbacher.
Greentech Media (GTM) and SEIA's 2016 Q2 SMI report makes it clear that the solar industry's upward trajectory is no longer shadowed by other forms of electric generation. In fact, solar companies added more capacity in the first quarter of 2016 than was added by the natural gas, coal, nuclear, and wind industries combined.
From the heroic 1990 Peace Climb to the 2010 rally at the National Mall, Earth Day has been unifying citizens worldwide in epic demonstrations that celebrate nature and challenge governments to place environmental preservation at the top of their agendas. This year, our leaders are heeding this call to action.