If the faces of renewable energy critics are not red yet, they soon will be. For years, these critics — of solar photovoltaics in particular — have called renewable energy a boutique fantasy. A recent Wall Street Journal blog post continues the trend, asserting that solar subsidies take money from the poor to benefit the rich. But solar-generated electricity is turning into a powerful environmental and economic success story.
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In February's PHOTON International, SEIA president and CEO Rhone Resch writes about the solar Investment Tax Credit and smart public policies in the face of tax reform.
Illinois Rural Electric Cooperative held a ribbon cutting for its new 500 kilowatt solar facility which is located south of Winchester on Illinois Route 106, next to one of the substations that serves the cooperative’s 7,800 members. The installation is the first utility-scale photovoltaic solar energy system by a cooperative in Illinois.
While Americans know wind and solar energy are clean, they often aren’t aware of the economic success story behind these renewable-energy technologies. Wind and solar power have economic benefits that reach far and wide. They have become increasingly affordable, attracting billions in private development, and today are both mainstream and reliable energy sources across America.
Calling it “a huge step backward,” Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), said President Obama’s 2015 fiscal year budget, which was unveiled today, would severely damage the U.S. solar industry by eliminating the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) and replacing it with a refundable Production Tax Credit (PTC) at the end of 2016.
The millionth solar panel has been installed at a sprawling desert power plant that will feed energy to San Diego-area utility customers as soon as late spring, the project developer said Tuesday.
A few area schools are taking advantage of the Texas sun and seeing significant savings from the use of solar panels.
Supporters of dirty fossil fuels would have you believe that developing renewable energy in Nevada doesn’t create jobs, is bad for the environment, and will cause your utility bill to skyrocket. This could not be further from the truth and their real objective is to shift the attention away from clean energy to maintain the status quo.
Why don’t power-thirsty smartphones incorporate solar cells, to reduce the reliance on batteries? Because in general, the kind of solar cell that can be fabricated in a lightweight, flexible and durable form does not capture enough energy per square inch to make it worthwhile.
Someday, solar panels could be just as common as wind turbines in West Texas and the two renewable energy sources would use the same infrastructure.