WASHINGTON, DC – In a report card deserving of the honor roll, a comprehensive, first-of-its-kind new study released today says America’s K-12 schools have shown explosive growth in their use of solar energy over the last decade, soaring from 303 kilowatts (kW) of installed capacity to 457,000 kW, while reducing carbon emissions by 442,799 metric tons annually – the equivalent of saving 50 million gallons of gasoline a year or taking nearly 100,000 cars off U.S. highways.
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The average cost of going solar in the United States continued its rapid decline in 2013 and the first half of 2014, according to a new study from the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Two leading solar advocacy groups, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Vote Solar, applaud the report findings as the latest indicator that affordable solar energy is ready to power our new energy economy.
Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), urged Congress to expedite legislation which would provide long-term reauthorization for the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im).
SEIA member Verengo Inc., one of the nation's leading residential solar specialists, today announced it has reached the 75 MW (megawatt) milestone with its 13,000th residential rooftop installation. Verengo, honored last month by Inc. magazine on their 500|5000 List as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S., also announced an expansion plan focusing on key strategic markets on the east and west coasts.
The American solar photovoltaic (PV) industry has grown tremendously in recent years. In 2012, more than 3,300 MW of solar power were installed throughout the United States, with a record 1,300 MW installed in the last three months of the year alone. Falling costs for hardware and installation have accelerated this trend, but it has mainly been driven by public policies that generously reward those who install solar systems.
The solar industry applauded a decision by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission that allows Xcel Energy Inc. (NYSE: XEL) to acquire as much as 33.6 megawatts as part of the company's Solar Rewards program.
The Department of Defense has been aggressively pursuing alternative energy both as the key to future national security and as a means of reducing troop casualties in the field, and a new Army solar project provides a perfect illustration of the two entwined goals.
In the days following Superstorm Sandy, Starbucks and other restaurants in the New York City region had lines out the door. The customers were not in line to get coffee or food, but instead to use the electric outlets to charge their dead cell phones.
Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, the founders of Solar Impulse have successfully arrived in our nation’s capital with their solar-powered airplane. The welcoming community waiting on the tarmac when they landed gave them a flag. Bertrand and André have given a Clean Generation flag to each community in which they landed that was a scheduled stopover.