Myth busting the politics of renewable energy: Do Republicans really hate solar and wind energy?

Myth-busting the politics of clean energy, part 2. Myth: Republicans dislike clean energy and don’t believe in climate change Let’s start by reviewing the Democratic party platform on clean energy and climate change. Addressing Climate Change Responsibly The same human economic activity that has brought freedom and opportunity to billions has also increased the amount… Read More

Myth busting the crazy politics of clean energy – Is Solyndra proof that the US shouldn’t fund clean energy?

OK, so you’re at a party and looking for something to talk about. Nothing is more entertaining than wading neck deep into politics. And few topics are more politically exciting than energy and climate change. So here are some talking points to really spice up those cocktail conversations (and maybe get you kicked out of… Read More

The Trump administration slaps a 30% tariff on all imported solar

After months of paralyzing uncertainty, President Trump’s staff announced their decision on solar tariffs today. Here is a high-level overview: Quick Facts Imported solar is subject to a 30% tariff The tariff amount will reduce 5% per year over 4 years to 15% The first 2.5 GW of solar cells imported each year will not… Read More

How New York is once again leading the local energy revolution

After years of relentless toil in his New Jersey laboratory, Thomas Edison created one of the most celebrated inventions in history: the first commercially practical light bulb. But it was just across the Hudson River, in Manhattan, that another Edison invention made his iconic light bulb available to the masses. See, in the late 1800’s,… Read More

Three steps that will help Puerto Rico’s grid survive the next hurricane

On September 6, 2017, Hurricane Irma hit Puerto Rico and left a million people without power. Two weeks later, on September 20, Hurricane Maria finished off the job and destroyed nearly 100% of the island’s grid. In early October, the governor, Ricardo Rosselló, optimistically predicted that 95% of the power would be restored by mid-December. But,… Read More

The section 201 trade case, Donald Trump and the $25 billion solar cliffhanger

The solar industry has been on a tear the last few years. In 2016, solar represented 39% of all newly installed power generation in the US, more than coal, natural gas or nuclear. Solar is creating jobs, too. From 93,000 jobs in 2004, solar has grown to over 260,000 jobs in 2016. Much of this… Read More