Opinion

Balancing solar development and preservation of agricultural lands in the Midwest

In this op-ed for pv magazine, Sara Bergan and Thomas Braun, attorneys at Stoel Rives LLP discuss the difficult balancing act of solar and agriculture in the emerging Midwestern market.

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From the editor: Functioning democracy looks like Greta Thunberg

If the American people had their way, we would have deployed much more solar by now, and would be further along towards decarbonization. Instead utilities have joined the fossil fuel industries in using their power and money to slow down the energy transition.

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All-terrain tracking systems: optimizing the production value of variable terrain

In this op-ed, Yezin Taha of Nevados Engineering introduces all-terrain tracking as a potentially superior solution for sites with sloped terrain.

The case for a U.S. federal green bank

In this post ClimateWorks makes the argument that whether you are looking to support innovation or deployment of existing clean energy solutions, a federal Green Bank would be a powerful tool for advancing the energy transition.

Freedom photons because solar power is July 4

Solar power represents the idea of individualism within a broader society unlike few others things, and this is one reason it polls so high, sells so much, and will dominate our future energy ecosystems while shaping our political systems.

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From the editor: Mandates or open markets?

There is a stark partisan division over clean/renewable energy mandates in the United States. Are they necessary to achieve rapid decarbonization?

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Tom Fanning defends Southern Company’s low- to no-carbon goal in misleading interview

In this op-ed, Energy and Policy Institute looks at fact versus fiction in Southern CEO Tom Fanning’s public statements about the power company’s “low- to no-carbon” goals.

State regulators: The next lobbying front in the solar revolution

In this op-ed for pv magazine Tony Clifford explains the key role that state public service commissions have in shaping policy for solar, and why it is necessary for the solar industry to have an effective presence there.

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From the editor: SEIA’s solar+ plan falls short on ambition

The organization’s “ambitious goal” of solar supplying 20% of the nation’s electricity in 2030 looks more like a forecast, and vision for rapid decarbonization is coming from the climate movement and the American Left, not SEIA.

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Quality and profit are not mutually exclusive

In this op-ed for pv magazine, Vivint Solar CEO David Bywater discusses the commitment needed by solar installers to think of quality and profits in an ‘and’ relationship, rather than an ‘or’ one.

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