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Solar Microgrids: A Solution for Rural India

June 4, 2015 by Charlie Hewitt

Rural Electrification in India

India’s population grew by over 200 million between 2004 and 2012. Rapid population growth, one of the world’s fastest growing economies, and an expanding appetite for energy; all of these things are placing a huge strain on India’s power generation capabilities.[read more]

MITEI Releases Report on the Future of Solar Energy

May 7, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

Report on Solar Energy

Solar energy holds the best potential for meeting humanity’s future long-term energy needs while cutting greenhouse gas emissions — but to realize this potential will require increased emphasis on developing lower-cost technologies and more effective deployment policy.[read more]

Let's Talk About Solar Energy and Equity

February 24, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Solar and Energy Equity

We need to have “the talk” about solar power and equity, because ignoring uncomfortable questions will invite misinformation and bad decisions. We need an informed dialogue about how local solar power can impact low-income communities and communities of color in the U.S.[read more]

Solar Pumps Help Indian Women Salt Workers Escape from Poverty

February 3, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Solar Pumps and Poverty in India

Solar-powered water pumps provided under the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative are helping women working in the desert salt pans of western India to escape from poverty, replacing expensive and dirty diesel pumps with clean, cheap energy.[read more]


10 Solar Energy Proposals in Virginia to Watch During its Short 2015 General Assembly

January 30, 2015 by Jim Pierobon

Virginia Solar Energy Legislation

It would take a hermit not to recognize the pent-up demand for solar throughout much of Virginia. While states such as North Carolina and Georgia are seeing significant growth, Virginia lags far behind and is all but ignoring the opportunity to diversify its economy with cleaner energy sources.[read more]

India's Latest Step Towards Becoming Solar Energy Leader

October 28, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

India is making progress in expanding its solar energy market. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is moving forward with financing another round of solar projects through India’s National Solar Mission (NSM), releasing a new iteration of draft guidelines for project selection last week.[read more]

Future Energy Fellows post

Eye on the Prize: Solar Market Potential in Saudi Arabia

September 28, 2014 by Tanya Malik

When 13 MW of renewable capacity is installed in the United States, understandably, no one bats an eyelash. When 13 MW of renewable capacity is installed in the Gulf, there’s a multimillion-dollar inauguration party, in true Gulf opulence.[read more]

Solar in Texas: It's Really Happening this Time (Really)

September 27, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Texas and Solar

Every year, it seems, is predicted to be the “year for solar,” and for certain states this may ring true. But in Texas, despite having a close relationship with the sun and its heat (2011 gave us 100 days over 100 degrees and no rain), we have yet to realize our potential for solar energy development.[read more]

Protecting Us Abroad, Ensuring Energy Independence at Home

September 27, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Military and Renewable Energy

Meet one of solar energy’s top advocates: the United States military. Whether it’s on an Air Force base in Arizona or at a U.S. Marine outpost in Afghanistan, many service members know that energy security is critical to our safety abroad and energy independence at home.[read more]

Florida's Energy Efficiency and Solar Resources Are Ripe For The Picking

August 18, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Florida and Green Energy

Florida’s energy efficiency and solar energy resources are as plentiful as the fruit on their trees. Taking advantage of these resources will not only help Florida, a state uniquely vulnerable to climate change, comply with the Clean Power Plan. It will do all kinds of great things for the Sunshine State.[read more]

Could a Minimum Bill Bring an End to the Net Metering War?

August 13, 2014 by Rosana Francescato

Ending the Net Metering War

As net metering battles continue around the country, a new conversation gains steam, bringing forth the future hope of a policy that works for both utilities and for the solar energy industry. The minimum bill idea is becoming a focus in more than one area.[read more]

How Solar Can Help Avoid Conflicts over Water

August 11, 2014 by Rosana Francescato

Water Conflicts and Solar

A new report warns of the danger in overlooking the use of water in conventional forms of electricity generation. The report highlights the role of solar and other renewables in ensuring the world maintains enough water for a growing population, in the face of increasing droughts.[read more]

Selling Solar in India Through the Lens of Google Glass

July 15, 2014 by Justin Guay

India Energy Poverty and Solar

Solar power is the key to ending energy poverty. No, this isn't some out-of-touch Silicon Valley pipe dream. Innovative companies are pioneering new energy models for rural populations that deliver everything from LED lightbulbs and Skinny Grids to off-grid Wi-Fi to pay-as-you-go solar home systems.[read more]

Modi's Solar Lining?

June 9, 2014 by Justin Guay

Narendra Modi has secured India's prime minister position with a sweeping mandate. Modi's energy policy is still heavily reliant on dirty fuel sources, with a special emphasis on increasing coal expansion. However, there is a silver lining - he's all in on solar.[read more]

Starved for Power, New Indian Government Translates "Chicken in Every Pot" Into “Solar on Every Roof”

May 24, 2014 by A Siegel

New India Government and Energy Policy

Energy poverty is one of the world’s greatest challenges. There are billions of people without access to reliable electricity. In India, alone, there are some 400 million people in energy poverty. The new Indian government has set a major initiative to change this situation radically and rapidly.[read more]