Last week saw another round of solar power growing in the US. For instance, a Democratic team of House Reps introduced a bill to move the US to 100 percent renewables by 2050. Meanwhile multiple utilities in California introduced new funding to help low-income residents go solar and New York celebrated the success of its first Solarize campaigns with a manufacturing focussed campaign.
First off, House Democrats introduced a bill that would transition the US to 100 percent renewable energy. The new legislation was previously introduced in the Senate but was led in the House by Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO). Colorado legislators also introduced a bill to support community solar nationwide. The bill would create a nationwide community solar program and market, allowing anyone to buy into community solar projects.
Meanwhile, Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Sequel” came out on Friday 4 nationwide. The sequel updates Gore’s original iconic documentary with what’s happened in the past decade. It also looks at progress that’s been made, like the Paris Climate Agreement.
In New York, the state celebrated the success of Solarize campaigns which supported the installation of 850 solar rooftops in its first two efforts. At the same time the state launched a new Solarize campaign aimed specifically at New York manufacturers.
In California two of the state’s leading utilities, Con Edison and PG&E have opened up funding for solar projects aimed specifically at low-income residents. PG&E is offering $10.3 million to support solar for low-income residents. At the same time Con Edison is investing $10 million to support low-income residents.
Illinois businesses and non-profits are creating solar job training programs with $30 million from the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA). The act is focussed on supporting underserved communities and creating employment opportunities in them.
The Energy Trade Action Coalition (ETAC) was recently introduced to fight the Suniva solar trade case. The group actually is comprised of several conservative organizations, including The Heritage Foundation and the R Street Institute.Tweet