That’s the headline as the Trump Administration once again tried to prop up failing coal and nuclear facilities with government actions that fight against free market ideals. Meanwhile the tide of people who support clean energy and solar continues to grow with new challenges for mayors across the country and more.
The Trump Administration was widely and quickly rebuffed by most of the energy industry for its draft plan to use a wartime rule, Defense Production Act, that would force US consumers and businesses to pay more for energy from coal and nuclear power plants that would otherwise be shut down. It’s the latest effort by the administration to protect the coal and nuclear power industries. But the clean energy industries, including oil and gas, and utilities, pushed back against the draft proposal with some going as far as calling it crony capitalism.
To help fight the impact of climate change former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg through his Bloomberg Philanthropies charity issued the new $70 million American Cities Climate Challenge. The challenge will select 20 mayors from leading cities across the US who are committed to meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change. Each awardee’s city will receive more than $2.5 million in services to help them further their goals to reduce climate change. The challenge is part of Bloomberg’s larger $200 million American Cities Initiative.
To help convince more people to go solar the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) has held a National Solar Tour of solar powered homes every year. For the first time this year Solar United Neighbors is joining the tour. The organizations anticipate that some 50,000 people will take part in the tours which will be held in every state for the first time as well.
One of the biggest things that has helped make solar power more accessible to more people across the US are financing options. Now, BlueWave Solar is offering a new option for residential solar financing, flexible rate loans. BlueWave said its new FlexRate loans carry a fixed rate for the first five years allowing homeowners to pay off their loans more quickly and at a lower interest rate. After the initial period the rate will change by no more than 1 percent a year.Tweet