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Monday good news – solar power taking off

Posted By Rob Schofield On July 14, 2014 @ 8:47 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

Solar power [1]The good people at the League of Conservation Voters [2] have highlighted a couple of encouraging stories this morning in their weekly newsletter about the rapid progress occurring in the solar energy business (even as the fossil fuel industry and their paid helpers in government and the conservative think tanks do their utmost to stop it).

#1 – Environomics: Solar Jobs Leave Fracking in the Dust

The solar energy industry in NC already produces nearly eight times the number of jobs that fracking supporters predict their risky enterprise will create in our state — and unlike the fracking will-‘o-the-wisp, these real solar jobs are climbing fast. That’s 3,100 jobs and rising.

We’re already fourth in the nation in solar electric generating in the US, and half of that capacity was built just in the last year. And that power and jobs production from solar in NC will keep climbing—so long as legislators and regulators don’t listen to anti-renewable energy lobbyists and ideologues and do something stupid like throwing out the existing policies that are creating the solar boom here.

A few years ago, the big power companies’ trade association mocked solar energy with an ad using the Annie musical song, “The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow”. In case they hadn’t noticed it, tomorrow is here, baby. More here [3].

#2 Around the Globe: Germany Makes Solar Breakthrough

For another stake in the heart of the myth that renewables can’t produce enough power to make a difference, here’s the latest from Germany. As of last month, that major industrialized nation produced a full half of its summer-day electric generation from solar power.

Not only that, but 90% of Germany’s solar generation is coming from rooftop installations rather than big solar farms. That kind of evidence should be enough to make folks over at the N.C. Utilities Commission re-think the stakes involved in the ongoing cases over rates to be paid for solar electricity.

Read the details about Germany’s recent solar electric production records here [4].

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[1] Image: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Solar-power.jpg

[2] League of Conservation Voters: http://nclcv.org/

[3] More here: http://www.wral.com/nc-s-solar-energy-options-are-booming/13787981/

[4] here: http://m.thelocal.de//20140619/germany-produces-half-of-electricity-needs-with-solar-power

[5] More good news on solar power in NC : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/11/20/more-good-news-on-solar-power-in-nc/

[6] New report: Solar power growing fast but NC could do much, much more : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/08/06/new-report-solar-power-growing-fast-but-nc-could-do-much-much-more/

[7] NC solar businesses endorse EPA Clean Power Plan : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/10/17/nc-solar-businesses-endorse-epa-clean-power-plan/

[8] Could renewable energy soon be reaching a tipping point? : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/08/26/could-renewable-energy-soon-be-reaching-a-tipping-point/

[9] Solar and wind prices now compete with fossil fuels : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/11/24/solar-and-wind-prices-now-compete-with-fossil-fuels/

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