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12 May

Is It True That The Wealthy Elites Do Not Want You To Go Solar?!


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Is it true that the wealthy elites do not want you to go solar?

In the interview with Brendan Fischer, General Counsel of Center For Media and Democracy, Screwed News reporter commented, there is a new solar power installation every 3 minutes in United States (according to SEIA, Solar Energy Industry Association) and much of the growth of solar power is on the local level. The above is a candid discussion in why and how individual rooftop solar is seen as a threat to the centralized production business model and therefore has been running into much resistance. More in-depth discussion on various topics pertaining to distributed individual rooftop solar may be obtained from Institute For Local Self-Reliance.(such as Walton Family Undermining Rooftop Solar, ILSR Finds, Energy Self Reliant States.) As we progress from an outdated centralized utility model into a new age of more distributed and greater local self-reliant model, be it applied to power generation or broadband, I encourage any one and every one to increase understanding how important local self-reliance in these matters is. I would further implore those truly interested in the future of solar/renewable energy to have better understanding of Value of Solar, for this is a much more fair and efficient way to distribute power than Net Metering. For better understanding of Value of Solar, please refer to these posts below:

  1. More on Value of Solar Talk by Karl Rabago in Boulder, CO
  2. Words of Wisdom/Reminder From Our Value of Solar Friend, Karl Rabago
  3. Expanded Discussion on Value of Solar
  4. Discussion of Importance of Value of Solar With Karl Rabago

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23 May

Updating Feed-In Tariffs & Renewable Energy Policy


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Since our last post of the May 16, 2014 on In-Depth Analysis of Renewable Energy Policy with Toby D. Couture, there’s been much updates worldwide with regard to Feed-In Tariffs. Once again, our Wind Friend Paul Gipe has contributed much, below:

News on Feed-in Tariffs

May 20, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

Governor John de Jongh, Jr. of the Virgin Islands signed a bill enacting feed-in tariffs in the US territory on May 16, 2004. Act 7586 is a greatly watered down version of the original proposal by Senator Craig W Barshinger. The act directs the territory’s utility to set the tariffs and otherwise administer the program. The tariffs must be approved by the Public Service Commission. Unlike many recent feed-in tariff proposals in North America, the Virgin Islands act includes other renewables an[more]

May 20, 2014, by Conor Ryan

Facing pressure due in large part to a pipeline of proposed PV installations and increasing electricity demand, the Philippine Department of Energy (DOE) is organizing plans to raise its feed-in tariff (FiT) cap to 10 times more than the current rate.

May 19, 2014,   by Stuart Elmes

Since the domestic RHI launched in April 2014, I’ve been hearing people saying that the domestic RHI ‘isn’t such a good return as the feed-in tariff (FiT).

May 18, 2014,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

Here is yet another reason why the reductions German energy intensive industry gets when paying surcharges are not subsidies, and therefore none of the EU Commission’s business.

May 14, 2014,   by Erik Kwam

REACH’s wrapup summary of renewable legislation that was considered by Hawaii’s state legislature during its 2014 session, including 100% RE, storage, grid modernization, net-metering, and various renewable energy tax credits.

May 13, 2014,   by John Parnell

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) could develop a new feed-in tariff (FiT) rate under plans putout for consultation on Tuesday.


News on Nuclear & Renewable Energy Policy


May 21, 2014,

The Fukui District Court ruled Wednesday that it will not allow the restart of two reactors at Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Oi nuclear plant, now under safety examination by Japan’s top nuclear watchdog. . . It is the first time since the Fukushima nuclear crisis erupted in March 2011 that a Japanese court has ordered a power supplier not to bring a nuclear plant online.

May 20, 2014,   by Ture Falbe-Hansen

The Danish Energy Agency has published an energy-scenario report and five sub-analyses on the energy system of the future and the challenges that need managing up to 2050 as fossil fuels are phased out and replaced with renewable energy.

May 19, 2014,   by Mitch Potter

A Canadian has discovered that radioactive trees aren’t decomposing, suggesting that fallout may be even more dangerous than we realize.

May 15, 2014,   by Allie Kosela

Environmentalists are applauding a landmark Federal Court ruling that puts the brakes on building expensive and risky new nuclear reactors in Ontario.


News on Wind Energy


May 16, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

Windpower Ownership in Sweden: Business models and motives, the new book by Tore Wizelius helps English-speakers understand how Swedes have taken a sizable ownership of wind energy in spite of their government. In this, his book can serve as an inspiration to community wind advocates worldwide who face many of the same challenges faced in Sweden.[more]


News on Solar Energy


May 10, 2014,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

In comparison, the German Chancellor’s office (Bundeskanzleramt) has a 150 kW installation. That’s at least by a factor 10 more than what Obama has installed.


News on Household-Size (Small) Wind Turbines


May 16, 2014,

Evance have an innovative new windmill design 90% of the way through development and nearing the production stage, following the manufacture and supply of almost 2,000 of smaller windmills –between 10-20m tall – to Britain and locations across the globe from the USA and Madagascar over the past decade.

May 7, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

Quiet Revolution, the one-time manufacturer of an architecturally dramatic helical wind turbine, filed for bankruptcy on 15 April in London.


News on Geothermal Energy


May 15, 2014,   by Ari Phillips

However, developers say a lot of the uncertainty around geothermal in the U.S., and part of the reason it hasn’t grown much in recent years, is due to the unreliable nature of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC).

This feed-in tariff news update is made in cooperation with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. The views expressed are those of Paul Gipe and are not necessarily those of ILSR.

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18 February

John Farrell, The Force Behind Local Self Reliance


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Recall our earlier post on “Are We Moving Fast Enough Toward Solar-Wind-Geothermal-Biomass“and the fact that Solar’s rank of 2  may had been impressive, but the actual solar power capacity generated during 2013 is much greater than the reported  2,936 MW, which did not include the distributed solar (rooftop solar power systems) installed in 2013.  So, in today’s post, I would like to introduce you to the expert in the field of distributed solar and renewable energy, John Farrell, Director of Democratic Energy at ILSR (Institute For Local Self-Reliance) and his significant contribution to better understanding of local ownership and dispersed generation of renewable energy. He has researched and written extensively on the economies of scale of renewable energy, the benefits of decentralized energy generation, and policies that support locally owned and distributed generation of renewable energy. His background in public policy, research, communication, and mathematics provides the strength that is rarely seen in most policy makers.

John Farrell has authored Rooftop Revolution: Changing Everything With Cost-Effective Local Solar, ” Energy Self-Reliant States“, a state-by-state atlas of renewable energy potential indicating that most states don’t need to go outside of their borders to meet their electricity needs. His insight on the economic advantages of “Democratizing the Electricity System” shows us the way to remove the roadblocks to distributed renewable energy generation and how such small-scale renewable energy projects are critical for big strides in renewable energy development. It is also encouraging to find, through his landmark report of “Energy Self-Reliant States”, at least 60% of the fifty states  could meet all their internal electricity needs from renewable energy generated inside their borders. Every state with a renewable mandate can meet it with in-state renewable fuels. “Federal policy should encourage all states, communities, individual households and businesses to maximize their internal use of this ubiquitous resource.  Such a policy would reinforce the clear desire for states and cities to combine a low carbon energy strategy with an aggressive energy-based economic development strategy.” was his conclusion. His latest report, “City Power Play-8 Practical Local Energy Policies to Boost the Economy” is strongly recommended to be read by  politicians, policy makers, consumers, local energy leaders, to improve future energy policies.

Mr. Farrell is a valuable expert for information and insight on distributed local solar and renewable energy generation. He can be reached by email at or via twitter @johnffarrell .
We need more people such as John Farrell in the Solar and Renewable Energy Front.

Even though Mr. John Farrell is an excellent speaker and teacher, I would have liked to ask more questions and give you an even more extensive interview….but my cold got the better of me. I promise you I will try to catch Mr. John Farrell  at a later time for more updates and questions on Minnesota’s implementation of Value of Solar Tariff policy.

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1 August

Chatting With Paul Spencer, President and Founder of Clean Energy Collective, On Community Solar Garden


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I have a real treat on community solar garden for you all today, for there will be view of the beautiful Colorado Rockies and the site/sight of an unused land becoming useful through the generation of solar energy.

This interview was conducted on July 16, 2013, with Paul Spencer, the President of Clean Energy Collective, at Boulder County Cowdery Meadows Solar Array (1600 S. 66th St., not far from Denver), the first Community Solar Garden in Xcel Energy’s Colorado service area.

Paul Spencer, President & Founder of Clean Energy Collective, at Boulder County Cowdery Meadows 500 KW Solar Arrays, the first Community Solar Garden in Xcel Energy’s Colorado service area (photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

This 500-kilowatt Boulder Cowdery Meadows Solar Array is located in the unincorporated Boulder County adjacent to an Xcel station just outside Superior, serving about 100 residential, commercial, and non-profit users. The program Solar Rewards Community program by Xcel, allows people who otherwise would not be able to optimally participate in solar (because they are renters, or owners of properties without optimal orientation to receive direct sunlight) to access PV power and rebates.The program was introduced in the House Bill 10-1342 in 2010 by Rep. Claire Levy (D-Boulder), and signed into law in June of 2010 by former Governor Bill Ritter.

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This first Community Solar Garden under the solar Xcel program, Cowdery Meadows array, was installed through Clean Energy Collective (previously based in Carbondale and now in Boulder). Clean Energy Collective has been responsible for installing multiple arrays throughout Xcel’s service area. Under this program, any Xcel customer can purchase solar panels in the shared array and receive credits directly on the Xcel electricity bill for the power produced.

Clean Energy Collective contact info at Cowdery Meadows Community Solar Garden (photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Renewable/Solar Energy produced by creatively utilizing landfill site (inverter  at left) is a perfect example of thinking outside of the box by leadership such as Paul Spencer (photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)











In the first round, when Xcel opened up the process to accept applications for developers wanting to build the solar gardens in August of 2012, it received proposals to build three times the allowed capacity within 30 minutes. Xcel ended up accepting 10 applications on a first-come, first-served basis for projects totaling 4.5 MW, with projects ranging from 108 KW to 500 KW of generating capacity. In 2012, during the second round, another 4.5 MW targeting proposals between 501 KW and 2 MW and three applicants in that second round were approved. The utility will open bidding again this August for another 9 MW of solar generation, broken into two rounds (first round will be for proposals up to 500 KW, the second round will target those ranging from 500 KW to 2 MW). The Boulder Cowdery Meadows Solar Array, with approximately 500 KW, is large enough to service about 100 average sized homes, with 5% of the capacity serving low-income families, benefiting 10 to 15 low-income families in the city of Boulder.

Clean Energy Collective, Boulder Cowdery Meadows Solar Array, Tian Tower (Photographer), 2013

Clean Energy Collective Cowdery Meadows Community Solar Garden (credit: Clean Energy Collective, Boulder Cowdery Meadows Solar Array, Tian Tower (photographer), 2013










We were very fortunate to have Paul Spencer, the President of CEC (Clean Energy Collective) with us, sharing various aspects of the Cowdery Meadows Community Solar Garden: from the fact that it is built on an old Boulder landfill site (otherwise an under-utilized area), to how Clean Energy Collective services its investors 24/7.  The CEC provides its cooperatives with “RemoteMeter” software that

Methane Burner of the landfill across the street from Boulder Cowdery Meadows Community Solar Garden…a great way to generate Solar Energy from under-utilized site (photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

calculates production and monthly credits for participants (and includes a smartphone app), provides approximately 7% rate of return,  and continues to grow from its home state in Colorado to four states at the moment (and will continue to branch into other states), all accomplished through the community solar garden concept and policy. Furthermore, Paul Spencer points out that community solar gardens may be implemented in states without the community solar garden legislations (more easily in municipalities and cooperatives than investor-owned utilities). But as more information and data are coming forward (such as that of IREC’s Community Solar Guidelinesat & SEPA’s report at, it becomes quite evident that investing in solar is not only the right thing to do from the perspective of saving our planet, but it also makes perfect economic sense. As the solar industry continues to expand, Paul Spencer reminds us that Feed-In-Tariff will be more feasible than net metering for all parties (solar power generators and utilities) involved.

As Sun Is The Future continues to report on Solar Energy, it is evident that it is due to the creativity and ability of leaders such as Paul Spencer to look for solutions outside of the box that enables solar industry to grow exponentially and to reach all sectors of our society. It is no wonder that U.S. Department of Energy has recognized the Clean Energy Collective “…for expanding the market for electricity produced from renewable energy sources during the 11th annual Green Power Leadership Awards in San Francisco, California“.

For additional information on security law & tax credit, please also refer to podcast with Paul Spencer & ILSR‘s John Farrell

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