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Community Solar in Illinois: A Primer

The Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA) grew from three years of hard work by environmental advocates, the renewable energy industry, labor unions, environmental justice and equity organizations, business and consumer groups.  Leaders in the Senate, House, and Governor’s office were ultimately able to bridge the needs of these constituencies and negotiate an omnibus clean…

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An Inside Look at Solstice’s Seasonal Fellowships!

Solstice’s Fellowship Program gives college students and recent grads the chance to get an inside look at what it’s like to work for a start-up, hands-on experience, and the chance to work for a meaningful mission. Solstice’s 11 summer 2021 fellows got a unique experience and an inside look into the clean energy space. From…

Minnesota Community Solar

Minnesota Community Solar 101

Minnesota community solar is spreading throughout the state, giving schools, businesses, and households meaningful savings — and an equitable climate change solution.   There’s a common misconception about northern states and solar power. You guessed it — it’s that solar energy doesn’t work in areas that get frequent cloud coverage. But Minnesota community solar is…


Pollinator-Friendly Solar: A Double Win for the Earth

Pollinator-friendy solar is the game-changing solar industry practice that makes solar farms a double win for the environment. Here’s what you should know: Helping the environment: one of the main reasons people sign up for a share of a community solar farm. Reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, supporting emission-free energy generation, and helping to…


Catskill & Co.: the Eco-Friendly Cabin

This beautiful cabin in the Catskill Mountains of New York offsets its energy usage with clean energy from a nearby solar farm — and it’s available to rent! A hidden gem of the Catskill Mountains, this family-owned cabin is perfectly located for hiking, swimming, and skiing. The Dudley family purchased the cabin from the previous…


Outdoor Promise: Turning Access to Advocacy

Unbeknownst to many of its residents, the city of Newburgh, NY has been long fraught with pollution. Meet four young advocates working to plant the seeds for a bright future. A history of poor-quality water, high asthma rates due to pollution, a controversial gas line construction project on the way, and high rates of COVID-19…


What To Know About ARES

You see offers all the time to “reduce your electric bill!” or “support green energy.” Which ones can you trust? Will an alternative energy supplier really save you money? We at Solstice are not an ARES, but we’ll help break down how they work and what you need to know. What Is An ARES? An…

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Unique Ways to Celebrate Earth Day in 2021

As climate change continues to threaten our natural world, Earth Day seems to hold greater meaning with each passing year. Here’s how to celebrate Earth Day (and Earth Month) in 2021 and make a difference in your community. Earth Day: the one day each year dedicated to reflecting on the well-being of our planet and…

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NYC Schools Are Going Green From the Outside-In

The fundamental changes necessary to mitigate climate change can begin on a local level — and at an early age! Here’s how New York City public schools are using solar to empower students and help their city meet its climate goals. As the cost of solar continues to decline, more and more schools are installing…

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Following Up on Texas: Why the Grid Failed

It’s been a few weeks since power outages devastated Texas, but a lot of questions remain. Here’s why it happened — and how to prevent it from reoccurring. After a devastating polar vortex sent temperatures in Texas plummeting, the state’s energy grid was severely overwhelmed by the mass amount of heating demand. Despite producing more…