Can New York Meet Its Bold Carbon Neutrality Goal?

Governor Cuomo wants to make New York’s electricity carbon neutral by 2040. I asked three energy experts what they think about the goal. One month ago, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo laid out his administration’s plans for the first 100 days of 2019. The speech touched on plenty of subjects key to New Yorkers’ well-being,…

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Community Solar vs. Rooftop Solar: a Full Comparison

Depending on where you live, you may not be able to do both–so decisions must be made. Here’s how they stack up. If you clicked on this article, you’re probably already familiar with the many benefits of solar energy–to both our economy and environment–and the ever-growing need to switch to clean energy. I won’t preach…

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How the Right Contract Can Accelerate Community Solar Growth

A version of this post originally appeared on Solar Power World. Despite the threat from tariffs, data from the Smart Electric Power Association (SEPA) shows community solar capacity has astoundingly doubled to 730 MW in 2017. As of today, community shared solar is available across 42 states, yet you will find that contract terms vary…

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What To Know About Energy Service Companies (ESCOs)

Energy Service Companies (ESCOs for short) are becoming more common these days, but most people still aren’t sure what they offer. Don’t make any decisions about an ESCO until you’ve read all the details. Since the dawn of time–okay, not the dawn of time, but for over 100 years–utilities have generated their own electricity and sent…

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Global Warming vs. Climate Change: What’s the Difference?

When people talk about global climate right now, they often use two terms: global warming and climate change. So, what gives? Is our climate getting warmer, or is it just changing? Unfortunately, both are true. But global warming and climate change aren’t just two ways of saying the same thing. Global warming describes the rise…

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What’s Behind the Explosive Growth In the Community Solar Market?

We’re really excited about community solar, and we’re not the only ones. Seven years ago, community solar was barely a blip on anyone’s radar in America. It was an idea built on encouraging premises–good for the planet, good for communities, and, given falling renewable energy costs, good for business–but hardly any projects had actually been…

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How Utilities Determine Your Energy Price

The exact cost of electricity changes all the time–by year, by month, even by day. Ever wonder what’s behind all these changes? Find out how your utility determines your energy price. We’ve all heard it before: the dreaded announcement that our utility is raising our rates. Again. The cost of electricity in the United States…

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