Solar Power Creating Credit Overseas, A Mass US Exodus to Solar, and More!

SOLAR KEEPS SMILING

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As some US states try to impose fixed monthly charges for solar power, financial analysts at Morgan Stanley warn that where electricity rates are relatively high, this could push a mass exodus from the national grid, with solar customers buying lithium batteries to store their solar energy, especially in the west, southwest and mid Atlantic areas.

Meanwhile, a California utility is contracting for 1+ GWatts of solar projects, and another 20% of capacity in geothermal power. And California solar customers aresaving an estimated $700-1000 annually on their energy bills via net metering, which encourages use during hours of lower demand.

Globally, affordable off-grid solar products in developing countries are having two major effects in rural communities: 1) providing cheaper, cleaner sources of energy and 2) through the successful pay-as-you-go solar financing programs, creating credit score records that allow these communities to acquire further loans needed for economic improvement.

Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here. This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is this year!) so please, spread the word. It’s our way of telling Congress that a strong clean energy voting bloc is out there. This is how YOU can make a difference.

For more on Climate Change, check out my weekly column at the HuffingtonPost, Climate Change This Week

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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