Energy Revolution

| January 31, 2019

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An increasingly large number of civil society players, scientists, and governments worldwide view the transition from a current fossil fuel and nuclear-based energy system to a system primarily based on renewable energy sources as an ultimate solution to global climate change problem as well as local air pollution and energy security challenges.

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Solar and Energy Loan Fund

The Solar and Energy Loan Fund (SELF), which administers the Clean Energy Loan Program, provides energy expertise and favorable financing to help property owners (residential and commercial) identify and make cost-effective energy retrofits, including: energy conservation; energy efficiency; and, renewable energy alternatives (e.g., solar). SELF clients are reducing their energy consumption by an average of 24% and using the energy savings to help pay off the loans over time. Rebates and tax credits may also apply to many of the 25 energy savings products financed through the Clean Energy Loan Program. SELF clients are also increasing their home equity, market value, and overall quality of life.

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This electricity sector strategy could save wallets and ecosystems

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Electricity is a unique kind of commodity— although it is not perishable, it is (still) hard to store on a large scale. Electricity must be generated relatively close to where it is demanded and at the time it is demanded. Therefore, operators must constantly keep an eye on the use of electricity. When demand is high, operators will signal the generators to increase their output; if less, generators get the instruction to generate less electricity. Roughly, this is how the grid works. The devil is in the details: the flexibility of power plants is unique to its type. Nuclear and coal power plants take the longest to start up and shut down, followed by oil/diesel power plants.

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How Clean Energy is Part of Economic Recovery after Pandemic

Article | April 2, 2020

Policymakers looking to rebuild our economy must keep in mind peoples’ needs for the future after this public health crisis. Now, medical and safety needs for frontline workers are the first priority. Thinking about recovery, strengthening policies for the clean power sector and the people who work to build a cleaner and more robust energy supply will make us healthier in the future. Congress can rebuild the economy with smarter investments in clean energy which will also lower the costs of electricity.

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The Key to Unlocking 100% Renewables

Article | February 27, 2020

The 100 percent renewable energy future doesn’t start with a country, state or region. It starts with a city. One power plant in a city, in fact. In Glendale, California. Glendale is a city of 200,000 people just north of Los Angeles. And in 2014, Glendale was in a tricky spot. The city’s natural-gas plant was old. The City Council faced a decision that would impact the municipality for decades to come: revamp the 252-megawatt gas plant or find local alternatives?

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The Next Renewable Energy Source Could Be Rain

Article | February 17, 2020

The quest for the next source of renewable energy is well underway, with no natural phenomenon overlooked. We have already harnessed the power of flowing water, wind, and sunlight, and the search for the next clean source of energy is far from over. The latest potential breakthrough in renewable energy comes in the form of rain. The rain has not been getting a lot of attention in renewable energy circles perhaps because it would be challenging to harness its electricity-producing potential. Yet attempts are being made, and in the latest breakthrough, U.S. and Hong Kong researchers have managed to produce 140 volts of power from one single raindrop. That’s enough to light 100 LED lights for a short while.

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Spotlight

Solar and Energy Loan Fund

The Solar and Energy Loan Fund (SELF), which administers the Clean Energy Loan Program, provides energy expertise and favorable financing to help property owners (residential and commercial) identify and make cost-effective energy retrofits, including: energy conservation; energy efficiency; and, renewable energy alternatives (e.g., solar). SELF clients are reducing their energy consumption by an average of 24% and using the energy savings to help pay off the loans over time. Rebates and tax credits may also apply to many of the 25 energy savings products financed through the Clean Energy Loan Program. SELF clients are also increasing their home equity, market value, and overall quality of life.

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