Happy ReNEWable Year

Renewable Energy
2021 is the year of hope, change and, most importantly, renewable energy. With clean energy companies outperforming fossil fuel heavyweights last year and eight out of ten of the world’s largest economies committing to net zero by 2050, the pathway to renewables is clear. Learn more about the ways the world’s top markets are investing …

Preparing Your Home for Winter

Green Building
Renewable Energy
Winter is right around the corner, and now is the perfect time to make sure your home is ready to take on the cold conditions. Did you know that solar production is actually more efficient in cold weather, and ensuring proper indoor humidity is one of the keys to comfort during the winter? Hear from …

100% Solar a Growing Reality for Nonprofits

Blog
Green Building
On a hot, humid September day, dozens of students, teachers, well-wishers and project participants gathered outside The SAE School in Mableton. The occasion was to celebrate a ribbon-cutting of the school’s new solar array, an installation that puts The SAE School on its way to becoming the first 100% solar-powered school in Georgia. Its path …

LIFT Announces New Study of Solar Financing

Press Room
The LIFT Solar Everywhere research project is proud to announce the release of a three-part research report: Applying the PAYS® System to On-Site Solar to Expand Access to All. The study provides detailed analysis of whether, and how, a utility investment program based on the Pay As You Save® (PAYS) system could overcome the upfront cost …

Reduce Energy Burden with Rooftop Solar

Policy
Renewable Energy
Rooftop solar is one clean-energy solution that can help address the energy burden in low-income areas and communities of color. Research shows that most solar panels are found in majority-white communities, so even as solar use increases, not all communities can reap the cost-saving benefits on their energy bills.

Renewable Energy Surpasses Coal

Renewable Energy
In April, for the first time, renewable energy from solar, wind and hydropower generated more electricity than coal every day for the entire month, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). In comparison, renewables beat coal only 38 days in all of 2019. This shift is tied to many reasons, including the economic slowdown from COVID-19.

Affordable Housing Community Unveils Rooftop Solar Array

Press Room
Atlanta, GA—February 25, 2020— Today at 3:30 p.m., Solarize Atlanta will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Quest Communities, unveiling a donated solar array. Members of the Atlanta City Council will speak at the community gathering, as well as Nathaniel Smith, Chief Equity Officer of Partnership for Southern Equity. Quest Communities, a West Atlanta affordable housing development, is located at 878 Rock St NW, Atlanta GA, 30314.

Solar Arrays: A Vegetable’s Best Friend?

Renewable Energy
A new study has found a beneficial relationship between solar arrays and agricultural areas. Many animals and vegetable crops can thrive with the partial shade from the solar arrays. In turn, farmers receive a financial benefit from switching to renewable energy. This symbiotic relationship is becoming known as an “agrivoltaic system."

Extreme Makeover for U.S. Power Grid as Renewables Increase

Renewable Energy
Clean energy is becoming mainstream, with roughly 15% of the electricity generated in the U.S. coming from sources like solar and wind. As renewable energy challenges the traditional methods of electricity generation, grid infrastructure is being updated so renewables can prosper—no easy task.

Resilience Hubs: Equitable Resource Centers That Foster Community and Give Support During Emergencies

Communities
Renewable Energy
During times of natural disaster, an entire network of resources and people must come together to repair and rebuild essential infrastructure that allows for provision of critical services—including medical care, clean water and fresh food—all of which require a reliable and steady source of electricity. Individual entities might provide for their own backup power with generators or microgrids that continue working when shared electrical infrastructure is down. But how can communities ensure more equitable access to electricity during emergencies? Resilience hubs are one way.