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Published on January 6th, 2014 | by John Farrell


Top 5 Democratic Energy Resources Of 2013

January 6th, 2014 by  

From the Democratic Energy initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance:

commercial-grid-parity-FB-images.004-1-320x239Rooftop Revolution

A combination resource of our two reports on residential and commercial solar grid parity, including a slideshow, infographic, and an amazing interactive map (#5 on this list by itself).

1360282556772.jpg.CROP_.article568-large-320x246Germany Has More Solar Power Because Everyone Wins

It got press because someone at Fox News thought Germany was sunnier than America (the reverse is true), but the real revelation is that the renewable energy revolution in Germany is largely people powered.

gchart-share-of-germany-renewable-energy-market-2011Half of Germany’s 53,000 Megawatts of Renewable Energy is Locally Owned

Actually, it’s up to 63,000 MW, and it’s the average German who is powering the transition to a renewable energy future.

greenhousesolar1Community Solar Power: Obstacles and Opportunities

It’s no surprise that this report still catches the eye three years after its publication. Over 3 in 4 Americans want to go solar affordably, but only 1 in 4 have a suitable roof for solar. Community power is the answer, but it’s not yet easy.

solar-grid-parity-interactive-map-screenshotMapping Solar Grid Parity

Want to know when solar beats grid prices – without subsidies? This is your interactive map, covering every utility in every state for the next decade. 
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directs the Democratic Energy program at ILSR and he focuses on energy policy developments that best expand the benefits of local ownership and dispersed generation of renewable energy. His seminal paper, Democratizing the Electricity System, describes how to blast the roadblocks to distributed renewable energy generation, and how such small-scale renewable energy projects are the key to the biggest strides in renewable energy development.   Farrell also authored the landmark report Energy Self-Reliant States, which serves as the definitive energy atlas for the United States, detailing the state-by-state renewable electricity generation potential. Farrell regularly provides discussion and analysis of distributed renewable energy policy on his blog, Energy Self-Reliant States (energyselfreliantstates.org), and articles are regularly syndicated on Grist and Renewable Energy World.   John Farrell can also be found on Twitter @johnffarrell, or at jfarrell@ilsr.org.

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