The Week in Solar: Dec 4-10, 2016

the-week-in-solarEach week, Bay Area Solar Solutions LLC takes a look at the world of solar and how it affects Floridians.  Below is the week of December 4-10, 2016; click on the links for the highlighted article exclusive.  President-elect Donald Trump’s relationship with renewables is featured.
Dr.Wilfried van Sark, of Utrecht University in the Netherlands and his colleagues crunched numbers regarding installations and emissions.  In their recent report, “Nature Communications,” they elaborate in detail on silicon and carbon dioxide emissions concerning solar panels.  <Read Here>
The Florida Takeaway:  Solar scores because panels do not emit greenhouse gasses when they generate electricity.  However, greenhouse gasses are emitted in the production of the panels.  Panel production emissions and energy requirements continue to drop, resulting in a safer and more environmentally friendly market for solar.  Floridians are in better shape than ever to make an environment-led choice in purchasing solar.
A leaked memo involving the Department of Energy covers fossil fuels and energy subsidies.  A 14-point plan on such was developed by the Trump team and has caused a slight uproar in clean energy sectors.  <Read Here>
The Florida Takeaway:  With the defeat of Amendment 1 and the passing of Amendment 4 in recent elections, Floridians are certainly for solar.  Floridians still enjoy federal tax credits for solar, but the upcoming Trump Administration may put an end to the subsidies.  Floridians may be forced to take advantage of the credits before they are terminated.


Although debates on global warming are nothing new, the Trump presidency’s beliefs on climate change could stunt renewable energy efforts.  The Trump team could counter Obama’s efforts regarding clean energy such as limiting the E.P.A. budget and eliminating the Clean Power Plan.  <Read Here>
The Florida Takeaway:  Again, the debate on global warming and climate change is nothing new.  In a 2014 report by Tableau Public, Florida ranks 6th in the nation on CO2 emissions. Texas far outpaces Florida in the aforementioned study, but Floridians can help lower CO2 emissions by switching to solar now.  The Sunshine State, by virtue of ranking 3rd nationally in solar capacity, has an excellent chance to impact the environment in going solar regardless of how one feels about climate change.
Energy poverty and energy access are discussed and debated in the new report Energy For Human Development.  Fossil fuels and renewable energies are examined in their roles regarding modernization and living standard improvements.  <Read Here>
The Florida Takeaway:  Check out Florida’s energy analysis here.  Although Florida produces no coal, natural gas and petroleum production are high.  Solar technology and efficiency continue to improve and drop in price, offering Floridians the power to switch from utilities and ever-increasing prices of fossil fuels.
In 2015, New York furthered its stance on renewables and solar with Governor Cuomo’s approval of the Shared Renewables Initiative.  New Yorkers, whether they are renters, homeowners, or businesses, can now take full advantage of community solar.  <Read Here>  
The Florida Takeaway:  Florida lags way behind New York in solar installations due to various factors such as policies and utility relationships.  New York’s aggressive stance on renewables allows more people to put more money in their pocket by choosing solar now, and Florida has more than the capability to follow suit.  Community solar may be a new concept to Floridians, but Florida homeowners, renters, and businesses certainly have the power to choose such an option.


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