Save the Date: Fourth Annual POWER-UP! Energy Forum Tuesday, Feb. 23, Birmingham-Southern College

Energy: Renewable & Efficient + Reliable & Economical Tuesday, February 23, 2016 Registration 8:30-9:00; Forum 9:00-3:30;  Networking 3:30-4:30; Social 4:30-6:00  Birmingham-Southern College, Norton Campus Center, Great Hall Solar power, other renewable energy sources, and energy efficiency will be the topics of expert speakers at the Alabama Environmental Council’s fourth annual POWER-UP! Energy Forum to be held Tuesday, […]

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Maps In Progress!

Our plans to “put solar on the map in Alabama” are bearing fruit! Our new Maps page features our work-in-progress mapping solar-related businesses in Alabama, TVA solar installations by zip code, and user-submitted installations as reported via survey respondents and other crowd-sourced data. Do you have solar installed on your home or business — or know someone […]

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LEED Buildings in Alabama

Did you know that Alabama has LEED-certified commercial square footage equivalent to 13 Empire State buildings? This includes 51 LEED Silver, 34 LEED Gold, and 2 LEED Platinum building certifications. LEED buildings are energy-efficient and may incorporate solar or other renewable energy features. According to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) web site, “LEED, or Leadership in Energy […]

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Introducing the Breakthrough Coalition and Mission Innovation

As reported in Bill Gates’ blog, two related initiatives were announced at the Paris climate talks on November 29: “One is Mission Innovation, a commitment by more than ten countries to invest more in research on clean energy. The other is the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, a global group of private investors who will support companies that are […]

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Keep solar jobs in Alabama and America!

Did you know that the US now has more solar workers than coal miners? But our senators could allow a key tax credit to keep these jobs in America to lapse. Ask your senators now to put solar on a level playing field and support the jobs and economic development generated by the demand for […]

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Find A Certified Professional

ASK is often asked, “How can I find a qualified installer to ask about solar options for my home or business?” The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) offers entry level knowledge assessment, professional certification, and company accreditation programs to renewable energy professionals throughout North America.  Raising industry standards and promoting consumer confidence, […]

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Why Solar Power Will Rule the World

(It’s the Economics, Period. Or, A Story in Two Pictures) By Kyle G. Crider I’ve been showing some variant of this slide for years. In my most recent presentations, I’ve made it my first content slide, and told the audience: “If you only remember one thing from this talk, remember this image: This is why […]

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Alabamians overwhelmingly ASK for freedom to choose solar energy

Survey shows that nearly 8 in 10 Alabamians want utilities to use more solar; even more oppose fees that keep it from expanding BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Alabamians are overwhelmingly in favor of their utilities boosting the use of solar energy to generate electricity and they are nearly unanimous in their opposition to penalizing solar by […]

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