By Zachary Shahan, CleanTechnica
I started covering the solar energy industry seriously in 2009. It seemed like a hopping, exciting time in the industry — growth was exploding. I remember one early story in which readers
admonished me a little because I put “Solar Power Exploding” in a headline, and they thought I was referring to genuine explosions. In 2019, 2009 and 2010 progress looks like anthills.
Scrolling back through our What Changed archives, below is a lengthy rundown of notable
changes within the solar energy and energy storage industries in 2018. I’m sure I missed some of them — drop a note in the comments if you have a favorite I skipped. I’m also sure this post is far too long for the casual reader — do your best. Additionally, stay tuned for record-breaking progress in 2019. Read more here.
About the Author
Zachary Shahan spends most of his time on CleanTechnica as its
director and chief editor. He’s also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zachary is
recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert.
ALSO IN THE NEWS
- In Minneapolis, low-income neighborhoods see influx of clean energy investment, Midwest
Energy News. The city’s “green zones” program aims to encourage solar and energy efficiency projects while preventing gentrification. Photo Credit: City of Minneapolis Environmental Program Staff
- Community Solar: A New Revenue Opportunity, Guest Contributors, Commercial Property Executive. Experts from Con Edison, one of the nation’s largest investor-owned utilities, offer insights into this promising niche market.
- How the Partisan Gap Over Clean Energy Has Narrowed, Greentech Media
A special podcast collaboration with Energy News Network about the shift in clean energy politics.
- Doctors are frightened by climate change. Their industry is a big part of the problem, Vox
Health care creates a tenth of US greenhouse gas emissions.
- School District and City to Reap Benefits of Utility-Owned Microgrid, Thanks to Group Effort.
- Polis Wants To Accelerate The Dominance Of Electric Vehicles On Colorado Roads, Colorado Public Radio
Design and Implementation of Community Solar Programs for Low- and Moderate-Income Customers, by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Clean Energy States Alliance
The report reviews existing and emerging low- and moderate-income (LMI) community solar programs, discusses key questions related to program design, outlines how states can leverage incentives and
finance structures to lower the cost of LMI community solar, and examines marketing and outreach considerations. CESA hosted a
webinar with report authors Jenny Heeter and Lori Bird from NREL in August 2018 to discuss the report’s findings. Watch it here.
SOLAR ROOFING NEWS
World’s largest roofing company launches residential solar arm, PV Magazine. Standard Industries has
announced the launch of GAF Energy, a subsidiary which will interface with local roofing contractors to sell its
DecoTech Solar roof system.
News Release: Standard Industries Launches GAF Energy To Transform Rooftop Solar Industry
Click image to watch a two-minute video.
UPCOMING DOCUMENTARY & WEBINAR
FRONTLINE Documentary: Coal’s Deadly Dust
January 22, 2019 at 9 pm on PBS
FRONTLINE and PBS investigate the rise of severe black lung disease among coal miners. This joint investigation reveals the biggest disease clusters ever documented, and how the industry and the government failed to protect miners. Watch the Trailer Here.
Recommended Reading: An Epidemic Is Killing Thousands Of Coal Miners. Regulators Could Have Stopped It
Drive Electric Earth Day: How To Participate
January 22, 2019 at 1 pm
Drive Electric Earth Day is a national campaign to share information about electric vehicles during April 2019. The event is an opportunity to highlight clean energy by including electric vehicles in your community’s Earth Day celebration. Plug In America, Sierra Club, and the Electric Auto Association serve as the national team providing support to the events throughout the country.
If you’re thinking of organizing or helping at an event, you’re encouraged to attend this Drive Electric Earth Day Webinar.