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New ILSR Report & Q&A With John Farrell: A Solar Power & Energy Storage Revolution Is Upon Us

By Jake Richardson, CleanTechnica

new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance describes some of the implications of the growing solar power and energy storage trend as it relates to the current, centralized utility-based electricity distribution model. Because solar and energy storage can be cost competitive with grid electricity prices in some places, consumers now have an alternative to only using utility-based electricity. Report author John Farrell answered some questions for CleanTechnica.

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Sharply Higher Rooftop Solar Potential Increases Opportunity for Energy Self-Reliance

Written by John Farrell, Director of the Energy Self-Reliant States and Communities Program, Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR)

Earlier this year, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory released a new estimate of rooftop solar potential, an update to 2008 figures we used in our landmark state-by-state energy atlas, Energy Self-Reliant States. The bottom line: there’s much more potential to generate our electricity from solar on nearby buildings than we previously thought. Continue reading. 

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Will Solar Energy Plummet if the Investment Tax Credit Fades Away?

The Wall Street Journal

Photo: Daniel Acker, Bloomberg News

Photo: Daniel Acker, Bloomberg News

Amit Ronen, director of the GW Solar Institute and a professor at the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy at George Washington University, argues that the end of the 30% credit will send solar off a cliff. John Farrell, director of the Democratic Energy initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, says the impact of the tax credit is overstated and the solar market will continue to rise. Read more.

John Farrell will be the keynote speaker at Nebraska Sierra Club’s annual event this Saturday, November 21st at 1:00 p.m. at the Milo Bail Student Center at UNO. The event is free and open to the public. Click here for more details.

Save the Date! John Farrell from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance will be Keynote Speaker at Nebraska Sierra Club’s Annual Event

John Farrell will deliver the keynote address at the Nebraska Sierra Club’s annual event at 1:00 p.m. on November 21 at the Milo Bail Student Center at UNO. The title of his presentation is: “The Coming of Energy Democracy.” The event is free and open to the public.

image001John Farrell is the Director of Democratic Energy at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and widely known as the guru of distributed energy. John is best known for his vivid illustrations of the economic, health and environmental benefits of local ownership of decentralized renewable energy.

He was recently named by Midwest Energy News as one of the top “40 Under 40” emerging leaders throughout the region for his work to accelerate America’s transition to a clean energy economy.

The event is co-sponsored by UNO’s Eta Sigma Gamma, a health education honorary organization.

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Questions? Please contact David Corbin, Nebraska Sierra Club: dcorbin@cox.net



The Institute for Local Self-Reliance is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year! Read testimonials from national and local leaders and add your own here.

Advantage Local: Why Local Energy Ownership Matters

by John Farrell, Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR)

Renewable energy is growing exponentially in the United States. Tens of thousands of megawatts (MW) of wind and solar are boosting rural and urban economies across the country.

But most clean energy projects fail to maximize the economic benefit to the communities and states where they are located by ignoring the value of local ownership.

 The rewards of maintaining local control and ownership are substantial. Locally-owned wind projects create an average of twice as many jobs as absentee-owned wind projects. And the total economic value to the community of locally-owned projects is 50 to 240% greater, as well.

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