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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 22, 2015

Unanswered Questions about the Public Rooftop Revolution

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/unanswered-questions-about-the-public-rooftop-revolution/

At the beginning of June 2015, ILSR released its Public Rooftop Revolution report, which described how cities across the nation put the shine on municipal rooftops with more than 5,000 MW of solar. That 5,000 MW is as much as one-quarter of all solar installed in the U.S. to date — and many cities could… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 22, 2015

Solar Potential on Public Buildings in Kansas City

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/solar-potential-on-public-buildings-in-kansas-city/

How much solar is installed on municipal buildings? How much could be installed? As we discovered in writing ILSR’s Public Rooftop Revolution report—the latest in the Rooftop Revolution series—nobody had the answer, for almost every city we contacted. But in the course of the research, three cities answered our call to analyze their rooftop solar potential… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 15, 2015

Solar Potential on Public Buildings in Minneapolis

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/solar-potential-on-public-buildings-in-minneapolis/

How much solar is installed on municipal buildings? How much could be installed? As we discovered in writing ILSR’s Public Rooftop Revolution report—the latest in the Rooftop Revolution series—nobody had the answer, for almost every city we contacted. But in the course of the research, three cities answered our call to analyze their rooftop solar potential… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 12, 2015

Dear Hawaii: Read Your Mail Before Your Utility Sells Out

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/dear-hawaii-read-your-mail-before-your-utility-sells-out/

If your electricity—generated from imported oil—is the most expensive in the country and your solar resource is terrific, you’d expect your electric company to be making great strides toward renewable energy. On Hawai’i, the progress toward clean energy is in limbo, because island’s largest electric utility—largely owned by islanders—is likely to be acquired by mainland… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 10, 2015

Distributed Solar Surges in Early 2015

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/distributed-solar-surges-in-early-2015/

Distributed solar was 13% of all new power plant capacity in 2014, and 2015 is starting off even bigger. Distributed residential and commercial solar installations surged 45% over the same period last year and accounted for 35% of all new power plant capacity in the first quarter of 2015. The following chart shows the quarterly… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 10, 2015

Public Rooftop Revolution in Pictures

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/public-rooftop-revolution-in-pictures/

There are a lot of stories on residential rooftop solar but few if any on what cities are doing to make themselves energy self-reliant by using their own buildings and lands to generate power. In Public Rooftop Revolution, ILSR estimates that mid-sized cities could install as much as 5,000 megawatts of solar—as much as one-quarter… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 3, 2015

Kansas City’s Royal Effort to Solarize City Rooftops – Episode 25 of Local Energy Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/kansas-citys-royal-effort-to-solarize-city-rooftops/

Kansas City, MO, has neither the abundant sunshine nor high cost of electricity that have driven solar installations in other cities. Despite this, the city has close to 1.5 MW of solar in 59 separate installations on municipal properties. Thanks to utility rebates, two department leaders, and a unique opportunity that allowed it to access… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 2, 2015

Duking It Out Over Municipal Solar in Raleigh – Episode 24 of Local Energy Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/duking-it-out-over-municipal-solar-in-raleigh/

There aren’t many solar success stories from the Southeast, making Raleigh, NC, stand out in a region with low-cost electricity and modest sunshine. With just over 2 megawatts of solar on public property––providing close to 7% of municipal building peak demand––Raleigh’s solar success comes despite state rules preventing city from buying electricity from any non-utility… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 1, 2015

Lancaster: The Leading Solar City? – Episode 23 of Local Energy Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/lancaster-the-leading-solar-city-episode-23-of-local-energy-rules/

Jason Caudle, city manager with the City of Lancaster, talked with John Farrell in April 2015 about his city’s solar boom. With more than 118 MW of solar, both private and public, operating within city limits, Lancaster is well on its way to producing or procuring 530 MW of clean energy by 2020. Hitting that… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jun 1, 2015

Public Rooftop Revolution Report

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/public-rooftop-revolution/

There are a lot of stories on residential rooftop solar but few if any on what cities are doing to make themselves energy self-reliant by using their own buildings and lands to generate power. In Public Rooftop Revolution, ILSR estimates that mid-sized cities could install as much as 5,000 megawatts of solar—as much as one-quarter… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Apr 30, 2015

Somebody Wants Something: Getting the Most from a Proposed Takeover of Hawaiian Electric Company

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/somebody-wants-something-getting-the-most-from-a-proposed-takeover-of-hawaiian-electric-company/

If your electricity—generated from imported oil—is the most expensive in the country and your solar resource is terrific, you’d expect your electric company to be making great strides toward renewable energy. On Hawai’i, the progress toward clean energy is in limbo, because island’s largest electric utility—largely owned by islanders—is likely to be acquired by mainland… Continue reading

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Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Apr 30, 2015

Watch: Stacy Mitchell Testifies on Federal Policy to Support Strong Local Economies

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/watch-stacy-mitchell-testifies-on-federal-policy-to-support-strong-local-economies/

In this video, ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell testifies at a hearing held by the Congressional Progressive Caucus, about how federal contracting and other forms of financial support for business should be overhauled to reflect American values and build the kind of economy we need. Continue reading

Graph: New banks created by year, 1993 to 2013.
Resource filed under Banking | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Apr 22, 2015

Number of New Banks Created by Year, 1993 to 2013

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/number-of-new-banks-created-by-year-1993-to-2013/

The number of community banks has declined sharply in the last few years. Part of the decline is owed to the fact that virtually no new banks have been created since 2009. Between 2004 and 2008, an average of about 300 commercial banks disappeared each year, mostly as a result of mergers. But these losses were offset by the creation of 146 new banks each year on average. From 2009 to 2013, we continued to lose about the same number of banks annually, but gained only 6 new banks on average each year. Continue reading

Chart: Small Business Loans as a Share of Assets, 2014.
Resource filed under Banking, Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Apr 20, 2015

Small Business Loans as a Share of Assets, 2014

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/small-business-loans-as-share-of-assets-2014/

Small and mid-sized financial institutions devote a greater share of their assets to small business lending. Continue reading