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Articles by John Farrell

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A lesson in solar from a northern neighbour

A lesson in solar from a northern neighbour

How does a northern province become a solar and climate leader, despite one of the poorest solar resources in North America? Smart policy.

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US regulator smashes biggest roadblock to clean, local power for electric co-ops

US regulator smashes biggest roadblock to clean, local power for electric co-ops

With a recent ruling, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission may have recently crashed one of the biggest gates to the cooperative clean energy party.

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100% renewable energy for US: Fact or fantasy?

100% renewable energy for US: Fact or fantasy?

What would it take to power the entire U.S. economy on renewable resources alone?

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Economies of scale: Why small solar is better than big solar

Economies of scale: Why small solar is better than big solar

While utilities in US continue to imply that large-scale solar projects are more economical than small ones, the data is telling another story.

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If you can’t beat ‘em, own ‘em: utilities muscle into rooftop solar market

If you can’t beat ‘em, own ‘em: utilities muscle into rooftop solar market

Will utility-owned rooftop solar add to or replace customer ownership of solar? And secondarily, is this a good deal for utility customers?

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US solar parity: It's coming faster than we thought

US solar parity: It’s coming faster than we thought

In 2015, America’s 6 largest metropolitan areas are already at solar parity, representing 30m+ people. By 2021, the same could apply to 150 million people.

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How other cities can match Georgetown’s low-cost switch to 100% wind & sun

How other cities can match Georgetown’s low-cost switch to 100% wind & sun

There are two key reasons why the city of Georgetown, Texas will be getting the equivalent of 100% of its electricity from renewable energy by 2017.

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Local power driving new capacity additions in US

Local power driving new capacity additions in US

Many states have limited how much of their electricity can come from local sources like rooftop solar, by capping their net metering programs.

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Solar parity coming faster than expected to US cities

Solar parity coming faster than expected to US cities

The rapidly falling cost of solar is making solar more economical in more big cities in the US than many people expected, and way sooner than anyone thought.

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How and why utilities make solar look expensive

How and why utilities make solar look expensive

Despite a world-class resource, the city of Arizona utility intends to avoid major solar investment by pretending it is too costly. Why? and how?

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Are we sunk? The electric utility’s titanic problem

Are we sunk? The electric utility’s titanic problem

Today’s electricity system differs from this ill-fated ship in one key respect: we still have the power to avoid the collision.