“Air & Climate Change Initiatives in the Biden Administration,”

Author:  Beveridge & Diamond PC. Staff    4/30/2021                  B&D

Thank you for your interest in Beveridge & Diamond’s webinar, “Air & Climate Change Initiatives in the Biden Administration,” the third program in our Biden Administration webinar series. We hope you will find the presentation informative and worthwhile. The slides and recording are available for reference below. If you have any questions or comments about the topics covered, please contact speakers Laura LaValleEric ChristensenZach Pilchen, and Grant Tolley.

 

 

 

We hope you will join B&D in May for our Climate Change Symposium, a three-part virtual conversation examining multiple facets of climate change issues, laws, and their impacts on American businesses. Registration is open here.

B&D’s Biden Administration Webinar Series

Schedule

Click here to register for additional programs in the series. All webinars will take place from 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET.

Energy and Federal Natural Resources Issues in the Biden Administration May 13

ESG & Sustainability Initiatives in the Biden Administration June 9

Biden Administration Priorities for Re-Engaging in Key International Agreements and Initiatives | June 29

Resources

B&D’s Biden Administration Resource Center brings together developments across environmental, energy, and natural resources subject areas

Questions?

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Speakers

Laura LaValle
Austin Office Managing Principal
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Eric Christensen
Of Counsel
Seattle, WA
echristensen@bdlaw.com

Zachary Pilchen
Associate
Washington, DC
zpilchen@bdlaw.com

Grant Tolley
Associate
Washington, DC
gtolley@bdlaw.com

Beveridge & Diamond’s team—including members with former senior U.S. and state government experience—established a Biden Administration Resources page to closely watch developments under the Biden administration across multiple environmental, energy, and natural resources subject areas. For more information, please contact John CrudenDavid Friedland, or Allyn Stern.

South Carolina regulators reject Dominion net metering proposal, siding with solar industry

Author:  Iulia Gheorghiu        Published: 4/29/2021          Utility Dive

Dive Brief:

  • The South Carolina Public Service Commission (PSC) voted 5-0 on Wednesday in support of a recommendation by solar industry and consumer choice advocacy groups to keep net metering in place while gradually transitioning to Dominion Energy’s existing time-of-use rate schedule for its customers.
  • Dominion had proposed its own plan for new net metering customers, which included a fixed monthly rate with a monthly payment based on the size of the rooftop system. Solar advocates said the plan would kill the residential solar industry in Dominion’s service area. Solar groups view the PSC directive as a sign that regulators agreed the utility’s plan would hurt customer choice.
  • Under the solar industry proposal, residential customers with distributed energy would pay a minimum monthly bill of about $13.50. Dominion Energy’s proposal would have averaged about $50 per month, according to the estimates of solar advocacy groups.

South Carolina legislators have encouraged the state’s solar deployment, viewing it as a way to meet consumer demand and an opportunity for job growth. The Energy Freedom Act of 2019 removed the 2% net metering caps, letting utilities give more customers the option of having their own behind-the-meter resource with a one-to-one net metering policy for a two-year period.

The state’s utilities were accepting new rooftop solar customers in their service until they constituted 2% of their customer base. Duke Energy was the first utility to hit that cap, and subsequent rooftop solar customers would have received less favorable rates for the energy sold back to the grid.

The law also directed the PSC to come up with a new net metering structure. Dominion’s proposal for the replacement included several components that energy choice advocates and the solar industry have criticized this year.

“Dominion Energy’s proposal would have added harmful, unnecessary charges for rooftop solar customers in South Carolina, and this decision rejects that proposal and implements the parties’ suggestion,” Will Giese, Southeast regional director at the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), said in a statement.

With Wednesday’s action, the PSC created a requirement for Dominion to take new distributed resource customer service under a time-of-use rate schedule and to allow customers to carry over monthly excess generation at the full retail rate based on the time-of-use period.

The proposal included suggestions on successor net metering tariffs from SEIA and the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association.

“This unanimous decision will accomplish what the Energy Freedom Act set out to do: support the growth and economic viability of rooftop solar,” Tyson Grinstead, the Southeast public policy director of solar developer Sunrun, said in a statement.

But the state legislature had set an expectation in the 2019 legislation to prioritize the elimination of a cost shift within the next evolution of net metering, Dominion said in its proposed plan.

“Today’s decision means that customers who choose not to have solar panels on their homes will continue to pay more to subsidize the costs for those who do,” Dominion spokesperson Rhonda O’Banion said in an email.

“We believe that our proposal for the new Solar Choice Program complied with the legislature’s expectations and plain language of the law to eliminate the cost shift and/or subsidy to the greatest extent possible.

Throughout the country, net metering disputes often lead a utility to tout the ability to invest in cheaper larger-scale solar.

“With over 1,000 megawatts of solar on our electric generation system, Dominion will continue to be a leader in a clean energy future for South Carolina, and solar energy plays a big part in our plans,” O’Banion said.

“A Force for Change: Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Solar Industry,”

Author: Staff at DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office   4/29/2021      SETO

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JEDI Webinar on May 4

Please join U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and the Solar Energy Technologies Office for “A Force for Change: Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Solar Industry,” a webinar on May 4 at 11 a.m. ET.

Secretary Granholm, Assistant Secretary of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Kelly Speakes-Backman, and other special guests will discuss the future of the solar workforce, as well as strategies to expand solar energy access to all Americans and to involve impacted communities in the decision-making process.

You can also sign up for today’s webinar, “Streamlining Solar Permitting with SolarAPP” at 2 p.m. ET, where we’ll discuss a new solar permitting tool with Solar Energy Industries Association President and CEO Abigail Ross Hopper.

We look forward to seeing you!

State of Advanced Energy: Markets, Jobs & Lessons from the COVID Year

Author:  Staff of Advance Energy Economy       4/29/2021               AEE 

Hi Ronald,

Thank you for attending this week’s State of Advanced Energy: Markets, Jobs & Lessons from the COVID Year webinar! Here is the recording to review and share.

View the Recorded Webinar
Webinar Overview:

Last year, advanced energy, like all other industries, faced a global pandemic and had to adapt. How did the industry make out in 2020 – and what’s in store for the year to come?

This webinar presented revenue trends from AEE’s “Advanced Energy Now 2021 Market Report,” the latest figures on advanced energy employment, and thoughts from advanced energy executives on how their companies survived in 2020 – and are prepared to thrive in 2021.

Panelists:
  • Robert Keough, SVP, Content AEE (Moderator)
  • Philip Jordan, VP and Principal Researcher, BW Research Partnership
  • Sarah Webster, VP, Investor Relations, Government Relations, and Corporate Communications, Pattern Energy
  • Angela Tucci, COO, Uplight
  • Nat Kreamer, CEO, AEE
P.S. – Learn more about joining Advanced Energy Economy to gain insight, influence, and determine energy policy risks and opportunities by exploring our website or contacting us here.

The HBCU Community Action Development Coalition (CDAC)

Author: CDAC Staff               Published: 4/26/2021            CDAC

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WHO WE ARE

Our story began ten years ago.

The HBCU Community Action Development Coalition (CDAC) was developed to help bring stakeholders together such as HBCU’s, MSI’s (minority-serving institutions), CDCs (Community Development Corporations), and the Community Economic Development Industry.  By connecting these organizations, HBCU CDAC helps build long-term economic opportunities for the HBCU/MSI students, small businesses near the campuses, and the broader surrounding community.

Our organization tackles programs like financial education, green energy, opportunity zone funding, and helping small businesses thrive in financially underdeveloped corridors around HBCUs and MSIs.  But we need the support of individuals, corporations, government agencies, and foundations to continue this vital work.

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT HOW TO GET INVOLVED

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CDAC BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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Larry K. Salley
Chairman

Larry Salley is a consultant and community economic development practitioner with over 30 years of experience developing and managing grant-funded community-based projects. Mr. Salley served as Executive Director of the Benedict-Allen Community Development Corporation in Columbia, South Carolina, for 22 years.  During his tenure, he had responsibility for developing programs and managing grants in excess of $14 million. He has directed seven workforce development initiatives, four affordable housing programs, and three small business development projects.

Mr. Salley’s previous experience includes managing a micro-loan fund providing capital to small businesses in a seven-county service area.  He also directed Benedict College’s Business Development Center, managing programs and providing technical assistance to business owners while recruiting commercial enterprises to underserved communities.   In addition, Mr. Salley served as Executive Director of a statewide arts agency for four years and was responsible for managing a mini-grants program and has also served as an advisor and grant reviewer for several federal, state, and local agencies.  Mr. Salley holds a Master’s degree in Social Work, Public Administration, and Business Administration.

Contact:
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803.705.4682
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Cynthia Beaulieu
Vice Chair

Cynthia Beaulieu is the Director of the Small Business Development and Management Institute (SBDMI) at Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO). Through her office, Ms. Beaulieu is responsible for providing high-quality technical assistance to support small and emerging businesses in the greater New Orleans Community and the surrounding parishes.  She has served as Director of the Small Business Development and Management Institute for over eight years and has worked with small businesses in the community for the past 30 years.

Ms. Beaulieu also successfully managed non-profit organizations and served in management positions with several Fortune 500 companies.  Also, she hosted and produced a cable access television show that highlighted women business owners’ accomplishments in the community. She most recently was the host and producer of a local weekly radio show on WBOK, 1230 AM, “SUNO Small Business Incubator Network.” Ms. Beaulieu holds a B.S. Degree in Economics with a minor in Business Administration from Xavier University in New Orleans.

Contact:
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504.286.5032
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Morris Autry
Secretary

Morris Autry is the Director of the Community Development Program at Elizabeth City State University. He has more than 25 years’ experience directly managing housing and community development projects and providing technical assistance to communities across the state of North Carolina. In his current position, he oversees community projects involving housing rehabilitation, housing counseling, homebuyer education, foreclosure prevention, financial literacy, neighborhood computer centers, and technical assistance to community-based organizations. While in this capacity, Mr. Autry has secured over $7 million in community development grants for the University to benefit northeastern N.C. residents.

Mr. Autry is a certified housing counselor and was responsible for guiding his organization through the HUD-approved housing counseling agency process. Morris is a graduate of an HBCU – North Carolina Central University – from which he holds a B.A. in Public Administration. Also, Mr. Autry holds a master’s degree in Urban Planning with a concentration in Housing and Community Development from the University of Michigan.

Contact:
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252.340.5321 
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Ilene Kennerly

Treasurer

Ilene Kennerly is the co-founder of Spiritlove Ministries International, LLC, a non-profit 501C3 whose mission is to provide programs and services to underserved communities in the Detroit Metropolitan Area. Their focus is on community and economic development through community empowerment.

Previously, Ms. Kennerly was the Director of the Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning Center at the University of the Virgin Islands. She is now leveraging her higher education experience to address challenges that exist in inner-city and underserved Detroit communities.

Ms. Kennerly holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Farleigh-Dickinson University, an MS Degree from New York University, a Master Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University, a Business Continuity certificate, and a certificate in Leadership from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Millennium Institute. Ms. Kennerly has also received numerous awards and honors, including being featured on the cover of Black Enterprise Magazine.

Contact:
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340.693.1101
m: 313 405 4465 
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Darrin Dixon

Director

Darrin Dixon is the Director for Small Business Development at Southern University at Shreveport.  In January 2004, he established the Small, Women, and Minority-Owned Business Incubator program. To date, the program services over 125 business interests per year. Additionally, he does grant writing at the university and has generated $1.5 million in grants for community development activities.

Currently, Mr. Dixon serves on the Board of Directors of the Shreveport Bossier African American Chamber of Commerce, the Strategic Action Council of Northwest Louisiana, Pathways in Education Charter School, CoHabitat Foundation, and is Co-chair of the Minority Supplier Institute.

Mr. Dixon holds a B.S. in Agricultural Economics/Agribusiness from Southern University and A & M College in Baton Rouge and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

Contact:
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Sharon Kent

Director

Sharon Kent is the Senior Manager, Curriculum & Training of NeighborWorks America. Ms. Kent is responsible for the Community & Economic Development, Small Business Lending, Community & Neighborhood Revitalization, and Community Building & Engagement learning and development tracks taught nationally.  Before this position, Ms. Kent was the NeighborWorks America Southern Region Operations Manager.  She managed the operational and grants budgets for the Region, the technical assistance process from application to evaluation, and developed and implemented internal systems to increase efficiencies and effectiveness.

Ms. Kent began her career with NeighborWorks America in 2004 in its corporate office in Washington, DC, and has held various positions with increasing responsibility. Before NeighborWorks America, Ms. Kent spent 20+ years in technology sales with multiple government contractors, including General Dynamics, Federal Systems, Inc., and Digital Equipment Corporation.  Ms. Kent is based in Atlanta, GA.

Contact:
p: 404.526.1276 
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To bring about change, you must not be afraid to take the first step. We will fail when we fail to try.

– Rosa Parks

CDAC LEADERSHIP TEAM
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Ron Butler

CEO

Ron Butler has served as the CEO of the HBCU CDAC since 2010.  As CEO, he is responsible for leading a coalition of HBCUs and MSIs working on community development programs around their campuses.  Mr. Butler’s work includes advocating for resources, including corporate sponsorships, developing and implementing program initiatives, and providing technical assistance and other support for redevelopment opportunities.

Mr. Butler has over 35 years of experience as a community economic development professional.  He was an executive director of the 79th Street Corridor Neighborhood Initiative in Miami, Florida, and an acting Principal at The NYMIA Group, which provides technical assistance and training to community initiatives in housing, community development, human services, economic and small business development. Mr. Butler has also worked as a consultant and subject matter expert and trainer with colleges and universities since 2002 and has worked on international community development projects since 1998.  He has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from The University of Delaware, a Master in Public Policy and Administration from The University of Illinois, and numerous Training Certificates in Community Development.  Mr. Butler also serves on several private and public boards.

Contact:
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Henry Golatt

Chief of Strategy for the Clean Energy Initiative

In his current role with HBCU, Mr. Golatt helps executive leadership communicate and execute on the strategic vision sanctioned by the Board of Directors.  He also serves as a senior organizational representative and voice at national and regional conferences and assists in developing and drafting funding proposals to ensure organizational growth.  Mr. Golatt has also held many senior leadership positions in other organizations, including leading efforts within the Economic Development Division for the City of Columbus and acting as an executive director at the Economic Research and Development Center at the University of Arkansas.

Mr. Golatt has won numerous honors and awards, such as the Delta Entrepreneurship Network Fellow, Booker T. Washington Economic Development Award from Tuskegee University Arkansas, District Director Partnership Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration, among others.  He also sits on several boards and is an active member of numerous professional committees.  Mr. Golatt graduated from the University of Arkansas with a B.S. in Accounting.

Contact:   
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Natasha Campbell, Esq.

Director of Clean Energy Programs, Policies, and Initiatives

Ms. Campbell brings a wealth of experience to her role at the HBCU Coalition.  Before this position, she served as a Presidential Appointee in the Obama Administration, where she acted as a senior advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Energy.  Her role included labor and industrial relations for the 100,000 plus contractor workforce as well as economic and workforce development.  She co-led the Energy Jobs Strategy Council, an initiative integrating research, technical expertise, and financial resources to accelerate growth and access to jobs in all sectors of the U.S. energy economy.   In that capacity, she was also instrumental in establishing the DOE Baltimore Initiative.  The initiative was a collaborative effort, including the City of Baltimore, Morgan State University, the Maryland Clean Energy Center, and other community stakeholders to expand access to solar energy for low and moderate-income residents.

Ms. Campbell is also a seasoned attorney specializing in labor and employment law with a strong record of leading organizational change, negotiating and administering complex agreements, and implementing enterprise-wide employee engagement and workforce development strategies.  She was the past Director of the D.C. Government Department of Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining, where she served as an appointee under two different Mayors.  Ms. Campbell is passionate about giving back to her community and is actively involved in women’s and girls’ mentoring programs.

Contact: 

m: (202) 445-5179

e: hbcucleanenergycoalition

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Tracy Stewart

HBCU Marketing and Events Manager

Ms. Stewart is the marketing and events manager at HBCU Coalition where she works cross-functionally with all team members.  Ms. Stewart has extensive marketing and event experience through owning and operating her own business, called Exceptional Events. The company provides consulting services, event planning, and on-site logistics management for conventions, meetings, tradeshow, and special events.  Some of her notable clients included the American Academy of Ophthalmology, McDonald’s, National Urban League, and Easter Seals of Louisiana.

Prior to starting her own business, Ms. Stewart worked at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center for 18 years as an Event Manager where she planned and coordinated the logistics for a wide variety of local, national, and international meetings, events, and trade shows.  She also served as Regional Program Coordinator for Educational Supports Systems and Program Coordinator for Learning 4 today where she managed logistics and coordinated after school tutoring programs for at-risk students.   Ms. Stewart holds a B.S. degree in Marketing from Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA.   She is also an active volunteer and member in many professional organizations including Links, Inc, a premier international service organization comprised of over 12,000 distinguished women who are individual achievers and who have made a difference in their community and in the world.

Contact:   

m: 504-450-9599
e: stew.tracyj@gmail.com

Pros And Cons Of Solar Energy – Unbiased Facts And Comparison

Author: Alan Donaldson        Published: 4/26/2021           Solar Power Fam

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The sun gives us lots of stuff. Heat, light, food, colors, a nice tan. The pros and cons of solar energy are the benefits and risks of utilizing the sun as an energy source. Solar energy is free, renewable, clean, produces no pollution, and is in plentiful supply. Many people who live in sunny areas like Arizona, California, and Texas take advantage of solar energy. They use it to power their homes and businesses. On the contrary, solar panels can impose health risks, initial setup costs are high, takes up a tons of space, indirectly increase the pollution level and power storage isn’t a feasible option yet.

 

  • Environmental Benefits
  • Flexible Application
  • Dynamic Technology
  • Reduced Energy Bills
  • Government Incentives and Tax Rebuts
  • Diversified Application
  • Minimal Maintenance Cost

 

 

  • Unpredicted Vulnerability
  • High Setup Costs
  • Space Requirements
  • Expensive Energy Storage
  • Indirect Pollution

 

Solar power had now become a popular source of renewable energy than before when it was considered expensive and futile. Governments have encouraged its use, factors such as environmental conservation motives, financial benefits, and practicability in residential, commercial, and industrial settings.

Its popularity has extended beyond generating electricity in solar lighting to applications such as:

  • Solar thermal power production; a technology that harnesses solar energy and generates thermal energy used in industry
  • Solar heating and cooling
  • Solar water heating
  • Solar transport; like the Cyber Truck by Tesla
  • Solar Ventilation
  • Portable Solar

These applications are each based on several solar panel technologies:

  • Monocrystalline silicon
  • Polycrystalline silicon
  • Thin-film types; copper indium gallium selenide (CIS/CIGS)

These technologies are different between manufacturers, with top solar panel companies like Tesla, Panasonic, SunPower, and LG., for large-scale commercial applications and residential.

In the U.S., solar power is made favorable to use by the government and local authorities through rebates and incentives like the federal tax credit program. This has enabled many citizens to go solar.

It is projected that solar energy generation and distribution will rise from 11% (2017) to 48% by 2050, to make it the primary electricity source in the U.S. In 2019, one million solar panels had been installed.

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Additionally, solar energy is silent, so it doesn’t produce any noise pollution. Solar energy is also sustainable, making it a good choice for the environment. Solar energy is available to everyone in the world, regardless of income. Countries that harness solar energy can decrease their dependence on foreign oil.

Solar schemes in nations like China, Japan, and the U.S. have helped lower electricity bill. With the improving technology of solar energy system, it is speculated that their cost will go down and be affordable to many people.

If not defective and appropriately installed, solar panels can last 20 to 30 years, thus making them an attractive investment for the buck.

Compared to other renewable energy resources (Wind, Hydro, Tidal, Geothermal, and Biomass energy), solar energy is a promising venture. Solar energy is the future.

Unlike other sources of energy like fossil fuels, solar energy is a clean source. It reduces air pollution caused by fossil fuels in generating electricity.

Greenhouse gases emitted include Carbon Dioxide, Methane, Nitrous Oxide, and Fluorinated Gases. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), fossil fuels accounted for 60.3% of the total energy source, while solar energy for 2.3%, as of 2021. 78% of global warming emissions in the U.S. as of 2014 were from fossil fuels as a source of energy.

Today, the government is focused on transforming into a clean energy nation, reducing carbon footprint. People are encouraged to use solar for energy needs, with the solar tax credit and solar incentives enabling many citizens in the U.S. to convert solar users.

Other environmental benefits are:

  • Reduced water usage in generating electricity. Hydroelectric sources have the potential of causing drought and affecting water life.
  • Reduced deforestation in search of wood; this has been enabled by solar cooking in rural areas.
  • Reduced mining for fossil fuels, especially coal and natural gas. Mining causes alternations in the soil profile, erosion, open pits, and contamination of water bodies.
  • Indirectly conserves human and animal health.

Solar energy technology will only need sunlight to generate electricity, and they can be installed in most parts of the world.

This has enabled remote areas where traditional power lines have not been installed to have access. For example, UNESCO developed a community solar power system enabling program in rural Africa to help residents have access to light.

Pros Of Solar Energy

UNESCO claimed to promote solar power use due to this advantage and accompanying benefits like eliminating pollution.

Other applications that have benefitted rural Africa are solar cooking, solar-powered water pumps, purification, and drip irrigation systems. This has enabled residents to catch up with the rest of the world and increased food security in those areas.

We’ve seen significant advancements in this industry, with efficiency being improved to harness more energy.

Among others, two options are commonly used; Monocrystalline and Polycrystalline Solar panels. They use similar technology, and only monocrystalline solar panels are regarded as more efficient than polycrystalline ones.

Monocrystalline and Polycrystalline Solar panels

More and more amazing features are introduced. For i:e: Tesla’s Solar Roof, Tesla Solar Inverter, and the Powerwall.

Solar Roofing allows you to replace your current roof with a fully integrated solar energy system. Your roof will be beautiful and still power your home without using rooftop solar panels.

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The Powerwall is a modern, compact battery, rated 13.5 kWh, and a 90% round trip efficiency. It is fitted with an electronic and artificial intelligence system which will help you monitor power usage and avoid power outrage. Amazing, right?

A solar panel system produces electricity on the go and even stores the excess. Suppose your solar panel system is well set for your entire electricity needs. In that case, your electricity bills will reduce and even be eliminated in some cases. Returns on investment are high.

Lowers Power Bill

The average monthly electricity bill for a typical U.S. citizen is $110.76, with about 877 kWh consumption. Using solar technology, the cost of electricity bills will go down. However, this will vary between regions, solar equipment, solar installer companies, and other cost factors.

Surplus solar energy generated from your home could be exported back to the grid and earn you income. This is done through Smart Export Guarantee after specific criteria are met.

If you are planning to go solar, the U.S. and local governments will support you. The Energy Act Policy of 2005 in the U.S. has a section that introduced the Solar Tax Credit, allowing citizens to deduct 26% of the cost of installing a solar energy panels from their federal taxes.

A shopper will benefit from the tax credit and averagely save $9,000 on the cost of going solar. As of 2021, a cost of $10,000 will secure you a solar tax credit of $2,600. Further, state incentives will bring this cost down even more.

The Solar Tax Credit is a limited initiative, set to expire on 31st December 2023.

With the possibility of being portable and easily modified, solar energy has been used to solve many energy problems worldwide:

  • Recently, solar automotive have been invented, proving to be effective without gas. Cyber Truck, which is yet to be released that is powered by batteries and chargeable using solar energy, adding 15 miles of range per day.
  • Produce electricity in areas off the grid.
  • Solar heating, cooling, and ventilation.
  • Solar-powered water pumps in areas dry regions with water shortages and no access to traditional electricity.
  • Water distillation and purification in an area with clean water problems.
  • Solar cooking in areas where wood and gas are distant.
  • Solar energy systems can now be integrated with building materials, and such customizations will increase the amount of energy harnessed.

The value of a home will increase with a unit decrease in energy cost. An appraiser should evaluate the solar value-added of a home. This is approximately $20 for every dollar saved as energy cost.

The solar value-added will be higher in regions where solar energy saves a considerable electricity bill, a high amount of solar energy is generated, and conducive state incentives.

After incurring the initial cost of installation, maintaining solar panels and batteries will be gentle. However, you have to ensure that installation is done correctly to prevent damage from human activities and environmental conditions.

With no moving parts, there is no wear and tear in solar panels, only the inverter, which has a lifespan of approximately 10 years. All you have to do is keep your system clean to maintain its efficiency.

like any new technology, there are some cons that come with using solar power. These cons are often overshadowed by the many advantages of solar energy, but they deserve to be recognized just the same. Let’s take a look at some of the cons of solar energy. Panels and cells can break sometimes, needs regular cleaning, Inefficiency, setup costs, limitations, expensive storage, indirect pollution etc. are the major cons of solar energy.

Cons Of Solar Energy

The efficiency of solar panels is affected by the amount of sunlight reaching them. On cloudy days, electricity generated is not to its full potential. This will depend on the thickness of clouds and other surfaces blocking sunlight from reaching the panels.

On a partly cloudy day, electricity production could drop by 10% to 25% on average, depending on how much clouds block the sun.

Another element is temperature. High temperatures will increase the output of current exponentially and reduce the voltage produced linearly. This reduces efficiency by 10% to 25%.

The solar panels have different temperature coefficients, are said to have a peak efficiency between 59°F and 95°F, and generally begin to lose efficiency at 77°F.

However, the solar module is not damaged by extreme temperatures but hailstorms can cause severe damages to panel and equipment.

A single panel will cost around $100, plus other accompanying solar equipment and installation cost. In most cases, a single solar panel may not meet your consumption levels.

For an average homeowner, you will likely need a 10-kWh solar panel, which will cost you between $10,000 and $31,900 in the U.S. In some other parts of the world, they can be even more expensive, up to $11,000 for the 5-kWh solar module. This cost excludes inverters/chargers and installation costs.

Most countries don’t have solar electricity programs and rebates, making the cost to go solar very high and unaffordable. The U.S. is prominent for the solar tax incentive, allowing citizens to install at 26% lower the total cost. Italy also incentivizes solar panel installation.

With advancing technology, it is speculated that this cost would reduce.

The more energy you want to harness, the more solar panels you will need. Technological advancements have not yet reached a point where solar panels can be made compact and produce the same or more energy output.

This will limit you if your roof (or land on your home) is not enough to fit solar panels that will meet your energy consumption level for residential use.

Large-scale solar installations will take a lot of space to generate sustaining energy. For example, Bhadla Solar Park in India occupies 57 square kilometers, their commercial solar panels yielding a total capacity of 2,245 Megawatts. Solar Star in the U.S. occupies 13 square kilometers (1.7 million solar panels) and generating a capacity of 579 megawatts.

Compared to other sources, the amount of energy generated per square meter is lower for solar energy. Even though land used to set up solar panels is usually hot and unproductive, space is typically an issue.

When using Solar energy, you have two options; use it actively, or store it for later use and at night using batteries. The cost of these batteries is high, based on the material used to make them and the amount of energy they provide. For a 5kW, you will pay a rough price of about $10,000 and $14000 for a 10kW battery. On average, you will pay $1,000 per kWh for a battery.

These prices include only the cost of the battery itself. Now, proceed and include inverters, solar installation, and other necessary equipment. A young family will consume about 20 kWh per day, needing a battery size of about 3.5 kWh. This will cost around $3400 for the battery and a total cost for the system of about $5,800 (Battery, inverter, etc.).

The Powerwall 2, which was considered the best value A.C. battery system in the market, goes for $6,500. The total cost of the whole system installation is $12,000.

However, experts predict solar batteries will fall in price soon. Go ahead!

Even though pollution is minimal in using solar energy, manufacturing, transportation, and installation processes are based on fossil fuels which emit greenhouse gas. Their pollution magnitude is therefore indirect.

According to SCDHEC, solar panels are neither considered electronic or universal waste. This poses a threat of hazardous wastes polluting the environment. A study by IEA-PVPS showed that lead, cadmium, and selenium were the common pollutants. Other pollutants are gallium arsenide, Copper Indium Gallium Diselenide, acids like hydrochloric, nitric, and sulphuric acids.

Although the batteries are recycled up to some extent, however the process of battery disposal can cause damage to nature too. Commercial solar farms can cause habitat degradation and reduce life expectancy.

Renewable energy resources

Other renewable energy resources besides Solar include:

Electricity is generated through converting wind by turbines and conversion systems. There are 3 types of wind energy, classified according to power generated;

Utility-Scale Wind

Electricity produced ranges from 100 kilowatts to 1.5 megawatts, and a wind farm of these could generate an overall of 1.2 gigawatts.

Offshore Wind

Constructed on lakes and oceans. The speed of wind in these water bodies is high and consistently uniform, making wind turbine generate more energy up to 4.8 gigawatts like the Dogger Bank wind farm in the U.K.

Small Wind

Usually consists of couple of wind turbines and generates below 100 kilowatts.

This is energy harnessed from moving water directed by plants to turn turbines. A generator then converts the mechanical energy of turbines to electric power. With an efficiency of 90%, this technology accounts for 24% of the world’s electricity and 12% in the U.S.

Energy is generated from turbines and paddles moved by tides. Tides are caused by the gravitational effect between the moon and the sun on earth. Tides are more predictable than wind and solar energy, making them a major potential source of energy for the future.

It is generated from heat energy stored in the earth’s core. It has applications like generating electricity, heating buildings, greenhouses, and water. Geothermal emits steam which makes it a clean renewable energy source.

This is energy from animal material and/or plants used as fuel to generate electricity or heat. This technology is common in agriculture and forest-based industries. For biomass fuel, corn grain is commonly used; for ethanol.

Feature Solar Wind Hydro Tidal Geothermal Biomass
Clean Energy Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Renewable Energy Share (U.S) 23.3% 39.8% 30.70% 0.95% 5.18%
Total Energy Share (U.S) 5.39%% 9.20%% 7.10% 0.4% 1.20%
Cost Per Megawatt About $1 Million About $1.3 to $2.2 Million About $1.05 to $8 Million About $3.8 Million About $2.5 to $3 Million About $2.39 Million
Efficiency 15% to 22% 30% to 50% About 90% About 80% About 12% 8 times more than input
Predictability No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Geographical location Anywhere Land and Water Bodies Water Bodies (Rivers and Dams) Oceans and Lakes Land Anywhere

Renewable energy resources accounted for about 23.12% of the total share of energy sources as of 2020. Among the renewable sources, wind energy is widely used, followed by hydroelectricity and solar energy.

Biomass is the only renewable dirty energy. However, it is carbon neutral.

Hydroelectricity is the most efficient among renewable sources of energy, followed by tidal energy. Tidal energy is, however, not widely used but seems to be a promising venture.

Of the six renewable energy resources, solar, biomass, and wind are usually used directly to generate energy in households. Hydroelectricity, tidal and geothermal are always entirely government or large-scale investments due to their high initial costs to set up plants; wind and solar also take up large-scale farms.

Solar energy has proved to be efficient, reliant, and applicable in many aspects. Further, with the world aiming to conserve the environment, solar energy will emerge as one of the best sources of renewable clean energy.

Technological advancements will make solar energy a more viable option for many people. The following scenarios verify this speculation.

As a rule of thumb, technology will always make things cheaper and more efficient. Installing solar energy systems will become more inexpensive compared to setting up plants and farms to generate energy.

Solar pv panels were only used to power satellites. Today, installing a residential solar energy system will cost you around $31,900 for a 10kWh output. From 2000 up to 2021, the cost has fallen by 80% and still falling. By 2030, the cost will fall by 34% of the current cost.

As seen with Tesla, electric cars charged with solar panels have become a possibility. Further, solar roofing makes your roof bean energy source, and the Powerwall battery with additional artificial intelligence feature to study weather forecast and consumption patterns.

Solar cell are made compact and with the advanced capability of tripling the amount of energy generated.

In a Nutshell

If you’re are planning to go solar, remember that you’re doing the environment a huge favor to conserve it by reducing pollution and diminishing non-renewable energy sources.

Unlike before, when solar energy systems were seen as ineffective, you now don’t need to worry about the short lifespan of solar panels, fast battery drainage, and high cost of getting a solar panel.

With advancements in technology, these shortcomings are fixed and you know the pros and cons of solar energy, you will not regret taking my advice on going solar.

However, do background research to be sure what kind of solar panels, batteries your home needs, and the solar company before making your decision.

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WEBINAR: Cell Phone Brain Tumor Litigation — Legislation, Barriers and Opportunities

Author:CHD 5Gand Wirless HarmsProject Team    4/23/2021       CHD

Attorneys Dafna Tachover, Children’s Health Defense, and Hunter Lundy, of Lundy, Lundy, Soileau & South, will present an overview of litigation in the U.S. related to cell phones and brain cancer on April 28 at 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT.

The telecommunications industry has misled the public to believe that cell phones are safe.

Wells Fargo Stories: 600-acre solar farm to power Wells Fargo buildings in North Carolina

Author: Wells Fargo Stories             Published: 4/22/2021     Wells Fargo Stories

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A recently announced collaboration with Duke Energy and NextEra Energy Resources represents another step in Wells Fargo’s goal to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

As Wells Fargo continues to ramp up efforts to respond to our planet’s climate crisis, the company has announced another major solar expansion, this time with our North Carolina neighbor Duke Energy. Under a 20-year renewable energy purchase agreement, Wells Fargo will receive 100% of the output from a planned 600-acre solar farm in Catawba County. The project will supply more than 50% of Wells Fargo’s electricity needs in North Carolina and approximately 8% of the company’s annual global electricity requirements when it comes online in 2022.

Developer NextEra Energy Resources is working with community leaders and organizations to ensure the project meets local solar development requirements, as well as Wells Fargo’s needs. As part of the development, NextEra Energy Resources is negotiating a land grant with the Catawba Lands Conservancy to conserve lands along the Catawba River and expand a portion of the Carolina Thread Trail. According to the project website, other community economic benefits include approximately $2.3 million in additional tax revenue for the local community as well as local employment opportunities, including up to 100 jobs to construct the project.

“Leveraging our annual energy spend to advance green infrastructure development in the U.S. and create new revenue streams for communities is one way we are helping contribute to more sustainable, equitable, and resilient communities,” said Richard Henderson, head of Wells Fargo’s Corporate Properties Group. “We will continue to look for opportunities to advance environmental and social sustainability through our operations as Wells Fargo drives toward its ambitious climate goals.”

An infographic shows a large sun over solar panels and several people observing it. The text reads: Wells Fargo’s major solar expansion in North Carolina, 600-acre solar farm to supply 50% of bank’s electricity needs for the state by 2022. 130K megawatt hours . . . Enough for an electric car to drive 382 million miles. Enough electricity to power 12,208 homes for one year. $2.3 Million in local tax revenue. 100+ construction jobs created. 200K solar panels. Disclosure: 68 megawatt 600-acre solar farm planned for Catawba County, NC under Duke Energy’s Green Source Advantage (GSA) program.

Our commitment to advancing clean energy

Wells Fargo has met 100% of its annual global electricity requirements with renewable energy since 2017, primarily through the purchase of renewable energy certificates, which satisfied the first part of a two-pronged 2020 renewable energy goal set in 2016. The company is now working to fulfill the second part of that commitment — to transition to a higher mix of long-term renewable energy contracts for projects near its greatest load centers and significantly expand on-site solar generation in order to support the development of net-new sources of renewable energy and deliver community benefits associated with renewable energy development. In March, Wells Fargo announced its goal to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, including its financed emissions.

Earlier this year, Wells Fargo announced a deal with Ameresco, Inc. to install approximately 30 megawatts of new, on-site solar generation assets at more than 80 corporate and retail locations in seven states.

Aside from being one of the largest corporate users of renewable energy, Wells Fargo is a leader in financing large-scale wind, solar, and other renewable energy projects on behalf of its customers. The company recently reached the milestone of providing $10 billion in tax equity financing for utility-scale renewable energy projects. Since 2005, Wells Fargo has helped finance 13% of all wind and solar energy capacity in the U.S.

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End Sacrifice Zones

Author: HHC Staff        Published: 4/22/2021            Hip Hop Caucus

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Black people have been on the front lines of the climate crisis—suffering the most from polluted air [1] to natural disasters [2] to cancer mortality [3], as the government has long designated communities of color “sacrifice zones” for environmental enforcement and zoning.

President Biden has signed an executive order creating a Council for environmental racism, and while this is a huge step forward – it’s also not enough. We need meaningful legislation which ends the practice of creating “sacrifice zones” to make sure that this practice can’t return in the next administration.

Sacrifice zones is the word we use to describe the ways in which white supremacy makes the climate crisis deadlier for Black and Brown communities than it is for anyone else. A combination of factors – from higher pollutants, to less access to clean food and air and healthcare – means that Black and Brown people are both more likely to be exposed to environmental disasters and more likely to die in them.

Congress needs to pass legislation which invests in clean housing, in public transportation, in protecting Black and Brown communities specifically from the ravages of environmental degradation. These deaths aren’t inevitable. Nor are they by accident.

A government which sacrifices Black communities to polluting corporations that build white wealth is a government which says our lives don’t matter.

We are grateful to President Biden for his actions to protect Black communities. Now we need Congress to back him up.

SIGN NOW: Congress must enact legislation to end environmental “sacrifice zones” once and for all!

  1. https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/02/the-trump-administration-finds-that-environmental-racism-is-real/554315/
  2. https://laist.com/projects/2020/the-big-one/tbo-wealth-gap.html
  3. https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/understanding/disparities

18-Year-Old Undergoes 3 Brain Surgeries From Blood Clots After J&J Vaccine

Author: Megan Redshaw    Published:4/21/2021     THE DEFENDER 

A Nevada teen was put in a coma, placed on a respirator and underwent three brain surgeries after developing blood clots about one week after getting the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

U.S. Department of Energy Announces Goal to Cut Solar Costs by More Than Half by 2030

Author: DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office Staff      4/21/2021       SETO

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$128 Million in Additional New Solar Energy Initiatives Will Reduce Costs, Improve Performance, and Speed Deployment of New Solar Technologies

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced an ambitious new target to cut the cost of solar energy by 60% within the next ten years, in addition to nearly $128 million in funding to lower costs, improve performance, and speed the deployment of solar energy technologies. These investments support the Biden-Harris Administration’s climate goals and will pave the way for affordable decarbonization of the energy system and a robust clean energy economy.

“In many parts of the country, solar is already cheaper than coal and other fossil fuels, and with more innovation we can cut the cost again by more than half within the decade,” said Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “This first burst of funding will help us add even more affordable clean energy to the grid, jobs to communities across the country, and will put us on the fast track toward President Biden’s goal of 100% clean electricity by 2035.”

Lowering the cost of solar energy is essential to accelerating deployment and achieving President Biden’s goal of a 100% clean electricity grid by 2035. To reach that goal in the next 15 years, the country will need to add hundreds of gigawatts of solar energy to the grid at a pace as much as five times faster than current installation rates. To that end, DOE is accelerating its utility-scale solar 2030 cost target by five years—setting a new goal of driving down the current cost of 4.6 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) to 3 cents/kWh by 2025 and 2 cents/kWh by 2030.

“To meet our bold zero emissions goals by 2035, we need to unleash major investment in solar energy and technologies,” said U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey. “I am excited to see the Biden-Harris Administration and the Department of Energy grant the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) this research and development funding today to help the Commonwealth scale up our clean energy deployment and innovation. This funding will be a bright spot for the Massachusetts clean energy economy and will help us lower costs, create jobs, and deploy more gigawatts of solar than ever before.”

“To combat climate change, America must put clean energy within the reach of every household. Today’s grant awards support research and development projects that will make solar panels more affordable and effective,” said U.S. Senator Ben Ray Luján. “I applaud the Department of Energy for making this strong investment in our energy future.”

“As Chairwoman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, it is thrilling to see my constituents selected to advance technologies that will play a critical role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the electricity sector. Not only will these awards help the United States achieve the deep decarbonization needed to mitigate the growing impacts of climate change, but they will put many Americans in my district and around the country back to work in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, Chairwoman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee.

Traditional solar panels convert sunlight into electrical energy using photovoltaic (PV) solar technologies, which by 2035 could represent between 30% and 50% of electricity supply in a decarbonized electricity sector. Funding announced today through DOE’s Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) will support advancing two materials used to make solar cellsperovskites and cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin films.

  • $40 million for perovskite R&D: Perovskites are a family of emerging solar materials that have potential to make highly efficient thin-film solar cells with very low production costs. DOE is awarding $40 million to 22 projects that will advance perovskite PV device and manufacturing research and development—as well as performance through the formation of a new $14 million testing center to provide neutral, independent validation of the performance of new perovskite devices.
  • $3 million Perovskite Startup Prize: This new prize competition will speed entrepreneurs’ path to commercializing perovskite technologies by providing seed capital for their newly formed companies.
  • $20 million for CdTe thin films: The National Renewable Energy Laboratory will set up a consortium to advance cheaper CdTe thin-film solar technologies, which were developed in the United States and make up 20% of the modules installed in this country. This consortium will advance low-cost manufacturing techniques and domestic research capabilities, increasing opportunities for U.S. workers and entrepreneurs to capture a larger portion of the $60 billion global solar manufacturing sector.

In addition, DOE announced $7 million as part of a new funding opportunity for projects to increase the lifetime of silicon-based PV systems from about 30 years to 50 years, lowering the cost of energy and reducing waste. The aim is to improve PV system components, such as inverters, connectors, cables, racks, and trackers.

Today’s announcement also supports several concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP) projects. Unlike PV technologies that directly convert sunlight into electricity, CSP captures heat from sunlight and uses that thermal energy to spin a turbine or power an engine that then generates electricity.

  • $33 million for CSP advances: The new funding opportunity also includes funding for improvements to the reliability and performance of CSP plants, which can dispatch solar energy whenever it is needed; identifies new solar applications for industrial processes, which contribute 20% of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions; and advances long-duration thermal-energy storage devices. Long-duration energy storage is critical to decarbonizing the electricity sector and couples well with CSP plants, but the cost must fall by a factor of two to unlock deployment.
  • $25 million to demonstrate a next-generation CSP power plant: Sandia National Laboratories will receive funding to build a facility where researchers, developers, and manufacturers can test next-generation CSP components and systems and advance toward DOE’s 2030 cost target of 5 cents/kWh for CSP plants.

Consistent with DOE’s commitment to ensuring the benefits of federal funding reach diverse communities, applicants to the Perovskite Startup Prize and the PV/CSP funding opportunity must submit a Diversity and Inclusion Plan and propose measurable actions to increase the participation of underrepresented groups on their teams, in their research, and in the broader community.

Learn more about SETO and its research priorities in PV and CSP, and attend upcoming webinars on the open opportunities:

“Rebuild with purpose: An affirmative vision for 21st century American infrastructure,”

Author: Brookings Events Staff      4/21/2021                  Brookings

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Dear Ronald,

Thank you for your interest in last week’s event, “Rebuilding American infrastructure for the 21st century.” Sens. Tom Carper and Maria Cantwell—chairs of the Senate Committees on Environment and Public Works and Commerce, and Science and Transportation, respectively—bookended the event by outlining their priorities for infrastructure legislation and offering a glimpse of what to expect. A panel of infrastructure experts continued the conversation with perspectives from the public, private, and academic sectors. An event recording is posted here.

In a new Brookings report presented at the event, “Rebuild with purpose: An affirmative vision for 21st century American infrastructure,” Adie Tomer, Joseph Kane, and Caroline George propose a grand reimagining of U.S. infrastructure to revitalize the transportation, water, energy, and broadband systems that power the nation’s economy. Listen to Tomer discuss the history and future of infrastructure on an episode of the Brookings Cafeteria podcast.

Stay in the loop on all things infrastructure policy by signing up for our Infrastructure newsletter, and keep up to date on content and events from the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program by signing up for our bi-weekly Metro Update. Thank you again, and we look forward having you join us at future events.

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Energy Democracy Project Congressional Briefing April 20, 2021

Author: Crystal Huang       Published: 4/21/2021            EDP

 Crystal Huang <hello@energydemocracy.us>
Good morning. Thank you for such a lively conversation yesterday.
We appreciate your presence and attention to the critical community knowledge, leadership and specific energy democracy solutions to the numerous climate and clean energy legislative proposals we shared.
You can find the recording of the Congressional Briefing here: https://youtu.be/1z_QwzGD9dA
 
The policy platform discussed is at the end of the briefing packet: http://bit.ly/EnergyDemocracyPolicy2021
 
If you have any specific points you would like to follow up with specific speakers, you may contact them directly at:
Denise Fairchild, Emerald Cities Collaborative – dfairchild@emeraldcities.org
Chris Woolery, Mountain Association – chris@mtassociation.org
Subin DeVar, Initiative for Energy Justice
Timothy DenHerder-Thomas, Cooperative Energy Futures – timothy@cooperativeenergyfutures.com
Anissa Pemberton, Portland Clean Energy Fund Coalition – anissa@coalitioncommunitiescolor.org
Sean Sweeney, Trade Unions for Energy Democracy – sweeneygli@gmail.com
The briefing featured energy democracy voices and recommendations from eight speakers, but it was the result of the collective hardwork from close to 40 energy democracy practitioners across the nation. If you have any follow-up questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me and I will direct your questions to the collective voices of the Energy Democracy Project.
We look forward to bringing justice and equity to clean energy solutions with you.
Crystal Huang
National Coordinator, Energy Democracy Project
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Another Conversation With Tom Deyo Chief Executive Officer Montgomery County Green Bank

Author: GBMC Staff              Published: 4/20/2021     Green Bank of Montgomery County

Another Conversation With Tom Deyo Chief Executive Officer MGB 04/21 by Solar Now And The Future | Energy (blogtalkradio.com)

 

U.S. Department of Energy to Support 11 Remote and Island Communities Transitioning to Resilient Clean Energy Solutions

Author: SETO staff            Published: 4/20/2021              SETO

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Remote Communities Partner with DOE Experts and National Labs to Adopt Clean Energy Solutions that Reduce Energy Costs and Power Disruptions 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced it will work with 11 remote and island communities around the United States and provide federal assistance to bolster their energy infrastructure, reduce the risk of outages, and improve their future energy and economic outlook. Due to their geographic isolation, remote coastal and island communities often face high energy costs and vulnerable energy infrastructure due to their increased risk of natural disasters and climate change. Watch this video to learn more about the program.

“Residents of remote and island communities face energy disruptions, natural disasters, and climate change impacts and pay some of the nation’s highest energy costs,” said Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “These 11 communities—working hand-in-hand with DOE’s network of experts—will implement resilient and secure clean energy solutions. It’s a win-win—environmentally impacted communities will benefit from cheaper, more reliable power in their homes and businesses while our country makes progress toward the Biden Administration’s goal of 100% clean electricity by 2035.”

DOE’s Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project (ETIPP) will leverage the world-class expertise of DOE’s experts and National Labs to advance local clean energy solutions and improve resilience for these 11 communities which, like other remote and island areas, often lack the financial resources and the access to experts to plan a clean energy transition. ETIPP employs a community-led and inclusive approach by identifying the energy challenges of each community and providing strategic assistance to help them determine and direct their energy transition.

“As the threats of climate change grow more severe, it is essential that communities across the country make investments in clean, resilient infrastructure,” said Senators Susan Collins and Angus King. “This is especially true for coastal Maine towns, which have both high risks associated with climate change and an immense amount of untapped natural resources at their disposal. This funding will support the efforts of Eastport and Islesboro to build 21st century infrastructure that will support the region’s energy needs in the short-term and lay the groundwork for long-term resiliency.”

“For our island state that has long depended on imported oil, a clean energy future means resiliency and economic security. I want to thank the Department of Energy for selecting two Hawaii communities for the Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project. These projects address two of the most important steps in achieving our goal to become carbon negative by 2045—clean transportation and grid improvements,” said Senator Brian Schatz.

“I applaud the Department of Energy for helping island communities plan the best way to meet their unique energy needs in a more affordable, resilient, and sustainable way. The Energy Transitions Initiative is focused on embracing local knowledge and helping community organizations use federal expertise and assistance to find solutions to the unique energy needs of each island community. Accelerating assistance will speed up Hawaii’s transition to renewable energy for our vehicles, homes, and businesses in the face of climate change challenges,” said Senator Mazie Hirono.

Previous DOE initiatives helped New Orleans rebuild from Hurricane Katrina with funding for advanced microgrids to power parts of the city and trained Hawaii utilities officials on building more capacity for renewable energy sources.

The 11 selected communities are:

  • Alaska Longline Fisherman’s Association (ALFA), Sitka, Alaska – ALFA’s fishing fleet is reliant on diesel fuel imports, the cost of which makes up most of the fishers’ earned income. With ETIPP, they will investigate the possibility of developing a hybrid fuel or electrified fishing fleet to reduce diesel reliance and increase the earning potential of their members.
  • Dillingham, Alaska – Barge shipments containing the fossil fuels needed to power Dillingham’s islanded grid are a significant expense to the community. Through ETIPP, Dillingham and neighboring communities will explore the impact and benefits of the Nuyakuk River Hydroelectric Project.
  • Eastport, Maine – To increase their energy resilience, reduce carbon emissions, and leverage their huge tidal resource potential, Eastport will explore the infrastructure and siting needs of a microgrid which integrates with the existing regional grid.
  • Honolulu, Hawaii – To harden their electrical infrastructure from the threat of severe weather, Honolulu will look to develop a hybrid microgrid opportunity map that identifies the best opportunities for this technology to support resilience.
  • Islesboro, Maine – Due to a vulnerable electric infrastructure, Islesboro relies on the mainland for their electricity, oil, gas, internet, and food. Islesboro is seeking to employ energy efficiency measures for their municipal and residential buildings, as well as researching renewable resource potential and storage options to be more self-sufficient.
  • Kauai, Hawaii – Through ETIPP, Kauai will explore alternative and autonomous mobility options for its residents and tourists to move away from fossil-fuel powered single occupancy vehicles and toward a modern, clean transportation system.
  • Nags Head, North Carolina – Nags Head is extremely vulnerable to severe weather events and long-term, rising trends in global sea level. To build up their resilience and prevent future disasters, Nags Head will explore various renewable energy and energy efficiency deployments and work toward securing 48 to 72 hours of backup generation for vital facilities used by first responders.
  • Ocracoke Island, North Carolina – Ocracoke is planning for an electrified future and is exploring electrifying its ferry fleet, which residents are dependent on for transportation to the mainland. ETIPP will analyze the additional grid infrastructure needs that come with an all-electric ferry fleet, and how Ocracoke can best prepare for this future.
  • Ouzinkie, Alaska – Ouzinkie currently relies on diesel generators and an aging hydroelectric system to power their community but is looking to understand how they can optimize their use of renewables and storage.
  • Sitka, Alaska – To build up their renewable energy generation to support a growing community with changing needs, Sitka would like to assess the available renewable resources in and around their community while planning for a more modern grid control system.
  • Wainwright, Alaska – Located in the Arctic Circle, Wainwright is a fully diesel-fired, islanded power grid looking to employ energy efficiency measures and renewable power where possible to decrease its reliance on diesel and increase its community resilience.

These projects are funded by Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Energy Transition InitiativeSolar Energy Technologies OfficeWater Power Technologies Office, and are supported by the cross-cutting expertise of DOE’s Office of Electricity. Five regional stakeholder engagement partners will help communities identify and prioritize their energy resilience needs and connect them to experts from DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

In Fall 2021, new communities will be able to apply to be in the second group receiving technical assistance.

For more information, visit the ETIPP website.

Conversation with Mark Davis Founder of WDC Solar about 2021 Solar Training Commencement – Friday, March 19

Author: Ronald Bethea         3/30/2021     PCPC LLC

Conversation with Mark Davis Founder of WDC Solar about 2021 Solar Training 03/31 by Solar Now And The Future | Energy (blogtalkradio.com)

WDC Solar about 2021 Solar Training Commencement – Friday, March 19, 2021

Build and Grow Green

WDC Solar’s mission is to create livable wage renewable energy jobs for local electricians, roofers, solar technicians and engineers and to provide free or reduced-price solar energy to all residents living in the District of Columbia. We install residential PV systems and larger commercial systems for schools, churches and government buildings.

Plug into the Sun: We offer customized solutions for home and business

Residential

Did you know that you can go solar with zero out of pocket cost? We’ve helped hundreds of DC residents take advantage of local and federal incentives in order to maximize electricity savings and leave a better legacy for the next generation. One of our core operating goals is to provide solutions for low to moderate-income households so they can reap the rewards of going solar as well.

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Commercial

WDC Solar specializes in the design, engineering, and build-out of larger commercial systems for schools, churches and government buildings. Commercial solar is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the renewable energy industry. WDC Solar will structure a solution that provides immediate cash flow and will help your organization capitalize on all of the applicable credits and incentives.

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Solar For All Program

WDC Solar, Inc. was created with the intention of providing access to solar energy to all socioeconomic classes in Washington, D.C. Nine years ago, Mark Davis, President, and Founder of WDC Solar, Inc. created a low-income solar program in conjunction with the District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment. The program called Solar For All, offers free solar systems to low-income residents who meet certain income requirements. The SFA program allows low-income residents to obtain a state of the art solar system at no cost to the homeowner. The program guarantees the homeowner a 50% reduction on their monthly utility bill. The program has been a tremendous success. WDC Solar has installed solar systems to over 500 homes in the District of Columbia. As an authorized contractor of Solar For All, a program that strives to bring the benefits of solar electricity to 100,000 low-income households by 2032, WDC Solar is helping Washingtonians blaze a trail toward the dream of urban sustainability.

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Green New Deal Network

Author: Green New Deal Network Staff    Published: 4/16/2021           THRIVE

Three Strategic Pillars

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Narrative Change

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Powerful Coalitions

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Electoral Engagement

We will change the narrative by investing in movements. We invest in and support creative and disruptive movements that can dramatically change public opinion and what’s politically possible.

We will advocate and win transformative policy changes by building powerful grassroots coalitions that organize grassroots activists at the local, state, and national level. Our state coalitions build power by campaigning on and organizing for precedent-setting policies, and they also mobilize together to pressure for federal action, such as the THRIVE Agenda.

We will expand the mandate through direct participation in elections.

WHO ARE WE?

The Green New Deal Network is a 50-state campaign with a national table of 15 organizations: Center for Popular Democracy, Climate Justice Alliance, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, Greenpeace, Indigenous Environmental Network, Indivisible, Movement for Black Lives, MoveOn, People’s Action, Right To The City Alliance, Service Employees International Union, Sierra Club, Sunrise Movement, US Climate Action Network, and the Working Families Party.

The THRIVE Act

We have a once-in-a-generation chance for Congress to pass a transformational economic recovery package that puts over 15 million people to work in family-sustaining, union jobs across the economy — from clean energy to care work to manufacturing — to cut climate pollution in half by2030 and advance gender, environmental, Indigenous, economic, and racial justice, with particular attention to Black and Indigenous people. It’s called the THRIVE Act.

This bill offers a blueprint for economic renewal backed by a movement of movements, including unions, racial justice, climate, and other grassroots groups. The THRIVE Act will be introduced in Congress in April 2021. The THRIVE Act’s lead sponsors are Sens. Ed Markey and Jeff Merkley, and Reps. Debbie Dingell, Ilhan Omar, Jamaal Bowman, Pramila Jayapal, Earl Blumenauer, Ro Khanna, Yvette Clarke, and Nanette Barragán.

We have a once-in-a-generation chance for Congress to pass a transformational economic recovery package that puts
over 15 million people to work in family-sustaining, union jobs across the economy — from care work to
manufacturing— to cut climate pollution in half by2030 and advance gender, environmental, Indigenous, economic,
and racial justice, with particular attention to Black and Indigenous people.It’s called the THRIVE Act.This bill
offers a blueprint for economic renewal backed by a movement of movements, including unions, racialjustice,
climate, and other grassroots groups. The THRIVE Act will be introduced in Congress in April 2021. TheTHRIVE
Act’s lead sponsors are Sens. Ed Markey and Jeff Merkley,and Reps. Debbie Dingell, Ilhan Omar, Jamaal Bowman,
Pramila Jayapal, Earl Blumenauer, Ro Khanna, Yvette Clarke, and Nanette Barraǵan.

We have a once-in-a-generation chance for Congress to pass a transformational economic recovery package that puts
over 15 million people to work in family-sustaining, union jobs across the economy — from care work to
manufacturing— to cut climate pollution in half by2030 and advance gender, environmental, Indigenous, economic,
and racial justice, with particular attention to Black and Indigenous people.It’s called the THRIVE Act.This bill
offers a blueprint for economic renewal backed by a movement of movements, including unions, racialjustice,
climate, and other grassroots groups. The THRIVE Act will be introduced in Congress in April 2021. TheTHRIVE
Act’s lead sponsors are Sens. Ed Markey and Jeff Merkley,and Reps. Debbie Dingell, Ilhan Omar, Jamaal Bowman,
Pramila Jayapal, Earl Blumenauer, Ro Khanna, Yvette Clarke, and Nanette Barraǵan.

What’s in the THRIVE Act?

I. INVESTMENT ATTHE SCALE OF THE CRISES WE FACE,WHILE DISTRIBUTING POWER
We need an economic renewal plan as big and interconnected as the crises we face. The THRIVE Act puts forth a bold
investment package where impacted communities play a leading role in building a more just economy.
● The THRIVE Act authorizes investments of at least$1 trillion per year for FY 2022-2031. New economic
modeling shows that this is the scale of investment we need to create more than 15 million good jobs and end the
unemployment crisis, while cutting climate pollution in half by 2030 and confronting systemic racism and gender,
economic, and environmental injustice.
● Honoring frontline leadership. The bill creates a THRIVE Board of representatives from impacted communities,
unions, and Indigenous Nations to guide the $1 trillion per year in new investments. The Board will enable
communities that have faced chronic underinvestment to take the reins and reorient investments toward justice. Those
on the frontlines of historic pollution, the climate crisis, and economic insecurity must be on the forefront of building a
more just economy, while also leading the fight against systemic racism and other social injustices.
● Economy-wide investments to take on injustice, pollution, and joblessness wherever we find it.The bill
includes investments to upgrade our infrastructure for clean water, affordable public transit, and a reliable electric grid
(creating 5 million jobs); to expand access to wind and solar power, electric vehicles, and healthy buildings (creating 4
million jobs); to protect our rural and urban spaces, wetlands, prairies, and forests and support family farmers who are
embracing regenerative agriculture (creating 4 million jobs); and to invest in public institutions and care for children
and the elderly — essential work that is underpaid and largely performed by women of color (creating 2 million jobs).
● Respecting Indigenous sovereignty. The bill requires the U.S. federal government to respect the sovereignty of
Indigenous Nations in making these investments, which means honoring the U.S. government’s trust responsibilities
and requiring the free, prior, and informed consent of Tribes for all investments affecting them.
● At least 50% of investments for frontline communities.The bill requires that at least half of the new investments
directly benefit frontline communities that have borne the brunt of systemic racism, environmental injustice, and
economic exclusion, including Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Arab, Asian, and Pacific Islander communities.

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II. STRONG LABOR, EQUITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS TO BUILD A MORE JUSTECONOMY
Economic analysis shows that, without strong labor, equity, and environmental standards, investments would reinforce the
unjust status quo by creating millions of mediocre, non-union jobs for predominantly white men. To build a just economy, the
Thrive Act requires strong wage and benefit guarantees, access to unions, equitable hiring that favors women and Black,
Indigenous, and people of color, and environmental justice standards to ensure that investments repair, rather than add to,
historic harms.
● To ensure jobs created by the Act meet high-road labor standards, and boost workers’ rights to form a union,
the THRIVE Act:
● Invests in quality, family-sustaining jobs, defined as jobs which provide (a) family-sustaining wages and benefits
(at least $15 per hour, or the prevailing wage, whichever is higher), (b) the right of workers to form or join a
union and engage in collective bargaining free of harassment and intimidation, (c) child care support; (d) at
least twelve weeks of paid family leave; (e) at least two weeks of paid sick leave; (f) at least two weeks of paid
vacation per year; and (g) robust worker safety standards. Critically, the bill includes all care workers and
agricultural workers in worker protections.
● Strengthens workers’ power and supports domestic job creation using provisions such as Buy America and
other domestic content standards, community benefits agreements, local hire standards, high road training
partnerships, and Project Labor Agreements
● Requires investment criteria that advance key provisions included in the PRO Act (H.R. 842) and the Public
Service Freedom to Negotiate Act, such as stronger and swifter remedies when employers interfere with
workers’ rights; expanded freedom to organize without employer interference; first contract arbitration;
allowing fair share agreements; protected strikes and other protest activity; and expansion of organizing and
bargaining rights
● The THRIVE Act invests in historically underserved and impacted communities, including, but not limited
to Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Arab, Asian, and Pacific Islander communities, to build power and counteract
racial, ethnic, gender, and other social and economicinjustices. The Act:
● Ensures that no investment harms historically underserved and disadvantaged communities, using provisions
such as equity assessments, guardrails against displacement of existing residents or community-serving
businesses, and provisions to ensure communities have the power to democratically plan, implement, and
administer projects
● Addresses historic discriminatory practices in hiring, investment, and procurement by prioritizing local and
equitable hiring and contracting, including Ban the Box and other fair hire provisions that support
traditionally marginalized workers
● Drives funding toward an an array of priority investments in disadvantaged communities, while increasing
educational opportunities that prepare historically marginalized and disadvantaged youth for high-quality jobs
● To strengthen and heal the nation-to-nation relationshipwith sovereign American Indian and Alaska Native
tribes, the THRIVE Act:
● Ensures that Federal agencies extend regulatory and adjudicatory authority related to treaty reserved rights and
recognized customary rights to off reservation lands, waters, and villages; preserve and protect sacred and
cultural sites of significance; adequately and equitably address the violence against Indigenous women, trans
women and femmes, and children, inclusive of the inherent authority of American Indian and Alaska Native
tribes in this regard

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● Expands funding to tribes and Indigenous communities for recovery and relief to build sustainable economies
and jobs based upon the principles of Indigenous just transition. This includes prioritizing equitable
investments in tribe and local community-based projects that contribute to improved infrastructure, health
care, clean water and sanitation, food sovereignty and agroecological farming; environmental and ecosystems
management, clean-up, and remediation of contaminated and hazardous sites; local and community-based
housing and renewable energy; and innovative and alternative community-based housing programs based upon
traditional Indigenous design, use of local natural materials, and localized training and employment.
● To combat environmental injustice and ensure healthylives for all, the THRIVE Act:
● Promotes meaningful involvement by impacted communities — especially vulnerable environmental justice
communities — in program implementation, in line with Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing
● Tackles toxic pollution by holding corporations accountable, reducing pollution at source and strengthening
the regulation of, and accounting for, cumulative health impacts
● Prioritizes investment in remediation of polluted sites in environmental justice communities and expands
equitable access to public health resources in historically underserved and impacted communities, recognizing
the disproportionate burden of health impacts in these communities and the historic disinvestment in public
health resources
● To avert f urther climate and environmental catastrophe,the THRIVE Act:
● Authorizes the necessary spending to meet ambitious climate targets, including the emissions reductions
necessary to stay below 1.5 degrees of global warming; 100% clean energy by 2035, 100% zero-emission new
buildings by 2025; and putting the majority of Americans within walking distance of high-quality, affordable,
clean public transit by 2030
● Makes funding conditional on passing an environmental justice screen and ensuring that investments do not
displace workers or depress wages and benefits due to increased costs associated with participating in a program
● Ensures that investments under this Act do not expand fossil fuel infrastructure, the use of emissions offsets, or
geoengineering; and requires the use of climate-resilient designs for infrastructure and high environmental
standards for materials
● To ensure fairness for workers and communities affected by economic transitions, the THRIVE Act:
● Directs investments to support displaced workers, including 5 years of wage and benefit replacement, housing
assistance, fully funded pensions, crisis and trauma and early retirement support, skills training, education, and
equitable job placement
● Directs funding to cover local budget shortfalls; economic diversification, including to address historic
injustices, as defined by community and worker-led planning processes; physical and social infrastructure;
retooling and conversion, reclamation, and remediation of closed and abandoned facilities and sites
● The THRIVE Act reinvests in public institutions that enable workers and communities to thrive. The Act:
● Prevents privatization of any public lands, water, natural resources, or existing public sector jobs
● Directs funding to support and expand public health care systems, public education and other public services
at the state and local level to address the health, environmental and socio-economic impacts of climate crises;
and toward institutional reforms to make government investments more coordinated, effective, accountable to
disadvantaged communities, and suited to taking on the full scale of the major challenges of the coming decade

25% of students postponed college during Covid, some indefinitely

Author: Jessica Dicker             Published:  4/16/2021         CNBC

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/04/16/college-enrollment-sank-due-to-the-covid-pandemic.html

The coronavirus crisis has had a devastating impact on many families’ finances.

And some students were forced to sacrifice college as a result.

One quarter of last year’s high-school graduates delayed their college plans, according to a survey from Junior Achievement and Citizens, largely because their parents or guardians were less able to provide financial support due to the pandemic.

The survey polled 2,000 teenagers in the U.S. between the ages of 13 and 19 who are not in college and 500 teens who graduated high school in 2020.

Increasingly, the sky-high price is the problem.

Students and their families are starting to question the return on investment, said Jack Kosakowski, president and CEO of Junior Achievement.

“We’ve had this ‘college thing’ up on a pedestal,” he said. “As costs have gone up, it’s forcing people to take a more realistic view.”

A separate survey of high school students found that the likelihood of attending a four-year school sank nearly 20% in less than a year — down to 53%, from 71%, according to ECMC Group, a nonprofit aimed at helping student borrowers.

High schoolers are putting more emphasis on career training and post-college employment, the report found.

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More than half said they can achieve professional success with three years or less of college, and just one-fourth believe a four-year degree is the only route to a good job. ECMC Group polled more than 1,000 high school students three times over the last year.

“There are phenomenal opportunities for people to build great careers that may not be a full four-year degree and you don’t have to borrow $100,000,” said Christine Roberts, the head of student lending at Citizens.

But students are not choosing these programs, either.

Historically, community colleges see an influx of students during economic downturns.

For starters, community college is significantly less expensive. At two-year public schools, tuition and fees are $3,770 for the 2020-2021 school year, according to the College Board. Alternatively, at in-state four-year public schools, tuition is $10,560 and at four-year private universities it averages $37,650.

A two-year program is not necessarily an alternative to a four-year degree. Increasingly, students transfer from community college to a four-year school to keep costs down.

Today, about half of all bachelor’s degree earners began their education at a community college, according to data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

Community college enrollment spiked during the last recession, but as the economy improved, enrollments steadily declined every year since, according to Martha Parham, senior vice president of public relations at the American Association of Community Colleges.

This time, in the aftermath of the Covid outbreak and the economic shock that followed, even fewer students enrolled.

Across the board, community college enrollment fell roughly 10%, according to Thomas Brock, director of the Community College Research Center, or CCRC. Although for some groups, including Black men, enrollment sank more than 20%.

“This is a trend that alarms everyone,” he said. Study will track Covid-19 transmissions by studying university students

Community college students likely are older, lower-income and often balancing work, children and other obligations. They are also disproportionately students of color — all groups that the pandemic hit especially hard.

The Junior Achievement report found that 60% of Black and 59% of Hispanic teens in 11th or 12th grade said that Covid affected how they will pay for college, compared to 45% of white teenagers.

“If you look at our students and who we serve, you can extrapolate that they have challenges,” Parham said.

When these students drop out, it is even harder to them get back on track, she added. Community colleges don’t have the same resources for outreach, Parham said. “That becomes a challenge.” College students in crisis: Will they graduate on time?

Although early indicators show four-year college enrollment will bounce back in the coming year, it’s too soon to tell if community college students will also return.

Since community colleges are open access, students can sign up for classes right up until the start of the semester, or even later, Brock said. “We won’t know until early fall.”

If students forgo this pathway to a career or a four-year degree, it could have dramatic consequences for their upward mobility, according to Barbara Mistick, president of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

“The higher education experience is a great equalizer,” she said.

The higher education experience is a great equalizer.
Barbara Mistick
PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

In fact, studies show that postponing a higher education has a steep economic cost.

The earnings gap experienced by delayers compared with on-time enrollees is at least $41,000 in the first 13 years after high school graduation, according to a report by the Community College Research Center. The lifetime penalty is at least three times higher.

Of course, those who put college on hold are less likely to return at all.

Historically, only 13% of college dropouts come back within five years, a separate National Student Clearinghouse report found, and even fewer graduate.

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