We post our news and reflections on energy, and we also like to repost pieces that we find relevant to community-owned renewable energy. Topics touch on policy, finance, energy politics, case studies, breakthroughs, trends, electric vehicles, as well as the broader social, economic, and maybe even metaphysical dimensions of energy.


Repost from Virginia: Shining light on rural electric cooperatives

We encourage folks to check out Seth Heald’s piece on Power for the People VA, where he opines that “Electric co-ops are supposed to operate democratically, but do they really? And what happens when they don’t?” Check out what he has to report on a petition he and fellow members filed at the state’s utility

Are rural electric cooperatives cooperative and democratic?

In a sense, community-owned renewable energy and democracy are somewhat synonymous terms. Some may assume that electric “cooperatives” are democratic, but that would be an assumption worth testing once in awhile. A decade ago, two colleagues and I, attended a particularly interesting annual meeting of our electric utility, Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation, or BREMCO

Building a BIGGER Choir: Poor Handmaids Walk Their Talk

After several months of intensive planning, the Sisters and lay staff of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, walked their talk and made the first of several solar installments on the Center at Donaldson’s 150 acre campus near South Bend, Indiana. They dedicated the first phase of their solar initiative on the 1st day of

The United Church of Christ Highlights Community Solar Energy Development Work with AIRE

  AIRE’s work with Elon Community Church and First Congregational UCC was recently featured in an article on the United Church of Christ’s (UCC) website. Please enjoy the below sample before reading this fine article in it entirety at their site HERE. If imitation is the best form of flattery, then the members of First

AIRE Covered in PV Magazine’s Article Discussing the Growing Community Solar Market

AIRE was one of the “mover-and-shakers” recently mentioned in PV Magazine’s article Community Solar Niche Poised for Growth. Some of the interesting solar trends the story discusses include: virtual net metering, which allows a ratepayer to credit  solar production from one meter (say their community solar meter) to another electric meter  (perhaps the one at

AIRE’s Steve Owen and Landon Pennington Install a Solar Hot Water Heating System

“Walking the Talk” – AIRE’s Senior Project Manager Landon Pennington recently installed two 4 ft by 10 ft solar hot water heating panels on his home in Boone, NC with the help of AIRE’s Executive Director, Steve Owen. The Solar Hot Solstice Collectors are manufactured in locally in Morrisville, NC and will produce 24.7 kBtu/day

4 Ways We the People Can Create a More Perfect Renewable Energy Union

For several years now, AIRE has been developing innovative approaches for rapidly financing and developing renewable energy, specifically solar energy, here in the Southeast. Apparently, some of the Folks over at Think Progress have been pondering this as well – in fact they’ve shared it with the entire Internet HERE. In the meantime, here’s a

Raleigh Legislature Host Citizens Lobby Day For Renewable Energy

There’s just something fitting about North Carolina renewable energy advocates getting up ahead of the sun – and this is exactly what they did on Tuesday June 12th as they rolled out of bed for the 7:00 AM convening of the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association’s (NCSEA) “Clean Energy Lobby Day.” Why such an early