solar power

Alabama Power Fees on Solar Challenged

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Environmental groups and homeowners are challenging a fee charged by Alabama Power on customers who use solar panels, or other means, to generate part of their electricity. Keith Johnston of the Southern Environmental Law Center says the fee discourages people from using solar power. He said it is essentially a solar tax. Alabama Power argues the…

Alabama Utility Reaches Deal for $125M Solar Project

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A Montgomery, Alabama-based electric authority has completed a deal to develop what it says will be one of the largest solar power arrays in the state. The Alabama Municipal Electric Authority announced the agreement with Lightsource BP on Wednesday. Lightsource will finance, build and own the $125 million solar facility and deliver energy to AMEA under…

Solar Research Project Opens in Alexander City

Alexander City officials and Alabama Municipal Electric Authority are doing their part to go green. A new solar power research facility was commissioned in the city today. The project has 160 solar panels. Electricity is collected from the panels and integrated into the Alexander City power grid. The panels make enough electricity to power 5 homes or 30 apartments. Customers…

Google Hits Renewable Energy Goal In Quest To Pare Pollution

Google is crossing a milestone in its quest to reduce pollution caused by its digital services that devour massive amounts of electricity. Google says it believes that beginning next year it will have amassed enough renewable energy to meet all of its electricity needs throughout the world. The achievement announced Tuesday means Google expects to offset all the electricity supplied…

Alabama Ranked Low for Solar Power

Arizona enviromental group issues report.

An Arizona environmental group ranks Alabama among the ten sunny states with the lowest amount of solar energy being generated. The Center for Biological Diversity says some states are increase solar energy generation, but… “Unfortunately the vast majority of states are lacking the fundamental policies that would encourage solar market development; even worse, many are actively preventing it through policy…