WHAT THE U.S. CAN LEARN FROM GERMAN SOLAR SUCCESS Germany Has More Solar Power Because Everyone Wins John Farrell, February 8 and May 20, 2013 (Institute for Local Self-Reliance) “…[Most have figured out it is not the Germany’s solar resource or policies make it a world solar industry force. Show More Summary
MINNESOTA’S SOLAR AMBITIONS IN CONTEXT Minnesota’s Proposed Solar Standard in Comparison John Farrell, April 25, 2013 (Institute for Local Self-Reliance) “Some Minnesota legislators are getting a little weak-kneed listening to utility...Show More Summary
Composting is a major job creator, according to a new report released by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) nonprofit think tank in Washington, DC, in conjunction with International Compost Awareness Week. The report, based on a survey of Maryland composters, claims that 1,400 new full-time jobs could be supported for every million tons of [...]
John Farrell via Institute for Local Self-Reliance Going solar keeps getting cheaper, but most of the cost savings have come from less expensive solar panels. “Soft costs,” like permitting and inspections, are a rising share of the cost of a solar installation. Several years ago, these permits could increase the cost of a residential solar project [...]
Stacy Mitchell is a senior researcher at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, author of the Big Box Scandal and publisher of the monthly newsletter, the Hometown Advantage Bulletin. Here is her TedX talk on "Why We Can't Shop Our Way...Show More Summary
The Institute for Self-Reliance recently released a survey of local businesses. One topic they covered was showrooming and as the chart below shows, it's having an impact on local retailers. As we pointed out last year, showrooming is just starting...
Interesting study done by the Institute for Self-Reliance shows that buy local programs are effective, or at least that's what the local businesses who responded think. As the chart below, from the study, shows 75% of respondents think the programs...
The following presentation by Institute for Local Self-Reliance Senior Researcher John Farrell examines the five major barriers to the expansion of community-based and conventional distributed renewable energy. The barriers range from...Show More Summary
The co-founder of the US-based Institute for Local Self-Reliance argues for an end to ad hoc financial response to natural disasters. Who should pay climate change costs? is a post from: OurWorld 2.0
Written by Christopher Mitchell, the Director of the Telecommunications as Commons Initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, and Todd O’Boyle, the Program Director for the Media and Democracy Reform Initiative at Common Cause. Not long ago, the United States led the world in broadband connectivity. Now we are in 16th place, trailing most developed nations. We [...]
Written by Christopher Mitchell, the director of the Telecommunications as Commons Initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, and originally posted July 30 on its site, muninetworks.org. In the excitement around ‘s unveiling of the $70 gigabit broadband connection in, some may be wondering how it is that can offer a gigabit for moderately more than what most [...]
by John Farrell, via the Institute For Local Self-Reliance A new study for the California Public Utilities Commission explores the “Technical Potential for Local Distributed Photovoltaics in California.” Basically, it’s one of the more in-depth analyses of local solar power in the country, suggesting that California has the capacity to add 15 gigawatts (GW) of [...]
The Institute for Local Self-Reliance reminds us that Walmart's basic development pattern has a huge environmental impact, and doesn't feature in its latest sustainability report at all.
To help people better evaluate Walmart’s claims of being a green leader, Food & Water Watch and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance have published their Top Ten Ways Walmart Fails on Sustainability. While their perspective differs from TriplePundit's, we welcome their participation on the site.
Walmart’s Sustainability Campaign is now in its seventh year, and according to a new report by the Institute for Local Self Reliance, the retail giant’s progress has been less than stellar: “At its current pace, Walmart will need roughly 300 years to reach its goal of 100 percent renewable energy.” With the installation of solar [...]
A report by the Minneapolis-based Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) entitled “Walmart’s Greenwash” examines the retail giant’s environmental impact and finds that the results are falling far short of the promises. According to...Show More Summary
Walmart’s heavily-promoted sustainability initiatives have done more to improve the company’s image than to help the environment, according to research by the nonprofit Institute for Local Self-Reliance. Since Walmart unveiled its sustainability...Show More Summary
Within a decade, 100 million Americans could get cheaper electricity from rooftop solar — without subsidies — than is provided by their utility. This finding from a new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance — Rooftop Revolution: Changing Everything with Cost-Effective Local Solar — inspired our popular animated map, showing when major metropolitan areas reached [...]Show More Summary
by John Farrell. This post originally appeared on Energy Self-Reliant States, a resource of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s New Rules Project. Solar grid parity is considered the tipping point for solar power, when installing solar power will cost less than buying electricity from the grid. Show More Summary
by John Farrell. This post originally appeared on Energy Self-Reliant States, a resource of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s New Rules Project. You don’t have to be big to go big on solar power. That’s the lesson from he Gainesville...Show More Summary