John Farrell

John Farrell is the author of Energy Self-Reliant States and a senior researcher at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, where he focuses on renewable energy policy.

Shining a light on solar

Busting 4 myths about solar PV vs. concentrating solar

Although both produce electricity from the sun, there are significant differences between solar photovoltaics (PV) and concentrating solar thermal electricity generation. This guide provides answers to the most pressing questions about the two solar technologies. …

Don't Forget the Small Stuff

Distributed renewable generation = big numbers

Distributed renewable energy comes in small bites, but it makes mouthfuls — gigawatts — of renewable energy capacity. Americans tend think big, but it is countries that built small that are hitting big renewable energy …

Community wind projects still require financing acrobatics

Wind projects shouldn’t require financial acrobatics.Photo: Chris GawThis is part of a series on distributed renewable energy posted to Grist. It originally appeared on Energy Self-Reliant States, a resource of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s New …

Los Angeles residential solar PV less costly than any concentrating solar power plant

This is part of a series on distributed renewable energy posted to Grist. It originally appeared on Energy Self-Reliant States, a resource of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s New Rules Project. A residential rooftop solar PV …

Glass half empty

Federal solar tax credits rule out half of Americans

The difference between democratizing clean energy policies and the U.S. system can be illustrated with a look at the federal solar tax credit.

There's no place like home

American states can learn much from Ontario's 'buy local' clean energy strategy

The Canadian province of Ontario has launched a clean energy strategy to maximize economic development while reducing pollution.

Why don’t larger solar power markets have lower prices?

This is part of a series on distributed renewable energy posted to Grist. It originally appeared on Energy Self-Reliant States, a resource of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s New Rules Project. Before the holidays we posted …

Running Guns on the Sun

U.S. military sees great value in distributed renewable energy

In Iraq, new distributed renewable energy systems could help the Marines reduce fuel consumption, saving lives and money.

now i'll go renew my gym membership...

California launches compromise small-scale renewable auction

The California Public Utility Commission launched its Renewable Auction Mechanism last week, to spur more development in renewable energy projects.

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