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The United Methodist Women group at Bluff Park United Methodist Church on Monday is holding a public forum on the topic of climate justice.

Kyle Crider, the energy project manager for the Alabama Environmental Council and the Alabama Solar Knowledge project, plans to talk about the impact of human behavior on the earth’s climate and the theological implications of such behavior.

Birmingham, Alabama –The Alabama Environmental Council (AEC) Recycling Center, recently relocated to Avondale, is adding solar power to its offices in order to save energy, save costs, and educate the public about solar power in Alabama. Through the donation and installation by Eagle Solar and Light, electricity bills and environmental impacts will be reduced with a 1.5 kW photovoltaic system by LG.

Energy efficiency is a way of managing and restraining the growth in energy consumption. Something is more energy efficient if it delivers more services for the same energy input, or the same services for less energy input. For example, when a compact florescent light (CFL) bulb uses less energy (one-third to one-fifth) than an incandescent bulb to produce the same amount of light, the CFL is considered to be more energy efficient. ~International Energy Association (IEA)


The Solar Foundation’s State Solar Jobs Census 2015 has lots of good news… except for Alabama: Alabama’s non-existent or even regressive solar policies have resulted in our “Sunny South” state ranking 50th in solar jobs per capita. (Indeed, as if to add insult to injury, a town called Alabama in New York state is expected to create more than three times the total number of solar jobs than the entire State of Alabama — and recently attracted an additional $10M investment from Korea.)

AEC held its fourth POWER-UP Energy Forum in the Norton Campus Center Great Hall at Birmingham-Southern College Tuesday, February 23, 2016. For the first time, POWER-UP celebrated energy conservation winners in Residential, Commercial, and Educational categories.

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Georgia Solar Industry Jobs Grow by Nearly 13%: Now Ranks 14th in the Country

In February, The Solar Foundation (TSF), an independent nonprofit solar research and education organization, released its updated State Solar Jobs Map (www.SolarStates.org). Nevada led the U.S. in solar jobs; according to TSF, "Nevada’s solar industry employed 5,900 Nevadans in 2014 and added 3,500 solar jobs over the previous year. Nevada’s 146% solar industry employment growth allowed it to rise back to 7th in rankings of highest number of solar jobs by state—and #1 in solar jobs per capita."

As of May, almost 1,600 people have responded to the Alabama Solar Knowledge (ASK) Project public opinion survey. (And if you are not among the respondents, you can correct that omission with just a few minutes of your time here!)

Mirroring national survey results, Alabamians want renewable energy such as solar and wind, hands-down. When asked, “Of the energy sources listed here, which two would you MOST prefer your utility to use more of here in Alabama?”

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