21 Jun '11, 10am

Do we have to choose between big or small clean energy projects?

This post originally appeared on Energy Self-Reliant States , a resource of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance's New Rules Project . A recent Colorado news story captures the tension between two visions of renewable energy , with a quote that illustrates the conventional wisdom: "It's not an either or choice, that we only put solar on rooftops or on people's homes or do utility scale, large projects," said Pete Maysmith, executive director of the Colorado Conservation Voters . "As we move forward toward energy independence, reducing our dependence on foreign oil, on dirty, polluting sources of energy like coal, we need to move forward on all fronts with renewable [energy], and that includes rooftop solar and community solar gardens, local power. It also includes utility-scale solar that is properly sited, and that’s really important." On the contrary, we may have to cho...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/energy-policy/2011-06-20-we-may-have...

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