The War On Solar and Renewable Energy

This DeSmog investigative series covers the various attacks on solar energy and other renewable energy sources that have faced attacks and misinformation campaigns launched by fossil fuel interests, electric utilities and other vested interests who don't want decentralized energy to take hold in the United States and elsewhere.

Examples of these “war on solar” attacks include state-level lobbying and legislative efforts to undermine rooftop solar access to the grid, net metering, production tax credits, renewable portfolio standards and other policy solutions designed to expand public interest in democratized electricity distribution and access.

The war on solar has been launched by groups including the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the Koch Brothers, Duke Energy, the Heartland Institute and other fossil fuel interests and front groups. High-profile individuals involved directly or indirectly in waging this war on solar include Warren Buffett, Bjorn Lomborg, Matt Ridley, Robert Bryce, Steve Milloy and others.

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In this series

Solar panels on Arizona Walmart store
On November 8, an already endangered rooftop solar industry took a big hit in Arizona. Three...
By Alex Kotch, 26 Nov, 2016
Solar panels.
On September 20, Duke Energy announced a $300,000 investment to install solar panel systems at up...
By Alex Kotch, 24 Oct, 2016
Boat with solar panels in Florida.
When voters in Nevada and Florida hit the polls they will see ballot measures on energy that, if...
By Larry Buhl, 13 Oct, 2016
The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC), which regulates public utilities and telecommunications...
By Alex Kotch, 8 Jul, 2016
In one of the remaining four states that explicitly ban third-party solar sales, a small nonprofit...
By Alex Kotch, 8 Jun, 2016
The Sunshine State didn’t get its name for nothing: Florida ranks third nationally in rooftop solar...
By Alex Kotch, 7 Mar, 2016
Around the nation, big utility companies are successfully lobbying lawmakers and regulators to...
By Alex Kotch, 6 Mar, 2016
There are solar battles blazing all across the west right now, as utilities anchored to fossil fuel...
By Ben Jervey, 21 Feb, 2016
You’ve most likely heard of the so-called “war on coal,” especially given how eagerly mainstream...
By Mike Gaworecki, 5 Feb, 2015
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then they… steal your business...
By Mike Gaworecki, 3 Nov, 2014