This Week in Community Development

MB900422294Lots of news grabbing our attention this week! Solar projects, PACE progress, economic challenges, inspiring stories, a Google Global Impact award for our friends at SolarAid and more!

Read about all of these and more after the jump!


In the News

  • State budget surpluses help, but fiscal challenges abound (New York Times), and Ezra Klein makes the case for being an infrastructure hawk instead of a deficit hawk (Washington Post) 
  • State energy laws survive attempts to appeal so far (Midwest Energy News), progress is made in Cincinnati on PACE financing (Midwest Energy News), and new solar tax credits create new opportunities for Indian tribes (Renewable Energy World)
  • In community news, occupational segregation is increasing inequality during the economic recovery (The Root), and former Gates Foundation CEO takes on a new challenge working pro bono for Martha’s Table. (New York Times)
  • Community solar gardens are taking root in the US (Earth Techling), in fact, Minnesota passed a new law mandating them. (PennEnergy)
  • And around the world, Coca-Cola is bringing solar to rural Kenya (Co.Exist), while Habitat for Humanity started their first solar project for Japan Tsunami Recover Recovery (Renewable Energy World), and SolarAid won a Google Global Impact award for their innovative work expanding access to electricity in rural parts of the world through solar power! (Renewable Energy World) SolarAid Website


Research, Analysis and Other Fun Stuff

  • Infograph analysis in USA Today on where we are 3 years after Dodd-Frank and to add to this, we want to share a fascinating interview NPR produced on a similar topic a few weeks ago.
  • Informative new research published on Wisconsin’s potential to enter the renewable energy field in “How to keep Wisconsin and the US competitive in a changing energy world” (Gary Radloff and Shashi Dhungel with the University of Wisconsin-Extension) Research Paper




About Laura

Laura Recchie is the Director of Strategy and Project Development for Praxia Partners
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