The work we’re doing at LiCore AC to expand solar energy technology in Mexico is necessarily experimental. In addition to dramatic regulatory shifts, advancements in technology and culture make for a dynamic and often unpredictable work environment.

The end result: our staff spends a good deal of time keeping up with the latest trends and ideas in the solar energy industry. The following links provide a small taste of what we’ve been reading and thinking about lately.

Bringing solar power to affordable housing in Brooklyn — One of the foremost challenges facing renewable energy advocates involves figuring out ways to ensure the benefits of solar and wind power benefit broad swaths of the population rather than just a privileged few. This story details an innovative approach to challenges in New York City and beyond.

Community solar opens new market — Regardless of how passionately they believe in renewable energy, it’s difficult for individual people to stop using energy generated by dirty fossil fuels. That’s why we’re so excited about the possibility for collaborative legal arrangements that provide opportunities for neighbors to push for cleaner alternatives. We’re working to bring some of these arrangements to Ucareo, Michoacán as part of our COOPEREN initiative.

Power companies have resisted climate policy. Now it may be their only hope. — The intersection of business and climate change is hugely complex. The classic framework of profit motive versus environmental stewardship is rapidly changing shape as circumstances shift the debate in new and interesting ways.

In a melting Antarctica, scientists are getting a glimpse of a mysterious species. — Climate change is the worst, but the world is a fascinating place.

Solar’s potential to clean up agriculture in Chile — In addition to technical challenges, financing presents a serious hurdle to socially equitable community energy projects. Our team is constantly studying efforts by organizations in Latin America and beyond to secure the funds necessary to bring renewable energy online.

Local development: Does participation work? — When it comes to community energy, terms like “local participation” are often used to make top-down processes sound better to funders and others who are far removed from the daily realities facing residents. As we at LiCore AC plan COOPEREN and other participatory projects, we hope to provide meaningful opportunities for people to get involved and influence our work. That means ensuring we’re doing more than providing superficial platforms for community feedback.

Do you have any reading suggestions for our team? If so, send them to redessociales@licore.org.