Renewable energy advocates in the U.S. feel like they’ve been getting the short end of the media’s stick, especially since the fall of solar manufacturing giant Solyndra last fall.
“There’s so much misinformation out there that there’s a distortion of fact,” said Retired U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Dennis V. McGinn, referring to the fact that his organization feels the renewable energy industry is receiving unsubstantiated bad press due to some failures in an industry that is overall very promising.
McGinn is president of the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE), a non-profit membership organization supported by renewable energy companies and investors. ACORE acts both as a platform for renewable energy education and as a resource to “communicate the economic, security and environmental benefits of renewable energy” through partnerships and regular leadership forums.
Now the organization is taking their mission to educate a step further by announcing a new site called Energy Fact Check. The site will “dispels detractors rumors, myths and misinformation about renewables” and act a resource for anyone investigating the viability of renewable energy in the U.S.
“We’re basically trying to say we’re a real industry, we’re working and growing very quickly. We want people to know the full story,” McGinn said.
The Energy Fact Check site took 8 months to compile and was introduced to the public two weeks ago at the Renewable Energy Finance Forum held in New York City.