May 31, 2016
Big solar leasing companies such as SolarCity Corp. and Sunrun Inc. are increasingly facing competition from smaller groups including Sunworks Inc. and PetersenDean Inc. that are selling panels to customers, Wall Street Journal reports.
Almost 90 percent of the 8,000 delegates that attended the latest Texas GOP convention supported electric carmaker Tesla Motors being able to sell cars directly to customers, Autoblog reports.
A 160-megawatt solar plant just went online in Chile making it the largest solar project in Latin America, PV Tech reports.
About 71 percent of Australians said they would be more likely to vote for a party that supports solar and battery storage, according to a poll by the Australia Institute.
May 27, 2016
A new study suggests rooftop solar benefits all consumers, even ones that don't have their own rooftop solar installations, the Washington Post reports.
Royal Dutch Shell does not plan to invest heavily in solar until the technology proves more profitable, chief executive Ben van Beurden said this week in a meeting with shareholders.
Consumer Reports ranks the Toyota Prius as the most efficient hybrid car, achieving an overall 52 miles per gallon, Autoblog Green reports.
In California, there's often a surplus of solar energy in the middle of the day and not enough demand in the state to use it all. Negative pricing of this power is incentivizing nearby states such as Arizona to use up this power and get paid for it, InsideEnergy reports.
May 26, 2016
More than 8 million people worked in the renewable energy industry in 2015, which represents a five percent increase over the previous year, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency.
Michigan lawmakers recently advanced two energy bills that aim to add restrictions to the state's electric choice program and to limit clean energy standards, Midwest Energy News reports.
There are solar-powered streetlights and parking meters, but no smart phones yet. Scientific American investigates why.
Technology giant Apple¬†is looking into how to charge electric cars, Reuter reports.
May 25, 2016
As solar prices continue to drop, some energy experts are predicting that solar energy could be competitive with coal in China within a decade, Bloomberg reports.
Solar energy is currently a booming market in North Korea, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The subway system in Chile's capital will soon get 60 percent of its power from renewable energy sources, Quartz reports.
Poland recently adopted new regulations that limit the construction of wind farms near residential buildings, Reuters reports.
"As a result, wind farms will disappear from the Polish landscape," Wojciech Cetnarski, head of the Polish Wind Energy Association, said.
May 24, 2016
A new study suggests China is failing to maximize its wind energy potential due to low turbine quality, delays in hooking projects up to the grid and grid operators failing to transmit wind power to customers in favor of other sources, the Washington Post reports.
Carmaker Hyundai is designing an electric vehicle with a 250-mile range for 2020, according to Autoblog Green.
Greentech Media predicts Germany will drop from having the world's second-largest solar market today to below the top five markets by 2020.
Tech firms are leading the push to develop sources of clean energy in coal states such as South Carolina, E&E reports.
The Netherlands experienced its biggest increase in solar installations last year, bringing online 437 megawatts of new PV capacity, PV Tech reports.
May 23, 2016
Google's Project Sunroof now lets homeowners in 42 states figure out if their rooftop can handle solar panels, Greentech Media reports.
The global demand for electric vehicles is projected to jump fivefold in the coming years, in part due to a greater availability of different EV options, according to a new analysis by ABI research.
Some of the largest oil companies from Shell to ExxonMobil have recently announced goals or specific projects related to renewable energy, Climate Change News reports.
In this British town of Teddington, a former staff club for Shell employees is blocking plans for a nearby hydropower project, the Guardian reports.
Minnesota solar projects might soon be able to serve as protected areas for birds and insects, according to a novel bill that recently passed in the state House and is now up for review in the state Senate.
May 20, 2016
A few months after Nevada utility regulators confirmed they would not grandfather solar customers into past rules or rates, members of Gov. Brian Sandoval's New Energy Industry Task Force are looking into how they can reverse the unpopular decision, Greentech Media reports.
The Japanese company Kyocera is planning to install nearly 51,000 solar panels atop the Yamakura Dam reservoir, one of many floating solar projects being planned across the globe, the New York Times reports.
A small fire on Thursday knocked one of the three towers of concentrated solar power offline at the Ivanpah plant near the California-Nevada border, PV Tech reports.
Two Republican lawmakers in North Carolina recently introduced a bill that seeks to impose new financial hurdles and safety precautions for renewable energy projects in the state, according to The News & Observer.