March 28, 2016

Vermont Working on New Rules to Continue Solar Expansion

Vermont utility regulators recently proposed new rules for installing and managing small-scale electrical generation projects, such as residential rooftop solar systems.

"Getting this right will allow the industry to continue to serve Vermonters for decades to come," James Moore, co-founder of the Vermont solar provider Suncommon, said to the AP. "Getting it wrong has the possibility of completely undermining everything that's been built over the last 15 years."

March 25, 2016

Suncor to Proposes Multiple Solar, Wind Projects in Alberta

Canada's largest oil sands producer Suncor is looking to go into the solar business, announcing proposals for three solar farms with a combined capacity of 240 megawatts in southern Alberta.

The energy giant is also expanding its wind business with four wind projects in the pipeline for Alberta that could generate up to 440 megawatts.

Feds OKs Offshore Wind Research Facility off Virginia’s Coast

Federal officials approved the development of a research facility off Virginia's coast to study how wind turbines perform in the open sea. 

The approval of the offshore research center is an "important step in our mission to be the first state to install offshore wind turbines in federal waters," Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said in a recent statement.

March 24, 2016

March 23, 2016

March 22, 2016

Tesla Quietly Ditches 10-Kilowatt-Hour Powerwall Home Battery

Tesla has discontinued its 10-kilowatt-hour residential battery, a company representative recently confirmed.

"The Daily Powerwall supports daily use applications like solar self-consumption plus backup power applications, and can offer backup simply by modifying the way it is installed in a home," according to a company statement emailed to Greentech Media. "Due to the interest, we have decided to focus entirely on building and deploying the 7-kilowatt-hour Daily Powerwall at this time."

March 21, 2016

March 18, 2016

Hawaii Air Force Unit Will Get Microgrid Powered by Trash

The microgrid will be able to function independently from the main electrical grid, allowing the base to operate in the event of a cyberattack on the power grid. The trash-powered microgrid system is currently being tested at a facility in Illinois.

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