February 23, 2016
The extension of the federal solar tax credit will help growth American solar development by up to 20 gigawatts in the coming years, according to a new study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
The California Energy Commission recently approved nearly $8.9 million in new funding to develop electric vehicle fast-charging stations along major highways.
Republican presidential John Kasich said last week he believes humans are affecting the climate and that he supports ramping up renewable energy development.
"We need to be promoting the renewable energies, we need to have more efficiency, and we need to live respecting the resources in our environment," Kasich said at a Vermont town hall event on Saturday.
February 22, 2016
The United States installed 7.3 gigawatts of new solar capacity last year, according to new data.
Solar provider SunPower has reported setting a new high solar panel efficiency record of 22.8 percent.
In response to the dropping costs of solar systems, Japan should consider cutting incentives for solar developers by 11 percent, recommended a government appointed panel.
Wind turbines accounted for more than 45 percent of the grid capacity in Texas last Thursday, generating 14,023 megawatts of power on the evening of Feb. 18.
February 19, 2016
A Hawaii utility recently canceled plans to buy power from a solar farm operated by the poor-performing SunEdison Inc., leaving the solar company with a $2.45 million fee.
The utility Florida Power & Light is developing three solar farms that will each have a generating capacity of 74.5 megawatts.
Michigan researchers recently published guidelines for how to devise sustainable energy storage projects.
February 18, 2016
Jay Faison, a North Carolina businessman, recently launched a super PAC that will spend at least $5 million on congressional Republicans who support clean energy.
"I'm dedicated to helping conservatives and the GOP go on the offense on this issue," Faison said.
Solar company SunEdison announced on Thursday it plans to close a manufacturing plant near Houston, Texas and eliminate 180 jobs.
Environmentalists at Greenpeace are calling on all of London's candidates for mayor to support boosting the city's solar industry. According to a new report by Greenpeace, London has the potential to ramp up its solar power 10-fold over the next decade.
February 17, 2016
A bipartisan coalition of governors from 17 states recently pledged to expand renewable energy, improve energy efficiency and cut transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions.
The governors are from California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.
The mammoth technology company Apple recently issued $1.5 billion in green bonds to raise money for renewable energy and other climate-friendly projects.
Norway's largest oil company, Statoil ASA, announced on Tuesday plans to invest up to $200 million in renewable energy projects over the next four to seven years.
February 16, 2016
The U.S. Energy Department announced a new proposal last week to increase the energy efficiency standards for fluorescent and light-emitting diode (LED) blubs.
Arizona Public Service Co., a major Arizona utility, is facing a three-month backlog on rooftop solar approvals.
Presidential contender Bernie Sanders met with activists in Nevada on Saturday, where he called the recent decision by the state's top utility regulators to hike up rates and cut credits for solar customers "incomprehensible."
Located outside of Abu Dhabi, Masdar City was supposed to be the world's first planned zero-carbon city. But developers now say they are abandoning that goal.
February 12, 2016
Nine European Union member states including Croatia, Estonia, Italy and Sweden have already met their 2020 clean energy targets, according to newly released data. In contrast, France, Ireland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom are far behind on their goals.
Both General Motors and Telsa recently announced plans to soon release affordable, long-range electric vehicles.
Cape Wind, an ambitious offshore wind farm slated for Massachusetts' coastal waters, has run into a potential new legal roadblock. According to federal officials, the project poses a potential threat to migratory birds.
A group of community solar providers recently teamed up to launch the Coalition for Community Solar Access, a national advocacy organization that aims to support and grow the industry.
February 11, 2016
California was the top state for new solar jobs last year, and Massachusetts was next in line, according to a Solar Foundation report released Wednesday.
A major incentive for the Massachussetts solar industry quietly ended on Friday.
The U.K. government recently announced plans for a new six-month review of the country's tidal power sector. This could led to new delays for a tidal energy project in Swansea Bay.
February 10, 2016
More than 20,000 solar jobs were added in California last year, according to a new industry report.
"Solar power is a bright spot in California's economy, bringing jobs and economic development to every corner of the state," Bernadette Del Chiaro, executive director of the state's solar association, told the Los Angeles Times.
SolarCity Corp. will soon release its next earnings report amid uncertainties surrounding the rooftop solar company's recent shift in strategy and a tussle with Nevada's traditional power company.
Austin Energy, a Texas municipal utility, is leading the way when it comes to integrating solar power and storage systems into the grid.