February 2, 2016

17% of Hawaiian Electric Cos. Customers Have Solar Systems

The utility Hawaiian Electric Cos. currently has more than 77,000 solar systems connected to its grids across the state of Hawaii, representing 17 percent of customers.

"The future of solar is bright, [and] it plays a big role in our energy future," Jim Alberts, an official for Hawaiian Electric Co., said at a recent conference in Honolulu.

February 1, 2016

India Developer to Ditch Coal for Solar in Punjab

RattanIndia Power Ltd. recently asked the Indian government permission to install solar panels instead of a coal plant at a site in Punjab.

"In the next three to four years, you will see the entire 800 acres getting used for solar," company chairman Rajiv Rattan said.

G.E. Says Goodbye to the CFL Bulb

General Electric announced on Monday that it would stop making and selling the compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb and transition to the more efficient LEDs.

"Now is the right time to transition from CFL to LED," John Strainic, an official at GE Lighting, said. "There are so many choices that a consumer has for one socket in their home that it's overwhelming. This will help simplify that."

January 29, 2016

January 28, 2016

Regulators Will Soon Decide on California's Solar Future

California utility regulators are slated to vote this Thursday on how to update the state's popular solar policy, called net energy metering. California is one of the nation's top solar generators and this decision could influence the state's future solar growth, especially for small-scale projects owned by homeowners, communities and businesses.

More Brazilians Are Generating Their Own Energy

Homeowners, communities and businesses are increasingly generating their own electricity in Brazil. These non-utility power sources, which are mostly solar units, grew 308 percent in 2015, according to new data from Brazil's energy regulators.

January 27, 2016

January 22, 2016

January 21, 2016

DOE Proposes Big Round of Funding for Solar-Plus-Storage

To support further renewable energy growth in the United States, the Department of Energy said this week it is offering $18 million in funding for new solar-plus-storage research projects.

"Ultimately, the solutions developed under this effort will enable the sustainable and holistic integration of hundreds of gigawatts of additional solar energy onto the electric grid throughout the United States," federal officials said.

January 20, 2016

January 19, 2016

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