May 25, 2016
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
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.
Google's Project Sunroof now lets homeowners in 42 states figure out if their rooftop can handle solar panels, Greentech Media reports.
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.
May 19, 2016
Federal regulators this week proposed updating the renewable fuel standard to increase how much ethanol and other biofuels are blended into the country's gasoline and diesel supply, The Hill reports.
Falmouth, Portland and Rockland are among a handful of cities and towns across Maine that are reconsidering or nixing plans to build large solar projects following a failed attempt to reform the state's solar policies, the Portland Press Herald reports.
Electric carmaker Tesla is planning to selling $2 billion in stock to help boost production of its new Model 3, Quartz reports.
"What we're trying to do is get as many electric cars on road as possible. What's the limiting factor? Product," Musk said.
About 6,000 solar panels were recently installed atop the roof of London's Western International Market, the Guardian reports. The nearly $3 million investment is expected to cut emissions by more than 780 tons annually.
The world's largest wind turbine manufacturer Goldwind announced it recently bought the developing Rattlesnake Wind Project in Texas.
May 18, 2016
For 107 hours last week, all of Portugal's electricity was supplied by a suite of renewable energy sourcesâ€”biofuels, hydropower plants, wind farms, solar panels and geothermal, the Christian Science Monitor reports.
The Department of Energy announced on Tuesday plans to expand the federal training program for veterans looking to enter the solar sector, The Hill reports.
UNS Electric recently retreated from a controversial plan to include demand changes for all customers, but the Southern Arizona utility still wants to adopt these rate charges for new rooftop solar customers, the Arizona Daily Star reports.
Two energy storage bills died in the Hawaii legislature this session, delaying any new energy storage incentives in the state until lawmakers reconvene next year, Utility Dive reports.
May 17, 2016
In the first quarter of 2016, the U.S. grid added far more megawatts of new renewable energy capacity (1,291 MW) compared to natural gas capacity (18 MW), Think Progress reports.
Offshore wind companies looking to develop projects in deep waters are looking to the fossil fuel industry for inspiration for how to develop floating turbines, Bloomberg reports.
Due to the recent passage of HB 1332 by Colorado lawmakers, people looking to buy electric vehicles in the state will soon have access to a $5,000 incentive, Autoblog Green reports.
The World Bank recently approved a $625 million loan to support the Indian government's plan for growing rooftop solar development, PV Tech reports.