July 19, 2011
San Jose, Calif.-based SunPower will start construction on the biggest solar roof in North America, a 1.1 million square-foot installation to top the Gloucester Marine Terminal in New Jersey.
Ohio was second in the nation for solar-panel manufacturing during the first quarter of this year, behind Oregon, producing 66 megawatts of solar modules in the quarter.
The Kauai Island Utility Cooperative and Alexander & Baldwin Inc. plan to build a 6-megawatt photovoltaic project on the island's south shore that would be the state's largest solar power plant.
The Boulder City Council will decide whether to ask voters to approve the creation of a municipal electric utility — ending a century of buying power from Xcel Energy and its predecessors.
State and federal transportation officials inked a deal Monday to fully fund SunRail, the long-awaited, $1.3-billion commuter rail project that will run more than 60 miles through central Florida.
July 18, 2011
Projects backed by the U.S. Department of Interior would provide enough clean energy to meet the yearly demands of more than 185,000 homes on the West Coast.
Central Oregon is set to get its first commercial wind farm after the U.S. Department of the Interior gave the 104-megawatt West Butte Wind Project its stamp of approval.
Colorado's New Millenium Wind Energy has chosen the Kansas Logistics Park in Newton for a $20-million-plus manufacturing facility that will employ more than 350 people within four years.
Only months after launching its plug-in solar energy "pods" for homes and businesses, Mouli Engineering Inc. of Saint Paul, Minn., struck a deal with major distributor Northern Tool to sell its patented product worldwide.
Missouri's fledgling solar power industry could be severely wounded by a recent court decision declaring that mandated $2-a-watt rebates on solar installations violate the state constitution.
July 15, 2011
More than 10 gigawatts of proposed renewable energy programs - including 6,000 wind turbines and 30 solar projects - were found to have little effect on military plans.
The Department of Water and Power announced will relaunch its Solar Incentive Program, which offers $60 million in rebates to businesses and homeowners who generate their own electricity.
A second wind project on Oahu's North Shore, designed to be twice as large as the recently completed 45-megawatt Kahuku plant, could be producing power as soon as next year.
A newly adopted ordinance for commercial-scale wind turbines in Michigan's Riga Township that opponents say is too restrictive could be subject to voter approval this fall.
Xcel Energy withdrew its offer to build a wind farm for Boulder as part of its effort to win a new 20-year franchise with the city.
July 14, 2011
Up to 40 percent of the 400,000 individuals employed by U.S. utilities are expected to retire or leave by 2013, creating demand for a new generation of workers.
The U.S. Transportation Department has cleared DesertXpress developers to begin early engineering for the $6 billion, 186-mile high-speed rail that links Las Vegas with Victorville, Calif.
Wisconsin businesses have expressed support for a planned $64.6 million streetcar project in downtown Milwaukee. The city's aldermen are set to vote on the project this week.
Columbus, Ohio-based American Electric Power is shelving the nation's most prominent effort to capture carbon dioxide from an existing coal-burning power plant.
Fremont, Calif.-based Encore Solar says it can lower the cost of thin-film solar modules by 20 percent as well as help the technology break through a looming efficiency wall.
July 13, 2011
Clean-tech jobs in industries ranging from solar-panel manufacturing to electric vehicle tecnologies offered median wages 20 percent higher across the United States in 2010.
California continued to lead the nation in the number of people with "green jobs," according to a study by the Brookings Institution that looked at the growing influence of the clean economy.
The Chicago ranked No. 4 for fastest-growing clean economy in the Brookings Institution's report while ranking No. 11 on the Green City Index its efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
The Vermilion County Board authorized construction of the first wind turbine farm in the west-central county. Chicago-based developer Invenergy is leading the 104-turbine project.
A town council in Rhode Island has taken steps to prohibit wind turbines in all parts of North Kingstown except a small part that does not fall under its zoning authority.
July 12, 2011
Renewable energy must cost about the same as traditional power sources such as natural gas or coal-fired power plants before Georgia Power will buy green energy on a large scale.
Texas has become the first state seeking to skirt a federal law that phases out old-fashioned incandescent light bulbs in favor of more efficient lamps.
MIT researchers have shown how solar panels can be printed on paper and other cheap materials, opening a range of possibilities including homes with solar-panel window shades or wallpaper.
In the 2011 fiscal year, 75 New York residential property owners received city approval to install solar-panel systems, up from five approvals in 2009, after the creation of a property tax abatement.