July 3, 2018

The Wind Farm Trump Tried to Stop Goes Online in Scotland

A wind farm with 11 turbines went online last weekend off the coast of Scotland, despite Donald Trump's attempts to block it before he became president. Trump had complained that the project would be visible from one of his company's golf courses. 

July 2, 2018

June 29, 2018

Elon Musk’s Solar + Storage Vision for Puerto Rico Moves Forward

What started with an Elon Musk tweet about rebuilding Puerto Rico's power system with renewable energy after Hurricane Maria has led to a formal call for solar-plus-storage proposals. The island's government has started the process for soliciting bids to build 10 solar and battery storage facilities that could be deployed across the power grid and capable of scaling up.

U.S. Energy Regulator Who Questioned Trump’s Coal Bail Out to Step Down

Robert Powelson, a Republican appointed to FERC last year, has been a proponent of natural gas infrastructure development and a supporter of the wholesale competitive power markets, which has put him at odds with the Trump administration's effort to prop up coal and nuclear power plants. As he said last fall: "I did not sign up to go blow up the markets."

LG to Build Solar Equipment Factory in Alabama

South Korea's LG plans to expand its U.S. manufacturing presence with a new plant in Huntsville, Alabama. The plant will have capacity to build 500 megawatts of solar modules per year and help LG sidestep tariffs on imported solar equipment. Huntsville is already home to other LG operations.

June 27, 2018

Maine’s Being Left Behind on Offshore Wind

Wind industry officials meeting in Maine say the state is missing out on the coming offshore wind power boom because of opposition from Gov. Paul LePage. Large offshore wind projects have been announced in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, while Maine faces long delays for project approvals.

Electric Vehicles Gaining Momentum Despite Trump

A broad coalition of businesses and state and local governments are taking steps to electrify vehicle fleets, helping to counteract efforts by the Trump administration and others to slow the transition to cleaner cars.

Australia Set to Get One-Third of Power from Renewables by 2020

Australia is on track to get one-third of its power from renewable sources by 2020, which would be near double what was in place in 2015, according to a new report. The country is seeing a dramatic increase in wind and solar construction, and elected officials are discussing how to encourage and manage the transition. 

June 26, 2018

New Solar Farm Combines Clean Energy and Beehives

A new solar farm near Medford, Oregon, is using the spaces between panels for beehives. The farm's operator is trying to change the culture of solar power by focusing on the surrounding environment. The farm's land has native flowers and 48 beehives, part of a plan to help pollinators.

June 25, 2018

IRS Issues Guidance for Solar Companies Seeking Tax Credit

Developers of solar power and some other renewable energy projects got important new guidance from the Internal Revenue Service that should give them more flexibility. Companies can get the full 30 percent investment tax credit if they start significant physical construction or incur at least 5 percent of the project's costs by the end of 2019 and have the project in service by 2024.

June 22, 2018

Tesla to Close a Dozen Solar Facilities in 9 States

Tesla is closing about a dozen solar installation facilities in nine states and ending a retail partnership with Home Depot, all part of a previously announced cost-cutting plan. Tesla's solar division was once SolarCity, and the cuts will likely add to criticism of putting the two businesses together.

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