Renewable Energy

People Power expanding free efficiency pilot in Hawaii

Pacific Business News

People Power -- a startup from California founded by Gene Wang, which is trying to grow its presence in Hawaii -- is expanding a pilot program giving customers in Oahu a free app and plugs to create energy efficient smart homes, Pacific Business News reports.

Indianapolis airport solar farm expansion completed

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Contractors have finished bringing online dozens of acres of solar panels at Indianapolis International Airport, solidifying its status as the home of the nation's largest airport-based solar farm.

Workers recently finished adding 86 acres of solar panels at the airport, more than doubling the size of its solar farm to 151 acres.

Arizona regulators don’t block APS tests that will give customers free solar

The Arizona Republic

Arizona Corporation Commissioners didn’t approve, but didn’t object to plans for Arizona Public Service Co. to spend $28.5 million to put free solar on the roofs of 1,500 customers in order to test west-facing solar panels and voltage regulators, The Arizona Republic reports.

Tesla looks at battery swaps instead of battery charging

The Wall Street Journal

Tesla is testing the market for battery swaps: Near California supercharging stations where Model S owners can top up their batteries for free, the company is creating a facility where drivers can pay a cost equivalent to a tank of gasoline and get a fully-charged battery installed in three minutes, The Wall Street Journal reports.

PacifiCorp Energy pleads guilty in bird deaths

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wind farm operator PacifiCorp Energy will pay $2.5 million in fines after pleading guilty Friday to charges related to the deaths of protected birds in Wyoming.

The subsidiary of Portland, Oregon-based PacifiCorp pleaded guilty in federal court in Wyoming to two counts of violating the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act under a plea deal with prosecutors.

12 workers freed from collapsed tunnel in Vietnam

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — An official says rescuers have recovered 12 workers who were trapped for more than three days in a collapsed tunnel at a hydropower plant under construction in central Vietnam.

Local government official Pham Trieu in Lam Dong province said the 11 men and one woman needed medical attention but are in stable condition.

Desert renewable plan vague about transmission

The Desert Sun

The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan unveiled earlier this year, which would encourage development of wind, solar and geothermal projects over millions of acres in California, says little about how the generated power will be distributed, which could see battles over siting new transmission lines, The Desert Sun reports.

Space-generated solar energy still idea for far future


Harvesting solar energy in space for use on Earth is technologically feasible but still too expensive and impractical, engineer Dr. Paul Jaffe, from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, told CNN.

Ex-Obama strategist to create solar campaign

The Washington Post

Jon Carson, ex-Obama campaign strategist, will be helping SolarCity to find creative ways of persuading people to put solar panels on their roofs, instead of relying on traditional advertising, The Washington Post reports.

First Solar to provide panels, expertise for Southern farm in Georgia


Solar panels and engineering services to build a 131-megawatt facility in Georgia will come from First Solar, according to an announcement from Southern Co., which says the farm should come online in the fourth quarter of 2016, Bloomberg reports.


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