Renewable Energy

SolarCity stops installation on systems with batteries

Source: 
Bloomberg

SolarCity has stopped installing rooftop solar systems that have batteries, because in California utilities don't want to connect them to the electric grid, Bloomberg reports.

Power board approves western Ohio wind farm

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state has approved a wind farm with 176 turbines and associated electric transmission facilities to be located in western Ohio.

The Scioto Ridge Wind Farm in Hardin and Logan counties will be capable of generating 300 megawatts of electricity and will include up to 60 miles of access roads, 83 miles of underground electric collection lines and four meteorological towers.

The farm could power up to 83,000 homes.

First Solar, missing out on rooftop solar explosion, looks for growth alternatives

Source: 
Bloomberg

First Solar Inc., the biggest solar panel maker in the U.S., is hunting for avenues of growth now that its market of selling panels to utilities for big desert farms is getting saturated, Bloomberg reports.

Tesla's sales model under fire in an increasing number of states

Source: 
The New York Times

With New Jersey joining Arizona and Texas in banning direct sales of automobiles and Ohio considering it, Tesla Motors is finding its sales structure being challenged by a lobby that protects independent automobile dealers, The New York Times reports.

Ohio auto dealers fight Tesla over sales model

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio auto dealers are sparring with California-based automaker Tesla, which is selling its electric cars from two Ohio storefronts.

Ohio is among states proposing to block Tesla from setting up additional direct-sales galleries on grounds they undercut traditional auto dealerships. Last Tuesday, New Jersey officials approved a regulation effectively prohibiting automakers from going straight to customers. Tesla vice president Diarmuid O'Connell visited Ohio legislative leaders that same day to try to discourage them from passing similar restrictions.

"The bill would shut down our ability to grow in the Ohio market and, frankly, it's just a first step to them shutting down our existing businesses," O'Connell said. "This is the pattern we see in other states."

Chicago named 'Earth Hour' capital of US for 2014

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago has been named the 2014 Earth Hour capital of the United States by the World Wildlife Fund's Earth Hour City Challenge.

The year-long competition among cities promotes renewable energy and works to prepare for climate change.

Cities that participate are recognized for their efforts in creating more sustainable, resilient cities, as they compete for grants from the fund.

Tesla NJ stores to become showrooms after ban

Source: 
Bloomberg

Tesla Motors isn't shutting its stores in New Jersey despite the state's ban on the company selling directly to consumers, but will keep them open as showrooms while diverting the actual sales online, Bloomberg reports.

Simbol seeks to extract lithium for batteries from power plant waste

Source: 
The New York Times

Looking to supply the growing electric car industry, Simbol Marterials is setting up a plant in California to extract lithium from the waste of geothermal power plants, The New York Times reports.

Wind power line proposal irks some Midwest farmers

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The windy plains of Kansas could be a treasure trove in the nation's effort to harness clean energy, but a major proposal to move wind-generated electricity eastward is running into a roadblock: Farmers who don't want high-power transmission lines on their land.

Clean Line Energy Partners wants to spend $2.2 billion to build a 750-mile-long high-voltage overhead transmission line. Towers 110 to 150 feet tall, 4-6 per mile, would carry lines with power generated by Kansas' modernistic windmill turbines through sparsely populated northern Missouri, through the cornfields of Illinois and to a substation in Sullivan, Ind. The exact route has not been finalized.

Pilots complain of glare from solar plant mirrors around SoCal-Nev border

Source: 
E&E

A local aviation official in Nevada has written to the Bureau of Land Management and other agencies, concerned that pilots are having trouble with the glare from mirrors at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating system plant in southern California, E&E reports.

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