Renewable Energy

Biggest Minnesota solar project moving ahead

Source: 
StarTribune

A $250 million solar project in Minnesota that will see panels installed in 21 different locations has won approval from the state Public Utilities Commission, the StarTribune reports.

Musk gambling that home energy storage market will expand

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

The market for home battery systems that cost thousands of dollars is presently very small, The Wall Street Journal reports, noting that Tesla’s Elon Musk and his competitors are banking on swift growth as they push to develop energy storage systems.

US using most renewables in decades

Source: 
CNN

The nearly 10 percent of U.S. energy needs being supplied by renewables is the highest level since the 1930s, according to Energy Information Administration data, CNN reports.

China's Hanergy under investigation by Hong Kong regulator

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong regulators said Thursday they're investigating a leading Chinese solar panel maker owned by billionaire Li Hejun after its shares took a sudden and unexplained plunge.

The Securities and Futures Commission normally does not announce its investigations but released a statement after Li said there was no investigation in a video interview posted online Wednesday by Chinese state media.

Houston-area coop breaks ground on hydroelectric plant

Source: 
FuelFix

The East Texas Electric Cooperative held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday to mark the start of construction on a 24-megawatt hydroelectric plant at the Lake Livingston Dam, which is scheduled to be finished in 2018, FuelFix reports.

Georgia Power gearing up to go solar

Source: 
E&E

Georgia Power is getting set to take advantage of a new state law effective July 1 that enables the utility to enter the rooftop solar market, E&E reports.

Duke cuts deal for solar farm near Disney

Source: 
Orlando Sentinel

Walt Disney World will be getting some additional solar power after the local tax district it controls struck an agreement with Duke Energy to build a 5-megawatt solar farm, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

New Berkeley lab researching sunlight

Source: 
KGO

A new building unveiled at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab Tuesday, which is named after former Energy Secretary Steven Chu, is housing research into sunlight, including a quest for artificial photosynthesis, KGO reports.

Online solar marketplace coming, courtesy of N.C. State

Source: 
Triangle Business Journal

The Clean Energy Technology Center at North Carolina State University is partnering with EnergySage Inc. to launch an online solar energy marketplace to hook up solar vendors with potential customers in the state, Triangle Business Journal reports.

Charging stations attracting utilities’ interest

Source: 
E&E

As sales of electric vehicles continue to lag, utilities are looking to boost interest in them by installing more charging stations - and getting ratepayers to help foot the bill, E&E reports.

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