Renewable Energy

Vermont PSB approves solar project at National Life

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The National Life Group says it's been granted a permit to build a 500-kilowatt solar array on its Montpelier campus.

National Life said Tuesday the Public Service Board granted it the permit for the project that would erect 2,090 stationary, ground-mounted panels on 95 racks near the southern portion of the company's property,

The arrays would provide about 15 percent of the electricity used by the company's 525,000-square-foot building, the largest commercial building in the state.

NJ OKs new car dealer rule Tesla calls 'affront'

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — State motor vehicle officials have approved a regulation that would require all new car dealers to obtain franchise agreements to receive state licenses, a move critics say will hurt the electric-car industry's attempts to expand.

The regulation, adopted Tuesday by the state's Motor Vehicle Commission by a 6-0 vote, effectively prohibits companies from using a direct-sales model, which cuts out the middleman and takes vehicles directly to customers through smaller retail establishments. It will take effect April 1.

House panel subpoenas on wind power, eagle deaths

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are seeking to compel the Obama administration to turn over uncensored, internal documents related to its enforcement of environmental laws at wind farms where eagles and other protected birds have been killed.

The House Natural Resources Committee issued the subpoena Tuesday.

Only one wind energy company has been prosecuted for killing eagles and other birds in violation of federal law. Duke Energy pleaded guilty in November to killing eagles and other birds at two Wyoming wind farms and will pay $1 million.

NJ MVC approves disputed new car dealer rule, Tesla unhappy

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey motor vehicle officials have approved a new regulation that would require all new car dealers to obtain a franchise agreement in order to receive a state license.

The regulation adopted Tuesday effectively prohibits companies from using a direct sales model, which cuts out the middleman and brings vehicles directly to customers through smaller retail establishments.

Critics say the regulation will hamper the electric car industry's attempts to expand its presence in New Jersey.

Indiana Senate joins House in voting to end state's energy efficiency program

Indianapolis Star

The power could run out on the Energizing Indiana program at the end of the year, as the state's Senate has voted to join the house in approving a measure to shut it down, although Gov. Mike Pence hasn't yet decided if he'll go along, the Indianapolis Star reports.

Chaori bondholders may sue after default


Following China's first ever corporate debt default, holders of bonds from Shanghai Chaori Solar Energy Science & Technology may sue the company to force payment, Bloomberg reports.

California generating more electricity from solar than ever before


Electricity entering California's grid that was generated from solar power hit a high of 4,093 megawatts on Saturday, setting a record for a second day in a row, according to the state's ISO, Reuters reports.

NY awards $28.6 million for solar projects

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The state's NY-Sun initiative has awarded $28.6 million to 37 projects across the state, including 29 photovoltaic projects that will add 33.6 megawatts of solar power generation capacity.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that under the NY-Sun initiative, a total of 299 megawatts of solar photovoltaic capacity has been installed or is under development in the past two years.

Awards are available for a growing number of projects because of the steady decline in solar costs in the past two years, which allows project incentive amounts to be reduced.

Vermont city's goal: 'Net zero' fossil fuel use

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — With the launch of a wood-fueled downtown district heating system still six months away, officials in Vermont's capital city on Monday set the goal of making Montpelier a "net-zero" user of fossil fuels by 2030.

More electric vehicle charging stations and a campaign to have homeowners install new high-efficiency heat pumps are among the steps the city will take in conjunction with the statewide group Efficiency Vermont and the state's largest utility, Green Mountain Power Corp., in pursuit of the goal, officials said.

Fuel cell manufacturers see stock boost ahead of earning reports


FuelCell Energy, Plug Power Inc. and Ballard Power, all manufacturers of fuel cells, posted significant gains on the Nasdaq today ahead of earnings reports expected to show the companies on the way to profitability, Bloomberg reports.


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