Renewable Energy

GM recalls Volts; new software fixes carbon monoxide trouble

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. is recalling some Chevrolet Volt gas-electric hybrid cars to fix a problem that can cause carbon monoxide to build up in an enclosed space.

The recall covers just over 64,000 Volts from the 2011 through 2013 model years in the U.S., Canada and elsewhere.


DOE report says wind could generate 35 percent of U.S. power by 2050

A Energy Department report released Thursday said win energy could account for 35 percent of total U.S. electric generation in 2050, and be viable in all 50 states - if the industry takes the right steps.

Those steps include making improvements to technology to cut wind energy costs, developing wind energy in new locations and expanding transmission, Obama administration officials said in a conference call. They said the environmental and economic benefits from such growth would be significant.

Solar plane pilots urge India to support clean energy drive

AHMADABAD, India (AP) — The pilots of a solar-powered airplane on a historic round-the-world journey said Wednesday that they want the people of India to support their campaign for clean energy to save the global environment.

Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg spoke to reporters in the western Indian city of Ahmadabad a day after Piccard flew the single-seat plane there from Muscat, Oman.

Florida solar initiative presents challenge for conservative groups

Tampa Bay Times

The Tea Party-backed initiative in Florida that would open up the solar industry is presenting a dilemma to conservative groups like the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity, which has been criticizing solar as an energy source but stopped short of formally opposing the ballot measure, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

US, California modify area for renewable energy plants

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The state and federal governments will move forward on less than half the California desert land initially designated for renewable energy plants, officials said Tuesday, leaving millions of acres in limbo as local governments decide how they want to handle large-scale solar, wind and geothermal projects.

Regulators will initially focus on about 10 million acres of federal land overseen by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in the Mojave and other Southern California deserts. Their initial plan, unveiled in September, designated 22.5 million acres across seven counties.

First Solar-SunPower 'yieldco' taking shape


8point3 Energy Partners LP – the yieldco being created as a joint venture of solar panel makers First Solar and SunPower – will hold a capacity of 432 megawatts from both large-scale projects and residential rooftop panels, Bloomberg reports.

Growth in US solar capacity accelerated by almost a third last year


The 6.2 gigawatt growth in U.S. solar power last year was 30 percent higher than the growth in 2013, says a report from the Solar Energy Industries Association, according to E&E.

Solar-powered plane lands in India on 2nd leg of world trip

AHMADABAD, India (AP) — A Swiss-made solar powered aircraft landed in western India on Tuesday night, completing the second leg — and its first sea crossing — of its historic round-the-world trip.

Pilot Bertrand Piccard brought the Solar Impulse 2 down at Ahmadabad airport in Gujarat state about 16 hours after it took off from Muscat, Oman, for the 1,465-kilometer (910-mile) flight without a drop of fuel.

Q&A: A look at solar plane attempting round-the-world trip

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Two Swiss pioneers are attempting to fly around the world in a solar-powered airplane without a drop of fossil fuel. Here's a look at the plane and the pioneers behind it:

Solar-powered plane takes off from Oman, heads to India

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft took off just after dawn on Tuesday from Muscat, Oman, bound for India for the second leg — and its first sea crossing — in a historic round-the-world trip.

Pilot Bertrand Piccard was at the controls of the single-seater Solar Impulse 2, which is making the 1,465-kilometer (910-mile) journey from Muscat to Ahmedabad without a drop of fuel.


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