Renewable Energy

Solar installations increasing, with push from residential panels: Association


The 1.33 gigawatts of solar panels installed in the 1st quarter is up 79 percent from the period a year earlier, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association, with panels installed on residential property up 38 percent, Bloomberg reports.

Long-term uncertainty nets Tesla a junk rating from S&P


Tesla shares may have quadrupled in value in 2013 but Standard & Poor’s has slapped the electric car maker with a B- junk rating because of the company’s uncertain long-term prospects and niche market position, Bloomberg reports.

Hagel offers compromise on SunZia line project

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Security concerns about a proposed $2 billion transmission line between Arizona and New Mexico can be resolved, according to the U.S. Defense Department.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a letter Tuesday to U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell that concerns about routing the SunZia transmission project through an area used by White Sands Missile Range could be addressed by burying five miles of the line.

Officials at the southern New Mexico military installation previously said running the transmission line through an area north of White Sands could reduce testing operations by up to 30 percent, potentially threatening national security and resulting in layoffs at the range.

CEO Rosenblum of Hawaiian Electric to retire

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaiian Electric Company's CEO Richard Rosenblum says he will retire from the company within a year.

Rosenblum said Tuesday that he came out of retirement in 2008 to lead the company though its clean energy initiatives. He says the company's customers are getting more than 18 percent of their energy through renewable energy, compared with 8 percent in 2008.

Rosenblum says he shared his retirement plans to allow ample time for a smooth transition. He says he is committed to completing the development of plans for the next phase of clean energy transformation.

Pa. turnpike has 4 car charging stations but budget holding up additions

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Budget issues are holding up plans to install electric car charging stations in 17 service plazas on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, although four are now operating, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Hyundai-Kia tops Honda for green automaker crown

DETROIT (AP) — A scientists' group says Hyundai-Kia has unseated Honda as the greenest automaker in the U.S.

The Union of Concerned Scientists ranks the eight top-selling automakers based on carbon and smog-forming emissions of their fleets.

The group says all eight automakers reduced pollution for the first time.

NYC starting to embrace wind power

The New York Times

Wind turbines are beginning to pop up in New York City, some with unusual designs to accommodate the area's changeable weather patterns, The New York Times reports.

Renewable electricity sales market growing

The New York Times

Electricity sales firms that specialize in renewables, like Tom Matzzie’s Ethical Electric, offer people the option of supporting green energy without having to go through the process of installing solar panels or turbines, The New York Times reports.

EnerVault unveils largest flow battery

San Francisco Chronicle

EnerVault, a Bay-area company started six years ago that has $30 million in venture funding thus far, on Thursday publicly unveiled its flow battery, large tanks filled with electrolytes to store energy gathered from nearby solar panels, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Solar power boosts home values, research finds

The Wall Street Journal

Homes fitted with solar panels can sell for a premium compared to houses that don’t have them, according to a researcher at California’s Berkeley Lab, The Wall Street Journal reports.


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