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Solar Impulse to resume journey after Japan stop


An unscheduled stop in Japan won’t keep the sun-powered plane Solar Impulse grounded indefinitely, pilot Andre Borshchberg tweeted early Tuesday, signaling his intention to continue the plane's round-the-world journey, AFP reports.

Tesla Motors co-founder wants to electrify commercial trucks

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Twelve years ago, Ian Wright and some fellow engineers launched Tesla Motors, a Silicon Valley company that has helped jumpstart the market for electric cars.

Now, the Tesla co-founder wants to electrify noisy, gas-guzzling trucks that deliver packages, haul garbage and make frequent stops on city streets.

Bad weather forces Solar Impulse to land in Japan


Solar Impulse 2, the solar plane attempting to fly around the world, has made an unscheduled stop in Nagoya, Japan because of a cold front developing over the Pacific Ocean, the BBC reports.

Feds OK 3 Nevada solar farms under streamlined permitting

The Hill

Approvals for three solar farms generating up to 440 megawatts of electricity on Bureau of Land Management property in Nevada have been granted under a streamlined permitting process set up under the Western Solar Plan, The Hill reports.

Biggest Minnesota solar project moving ahead


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

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


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


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


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.


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