Renewable Energy

Competing solar initiatives in Florida

Source: 
Tampa Bay Times

Supporters of a Florida ballot initiative to allow people with solar panels to sell electricity to others are upset over a proposed law that allows the same thing - because they say it could allow utilities to charge panel owners big fees to stay connected to the power grid, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Mitsubishi's iMiev remains cheapest electric

DETROIT (AP) — Mitsubishi's 2016 iMiev will remain the cheapest electric car on the market when it goes on sale in the U.S. next month.

The tiny four-seater starts at $22,995, the same as the previous model year. With a $7,500 federal tax credit, the price drops to $15,495.

California to spend $20M on hydrogen stations

Source: 
Los Angeles Times

California needs roughly 100 hydrogen filling stations to allow residents driving fuel cell vehicles to travel around the state easily, and the California Energy Commission says it intends to spend some $20 million to build half of them, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Apple to set up high-tech data hubs in Northern Europe

HELSINKI (AP) — Apple is investing 1.7 billion euros ($1.92 billion) in high-tech data centers in Denmark and Ireland that will be powered by renewable energy, in its largest such project in Europe to date, the company said Monday.

The hubs, to begin operations in 2017, will power data for Apple Inc.'s online services, including iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri voice services.

Sungevity claims work around for N.C. laws restricting solar

Source: 
News & Observer

Sungevity says it has found a way into the North Carolina residential solar market despite laws that restrict panel ownership to individuals, utilities, and power wholesalers, the News & Observer reports.

Apple and electric cars: Good reasons for the combination

Source: 
Los Angeles Times

Amid increasing signs that Apple is taking a serious look at moving into the electric car business, the Los Angeles Times reports that one reason why may be to keep rival Google from dominating the potential market.

Electric car charging new opportunity for utilities

Source: 
The New York Times

From Kansas City to California, utilities are beginning to take on the task of building a network of electric car charging stations, which will offer them a new market and may help the sales of the vehicles finally take off, The New York Times reports.

Solar backers fighting bill in Indiana legislature

Source: 
The Indianapolis Star

A measure to cut the amount utilities pay to buy power from home solar systems -– which is supported by utilities and generally opposed by solar proponents  –- has started moving through the Indiana legislature with approval from a House committee, The Indianapolis Star reports.

Panel on solar jobs

Washington, February 20, 2015, 8:30 am

Energy Department Senior Adviser David Foster joins panel on solar jobs data.

Health care firm Kaiser looks to wind, solar for power

Source: 
San Jose Mercury News

Kaiser Permanente, the big health care company, announced it is joining Google in buying power from NextEra Energy’s planned wind farm at Altamont Pass, as well as generating solar energy from panels at its own facilities, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

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