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Expected Calif. PUC ruling to put SolarCity back into energy storage


On expectations that the California Public Utilities Commission will adopt its proposed decision barring utilities from charging fees to connect solar systems that use battery storage, SolarCity anticipates returning to file applications to connect the systems in the state, Bloomberg reports.

Increased solar demand pushing rise in clean energy investment

Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Clean energy investment is on the rise again after two years of declines, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, which estimates new money coming into the sector increased by more than $4 billion, or 9 percent, in the first quarter, led by demand for rooftop solar panels.

Brookings report recommends bonds for clean energy financing


Bonds may be the best way to raise money for clean energy projects, says a report from the Brookings Institution, although the think tank notes that few developers have used bonds because of difficulties in accessing the markets, E&E reports. 

NYC building a rare ‘net zero’ school on Staten Island

The Wall Street Journal

When P.S. 62 opens next year the architects anticipate it won’t need to draw electricity from the grid, and may even generate enough to sell some power back, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Maine Senate sustains veto of solar rebate bill

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Senate failed to muster enough support Wednesday to revive a bill that would have restored a program that provides rebates for residents and businesses who install solar panels.

Despite strong support in the Democratic-led House earlier this week, the effort to overturn Republican Gov. Paul LePage's veto fell two votes short of the two-thirds majority support it needed in the Senate, killing the bill as lawmakers make their way through the final days of the legislative session.

SAIS forum on Community Solar Power

Washington, April 16, 2014, 4:30 pm

SAIS hosts forum on Community Solar Power. Speakers include Energy Department Sunshot fellow Anna Brockway.

Li lost Fisker auction, but will profit from Fisker loan

The Wall Street Journal

Richard Li, the Hong Kong billionaire outbid in the sale of bankrupt Fisker Automotive, still stands to make more than $60 million on the company’s loan he bought at auction from the Energy Department last year, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Maine House overrides veto of solar rebate bill

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's House of Representatives has voted to overturn Gov. Paul LePage's veto of a bill restoring a rebate program for solar panels.

The Democratic-led House voted 105-41 to override the Republican governor's veto of the bill that would provide $1 million for the program that would last more than two years. It now goes to the Senate.

Texas rushing to install wind projects

The Dallas Morning News

Texas on track to build more than 7,000 megawatts of new wind projects in 2014, although not all will be completed, The Dallas Morning New reports, noting that interest has been boosted by the Competitive Renewable Energy Zone project. 

Musk to personally deliver Teslas in China


Tesla company founder Elon Musk will be on hand to personally deliver some of the first cars the company is selling in China, a process expected to start sometime this month, Bloomberg reports. 


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