Renewable Energy

Michigan’s first community solar program gets nod from regulators

Crain's Detroit Business

The Michigan Public Service Commission has given Consumers Energy Co. conditional approval to start a 10 megawatt solar garden program, Crain’s Detroit Business reports.

Solar incentives agreed by Duke in SC

The Charlotte Observer

An agreement between Duke Energy, environmentalists and business groups to increase solar capacity in the company's South Carolina service area includes some consumer rebates, The Charlotte Observer reports.

Dutch solar bike path exceeds expectations

Al Jazeera

SolaRoad, an experimental solar bike path installed outside Amsterdam last year, has performed better than expected, with its panels generating more than 3,000 kilowatt hours of electricity in the project’s first six months, Al Jazeera reports.

Tesla home battery announcement making global waves

The New York Times

Tesla’s announcement that it was entering the home energy storage business has attracted interest around the world, The New York Times reports.

Apple the cleanest energy tech firm: Greenpeace

USA Today

Apple tops this year’s list of clean energy firms compiled by Greenpeace, with Yahoo in second place, USA Today reports.

Nissan reports higher quarterly profit on weak yen, US sales

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan's profit for the January-March quarter inched up 3.3 percent from a year earlier, helped by healthy vehicle sales in North America, a favorable exchange rate and cost cuts.

Nissan Motor Co. reported Wednesday a quarterly profit of 118.8 billion yen ($992 million), up from 114.9 billion yen the previous year. Quarterly sales edged up 2.6 percent to 3.29 trillion yen ($275 billion).

Apple seeks to go all-renewable

The Wall Street Journal

Not only does Apple want to generate power for its own operations from entirely renewable sources, it wants to see its suppliers use only renewable energy as well, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Guam to get 8 solar farms

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — According to a U.S. Navy draft environmental assessment, Guam could be getting land to build solar farms which would provide clean, renewable energy and lessen energy costs and dependency on fossil fuels.

The (Guam) Pacific Daily News reports that the assessment from the lead agency on the project states that approximately 192 acres of land would be leased to Guam Power Authority to build eight solar farms for 37 years, including renewal options.

Apple steps up efforts to go green in China

PALO ALTO, California (AP) — Apple says it's boosting efforts to go green in China by partnering with conservationists to promote sustainable forestry for paper production.

CEO Tim Cook also said in a statement Sunday that he will try to get Apple's Chinese suppliers and contract manufacturers to use renewable energy to power their factories.

Tesla battery has strong rollout


Blommberg's done the math and says Tesla has rolled up about $800 million in battery orders since it announced its product a week ago.


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