Renewable Energy

Work begins on $1 billion solar plant in Nevada

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Construction has begun on a $1 billion solar power generating station in the Mohave Desert that officials say will produce enough electricity to power about 80,000 California homes when it is completed in 2016.

The 250-megawatt project, dubbed Silver State South, will capture solar energy with panels spread across almost 4 square miles of federal land south of Las Vegas, according to a fact sheet obtained Friday from a First Solar Inc. representative.

Verizon looks to make money on renewable energy

Source: 
E&E

Cellular and broadband provider Verizon’s move to expand its renewable energy portfolio by doubling its generation of solar power should boost the company’s bottom line, sustainability officer James Gowen said in a post on the company's website, E&E reports.

Debt load hurting Xi’s clean energy strategy in China

Source: 
Bloomberg

Chinese companies in the renewable energy sector face record bond repayments in the second half of the year, with at least one -- Sinovel Wind Group Co. -- likely to struggle, a situation that Bloomberg reports may damage President Xi Jinping’s clean energy strategy.

Tesla CEO: "Nevada is it;" $1.3B package offered

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Biggest Little City in the World is about to get a new neighbor: the biggest lithium battery factory in the world that Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval asserted will create more than 22,000 new jobs and pump $100 billion into the state's economy over the next 20 years.

Tesla Motors Inc. CEO Elon Musk declared the Silver State the winner Thursday of a high-stakes battle with California and three other states for the $5 billion "gigafactory" he says they need — and need fast — to mass produce cheaper batteries for its next line of more-affordable electric cars.

Senate Democrats

Reid: Senate will vote on renewables tax breaks

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Thursday renewed his pledge to bring renewable energy tax breaks up for a vote this fall, but left open the option to wait until a lame-duck session after the November elections.

"Letting these critical incentives expire is not an option," Reid said at the start of his annual clean energy summit in Las Vegas. "I'll bring them to the floor before the end of this year for a vote."

US auto sales boom doesn’t extend to electrics, hybrids

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

Even as U.S. auto sales have surged generally, demand for electric and hybrid vehicles has tailed off slightly, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing figures from research firm Edmunds.com.

More solar water heating around the world

Source: 
The New York Times

Although cheap natural gas makes the systems less economically attractive in the U.S., around the world interest is increasing in solar hot water heating, The New York Times reports.

Plant gets Tesla closer to electric car for masses

RENO, Nev. (AP) — To bring electric cars to the masses, Tesla Motors will use an expanse of desert where wild mustangs still roam for a factory that the company projects will crank out enough batteries to power 500,000 vehicles annually by decade's end.

Tesla chose Nevada as the site for the $5 billion facility, a person familiar with car maker's plans said Wednesday

Nevada's elected leaders still must deliver on the economic incentives they've promised, but if they do as expected, Tesla will open its massive factory at an industrial park outside Reno, according to the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because no official announcement had been made. An announcement was scheduled for Thursday afternoon at Nevada's Capitol.

Tesla selects Nevada for battery plant, source tells AP

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Tesla Motors has chosen Nevada as the site for a massive, $5 billion factory that will pump out batteries for a new generation of electric cars, a person familiar with the company's plans said Wednesday.

The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because no official announcement had been made, said work would soon resume at an industrial park outside Reno.

Four other states — California, Texas, Arizona and New Mexico — were vying for the project and the estimated 6,500 jobs it will bring.

Cory Gardner says he's 'a new kind of Republican'

DENVER (AP) — Senate candidate Cory Gardner has released a pair of campaign ads reaching out to Colorado's all-important centrist voters, who have soured on some GOP positions, and cast himself as a "new kind of Republican" who supports over-the-counter birth control pills and renewable energy.

The TV spots released this week come in a close race against Democratic Sen. Mark Udall in a swing state that has become increasingly reluctant to elect conservatives as coastal transplants have pushed the politics to the left.

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