Renewable Energy

The South getting its first big wind farm soon

On a vast tract of old North Carolina farmland, crews are getting ready to build something the South has never seen: a commercial-scale wind energy farm.

The $600 million project by Spanish developer Iberdrola Renewables LLC will put 102 turbines on 22,000 acres near the coastal community of Elizabeth City, with plans to add about 50 more. Once up and running, it could generate about 204 megawatts, or enough electricity to power about 60,000 homes.

Airbus trumpets cross-Channel electric plane crossing

The Wall Street Journal

Hoping to generate interest in clean energy flight, Airbus has successfully recreated the first airplane journey across the English Channel, but this time using a prototype plane powered by lithium batteries, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Less clean energy investment in 2Q on strong dollar, turbulent markets


Unsettled financial markets and gains in the U.S. dollar kept investors from investing more heavily in clean energy projects in the second quarter of 2015, according to a new analysis by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The report found clean energy investments of $53 billion were down 28 percent from the same period a year ago.

Move to keep solar measure off Florida ballot angers some officials

Miami Herald

The decision by the Florida League of Cities to file a legal brief urging the state Supreme Court to keep a solar initiative off the ballot is being opposed by some local officials, the Miami Herald reports.

Wind to power new Facebook data center

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Facebook is building a massive data center in Texas to provide more computing capacity for the online social network's 1.4 billion users to share tidbits of their lives with friends and family.

The first phase of the $500 million project in Fort Worth, Texas will span about 500,000 square feet. It will be located on a nearly 111-acre site, leaving ample room for further expansion.

AWEA webinar on Clean Power Plan

, July 8, 2015, 2:15 pm

The American Wind Energy Association to hold webinar on the Energy Information Administration's Clean Power Plan analysis and its implications for the wind industry.

Fuel cells vs plug-ins: Toyota battling Tesla over electric car future

Business Insider

With its Mirai hydrogen fuel cell sedan - now claimed to be the zero emission car with the longest range – Toyota will start offering a direct challenge to Tesla’s plug-in Model S in the U.S., Business Insider reports.

Tesla to market batteries in Australia


Tesla hopes to start selling batteries in Australia early next year, in a market Morgan Stanley says may be worth $18 billion and where half of all homes are projected to be using solar power by 2040, Bloomberg reports.

$2 billion wind farm buy for SunEdison spinoff

The Wall Street Journal

TerraForm Power Inc. is buying from Invenergy Wind LLC a majority stake in a portfolio of seven wind farms across North America for $2 billion. The transactions will give TerraForm 460 megawatts of electricity now and 470 megawatts later, The Wall Street Journal reports.

White House Photo

Obama looks to bring solar to low-income communities

The Obama administration on Tuesday is announcing new initiatives to boost access to solar energy, tying its efforts to assist low-income and middle-class households with its push for a low-carbon economy.

The move comes a week after the administration announced plans to generate 20 percent of electricity from non-hydro renewable energy by 2030, and as President Obama presses deep cuts in carbon emissions as part of his Climate Action Plan.


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