Renewable Energy

Abengoa to go it alone on Palen solar

The Desert Sun

Abengoa Solar says it has bought out BrightSource Energy’s stake in the controversial Palen solar project and intends to move forward on it, although the company says it has made some configuration changes, and will likely need to receive new approvals from regulators, The Desert Sun reports.

Amazon to recycle heat from data center

The Seattle Times

Amazon is planning to use waste heat from a data center at its new campus in Seattle, in a design for energy efficiency that – if copied – offers potential to help the city become carbon neutral, according to City Council member Mike O’Brien, The Seattle Times reports.

Nissan's quarterly profit jumps on sales, yen perk

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan's quarterly profit jumped nearly 15 percent to a better-than-expected 124.9 billion yen ($1.1 billion) as vehicle sales improved in almost all regions.

The Japanese automaker, behind the Leaf electric car, Altima compact and Infiniti luxury brand, stuck to its profit forecast for the full fiscal year through March 2015 at 405 billion yen ($3.6 billion).

Fight over solar charges headed to Ohio high court

The Columbus Dispatch

The battle by Ohio utilities to overturn a Public Utilities Commission ruling barring them from imposing special charges on customers who generate their own solar power is headed to the state Supreme Court, The Columbus Dispatch reports.

SolarWorld to expand, create 200 new jobs

The New York Times

Increased demand is leading SolarWorld Americas to spend $10 million expanding its solar modules plant, and the company announced it will be hiring 200 additional workers as well, The New York Times reports.

After Fukushima, Japan gets green boom _ and glut

TOKYO (AP) — Like other Japanese who were banking on this country's sweeping move toward clean energy, Junichi Oba is angry.

Oba, a consultant, had hoped to supplement his future retirement income in a guilt-free way and invested $200,000 in a 50 kilowatt solar-panel facility, set up earlier this year in a former rice paddy near his home in southwestern Japan.

Clean tech startups to get $10M boost from Wells Fargo

Denver Business Journal

Wells Fargo is providing $10 million in grants for clean tech startups, in an Innovation Incubator program being administered by the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Denver Business Journal reports.

Electric-car drivers trading gas for solar power

DETROIT (AP) — Owners of electric vehicles have already gone gas-free. Now, a growing number are powering their cars with sunlight.

Solar panels installed on the roof of a home or garage can easily generate enough electricity to power an electric or plug-in gas-electric hybrid vehicle. The panels aren't cheap, and neither are the cars. A Ford Fusion Energi plug-in sedan, for example, is $7,200 more than an equivalent gas-powered Fusion even after a $4,007 federal tax credit.

GM to move production of Volt part to US

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is moving production of the Chevrolet Volt's electric drive unit from Mexico to a Detroit-area factory as it updates the slow-selling car to increase its electric range and make it perform better.

The Volt can go about 38 miles on battery power before a small gasoline generator kicks in. In the revamped version, coming in the second half of next year, the battery will store more energy yet be smaller, allowing the car to go farther on battery power, CEO Mary Barra said in a speech delivered at the Detroit Economic Club on Tuesday.

Tesla unveils lease incentives to boost sales

The Wall Street Journal

There’s still a waiting list to get a Tesla Motors Model S sedan, but U.S. sales through September were down 26 percent compared to the period a year earlier, and the company has now launched incentives including a lower cost leasing plan and a “happiness guarantee,” The Wall Street Journal reports.


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