Renewable Energy

Automakers vow not to give up on weak-selling electrics

GENEVA (AP) — Top automakers are vowing not to give up on weak-selling electric vehicles — even as they unveil an array of powerful luxury cars with conventional engines aimed at a growing global market.

BMW AG CEO Norbert Reithofer said Tuesday at the Geneva International Motor Show that his company cannot do without battery-powered vehicles such as its i3 urban compact.

Developers pushing tidal power in UK

Source: 
BBC

A $1.55 billion project to generate electricity from tidal force is being proposed for Swansea in Wales, with Tidal Lagoon Power envisioning a tidal lagoon that can power 155,000 homes, BBC News reports.

State solar jobs briefing

Washington, March 2, 2015, 3:00 pm

Environmental and Energy Study Institute and The Solar Foundation briefing on state solar jobs numbers.

Electric cars’ resale value sliding

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

Lower prices and incentives to lease or purchase new electric cars, combined with fears over the battery life, are gutting the market for used models, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Cape Wind chief likes pending energy bill, backs industry coalition

Source: 
WWLP

Jim Gordon, president of the stalled offshore project Cape Wind, has offered praise for the push to get a wind power coalition off the ground, and also backed a measure introduced in the state legislature that would require utilities to buy certain quantities of wind and hydropower, WWLP reports.

Google teams with SolarCity to make big residential push

Source: 
The Washington Post

Google is investing $300 million in a SolarCity fund that finances home solar systems, The Washington Post reports.

Maine to re-examine wind deals

Source: 
Platts

A drop in prices has prompted the Maine Public Utilities Commission to reconsider power purchase agreements reached in December with First Wind and NextEra Energy, despite the reservations of commissioner David Lutell, who said the move could call into question the commission's trustworthiness, Platts reports.

Grassroots push for more women in solar energy hits Florida

Source: 
Sun Sentinel

One of the organizers of the new Florida chapter of the non-profit Women in Solar Energy argues that the industry needs more women because women are the main decision-makers in whether to install panels on their homes, the Sun Sentinel reports.

Arizona House OKs credits, exemptions for Apple data center

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature wants to help Apple Inc. by extending renewable energy tax credits and exemptions to cover the 1.3-million-square-foot data center it plans to open in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa.

The House approved a bill Tuesday that expands a $5 million sales tax credit passed last year to include international operations centers that make a capital investment of $1.25 billion, such as the facility Apple plans to build next year.

First Solar: Higher profit in 4Q, lower projections for 1Q

Source: 
Reuters

First Solar, looking to join with SunPower to spin off some assets into a “yieldco,” on Tuesday announced a big jump in fourth quarter profits but warned about first quarter 2015 results, Reuters reports.

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