Renewable Energy

Another wind farm purchase for Xcel

Source: 
StarTribune

Xcel Energy says it will spend $300 million to buy and finish a North Dakota wind farm started by Geronimo Energy, a project that would qualify for a federal Wind Energy Production Tax Credit if finished before the end of 2016, the StarTribune reports.

Tesla’s Musk hints of building multiple battery factories

Source: 
Business Insider

As part of Tesla’s major battery announcement Thursday, company chief Elon Musk dropped hints about multiple manufacturing plants, Business Insider reports.

Tesla CEO plugs into new market with home battery system

FOSTER CITY, Calif. (AP) — Never lacking daring ideas, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk is determined to jolt the electricity market.

The CEO of electric car maker Tesla Motors hopes to park hundreds of millions of large, solar panel-connected batteries in homes and businesses so the world can disconnect from power plants — and he can profit. On Thursday night, before an adoring crowd and a party-like atmosphere, Musk unveiled how he intends to do it.

Study of bird deaths from big solar projects comes up empty

Source: 
E&E

A federal study funded by an Energy Department program that supports solar energy concluded there’s not enough solid information about bird deaths to make predictions about the impact of big solar installations on avian populations, E&E reports.

Xcel to rein in Minnesota solar gardens

Source: 
Star Tribune

Xcel Energy Inc. is imposing size limits on its community solar gardens in Minnesota, a move likely to cancel 80 percent of such projects proposed thus far, the Star Tribune reports.

N.C. solar producers eye selling power out of state

Source: 
Charlotte Business Journal

The long wait time to connect solar projects to the grid in North Carolina combined with lower in-state prices have producers there looking to sell their electricity on the PJM Interconnection market, the Charlotte Business Journal reports.

Offshore wind energy sector off to slow start in US

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — When the Obama administration cleared the way five years ago for the nation's first offshore wind farm to be built, advocates hoped it was the start of a new way of generating power along the East Coast.

That project, Cape Wind's wind farm off of Cape Cod, has stalled. And construction has only just begun for another, much smaller, offshore wind farm near Block Island.

Europe moving to integrate energy storage on grid

Source: 
E&E

Germany is already using large-scale batteries to store energy on the grid, and Britain and Italy are not far behind, although the technology is new and not without its critics, E&E reports.

Analysts like Tesla battery plan

Source: 
Bloomberg

Tesla’s strategy to get into the energy storage market -– taking battery manufacture beyond vehicles -– set for official launch Thursday, is earning positive feedback from analysts, Bloomberg reports.

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GAO: $2.2B loss expected from DOE loans

The Energy Department’s $28 billion loan programs for clean energy and high-tech vehicles, associated with failures like Solyndra and successes like Tesla Motors, are estimated to cost taxpayers more than $2.21 billion when all loans are repaid.

But that projection is down considerably from the Obama administration’s previous estimate of $4.49 billion, a government audit found, due to stronger performance in the vehicle loan program.

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