In its first full month of operation, the solar panels at Fort Huachuca – run by the Tucson Electric Power company – generated 1,354 megawatt hours of electricity, some of it fed into the community beyond the Army base, the Sierra Vista Herald reports.
Harvard scientists have found a way to turn solar energy into liquid fuel, by generating hydrogen from photovoltaic cells and then converting that to isopropanol with the use of bacteria, according to research they’ve published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Time reports.
DETROIT (AP) — An electric car with a 200-mile range and a price tag of $37,500 will be built at a General Motors factory north of Detroit, the company announced Thursday.
The small hatchback will be based on the Chevrolet Bolt concept car shown at the Detroit auto show last month. GM has said it would be built starting in 2017. The price does not include a $7,500 federal tax credit.
Farmers and small business owners in rural areas are eligible to apply for grants to set up renewable energy systems or improve their energy efficiency, says Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, promoting a $280 million plan being administered by the Rural Energy for America program, the Reno Gazette-Journal reports.
Tesla is planning to enter the energy storage market with a battery for use in homes and businesses, to store energy generated by solar panels, CEO Elon Musk said in a conference call with investors Wednesday, Bloomberg reports.
DETROIT (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Motors says its fourth-quarter net loss widened to $107.6 million because of the impact of the strong dollar and a delay in shipments of its new all-wheel-drive Model S sedan.
The loss, of 86 cents per share, compared to a loss of $16.3 million, or 13 cents per share, in the October-December period a year ago.
Google says it is buying Altamont, one of the country’s oldest wind farms – with plans to update it – and has signed a 20-year power purchase deal with NextEra Energy, the San Jose Mercury news reports.
Proposals by Scandia Wind to build a large-scale offshore project in Lake Michigan were shelved after meeting with substantial local opposition, but those who back the idea of offshore wind are hoping technological advances and people becoming accustomed to land-based wind projects will help revive the idea in the future, MLive.com reports.
Following legislation last year setting targets for utilities’ solar generation, Duke Energy and South Carolina Electric & Gas have filed plans with the state’s Public Service Commission to add 111 megawatts of solar capacity, in part through solar farms and also by encouraging their customers to generate it or join community solar projects, The Charlotte Observer reports.
The 1.2 million barrel-per-day increase in U.S. crude oil output last year was the biggest on record, according to the Energy Information Administration, which predicts that the growth rate will slow because of the fall in oil prices, The Hill reports.
The U.S. will meet an informal March 31 deadline to give the United Nations its plans for fighting global warming, a White House official told Reuters. The news agency reported most other countries will wait longer.
Dealing with water contaminated by tritium is one of the many challenges faced by the Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in Japan, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., the man most likely to succeed departing Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada as Senate Democratic leader, does not have the same track record of supporting environmental causes, National Journal reports.