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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.

Official who runs DOE loan program departing

USA Today

After two years Peter Davidson is leaving behind an Energy Department loan program with a $32 billion portfolio that has generated more than $5 billion in payments thus far, USA Today reports.

Solar playing increasing role in Nevada energy picture

Las Vegas Sun

The Las Vegas Sun takes a look at the state of the solar energy industry in Nevada, which ranks third in the country in solar energy produced per capita.

Solar-powered plane lands in Hawaii after flight from Japan

KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) — A plane powered by the sun's rays landed in Hawaii Friday after a record-breaking five-day journey across the Pacific Ocean from Japan.

Pilot Andre Borschberg and his single-seat aircraft landed at Kalaeloa, a small airport outside Honolulu. His 120-hour voyage from Nagoya broke the record for the world's longest nonstop solo flight, his team said. The late U.S. adventurer Steve Fossett set the previous record of 76 hours when he flew a specially-designed jet around the globe in 2006.

Owner of 'Tetris' rights takes Hawaii home, ranch off grid

HONOLULU (AP) — High above the bustling city of Honolulu, in a quiet, exclusive hillside neighborhood where some of the island's wealthiest residents live, there is an extravagant home that's not quite like the others.

The 6,000-square-foot house has a view overlooking Diamond Head, Waikiki and the Pacific Ocean, and two Tesla cars in the driveway. It's not the two electric cars that set the property apart from its swanky neighbors.

Deepwater Wind's giant turbine foundations heading to RI

The Associated Press

The enormous steel structures that will support the turbines for the first U.S. offshore wind farm are being shipped from Louisiana to Rhode Island, The Associated Press reports.

Wind transmission line gets thumbs down in Missouri

The Kansas City Star

The Grain Belt Express, a $2.2 billion transmission line proposed by Clean Line Energy to bring wind power from Kansas to points east, through Missouri, has been rejected by the Missouri Public Service Commission, The Kansas City Star reports.

Tesla tops 11,000 vehicles delivered in second quarter

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla's second-quarter deliveries surged 52 percent to set a company record exceeding 11,000 vehicles.

The Palo Alto, California, company had surpassed 10,000 vehicles for the first time in the first three months of the year and on Thursday said it had broken that record, delivering 11,507 vehicles.

Scientists get cheaper hydrogen from solar panels


Swiss scientists have come up with a new solar technology that produces hydrogen, potentially bringing down the cost of the clean energy fuel, Reuters reports.

Waiting for charging stations annoys Tesla customers

The Wall Street Journal

Tesla owners can use company-run charging stations for free, but they may have to wait to use them, The Wall Street Journal reports.


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