Renewable Energy

Solar panels at Arizona base powering army, community

Sierra Vista Herald

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.

Liquid fuel from solar energy: Harvard scientists say how


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.

GM to build 200-mile electric car at Michigan plant

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.

Vilsack pushing clean energy program

Reno Gazette-Journal

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 eyeing home battery


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.

Tesla's 4Q profit falls on strong dollar, delayed shipments

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 to power its HQ with wind

San Jose Mercury News

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.

Plans for offshore wind in Michigan died down but not died out


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, reports.

Duke’s S.C. utilities seeking to boost solar

The Charlotte Observer

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.

Bigger challenges for clean energy in Ohio, business leaders say

The Columbus Dispatch

Last year’s move to relax green energy standards in Ohio will make for tougher times, business leaders in the clean energy sector told The Columbus Dispatch.


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