Top U.S. solar panel installer SolarCity reported adding customers to generate a 20 percent hike in revenue in the third quarter, to $58.34 million, although that was less than analysts expected and the company’s loss widened compared to the year-ago period, Reuters reports.
Abengoa Solar says it has bought out BrightSource Energy’s stake in the controversial Palen solar project and intends to move forward on it, although the company says it has made some configuration changes, and will likely need to receive new approvals from regulators, The Desert Sun reports.
The battle by Ohio utilities to overturn a Public Utilities Commission ruling barring them from imposing special charges on customers who generate their own solar power is headed to the state Supreme Court, The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Increased demand is leading SolarWorld Americas to spend $10 million expanding its solar modules plant, and the company announced it will be hiring 200 additional workers as well, The New York Times reports.
DETROIT (AP) — Owners of electric vehicles have already gone gas-free. Now, a growing number are powering their cars with sunlight.
Solar panels installed on the roof of a home or garage can easily generate enough electricity to power an electric or plug-in gas-electric hybrid vehicle. The panels aren't cheap, and neither are the cars. A Ford Fusion Energi plug-in sedan, for example, is $7,200 more than an equivalent gas-powered Fusion even after a $4,007 federal tax credit.
Southern Co. subsidiary Southern Power has bought the Solar Gen 2 plant in California from First Solar Inc., and will sell the electricity from it on to San Diego Gas & Electric, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Scientists in New England, in a study published in the Journal of Economic Geography, have found that people were more likely to install solar panels on their roof if they live nearby someone else who had done so, The Washington Post reports.
Four major corporations announced Wednesday they will offer employees discounts on buying or leasing home solar systems through Geostellar, in what's called the Solar Community Initiative program, The New York Times reports.
Although sand and water are the primary substances used in fracking, an Environmental Protection Agency analysis of data from FracFocus.org found that nearly 700 chemical additives appear as well, according to The Hill.
Republicans with a college degree are more likely to say that the threat posed by climate change is exaggerated, while Democrats with higher education are more concerned about the issue, according to a Gallup poll, National Journal reports.
Possible GOP presidential contender Rick Santorum told North Carolina lawmakers Thursday that President Obama’s moves to regulate power plant emissions reflect a “quasi-religious” zeal to close coal-fired plants, The Associated Press reports.
Under pressure from Democrats, Republican and the White House to step down, Rafael Moure-Eraso has resigned as chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, although the CSB said he would remain a member until mid-April, National Journal reports.
A budget amendment from Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., which some say is a referendum on opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, was approved on a 59-40 vote, E&E reports.