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Minnesota PUC: Xcel should go solar for more capacity

Source: 
Star Tribune

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission decided to replace retiring coal power by ordering Xcel Energy to purchase a combination of solar and natural gas generation that will be supplied in part by $250 million in solar arrays built by Geronimo Energy, the Star Tribune reports.

Eyeing growing home market, NRG buys rooftop solar installer

Source: 
Bloomberg

NRG Energy Inc. says it has acquired Roof Diagnostics Solar Inc., a rooftop installer, part of a push to expand its business beyond grid-focused operations, Bloomberg reports.

NRG looking to expand into residential rooftop solar

Source: 
Bloomberg

Future acquisitions by NRG Energy Inc. are likely to be residential rooftop solar installers, according to CEO David Crane, who told shareholders he sees a period where grid-based power systems co-exist with the "fast-emerging high-growth distributed generation sector," Bloomberg reports.

Commerce dumping probe includes China's ReneSola

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

ReneSola Ltd., the Chinese manufacturer of solar products, says it has halted shipment of certain products to the U.S. while the Department of Commerce looks into whether they're being dumped -- sold below cost to hurt competitors, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Kauai solar farm on target for July completion

Source: 
Pacific Business News

SolarCity's construction of a 12-megawatt solar plant on Kauai, one of the biggest such energy farms in Hawaii, is proceeding on schedule and should be finished as planned in July, the Pacific Business News reports.

Minnesota regulators choosing between solar and gas

Source: 
Star Tribune

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, having heard arguments this week, is set to decide Thursday whether the state's future energy needs will be best met by Geronimo Energy's proposed $250 million solar array or adding another natural gas generating unit at one of three existing power plants, the Star Tribune reports.

Kansas customers to be offered 'solar garden' buy-ins

Source: 
The Hutchinson News

Midwest Energy and the Clean Energy Collective of Colorado have signed a deal to build a 1-megawatt solar array in Kansas and offer Midwest's electricity customers a chance to buy into the 'solar garden' concept, essentially giving them the opportunity to own and run a panel without having to install it on their own property, The Hutchinson News reports.

Airport may harness the sun for power

KENNER, La. (AP) — The sweeping curves and glass walls of Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport's planned new terminal building have defined that project since the design was released last month, but the futuristic architecture is not the only forward-looking aspect of the project.

Airport officials say they are also embarking on an ambitious plan: harnessing enough solar energy to fully power the airport, allowing it to operate independently most of the time, and especially when disaster strikes.

The solar proposal is still in its early stages but is included in the official cost projections for the $826 million airport revamp, which includes the new $650 million terminal on the north side of the property, a hotel and a new Interstate 10 flyover ramp. If it happens, it would apparently make Armstrong the only airport in the country capable of running on self-generated solar power.

Hawaii agency probing illegal solar panel use

Source: 
KHON

Hawaii Electric Co.'s stricter rules have prompted some homeowners to turn on their solar panels illegally, according to the state's Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, which is investigating the practice, KHON reports.

First Solar's increased revenue outlook sends shares soaring

Source: 
Reuters

Heavily traded shares in First Solar Inc. Wednesday hit levels not seen in two years after the company predicted a rise in 2014 revenue, up to $4 billion, and said it was developing new power plants using General Electric transformers, Reuters reports.

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