An agreement between Duke Energy, environmentalists and business groups to increase solar capacity in the company's South Carolina service area includes some consumer rebates, The Charlotte Observer reports.
SolaRoad, an experimental solar bike path installed outside Amsterdam last year, has performed better than expected, with its panels generating more than 3,000 kilowatt hours of electricity in the project’s first six months, Al Jazeera reports.
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — According to a U.S. Navy draft environmental assessment, Guam could be getting land to build solar farms which would provide clean, renewable energy and lessen energy costs and dependency on fossil fuels.
The (Guam) Pacific Daily News reports that the assessment from the lead agency on the project states that approximately 192 acres of land would be leased to Guam Power Authority to build eight solar farms for 37 years, including renewal options.
BEIJING (AP) — A pilot said Sunday that he is anxious but excited about flying a solar plane solo from China to Hawaii on the longest leg of the first attempt to fly around the world without a drop of fuel.
André Borschberg, 62, is due to fly over the Pacific Ocean for five days and five nights in the plane that has more than 17,000 solar cells on its wings to power its motors and recharge its batteries for nighttime flying.
Hanging on to completed projects ahead of its launch of a yieldco with Sunpower Corp. later this year, First Solar says it recorded a dramatic drop in revenue and a net loss of $62.3 million in the first quarter, compared to a $112 million profit in the period a year ago, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A federal study funded by an Energy Department program that supports solar energy concluded there’s not enough solid information about bird deaths to make predictions about the impact of big solar installations on avian populations, E&E reports.
Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., announced Friday that the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act has acquired two more co-sponsors, bringing the total of backers for the measure to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act to a filibuster-proof 60, National Journal reports.
Fourteen senators from both sides of the aisle, many from ethanol-producing states, went to the White House Thursday to tell chief of staff Denis McDonough that the Environmental Protection Agency should make a bold move when it finalizes three years’ worth of blending mandates under the Renewable Fuel Standard next month, The Hill reports.
Control of Miller Energy Resources Inc. will be handed over to an affiliate of Apollo Global Management LLC and J.P. Morgan Chase unit Highbridge, under an agreement in place as the Texas-based Alaska driller filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A sharp drop in the overall U.S. rig count—to levels not seen since 2002—sent oil prices rebounding Friday. West Texas Intermediate Crude for November delivery jumped 80 cents, or 1.8 percent, to settle at $45.54 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent gained 44 cents to $48.13, Marketwatch reports.
SolarCity says it plans to start producing a panel with an output of 22 percent—which it touts as a 40-percent improvement in efficiency—at its Silicon Valley factory this month, The New York Times reports.
“Storage is the solution” to integrating solar energy into the grid, SunPower Corp. CEO Tom Werner told E&E in an interview, adding that he thought the utility industry and the grid would be transformed within a decade.
The International Energy Agency expects the growth of the renewable energy sector to level off, meaning it will fall short of what’s needed “to meet ambitious climate change mitigation goals,” the agency's renewable chief told The Washington Post.