Mosaic, which uses crowdsourcing to fund solar projects, has launched a new online tool that lets people nominate buildings to receive rooftop solar panels, with the company donating $100 toward an installation each time one gets 50 clicks, USA Today reports.
NEW YORK (AP) — The energy world is not keeping up with Elon Musk, so he's trying to take matters into his own hands.
Musk, chairman of the solar installer SolarCity, announced Tuesday that the company would acquire a solar panel maker and build factories "an order of magnitude" bigger than the plants that currently churn out panels.
"If we don't do this we felt there was a risk of not being able to have the solar panels we need to expand the business in the long term," Musk said Tuesday in a conference call.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's goal to expand solar power in the nation may be derailed if the government moves ahead with his predecessor's plan for new duties on imported solar panels, Bloomberg reports.
A trade war over solar panels is threatening to reignite, with European manufacturers, including SolarWorld, complaining to the European Commission that Chinese firms are violating an agreement reached last year, just as the U.S. is moving to impose new tariffs on panels from several Chinese companies, The Wall Street Journal reports.
SolarWorld, which had complained about Chinese panel makers finding a loophole to avoid paying duties, hailed the Commerce Department announcement about a preliminary move to impose tariffs of up to 35 percent on some companies, but Rhone Resch, chief of the Solar Energy Industries Association complained that the “damaging” tariffs would increase consumer costs, The New York Times reports.
In the wake of a complaint from SolarWorld about dumping from Chinese manufacturers, the Commerce Department has made a preliminary move to impose duties ranging from 18 to 35 percent on solar panels made by companies including Suntech Power and Trina Solar, Reuters reports.
The manufacturing process in China adds more carbon to the footprint of solar panels, according to researchers from Northwestern University and the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, publishing their findings in the July issue of Solar Energy, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.
An Idaho couple, Scott and Julie Brusaw, are working to develop solar roadways and solar pavements instead of rooftop solar panels, NBC News reports, noting that Gothenburg, Sweden is using a similar idea to power electric buses.
The 1.33 gigawatts of solar panels installed in the 1st quarter is up 79 percent from the period a year earlier, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association, with panels installed on residential property up 38 percent, Bloomberg reports.
Launching personal attacks on environmental activists and celebrity supporters should be part of the oil and gas industry strategy if it wants to fight for expanded drilling, according to advice from consultant Richard Berman as he drums up support for his "Big Green Radicals" PR campaign, The New York Times reports.
The re-election contest for Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. and chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is attracting last-minute money -- including some from the American Future Fund for an ad extolling his support for the Keystone XL pipeline -- as polling indicates his race against Democrat Paul Clements is a tight one, The Hill reports.
In an effort to maintain Democratic control of the Senate, environmental groups are supporting some backers of the Keystone XL pipeline –- like Michelle Nunn in Georgia and Sen. Kay Hagan in North Carolina -– as well as fracking supporter Sen. Mark Udall in Colorado, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Word that OPEC has boosted its crude output to a 14-month high sent oil prices plunging again early Friday. West Texas Intermediate crude for December delivery dropped 1 percent, or 81 cents, to $80.31 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent was down 93 cents to $85.31, Bloomberg reports.
A tentative settlement Cheniere Energy has reached with shareholders over lawsuits would block executives from receiving shares authorized in February 2013 but not paid out, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, FuelFix reports.
Robert MacLean –- now a solar power consultant after he was fired by the Department of Homeland Security for leaking information about the air marshal program -– says many federal employees, including those in the Environmental Protection Agency and the Departments of Energy and Interior, could be affected by the outcome of his lawsuit now before the U.S. Supreme Court, E&E reports.
The capacity market and infrastructure improvements will be the topics of discussion at a conference between New York officials and representatives of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Nov. 5, Reuters reports.