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.

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.

Apple building big solar energy project in California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple will spend nearly $850 million on a solar energy project that will generate enough power for the computer giant's new corporate headquarters, retail stores and other operations in California.

The tech company will be the biggest single consumer of energy from the new solar facility. It is being constructed on 2,900 acres in rural Monterey County, south of the San Francisco Bay Area where Apple is headquartered.

Unusual coalition forming to promote solar in Florida

Tampa Bay Times

The group Conservatives for Energy Freedom, seeking to raise grassroots support for solar power and claiming backing from the Florida Tea Party, is starting a series of town hall meetings in St. Petersburg Tuesday night and is looking to support a ballot initiative that’s being promoted by libertarians, environmentalists and retailers in the state, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

California formally opens large solar plant

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — One of the nation's largest solar projects was dedicated Monday in the Riverside County desert, as California rushes to expand its use of green power to meet the state's renewable energy requirements.

The dedication of the Desert Sunlight Solar Farm comes about a month after Gov. Jerry Brown called on the state to increase renewable electricity use to 50 percent by 2030, up from the current goal of 33 percent by 2020.

Tech updates aiding solar-grid integration in Hawaii

Pacific Business News

Enphase Energy Inc. says it has upgraded around 800,000 smart microinverters installed on rooftop solar units in Hawaii, an operation it says can be performed remotely and is important to better integrating the power generated by the panels into Hawaiian Electric’s grid, Pacific Business News reports.

MillerCoors SoCal brewery getting solar boost

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Solar panels that began operating last week at the MillerCoors brewery in Irwindale, California will provide between 7 and 40 percent of the power needed to run the facility, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports – enough energy to produce 7 million cases of beer annually.

Florida to get 225 megawatts more solar under FPL plans

Tampa Bay Times

Florida Power & Light’s plans to put in solar systems in three different locations, nearly doubling the state’s solar capacity by adding 225 megawatts of generation, shouldn’t result in higher costs for consumers, the company said, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Sharp seeking to sell Recurrent solar


Having spent $305 million five years ago to purchase the San Francisco-based solar company Recurrent Energy, Sharp Corp. reportedly has found a buyer for the unit above the initial purchase price, sources tell Bloomberg.

Freeze in targets hurting Ohio solar business


The president of Solar Vision has told WOSU public radio that his business has been affected by the state’s move to freeze renewable energy targets, something that the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Clean Energy Initiative had predicted would happen.


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