White House solar panels top new Obama green energy push

President Barack Obama will announce on Friday new steps to spur energy efficiency and solar power and will tout the completed installation of solar panels on the White House roof, aides said.

Work to install the panels began last fall, and the finished project marks the return of solar power to the roof last seen in 1986, when panels installed by former President Jimmy Carter to heat water were taken down by President Ronald Reagan.

Iran students gear up solar car for US challenge

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Clouds may still linger over relations between Washington and Tehran, but that's not stopping a group of Iranian students and their teachers from gearing up for a summer road trip through the American heartland.

Fueled by the sun and their hopes to shine in a first for the Islamic Republic, the 19-strong team is preparing to bring an Iranian solar car to compete in the United States for the first time, in the American Solar Challenge in July.

SolarCity trims 1Q loss, raises outlook


Residential installer SolarCity reported a net loss of $24.1 million in the first quarter, substantially smaller than a year earlier, and said it might install up to 110 megawatts of panels in the second quarter, Reuters reports.

Xcel, solar groups agree on Colorado incentives

DENVER (AP) — Xcel Energy and two solar industry groups have made a joint interim proposal to Colorado utility regulators on incentives that encourage customers to put panels on their roofs, they said Tuesday.

In announcing their agreement a day before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission opens hearing on Xcel's renewable-energy policy plan, they made clear the contentious issue of net metering remains unresolved.

Solar plant operator takes issue with fed report on bird deaths

The Atlantic

A spokesman for NRG, the operator of the Ivanpah solar thermal power plant in California, says it’s premature for scientists with the National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory to call the facility a death trap for birds, The Atlantic reports.

Cuomo: NY making $1B investment in solar power

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state is making a long-term, $1 billion investment in support of solar power.

The Democrat said Thursday that the money will provide funding certainty for efforts to expand solar power over the next decade.

Cuomo says the investment will help the state's solar power industry to move away from government subsidies.

Maine solar bill now law without LePage signature

The Associated Press

Republican Gov. Paul LePage didn’t sign it, but a measure intended to aid the development of solar power in Maine has become law anyway, The Associated Press reports.

Soaring margins help SunPower 1Q results


Growing margins on increases in demand for rooftop systems helped SunPower to a 1st quarter net income of $65 million, which exceeded analysts’ expectations, Bloomberg reports.

Energy Department

Solar to continue growth in electricity generation: EIA

The relatively big growth of solar power in the U.S. over the last four years is expected to continue, the Energy Department reported this week.

Total solar generating capacity from residential, commercial and utility projects more than quadrupled from 2010 to February, the Energy Information Administration said in its monthly electricity update issued Tuesday, to 1.13 percent of domestic capacity.

Google joins with SunPower on $250M leasing plan


A $250 million program announced by SunPower and Google will support financing of residential solar systems, Bloomberg reports.


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