Michigan’s first community solar program gets nod from regulators

Crain's Detroit Business

The Michigan Public Service Commission has given Consumers Energy Co. conditional approval to start a 10 megawatt solar garden program, Crain’s Detroit Business reports.

Solar incentives agreed by Duke in SC

The Charlotte Observer

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.

Dutch solar bike path exceeds expectations

Al Jazeera

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.

Guam to get 8 solar farms

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.

Solar City to offer battery storage system to customers in Hawaii

Clean Technica

SolarCity is planning to offer off-grid solar energy systems with battery storage to eligible customers in Hawaii starting in 2016, Clean Technica reports.

MIT report: Rooftop solar may not be the most economical


A new report from MIT Energy Initiative concludes that one of the most popular and visible deployments of solar power today, rooftop panels, is not the most economically efficient.

Environmentalists sue over theme park's solar farm plans

JACKSON, N.J. (AP) — Environmental groups have filed suit over a New Jersey theme park's plans to cut nearly 19,000 trees to build a 90-acre solar farm.

The groups claim Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson is violating the state's municipal land use law. They say the plan would be harmful to the Barnegat Bay watershed.

Pilot to fly solar plane across Pacific for 5 days, 5 nights

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.

Loss for First Solar ahead of yieldco setup

The Wall Street Journal

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.

Study of bird deaths from big solar projects comes up empty


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.


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