Three ski areas operated by New York state – Whiteface, Gore and Belleayre – will be using solar energy under a 25-year power purchase agreement with Borrego Solar announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday, News10 reports.
The renewable division of utility giant Duke Energy has purchased an Ecoplexus Inc. 20-megawatt solar project in northeastern North Carolina for an undisclosed sum, the Charlotte Business Journal reports.
HONOLULU (AP) — A team trying to fly a solar-powered plane around the world is suspending the journey in Hawaii after the plane suffered battery damage during its flight to the islands.
The Solar Impulse team said in a news release early Wednesday that it will continue the around-the-world attempt, but irreversible damage caused by overheating batteries has grounded the flight until at least April.
Solar Impulse – the plane being flown around the world powered only by sunlight – will be grounded in Hawaii until August while repairs are made to some of its overheated batteries, The Associated Press reports.
The decision by the Florida League of Cities to file a legal brief urging the state Supreme Court to keep a solar initiative off the ballot is being opposed by some local officials, the Miami Herald reports.
The Obama administration on Tuesday is announcing new initiatives to boost access to solar energy, tying its efforts to assist low-income and middle-class households with its push for a low-carbon economy.
The move comes a week after the administration announced plans to generate 20 percent of electricity from non-hydro renewable energy by 2030, and as President Obama presses deep cuts in carbon emissions as part of his Climate Action Plan.
Pioneer Natural Resources is the second U.S. firm, after Enterprise Products, to begin exploring how to take advantage of the end of the U.S. oil export ban and could begin shipments by the middle of next year, The Hill reports.
Two competing initiatives designed to give Florida residents a constitutional right to rooftop solar energy are running out of time without enough signatures yet to make next November's ballot, the Naples Daily News reports.
SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive joined Sen. Charles E. Schumer in Buffalo this week to call the five-year extension of a federal tax subsidy "super important" to the continued growth of the solar power industry, The Buffalo News reports.
Continued concerns about oversupply forced oil prices downward early Wednesday, nearing an 11-year low already reached once this week. London Brent fell 31 cents to $37.05 a barrel while U.S. crude remained unchanged at $37.50, Reuters reports.
A group of researchers at MIT, the University of California-Berkeley, and the University of Colorado have developed a new computer microchip that uses optical technology and creates the potential to make future computer data centers more energy efficient, the journal Science reports.
A Japanese court on Thursday rejected safety concerns and approved letting Kansai Electric Power, the country's second biggest utility, restart four nuclear reactors shuttered since the 2011 Fukushima disaster, Reuters reports.