San Francisco company Renewable Energy Trust Capital requested that the Internal Revenue Service consider solar farms as property that can be included in real estate investment trust, offering a new vehicle to raise funds for solar projects, Bloomberg reports.
The Interior Department set aside 192,000 acres of public land in Arizona for commercial solar and wind-power development and established a 2,550-acre zone that offers optimal conditions for solar projects, Bloomberg reports.
Public Utilities Commission of Ohio Chairman Todd Snitchler has been a frequent critic of renewable energy on his Twitter feed, sharing no positive thoughts in more than 1,000 tweets from the past year. Snitchler and his agency ruled against a new solar-energy project last week, The Columbus Dispatch reports.
CEO Arno Harris of Recurrent Energy, a California solar-panel producer, said allowing expanded exports of natural gas would support the solar industry by boosting gas prices and making renewables more competitive, FuelFix reports.
State regulators say California has hit a major milestone in solar energy production, announcing that more than 1 gigawatt of solar power has been installed in the state as a result of the California Solar Initiative, MercuryNews.com reports.
U.S. company First Solar Inc., the world's largest producers of thin-film solar products, mad the first major expansion of its activity in Latin America with the acquisition of Solar Chile, Bloomberg reports.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Allison Macfarlane said the NRC can't consider a public hearing on the San Onofre nuclear plant until June, when an appeal period of an Atomic Safety and Licensing Board ruling ends.