More opposition to big SoCal solar project


A diverse coalition of businesses, scientists, environmentalists and former agency officials signed a petition letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell opposing the proposed 358-megawatt Soda Mountain Solar project and seeking to preserve the land near the Mojave National Preserve, E&E reports.

Hawaii ground zero for solar battle

The New York Times

Utilities and solar companies are battling in Hawaii over pricing and grid connections for solar power, The New York Times reports.

Another round in Maine fight over solar proposals

Portland Press Herald

Officials from two local communities were among those to support measures backing solar power development in Maine, while utilities and state officials expressed concern, the Portland Press Herald reports.

Solar to enable Minn. college to go carbon neutral


Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. says in two years time, it will offset all of its electricity use with solar generation and go carbon neutral, the StarTribune reports.

Musk cousins lead charge to encourage solar generation


BloombergBusiness profiles the family campaign, led by SolarCity founders Lyndon and Peter Rive and their cousin Elon Musk, to reduce the world's dependence on fossil fuels - including their recent victory over Hawaiian Electric's moratorium on connecting rooftop solar panels to the grid.

Surprise! You're sitting with the president!

The Hill

Solar cell designer Marvin Lance Futch told AP he thought he would be in the audience at an event when Barack Obama visited Utah, but he ended up at a small roundtable with the president and prominent politicians instead, The Hill reports.

Hawaiian Electric tackling solar backlog


Hawaiian Electric Co. is working to connect home rooftop solar arrays, waiting to be linked to the grid, now that it says it is safe to do so, E&E reports.

Arizona utility applies for solar fee hike

The Arizona Republic

Arizona Public Service is asking state regulators to increase the fees charged to customers who install solar panels from $5 per month to an average of $21 a month, The Arizona Republic reports.

White House Photo

Obama launches solar jobs push, with focus on veterans

In the latest step in his administration's push for cleaner energy and lower emissions, President Barack Obama on Friday unveiled a cross-agency effort to expand solar jobs, launching a program aimed at training returning veterans to work in the sector.

The Solar Ready Vets program, which has pilot initiatives running at three military bases, would train veterans at seven additional sites, including Utah's Hill Air Force Base, where Obama announced the program.

Duke Energy Florida makes solar move

Tampa Bay Times

Under a 10-year plan submitted to state regulators this week, Duke Energy Florida proposes to double the state’s current solar capacity by building 500 megawatts of solar generation, the Tampa Bay Times reports.


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