NY ski areas to run on solar power


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.

SolarCity unveils small biz leasing plan

Los Angeles Times

SolarCity Corp. is preparing to roll out a financing plan aimed at putting rooftop panels on small and medium sized businesses, the Los Angeles Times reports.

North Carolina solar project bought by Duke

Charlotte Business Journal

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.

$2.2B price tag for SunEdison to buy Vivint Solar


Looking to extend its reach in the residential market, SunEdison will purchase number-2 U.S. panel installer Vivint Solar in a cash and stock deal worth roughly $2.2 billion, Reuters reports.

New proposal opens new chapter in Florida solar fight

Miami Herald

Opponents of a ballot initiative intended to open up the solar market in Florida have proposed a rival plan that would leave rooftop solar under tight government regulation, the Miami Herald reports.

Solar plane suspends journey in Hawaii after battery damage

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.

Overheated batteries to keep solar plane grounded

The Associated Press

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.

Community solar moving ahead in Minnesota after compromise

Minnesota Public Radio

Following last month’s compromise over the capacity of solar gardens, Xcel Energy is expected to bring some online in Minnesota before the end of the year, Minnesota Public Radio reports.

Move to keep solar measure off Florida ballot angers some officials

Miami Herald

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.

White House Photo

Obama looks to bring solar to low-income communities

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.


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