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BrightSource, Abengoa drop Palen solar project

Source: 
The Desert Sun

BrightSource Energy and Abengoa Solar said Friday they won’t be going ahead with the proposed Palen solar project, in part because construction wouldn’t be finished by the end of 2016 and so it wouldn’t be eligible for the expiring 30 percent investment tax credit, The Desert Sun reports.

Perovskite could lower solar costs

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

If efficiency of perovskite continues to improve, the crystalline structures may offer a cheaper alternative to silicon or could be partnered with it to make better solar cells, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Global solar flight to start, end in Abu Dhabi

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft is planned to start and finish its first round-the-world flight from the United Arab Emirates capital of Abu Dhabi, a government-backed renewable energy company in the oil-rich Gulf federation said Thursday.

The choice of Abu Dhabi as the launch site for the historic journey is likely to bolster the wealthy emirate's efforts to position itself as a champion of renewable energy. It controls the bulk of the vast petroleum reserves in the Emirates, a seven-state federation that ranks among the largest oil exporters in OPEC.

Ivanpah owners seeking grants to pay loans: Documents

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

The owners of the Ivanpah solar project in the Mojave Desert -- including NRG Energy, Google and BrightSource Energy -- have applied for Treasury Department grants even as they have delayed paying back millions borrowed through Energy Department loans, according to documents tracked by The Wall Street Journal.

US, California release roadmap for solar projects

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — State and federal officials sought Tuesday to bring order to California's boom for renewable-energy plants in the Mojave and other southern California deserts, releasing a roadmap covering 22.5 million acres that designates some areas for large-scale solar, wind and geothermal plants and others for conservation of desert habitat and animals.

"We have amazingly special places here," U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said in a news conference at a desert wind farm near Palm Springs with U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer and other officials releasing the multi-agency draft plan.

SolarCity announces new installation pattern for solar panels

Source: 
E&E

Now that solar modules are cheaper, SolarCity says it will install panels more densely on flat rooftops and put them angled toward each other in an east-west orientation, which should generate more power earlier and later in the day, at times when the electricity demand is higher, E&E reports.

Preliminary OK for Palen project amid continuing bird debate

Source: 
E&E

Two members of the California Energy Commission have recommended that the first phase of the Palen Solar Electric Generating System be approved despite continuing concerns of environmentalists worried about the project’s impact on the Joshua Tree National Park and the welfare of migrating birds, E&E reports.

Dominion announces solar expansion

Source: 
Richmond Times-Dispatch

Dominion Resources says it will install 2,500 solar panels at a Capital One Financial Corp. project in Virginia with the eventual capacity of 500 kilowatts, as well as purchasing two solar energy projects from EDF Renewable Energy in California totalling 42 megawatts, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

Duke plans $500M solar expansion in NC

Source: 
Charlotte Business Journal

Duke Energy is committing to installing three solar facilities in North Carolina as well as signing power purchase deals with five other new solar projects in the state, for a total of 278 megawatts of capacity at a cost of $500 million, the Charlotte Business Journal reports.

Renewable advocate pressing fight for solar in Missouri high court

Source: 
E&E

Renew Missouri is suing the state Public Service Commission over Empire District Electric Co.’s stance that it is exempt from solar provisions in the state’s renewable energy standard, and arguments are to be heard before the Missouri Supreme Court in the case Sept. 18, E&E reports.

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