The Treasury Department's inspector general has subpoenaed financial records from SolarCity, SunRun and Sungevity to explain $500 million in public money the firms brought in. The probe looks to see if the companies accurately reported their costs when applying for the federal money, The Washington Post reports.
A group including Royal Dutch Shell has invested $26 million in GlassPoint Solar, which will build the first solar plant in the Middle East designed to draw heavy crude oil from old oil fields, Bloomberg reports.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Covering nearly 300 football fields in a remote patch of desert, the Shams 1 solar project carries of plenty of symbolic significance for the United Arab Emirates.
A report from the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory shows the average cost of switching to solar energy decreased significantly in 2011 and the first half of 2012, according to a Solar Energy Industries Association press release.
Researchers from Chalmers University of Technology and UC Berkeley have developed synthetic molecules that can store solar energy in chemical bonds. The molecules can be transported and store solar energy for heat generation for years, Nanowerk News reports.
House Republicans contend the Nuclear Regulatory Commission tripled space at its headquarters by using an appropriations bill to get around the congressional authorization process, the Washington Business Journal reports.
House Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings and ranking Democratic Rep. Ed Markey called on the Interior Department to extend the public comment period for its proposed public lands hydraulic fracturing rule, FuelFix reports.
Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., was endorsed by 20 Democrats to replace Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., as ranking member on the House Natural Resources Committee should Markey win election to the Senate, Politico reports.