Solar power industry sees rays of growth in Georgia
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy last week released "Solar in the Southeast 2018," its second annual report on solar expansion.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge has ruled in favor of solar-power developers who accused regulators and the state's largest utility of trying to kill renewable energy projects.
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Maui's largest solar power project has been approved by Hawaii state utilities regulators, according to officials.
DTE Energy says it will accelerate plan to cut coal use
DETROIT (AP) — DTE Energy says it will reduce carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2030.
The southeastern Michigan utility says it will be relying more on wind, solar power and natural gas to...
Solar energy report shows solid progress in Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — As Arkansas legislators moved to open up Arkansas' solar energy landscape with a new law, a national trade group noted recently that the state had its biggest year of...
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Legislation designed to pump hundreds of millions of ratepayer dollars into Three Mile Island and Pennsylvania's other nuclear power plants was introduced Monday and could...
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Plans to install solar panels at the Maine governor's mansion moved forward Tuesday as the state said it has received one bid.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — With nuclear power plant owners seeking a rescue in Pennsylvania, a number of state lawmakers are signaling that they are willing to help — with conditions.
Sen. Feinstein debates children over climate change
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and a group of San Francisco Bay Area students squared off over climate change in a sometimes tense exchange captured on video and widely shared on...
Speaker DeLeo proposes $1B for energy efficiency grants
SOMERVILLE, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo has unveiled a plan to spend $1 billion over the next 10 years to help cities and towns adopt new technology designed to cut...
Amazon aims to cut its carbon footprint
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon, which ships millions of packages a year to shopper's doorsteps, says it wants to be greener.
The online retail giant announced plans Monday to make half of all its shipments carbon neutral by 2030.
To reach that goal, the online retail giant says it will use more renewable energy like solar power; have more packages delivered in electric vans; and push suppliers to remake their packaging.
McConnell wields Green New Deal as bludgeon against Dems
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate will vote on the Green New Deal, a moonshot plan by Democrats to combat climate change, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday, announcing a move designed to force Senate Democrats — including a cast of presidential candidates — into a political bind.
Democrats seek Green New Deal to address climate change
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats launched a sweeping plan Thursday to transform the U.S. economy to combat climate change and create thousands of jobs in renewable energy, signaling its likely elevation as a central campaign issue in 2020 despite President Donald Trump's failure to mention climate change in his State of the Union address.
Brown looks to offset electric usage with solar, wind power
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Brown University has finalized agreements with two developers that will produce enough wind and solar power to offset all the electricity usage on the Ivy League campus.
Virginia to host solar energy development conference
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality will host a solar energy development conference this spring for landowners, property managers, communities and others to learn about land-based solar power production.
"Brightfields 2019 — Virginia" is scheduled for April 9-10 at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture in Richmond.
Big solar project splits farmers and clean energy proponents
MONTFORT, Wis. (AP) — Bob Bishop is a 61-year-old farmer living in dairy country in southwestern Wisconsin. Today he is helping his two sons pull a downed tree off of a fence line, stepping through piles of cow manure and corn stalks as he drags the branches into the big claw of a skid loader.
Maine governor takes step to install solar panels on mansion
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's new Democratic governor is taking steps to install solar panels on the governor's mansion as she calls for the state to be more welcoming of renewable energy.
Gov. Janet Mills' administration posted a request for proposals Friday to move ahead on plans to design and install a photovoltaic system that would supply 50 percent of the Blaine House's electricity needs.
- Columbus TelegramCoal power doomed by renewable energyApril 17, 2019
- Watertown Daily TimesSolar installation details explained at area meetingApril 2, 2019
- Wisconsin State JournalReport: Wind, solar energy now cheaper than most existing coal plantsMarch 26, 2019
- Daily Times-CallPotential of Marriage Between Solar Power, Agriculture, Beehives to Be Studied Just Outside LongmontMarch 26, 2019
- Watertown Daily TimesSolar power gets closer to JeffersonMarch 20, 2019
Minnesota-Vermont project offers low-income families solar
BACKUS, Minn. (AP) — When a Minnesota nonprofit partnered with the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe to build a community solar array in 2017, they believed their model could scale nationally.
That theory is being tested as the Rural Renewable Energy Alliance travels east to Vermont's Windsor and Windham counties where they are working with Southeastern Vermont Community Action to provide solar power to 50 low-income households.
Capitol Watch: Tesla’s subway advice; NY aids Virgin Islands
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — In New York government news, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is turning to Tesla for advice on how to upgrade New York City's subways.
The Democrat says the outreach was intended to ensure the latest available technology is considered before billions of dollars of subway upgrades are completed.
Meanwhile, the state will offer help to the U.S. Virgin Islands as the territory seeks to rebuild its electrical grid following devastating hurricanes in 2017.
Western Colorado cities expect big savings from solar power
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Don't let the chilly air and shorter days fool you: Hundreds of solar panels located off Interstate 70 near Palisade are working just fine.
Come January, the 12-acre (5-hectare) solar garden will go online and fully offset electricity costs for Palisade, saving the town an estimated $1.2 million over the next 20 years.
Correction: California Solar story
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a story Dec. 6 about California becoming the first state to require that homes built in 2020 and later be solar powered, The Associated Press incorrectly identified Pierre Delforge as a solar-industry representative. Delforge is a senior scientist with the National Resources Defense Council, an environmental group.
A corrected version of the story is below.
California first state to mandate solar power for new homes
California first state to mandate solar power for new homes
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California became the first state in the nation to require homes built in 2020 and later be solar powered, following a vote by the Building Standards Commission.
The unanimous action on Wednesday finalizes a previous vote by the Energy Commission and fulfills a decade-old goal to make the state reliant on cleaner energy.
New Mexico utility reaffirms 20 percent renewables goal
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's largest electricity provider has reaffirmed its commitment to build five new solar plants next year as it plans to obtain 20 percent of retail electricity sales from renewable sources by 2020.
Vermont brewery building solar panel canopies in parking lot
STOWE, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont brewery plans to build the state's first large-scale solar panel parking lot installation.
WPTZ-TV reports two canopies made of 400 solar panels will soon cover 31 parking spots at The Alchemist in Stowe. The brewery collaborated with SunCommon and Community National Bank for $500,000 project.
TVA announces solar installations being built for Facebook
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee and Alabama will get their largest solar power projects yet, to supply a Facebook data center with 100 percent renewable energy.
Officials with the Tennessee Valley Authority announced an agreement with two developers to build the electricity providers.
Alaska village’s new solar project set to be switched on
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A new solar power project in a remote village in northwest Alaska aims to demonstrate the potential for renewable energy to reduce the region's high utility costs.
- Business WirePerry Ellis International Unveils First Rooftop Solar Power Installation as Part of Sustainability InitiativesApril 15, 2019
- Business WirePacifico Energy Commences Construction on 102 MW Utility Scale Solar Power Plant in Ako-gun, Hyogo Prefecture, JapanApril 11, 2019
- Business WirekWh Analytics Closes Solar Revenue Put for 28 MW of Solar Power Projects With AES Distributed Energy, SVB, & Swiss Re Corporate SolutionsApril 10, 2019
Washington agencies to buy more wind, solar power
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Eight Washington state agencies will begin buying some of its electricity from wind or solar projects built in Washington state in the next several years.
Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday that the move will reduce greenhouse gas emissions while saving the state money over the long term.
NY to invest $40M in solar energy storage technology
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is investing $40 million in technology that stores energy from solar power.
The office of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the funding decision on Wednesday.
The money will support solar power projects around the state that are designed to ensure energy derived from the sun can be stored for use when demand is greatest. That can reduce the need for other, less environmentally friendly forms of power.
Michigan utility unveils new battery at university
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan utility has unveiled a new battery to store renewable energy at Western Michigan University.
The battery can store enough solar and wind energy to supply about 1,000 homes with an hour of power, said Consumers Energy Project Manager Nathan Washburn. The battery will be used to keep energy output stable even when there's cloud coverage, he said.
"This battery is a big step forward for Consumers," Washburn said.
Solar power advocates says NY needs better policy
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Local officials, renewable energy advocates and environmental groups from around New York say the state must do more to incentivize solar power development.
A coalition led by the Alliance for a Green Economy will hold six press conferences around New York state Tuesday to urge energy regulators to change a 2017 policy that sets the monetary value of energy generated at new solar projects.
Renewable resort: Greek island to run on wind, solar power
TILOS, Greece (AP) — When the blades of its 800-kilowatt wind turbine start turning, the small Greek island of Tilos will become the first in the Mediterranean to run exclusively on wind and solar power.
The sea horse-shaped Greek island between Rhodes and Kos has a winter population of 400. But that swells to as many as 3,000 people in the summer, putting an impossible strain on its dilapidated power supply.
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Power is aiming to increase its renewable energy portfolio in the state by adding 100 megawatts of solar power.
Solar group buys increase in Wisconsin
SHELL LAKE, Wis. (AP) — A nonprofit organization in northern Wisconsin is making progress in its plans to expand renewable energy in the region.
At least 75 people have signed contracts with Cheq Bay Renewables to install solar panels on homes and businesses, Wisconsin Public Radio reported . The nonprofit's group buy program allows for the simultaneous installation of solar panels, which saves money.
Nebraska tribe becomes solar power leader in Midwest
WINNEBAGO, Neb. (AP) — The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska already boasts 400 kilowatts of installed solar panels, more than nearly any other Midwestern American Indian tribe.
It doesn't plan to stop there.
The American Indian tribe expects to learn later this summer whether it will receive a federal grant to pay half the cost of an additional 300 kilowatts.
Facebook goes solar to power Oregon data centers
PRINEVILLE, Ore. (AP) — Facebook and Pacific Power said Wednesday they are teaming up to construct solar projects that will produce enough power to offset what the social media giant consumes at its data centers in Prineville, Oregon.
The solar projects — two near Prineville and four in Utah — will generate 437 megawatts of power when completed by the end of 2020.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Power Co. is seeking permission to raise fees on people with residential solar power systems even as it fights a complaint challenging the charges.
Al.com reports the utility has filed a request with the Public Service Commission to hike the fee by more than 8 percent to $5.42 per kilowatt.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas resort and casino has begun drawing power from a dedicated solar power plant in western Nevada.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the 160-acre (65-hectare) Wynn Solar Facility went online Saturday outside Fallon, about 375 miles (604 kilometers) from the Las Vegas Strip.
Solar energy farms gaining traction in Nebraska
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Solar energy is gaining traction in Nebraska as a growing number of cities adopt the technology, and state officials are looking for ways to help the trend along.
The technology has become so popular that some cities have had to expand their recently built solar farms or build new ones to keep pace with customer demand.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada's main electric utility said Thursday that if voters reject a statewide energy choice constitutional amendment in November, it plans to partner with six solar power development firms to buy enough power from projects to be built around the state to supply more than 600,000 homes,
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers are one step closer to granting biomass power the same incentives offered to wind and solar power.
California Editorial Rdp
The Press Democrat on solar power making sense for California homes:
Californians — and a lot of armchair analysts from outside the state — hyperventilated or cheered in response to a requirement that new homes include solar panels for electricity starting in 2020. A more measured response is called for. This is neither disaster nor panacea, but it probably was inevitable. And, on balance, it's a smart move.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Residents in 34 Minnesota counties have access to a new network of community solar farms.
Residents can sign up for CleanChoice Energy's solar farm project starting Tuesday, Minnesota Public Radio reported .
Omaha residents to be able to buy shares of solar power
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha Public Power District customers will soon be able to support the local production and use of solar power — at a cost. OPPD as early as next year will start selling shares of solar power to customers interested in using more renewable power, including those who lack the means to buy or lease their own solar panels.
Replacing power produced by four Snake River dams feasible, study claims
The energy produced by the four lower Snake River dams could be replaced by a mix of other clean energy sources, according to a study published last week.
The study was commissioned by the NW Energy Coalition and conducted by Energy Strategies, a Utah-based company. The study used the Bonneville Power Administration’s data.
81,000 solar panels: Washington’s largest solar farm planned near Lind
Washington’s largest solar farm is coming to Lind.
A North Carolina company plans to start installing 81,000 solar panels in May near the small community about 75 miles west of Spokane.
By mid-December, the solar farm could be generating power for companies interested in low-carbon electricity.
San Antonio is now No. 6 in the U.S. for installed solar power, leapfrogging over larger cities in the Midwest and East Coast.
The Alamo City — which was in eighth place last year — now has 161 megawatts of direct current solar power installed, according to the latest Shining Cities report from Environment America. The numbers are through the end of 2017.
DTE Energy proposes new wind, solar projects in Michigan
DETROIT (AP) — DTE Energy Co. is proposing new wind and solar projects in Michigan that would double the utility's renewable energy capacity.
CINCINNATI, Ohio - Fifth Third Bancorp will become the first publicly traded company in the U.S. to pay for enough solar power to cover all of the electricity costs at its offices throughout the country, including West Virginia, officials said.
It will do so by buying enough solar power from a new 80-megawatt facility being built in North Carolina to cover the company's entire electricity usage. That facility will in turn pump that amount of solar-fueled electricity into the nation's power grid.