Happy Friday, everyone. We'll skip the banter this morning and cut straight to the chase...
The solar news recap will be short and sweet today, folks -- particularly because First Solar seems to be the only game in town this morning...
April 29, 2010 could be the date looked upon years from now as a turning point in U.S. renewable energy policy and production.
We're back after a brief hiatus yesterday. Here's what's on tap for today's solar power and energy news: the nation may (finally) get its first offshore wind energy installation, though there's still a long way to go; a nasty oil slick the size of Jamaica -- the result of a tragic accident on the part of BP, the oil company, and Transocean, a rig operator -- is making its way ashore; Solar Power Partners, a California solar company, raises some cash; as of last Thursday, a new batch of Vermont solar rebates is available; and FirstSolar (NASDAQ:FSLR) moves to acquire a solar project developer. Keep reading for more details...
If you are a Massachusetts business owner, you may find this $20 investment to be the most valuable one you've ever made.
Oceana High School in Pacifica, California has become the latest victim of solar theft, a crime that has become more common as the California solar energy industry continues to gain momentum.
Last week, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) detailed a plan it introduced last fall to install solar energy systems atop its medical centers. The VA's initial announcement in November included solar installations at facilities in Texas, California, Nevada and Arizona that would amount to 1.7 megawatts (MW) of solar energy.
When it comes to renewable energy, Bethke Elementary in Louisville, Colorado is as green -- and gold -- as can be.
Back to the grind, everyone... Here's a burst of solar energy news to help you through the day.
On Thursday, April 29, California solar installer SolarCraft is hosting a free information session for area businesses. To be held at Cline Cellars in Sonoma, California, the event will help business owners understand how they can save money with commercial solar installations.
Perhaps in an effort to be as green as its nickname, the Garden State has been offering rebates to homeowners who purchase energy efficient appliances. To be eligible for the rebate, New Jersey residents must make their purchase(s) between April 1 and April 30, 2010. This means you NJ folks have ONE WEEK left to take advantage of this program. Here are the rebates available for each appliance, via DSIRE:
We'll skip the intro this morning, and get right to the solar news and solar info...
Happy Earth Day, everyone! Today's solar power rundown will be short. Very short. Almost embarrassingly short. Why? Because we were especially busy today helping individuals and businesses find the solar energy solution that's most appropriate for their respective situation. It's got a great excuse, I know. But don't worry too much -- we'll be back tomorrow to wrap up the week's solar news. For now, we've got three stories for you:
The folks at KXCI Community Radio in Tucson, Arizona know how to throw a party. And on this, the 40th Earth Day, these DJ's aren't about to let an opportunity slip away.
Louisiana is the latest state to offer residents rebates who install Energy Star Appliances throughout their homes, improving upon one of the best solar energy tax credits in the country.
Nevada-based Matinee Energy, Inc. has reached a three-way agreement with two Korean manufacturing giants, Hyundai Heavy Industries and LG Electronics, Inc.
Not only do we have today's top solar news stories for you. We've also got Swedish meatballs and salty licorice. Keep reading to find out where...
Is Hollywood embracing solar power? Judging from the recent actions of several large production companies, it seems so.
The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners yesterday OK'd tentative plans for a large solar energy installation on city-owned property surrounding Palmdale Regional Airport.
'Morning all. Today's rundown of solar energy news will be quick and painless -- we'll spare you the side commentary.
While the cost of solar energy is continually falling, it remains relatively expensive compared to conventional sources of electricity. At UCLA, Engineering Professor Yang Yang and his team of young scientists at Yang Yang Lab hope to bring costs down further still by working on a low-cost solar technology solution.
The 11th annual Coachella Festival took place over the weekend in Southern California, featuring art, music and possibly the most unique California solar installation to date: a giant origami-style crane.
Colorado customers of Xcel Energy and Black Hills Energy have for several years been able to take advantage of solar rebates. The rebates reduce the out-of-pocket cost of installing solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, which encourages more homeowners to install solar panels.
(Yawn.) Happy Monday, everyone. We'll be brief this morning. So here it is, your daily infusion of solar energy news...
Last month, Solar Power Inc. installed twp photovoltaic (PV) solar energy systems that total 492 kilowatts (kW) of solar power on Ventura County owned buildings in Southern California.
At a special meeting two days ago, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education approved plans for solar installations at nine schools throughout the district. The projects will be financed through an agreement with REgeneration Finance LLC. The Santa Monica Mirror reports that "The offer will save the district almost $1.1 million in energy costs and avoid the production of 23,822 tons of greenhouse gases over the next 25 years". The luck schools are:
We'll keep the solar energy news review short and sweet today, as is our custom on Fridays. Here's what's poppin' in solar power:
If you haven't been following the Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon since its first run in 2002, you've been missing out. The Solar Decathlon invites teams of college students from around the world to submit ideas for a net-zero energy house of approximately 800 square feet. 20 of these teams are then selected to fully plan, design, and build their homes.
The University of California (UC) System in 2004 set a goal of installing a combined 10 megawatts of renewable energy on UC campuses by 2014. A good chunk of that energy could come from solar. But according to Matt St. Clair, Sustainability Manager at the UC Office, the overall target may be a bit ambitious.
Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASTI) yesterday announced its flexible solar panels will soon be featured on a new line of product from Samsonite, one of the world's biggest makers of luggage. Here's a press release blurb from Samsonite's VP of Sales and Marketing, Lynne Berard:
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) released a report earlier today on solar market behavior in 2009. "US Solar Industry: Year in Review 2009" (PDF) reveals some sobering truths about the effect the recession had on the growth of solar energy in the United States--but also showed that the residential solar sector doubled in size.
Here is your solar energy news for April 15, the national day of vexation er, taxation...
In August 2008, Tempe, Arizona-based First Solar (NASDAQ: FSLR) inked a large scale power purchase agreement (PPA) with Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E).
Last year, San Diego was named California's top solar city by advocacy group Environment America, but Los Angeles has been making headlines left and right with some of the most daring solar plans in the country. So which city really deserves the title "Hottest California Solar Market"?
We've got a slew of solar energy news stories for you this morning -- most related to solar installation project announcements. Without further ado:
This Friday and Saturday, the 2010 installment of one of the largest and most successful student-run conferences in New England will pose the question: How have our energy needs and systems evolved, and how will they continue to evolve in the 21st century? The Tufts Energy Conference began in 2006 as two small discussion panels--and just four years later, has some big-name backing and expects over 400 attendees.
Last October, GetSolar's Margaret Collins reviewed the potential pros and cons of solar shingles. As she mentions, one of the drawbacks of solar-shingle technology is that it is relatively inefficient. Compared to conventional framed solar modules, solar shingles don't produce as much electricity per square unit of area. This means homeowners need more shingles, and more roof space, to match the electricity output of smaller conventional solar panel installation. Further, on a pure price-per-watt basis, solar shingles are typically more expensive than conventional panels.
Major League Baseball has always prided itself on being very numbers-oriented and, arguably, the most economically efficient professional sport. Simply witness the vast amounts of energy, attention and brainpower that go into analyzing baseball statistics. As it turns out, the San Francisco Giants and Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) are now trying to make the national pastime the most energy efficient as well.
Major Arizona utilities SRP and APS have recently each announced reductions to their available solar rebates. SRP will begin offering the new, reduced rebate level after April 30 (so if you're an SRP customer, get a free quote now, people!), while APS has applied to the Corporation Commission for permission to do the same thing.
Fasten your seat belts, kids, we're taking a little solar energy tour of the nation this morning...
A unanimous vote by the Pittsfield, Massachusetts Community Development Board last Tuesday night could lead to the western city becoming the solar source for the entire region, according to the Berkshire Eagle.
What could be more heart-pounding than watching custom solar-powered cars race around a frenzied racetrack? Answer: nothing. That's what observers learned at what's come to be known as the Solar Grand Prix, held this past weekend in Long Beach, California.
Over the past decade, the San Jose Sharks have let repeated opportunities to hoist the Stanley Cup skate on by. Last year's performance was particularly disappointing for fans, when the top-seeded Sharks had their dreams put on ice in the first round of the playoffs.
Solar energy news? Yup, we've got that. We'll spare you the banter today, and skip right to the chase:
How long does it take for a thriving solar industry to find uses for $4 million? About three hours, it turns out. On Friday, one of two solar rebate programs in Massachusetts opened to applications at 9:00am and closed before noon, all of its quarterly-allocated funds having been spoken for. The Commonwealth Solar Stimulus Program funds solar installations for commercial projects 10-200 kW in size.
Georgia Power Co. recently announced it will give solar energy a try.
The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) in 2006 raised Arizona's renewable energy standard to 15 percent by 2025. Of that amount, the state regulator stipulates that 30 percent -- or about 2,000 megawatts -- must come from so-called distributed energy technologies, like solar energy installations. In short, Arizona utilities are on the hook to develop a good chunk of solar power in the coming years.
Santa Barbara County may become the latest government in California to offer its residents an innovative new way of financing the installation of solar panels. The county's Board of Supervisors will meet on Tuesday in Santa Maria, Calif., to vote on a new program called the Elective Municipal Program to Optimize Water, Energy and Renewables -- or emPowerSBC, for short. If adopted, the program would provide loans for property owners to add energy- and/or water-saving technologies to their homes. In turn, the funds would be repaid not through monthly payments but through a surcharge on the owner's property taxes.
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) and Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) have together won research funding from the California Public Utilities Commission. Worth up to $2.9 million, the grant will be used to to investigate ways to improve the management of distributed generation systems, like solar panels. The award was announced Thursday.
What's the solar energy news this morning? It's all about the solar-powered planes, trains and automobiles. (Not to mention solar-powered space ships.) We'll keep the solar info blitz short and sweet today -- we know it's Friday...
This morning at 9:00 a.m., Block 2 of the Commonwealth Solar Stimulus Rebate Program opened to applications for $4 million in funding for commercial solar installations. At just before noon, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center sent around a nice email letting everyone know that all funds have been spoken for and the program is now closed. Executive Director Patrick Cloney wrote to express his "heartfelt appreciation to everyone involved in the solar industry in Massachusetts for his or her continued hard work in expanding solar renewable energy generation within the Commonwealth."
Those who say the solar industry has taken off probably don't mean it literally. But thanks to Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard, there may be a new factual meaning to what has been, to this point, just a metaphor.
Three months after Governor Bill Richardson signed an executive order outlining his state’s plan for a green economy, New Mexico has added to the books a limited property tax exemption for owners installing solar water heaters, solar space heating and photovoltaic (PV) systems.
Ready for our sample of top solar energy news stories? Today's solar power rundown is medium bodied with dark notes of gooseberry and a smooth finish... Can you taste the oaky tannins? Am I not making sense? That's because I got into the GetSolar archives this morning and may have drank too much solar-powered wine...
Passengers flying in and out of Boston Logan International Airport take note: you are passing through one of the most energy-efficient airports in the United States.
The California Solar Initiative manages solar incentives for the state's three investor-owned utilities: Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE), and San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E). PG&E and SDG&E just met their last CSI goals for residential solar capacity and have scaled their rebates back accordingly, from the previous $1.10/w to the current $0.65/w.
You've done it, folks: you've reached the middle of the week. Time to take a quick coffee break to reward yourself and catch up on today's solar energy news...
Massachusetts is ready to move into the next phase of this year's solar energy incentives. On Friday, April 9, the Massachusetts Energy Center will begin accepting applications for Block 2 of the Commonwealth Solar Stimulus and Commonwealth Solar II rebate programs, together supporting small and large-scale solar installations throughout the state.
Long Meadow Ranch -- located in St. Helena, California, a landmark of the famously fertile Napa Valley -- yesterday announced the completion of its most recent solar endeavor: a 56-kilowatt (kW) solar electric energy system that will help power the ranch's Farmstead Restaurant.
What's going on in solar and renewable energy news today? Keep reading to find out....
There is one down side to the current rise in the popularity of solar energy: solar rebate programs are hard-pressed to keep up with customer demand.
Hope everyone enjoyed the holiday weekend. Today's rundown of solar energy news will be short, sweet and informative -- just like Reporter Kermit.
Southern California Edison (SCE) and the Southern California Gas Company (the Gas Company) have announced a joint effort to help their customers reduce--and in some cases, to pay--their monthly energy bills. Recognizing that in the on-going economic crisis, many households are falling behind on their bills or are looking for ways to cut down on spending, the two utilities want to emphasize that there are programs to help.
Arizona's Salt River Project (SRP) has been among the state's largest power and water sources for over 100 years. Now the utility is taking measures to conserve both.
If you're in the market for a solar water-heating system and live in the right part of California or Nevada, the Valley Electric Association (VEA) might have the best deal in town.
Once again, New Jersey's solar boat has been rocked: due to revisions to a previously approved budget, the state's Clean Energy Rebate will not accept new applications for the month of April, and all applications currently in queue will be frozen until the program reopens in May. If the solar rebate is reduced from current levels--all too likely--then projects in queue will be approved at the revised (lower) rate.
Long Beach, CA is the latest California city to implement a Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program. Beginning Monday, April 19, the California Department of Development Services will oversee the program as the Southern California city tries to reduce its total energy consumption, slash fossil fuel output and make buildings more energy efficient.
Those of you within striking distance of the Boston area may wish to attend the Tufts Energy Conference, which will be held on April 16-17 in Medford, Mass. Why? We'll give you three reasons.