California Governor Jerry Brown yesterday signed into law a mandate requiring utilities get a third of their electricity from renewable resources like solar panels and wind turbines.
The new bill promises to bring certainty to a fast-growing market for solar energy, in particular. With the transition to a new Governor this year, the future of California's renewables portfolio standard was periodically brought into question (see here and here). Without formal legislative action, the standard would have remained stuck at 20 percent rather than the more aggressive 33 percent.
A new report from the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI) suggests that the island of O'ahu could meet a quarter of its electricity needs using solar power and wind resources.
Within the solar energy industry, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) is looked to as a leading source of information on renewable energy policy -- at the municipal, state and federal levels. In addition to helping run the DSIRE database, the organization issues countless reports and studies on things like net metering, interconnection and workforce development.
The Aloha state is prepared to take an important step toward meeting its green goal of getting 70 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2030. Sopogy -- a Honolulu-based company that uses Micro-Scaled Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) technology -- will partner with Keahole Solar Power and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) to build the Kalaelola Solar One Plant in western Honolulu.
The Hawaiian Hospitality Group, Inc. (HHGI), a tourism-focused property developer, may soon be incorporating solar energy systems into some of its projects.
Hawaii's plans for a feed-in tariff -- which have been in the works for quite some time -- are one step closer to being realized, thanks to a decision Wednesday by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (HPUC). The decision is part of a broad push in Hawaii to get 40 percent of the state's electricity from renewable resources by 2030.
What do you get when you take two innovative American solar-panel manufacturers and combine them with the world's biggest retailer? A slew of new solar energy projects, 500 new jobs and a whole lotta clean, predictably priced power. Thank you, may we have some more?
As far as awards go, the ones announced yesterday by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) are by most measures modest. How headline-grabbing, after all, are caulk, weather stripping and energy-efficient washing machines? (Answer: Not very.)
When it comes to solar hot water, these are The Little Islands That Could. Hawaii's strong investment in solar water heating technology has given their state the enviable designation of Solar Hot Water Leader within the United States. It's also made these water heating systems an even more attractive investment. Check out the size of Hawaii's market compared to other key states: