A military authorization law recently signed by President Obama could lead to a solar standoff between the U.S. and China -- now the world's largest producer of solar panels.
One of the nation's strongest supporters of solar energy is still in critical condition today in Arizona's University Medical Centre after being shot in the head on Saturday morning outside of a Safeway near Tucson, Arizona.
The Obama Administration on Thursday released a much anticipated draft of the federal government's plan to build solar energy projects on public land throughout the western United States.
The word out of Washington late this week was that senators and the Obama Administration have agreed on a plan to extend the U.S. Treasury Department's Treasury Grant Program for another year.
The expiration clock continues to tick on a federal grant that many clean energy advocates credit with providing an incredibly helpful boost to the solar and wind energy economy in the United States. And with few options left, supporters of the federal program have taken their case to Capitol Hill in a final effort to convince a lame-duck Congress to extend it.
Many Florida homeowners who applied for rebates when installing energy-efficient air conditioning and solar energy systems as part of the Florida Solar Rebate Program have waited quite a while for that check in the mail. According to the Sun-Sentinel, the program expired at the end of June, its funds having run out months before. Over 10,000 applications were received since the cash dried up, leaving thousands of Florida residents without their solar rebate or energy-efficiency rebate money.
Leaders of the U.S. solar industry will have one last shot at convincing the current Congress to extend a key federal solar incentive before a new Republican-controlled congress takes over at the beginning of 2011. Most indications are that the solar grant option -- which has for the past two years provided cash grants worth 30 percent of commercial solar energy system costs -- will sunset at the end of 2010, as scheduled.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) yesterday revealed a new program intended to show American homeowners where their home ranks in energy efficiency and how much money they can save by making improvements.
Former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair -- along with Cogenra CEO Dr. Gilad Almogy and Founder of Khosla Ventures Vinod Khosla -- spoke about the role of economics in the adoption of green technology before a crowd at the Sonoma Winery in northern California last Thursday. All three sent the same message: economics, not environmentalism, is best equipped to solve the world's most pressing energy- and environment-related issues.