SVCE signs major contracts for California’s largest solar-plus-storage projects

by Silicon Valley Clean Energy Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) signed two long-term agreements for the largest utility-scale, solar-plus-storage projects to be built in California. The two projects will provide 153 megawatts (MW) of solar and 47 MW of storage and will be developed by EDF Renewables North America and Recurrent Energy Development Holdings, LLC. […]

California’s new solar regulations imperil future investments in small projects

By Will Carruthers, freelance writer Although California has a reputation for leading the country toward a greener future by supporting clean technologies, particularly solar photovoltaics, the state’s investor owned utilities have held the state back from a complete transformation with a truly modern energy production and distribution system. California’s solar industry was born in 2006 […]

Something new may be rising off California coast: wind farms

by Ivan Penn and Stanley Reed, NY Times California’s aggressive pursuit of an electric grid fully powered by renewable energy sources is heading in a new direction: offshore. On Friday, the federal Interior Department took the first steps to enable companies to lease waters in Central and Northern California for wind projects. If all goes […]

Generators were making Puerto Ricans sick after Hurricane Maria. So Monxo Lopez built a solution.

by Justine Calma, Grist Between dropping off his daughter at kindergarten and teaching classes at New York City’s Hunter College, Monxo Lopez ducked into his office and opened up his go-to Reddit thread, Solar/DIY. He scanned the latest posts, mostly made by survivalists and doomsday preppers. Lopez, however, was neither of these. A Bronx-based political […]

That $3 trillion-a-year clean energy transformation? It’s already underway.

by Phil Mckenna, InsideClimate News To keep global warming in check, the world will have to invest an average of around $3 trillion a year over the next three decades in transforming its energy supply systems, a new United Nations climate science report says. It won’t be cheap, but it’s also a change that’s already […]

The solar industry approaches a ‘new frontier’ in the California desert

by Sammy Roth, Palm Springs Desert Sun A long-awaited energy revolution is beginning to take shape in the vast open deserts of Southern California. Riverside County is already home to four sprawling solar power plants, stretching across thousands of acres of desert between Palm Springs and the Arizona border. Now three developers have proposed building […]

Pairing wind + solar for cheaper, 24-hour renewable energy

by Dan Gearino, InsideClimate News Along a country road east of Lima, Ohio, a company is preparing to build one of the world’s largest renewable energy projects that pairs wind and solar to create a hybrid power source. It’s a rare combination now, but one that’s expected to become more common because of its potential […]

California today: An additional fund for solar power

by Ivan Penn and Inyoung Kang, The New York Times With a measure signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, the state has made a new commitment of $800 million for clean-energy technologies including home storage. The goal is to capture electricity generated by solar panels during daylight hours to help keep the lights on after the […]

Election 2018: Clean energy’s future could rise or fall with these governor’s races

by Marianne Lavelle and Dan Gearino, InsideClimate News Some of the most consequential elections for climate policy this fall could be the 36 governor’s races, where a blue wave could position clean energy advocates as a significant counterforce against the Trump administration’s fossil fuel agenda. Republicans currently hold a near-record 33 governorships—a lock on power […]

Demand for solar-storage systems explodes in Puerto Rico

by Maria Gallucci, Spectrum When I first met Gabriel Rivera last year in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the engineer was driving around with solar panels in his car. Hurricane Maria had ravaged the island on 20 September 2017 and knocked out the entire grid. Rivera was building household emergency kits, consisting of a solar panel […]