Duke Energy to invest $6B for solar, batteries and EVs, scrap nuclear plant plans

by Jeff St. John, Greentech Media Florida is set to get a lot more solar power and grid batteries — in exchange for losing a future nuclear power plant. On Tuesday, Duke Energy Florida filed a revised settlement that lays out a four-year, nearly $6 billion investment into 700 megawatts of solar PV, 50 megawatts […]

Presenting “State of solar energy in Sonoma County: Paths to accelerate adoption” a new Center white paper

“A confluence of technological and policy forces is dramatically transforming the way energy is generated, managed, delivered, and used.” So begins one of the recent studies commissioned by Sonoma Clean Power and produced by the Center for Climate Protection “State of Solar Energy in Sonoma County: Paths to Accelerate Adoption.” The study, lead-authored by energy […]

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Solar’s trillion dollar market is driven by electric vehicles, microgrids, & storage cost parity

by Giles Parkinson, Clean Technica Demand for solar is expected to surge over coming years, but its growth rate could effectively double if there is rapid uptake of electric vehicles, and as more companies turn to the technology to save energy costs, and more countries reach solar and storage “parity” with grid prices. A new report […]

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In solar scuffle, big utilities meet their match

by Elizabeth Shogren, High Country News Near the end of 2005, Louise Helton had one of those life-changing moments that usually only happen in Hollywood movies. Friends had invited her to join Nevada movers and shakers in an ostentatiously decorated Las Vegas casino ballroom to hear former President Bill Clinton speak. He challenged the audience […]

Wind and solar power are saving Americans an astounding amount of money

by David Roberts, Vox Wind and solar power are subsidized by just about every major country in the world, either directly or indirectly through tax breaks, mandates, and regulations. The main rationale for these subsidies is that wind and solar produce, to use the economic term of art, “positive externalities” — benefits to society that […]

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Suniva & Solarworld Section 201 solar trade raises fears of Trump’s protectionism

by Joshua S. Hill, Clean Technica Hearings for the much-hyped and controversial Section 201 trade case filed with the US International Trade Commission by Suniva and SolarWorld began this week, further raising fears that if Donald Trump is brought into the equation, the US solar industry may suffer. The first public hearings held by the […]

California’s climate commitment is good for business

Many companies are choosing to locate in California because of the state’s strong climate leadership. This flies in the face of the myth that climate regulation might be a bad deal for California’s economy. Proterra, the Burlingame builder of electric buses, opened a factory in the Los Angeles area recently, in an effort to move some […]

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Colorado co-op to develop country’s largest low-income community solar project

by Joshua S. Hill, Clean Technica A partnership between the Colorado Energy Office, GRID Alternatives, and the Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association will work to develop the United States’ largest low-income community solar project aimed at lowering the electricity bills of qualifying low-income residents, affordable housing providers, and nonprofit organizations. Announced last week, the 1.95 […]

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The solar eclipse on August 21

by Bernadette Del Chiaro, Executive Director of CALSEIA   A total solar eclipse will cross the Pacific Northwest two weeks from today. While California is not directly in the cross-hairs, on August 21 from roughly 9am to 12pm, the moon will partially block out 76 percent of the sun in Northern CA and 62 percent in […]

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Sonoma Co.’s Solmetric drives innovation for Vivint Solar

by Barry Vesser, Center for Climate Protection To say that the solar industry has been going through major changes the last few years would be an understatement. It has experienced phenomenal growth, as well as bankruptcies, partnerships, mergers and acquisitions. High-profile bankruptcies like SunEdison and Sungevity have some people nervous about the industry’s future. These just […]