Defend the right to solar power against monopoly utility interests

by Dave Rosenfeld, Solar Rights Alliance Sometime next year, California will behold its one millionth solar installation — wow! Millions of Californians are now benefitting from the savings, freedom and independence of solar energy. California families on tight budgets and retirees on fixed incomes who depend on solar to shield them from skyrocketing electricity costs […]

Energy priorities shift as a new administration takes hold

by Tux Turkel, Press Herald Efforts to expand natural gas capacity. Hopes of luring discounted Canadian electricity. Measures to stunt the growth of solar power and discourage wind farms on land and sea. These actions championed for eight years by Gov. Paul LePage and Republican allies will end on Jan. 2, as a new Democratic […]

Ballot initiative flops mask strong election for clean energy

by Gavin Bade, Utility Dive Dive Brief: Tuesday’s elections delivered mixed results for clean energy on the state level, with wins for renewable power supporters in key governors races tempered by the failure of high-profile ballot initiatives in Arizona and Washington. In Arizona, voters resoundingly rejected a 50% renewable energy mandate opposed by utilities with […]

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 […]

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 […]