Corporations Seek Expanded Transmission for Renewables in US

Corporations Seek Expanded Transmission for Renewables in US

Major corporations are requesting expanded transmission lines in the United States that can deliver renewable power to their facilities. Leaders from General Motors and Walmart told Bloomberg Environment this week that they need the new transmission in order to meet their ambitious goals, and to … Read more…

California’s Largest Solar Energy Project Set for Oil Field

California’s Largest Solar Energy Project Set for Oil Field

California oil and gas producer Aera Energy and solar energy supplier GlassPoint Solar announced plans to build the state’s largest solar energy project, located at the Belridge oilfield west of Bakersfield. The companies say it will be the first of its kind in the world … Read more…

California Heads for 50% Clean Energy Production by 2020

California Heads for 50% Clean Energy Production by 2020

California’s major utilities are on track to meet or exceed the state’s target of 33% renewable energy by 2020 and investor-owned utilities project they will actually get to 50% by then, according to a new report from the California Public Utilities Commission. The state’s gains … Read more…

Solar Company Plans 1 GW for South Australia’s Industrial Users

Solar Company Plans 1 GW for South Australia’s Industrial Users

Solar energy company Zen Energy launched a program this month to add 1 gigawatts of renewable generation for industrial users in South Australia. The plan includes several solar and battery projects aimed at reducing electricity costs for steelworks. London-based international industrial, energy, natural resources, and … Read more…

US Government Massively Underestimated National Solar Capacity

US Government Massively Underestimated National Solar Capacity

Predictions always involve a certain level of guesswork, but when the US Energy Information Administration estimated in 2006 how much solar capacity would be installed by 2016, the number wasn’t even close. The EIA had underestimated the capacity by 4,813%, an analysis by Statista found. … Read more…

Japan Moves Toward Microgrids and Distributed Power Generation

Japan Moves Toward Microgrids and Distributed Power Generation

To increase resiliency, Japanese cities are quietly moving away from large-scale power toward microgrids, distributed generation, and smart energy systems, Reuters reports. The switch is being led by Higashi-Matsushima, a coastal city of nearly 40,000 in Miyagi Prefecture that was hit by the 2011 earthquake … Read more…

World’s Largest Companies Push Record Growth in Renewable Energy

World’s Largest Companies Push Record Growth in Renewable Energy

The largest companies in the world are jumping into renewable energy big-time this year, and the proliferation of ambitious commitments all boil down to economics. As the Motley Fool just pointed out, “the dollars and cents make renewable energy a no-brainer.” The Guardian reported this … Read more…

Winery Solar System to Offset 95% of Utility Bill, Show Positive ROI in 7 Years

Winery Solar System to Offset 95% of Utility Bill, Show Positive ROI in 7 Years

Monticello Vineyards in Napa, CA, has installed a solar system expected to offset 95% of their utility bill and saving the company thousands each month in electricity costs. The solar PV system, provided and installed by SolarCraft, includes 540 SunPower 327-watt solar panels which will … Read more…

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