Rep. Brian Bilbray is winning praise from the solar industry for casting the sole Republican vote this week against efforts to dismantle the federal loan guarantee program for clean energy linked to the Solyndra debacle.
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Envision Solar, which builds high-quality and architecturally stunning solar canopies, is expanding into the Middle East.
The Obama Administration has released a sweeping environmental plan for solar energy projects in California's Mojave Desert and five other western states that aims to expedite the permitting process while protecting sensitive lands and endangered wildlife.
Westerly zoning officials are taking up a proposal from a company that wants to build a solar energy park as part of the town's green energy initiative.
Any discussion about U.S. energy today inevitably turns to the new, abundant and cheap natural gas supplies being fracked from shale basins -- and how solar and wind can compete with it. But if you think of wind, solar and other renewable energy as an hedge against natural gas's price volatility, they start to look a bit more competitive.
The Commerce Department is scheduled to decide in a month whether Chinese solar panels should be subject to an import tariff, after fielding a complaint from domestic manufacturers that the Chinese are illegally subsidizing their solar export market. The department has not said how it will rule.
Solar energy is an alternative energy source that is moving into the mainstream and nothing proves this more than the Solar Decathlon. In these competitions, university students from around the world display family-friendly off-the-grid homes that they design and build themselves.
The people of California have plenty of reason to want to invest in solar power. Aside from its plentiful sunlight, the state boasts some of the country's most stunning natural landscapes. It also suffers from some of the worst air pollution in certain places, with the Rockies to the east trapping emissions in the region.
What's ahead for energy and environment issues in the wake of President Obama's State of the Union address last week?
KB Home, a leading homebuilding company, announced this week that it has started offering solar panels as a standard on its "Built to Order" homes in certain communities in central Florida.