Georgia Power must purchase more solar power for its energy system under a plan approved Thursday by state utility regulators, a move sought by solar developers and renewable energy proponents but denounced by a commissioner who argued it could raise costs.
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Someone once said: “Your vocation in life is where your greatest joy meets the world’s greatest need.”
Without question, the pilots of Solar Impulse, Dr. Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, are living proof of that. These two great adventurers made solar and aviation history last weekend when Solar Impulse touched down at New York’s JFK Airport.
Coal plants are shutting down because of a lack of cooling water. Hydropower dams are struggling to generate electricity because reservoir levels are dropping. Western wildfires are damaging power lines, causing blackouts in cities like San Diego.
Hot off the heels of a solar plane making the final leg of its journey across the United States, the students behind the Stanford Solar Car Project began the final preparations for their own solar-powered, cross-country journey. They will compete against 46 other teams in the Great Solar Challenge, a 2,000-mile race in the Australian Outback.
Bertrand Piccard has grown accustomed to the Solar Impulse skeptics. He’s used to people talking about its cruising speed of just 30 mph while dismissing the fact that his aircraft has but one seat and is powered solely by the sun.
Senate Republicans rolled out a series of big energy measures this week but declined to say whether they would try and move their agenda through in a catchall bill if they regain the Senate majority.
The solar industry has done a spectacular job lowering costs in the past three years, slashing per-watt costs in half. But that price freefall, driven by the massive scale-up of Chinese manufacturers, has put dozens, if not hundreds, of solar companies on the endangered list.
This week, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a law meant to reinvigorate the solar industry in the Garden State by requiring utilities to buy more solar energy.
Solar power, which makes up a tiny part of California's overall energy mix, will account for the biggest piece of the state's renewable energy pie by the end of the decade, according to the state's largest utilities.
The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power voted 14-6 to pass the so-called “No More Solyndras Act” aimed at curtailing the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) loan guarantee program.