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Arizona Public Service Flips Position on Solar

Arizona Public Service, a public utility that has fought for two years against solar systems – a fight that included an anti-solar campaign at the public’s expense – has now asked for permission to install its own residential systems and pay rent for the rooftops, according to Bloomberg. Arizona Public … Read more »

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Chinese Solar Eyes US Market After EU Agreement

European officials announced a trade settlement that avoids proposed harsh tariffs for Chinese solar panel makers – and actually sets the minimum price at 25 percent lower than when the case began. European trade commissioner Karel De Gucht described the agreement, setting the panel price at €0.56 ($0.74) per watt as … Read more »

Court Tests Solar PPAs

A fight brewing between utilities and third-party solar companies may become a key driver – or restraint – of on-site commercial solar arrays. At issue is whether solar panel marketers can enter into power purchase agreements with the panels’ host companies, selling the renewable energy to the hosts and bypassing … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Ship GHGs, Solar Panel Duties, McCarthy Vote Scrapped

Republicans boycotted a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on Gina McCarthy’s nomination for EPA administrator, leaving Democrats unable to get a quorum and forcing them to cancel yesterday’s planned vote, the Hill reported. GOP senators are also discussing a filibuster – the first ever on a cabinet-level position … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: EPA Bee Report, Post-Sandy Aid, Energy Contracts Urged

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR, pictured) has urged President Obama’s administration to contract for the remaining $1.5 billion in energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) by the end of 2013. Obama committed the federal government in December 2011 to spend $2 billion on energy upgrades via ESPCs, as part of the … Read more »

US Imposes 31% Duty on Chinese Solar Panels

The US government has imposed tariffs of around 30 percent on solar panels imported from China, sparking charges of “trade protectionism” from Chinese government officials and increasing friction between the two countries. The US Commerce Department ruled yesterday in favor of American companies that charged Chinese exporters had illegally “dumped” … Read more »

Green Roof Product Cools Solar Panels

Green Roof Product Cools Solar Panels

Green Roof Technology has launched a system for integrating solar power into a green roof, optimizing energy production by creating a cool micro-climate. The company, a division of Green Roof Service, calls its Sun-Root product the first fully integrated, non-penetrative solar and extensive green roof system in North America.  Through … Read more »

Sandia Casino Expects 75% Energy Drop with LED Lights, Solar Panels

Sandia Resort & Casino in Albuquerque will consume about a quarter the energy in its parking lots through switching hundreds of gas discharge lamps to Noribachi LED bulbs, the two companies have said. The resort, owned and operated by the Pueblo of Sandia, has replaced 400W and 175W metal halide … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Clean Water, Clean Air Act, Cross-State Air Pollution

Federal prosecutors said BP broke pledges to improve operations after Alaska’s North Slope pipeline spill five years ago, and are seeking to revoke the criminal probation imposed in a 2007 settlement agreement, Reuters said. In 2007, BP pleaded guilty to a Clean Water Act charge stemming from its 2006 spill … Read more »

Ford, SunPower Offer Solar Offset System for Focus Electric

Ford, SunPower Offer Solar Offset System for Focus Electric

Ford and SunPower Corp. have created a rooftop solar system that they say will provide Focus Electric owners with enough renewable energy to offset the electricity used to charge the vehicle. Through such offsets, participants in the “Drive Green for Life” program should significantly lower the cost of running their … Read more »

Philadelphia Eagles to Power Stadium with On-Site Renewable Energy

The Philadelphia Eagles has plans to power Lincoln Financial Field with a combination of on-site wind, solar and dual-fuel generated electricity, which would make it the world’s first major sports stadium to convert to 100-percent on-site renewable energy.  SolarBlue, a renewable energy and energy conservation company, will install approximately 80 … Read more »

Clif Bar Boasts Sustainable HQ

Clif Bar & Company has unveiled its new energy-efficient headquarters in Emeryville, California, reports TransWorld Business. The company says it is installing the largest “smart” solar array in North America, which should supply nearly all of the building’s electricity needs. The 115,000-square-foot former valve manufacturing plant is also one of … Read more »