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  • 1 August 2014: SunPower Planning New 700-MW Factory as Demand Swells
    SunPower Corp., the second-largest U.S. solar manufacturer, is planning a new factory that will expand production capacity by more than 50 percent from current levels, in an effort to increase market share.> <>
  • 1 August 2014: Tesla Breaks Ground for Its Gigafactory in Nevada
    Tesla Motors Inc. said it’s broken ground near Reno for a $5 billion battery plant, signaling Nevada has vaulted to the lead of five states vying for the so-called gigafactory and its promise of 6,500 jobs.> <>
  • 1 August 2014: New China Solar Storm Brewing in the EU
    The war of words against Chinese solar panel makers is heating up from both sides of the Atlantic, with growing signs that Europe may reconsider anti-dumping duties as the U.S. moves closer to imposing its own new duties on the beleaguered manufacturers. Meantime, two of the biggest Chinese victims of the sector’s recent turmoil have risen from the> <>
  • 1 August 2014: Arizona Public Service Performs 180, Decides to Install Rooftop Solar
    Arizona Public Service (APS) decided this week that they would like to get into the rooftop solar business. I think they should too, but not like this. Their proposal is terrible for customers. After spending over $10 million in an attempt to impose a $50-100 monthly fee on solar customers, APS has decided to pay you $30 per month for 20 years if y> <>
  • 1 August 2014: Geothermal Visual: Comparing the Geothermal Permitting Process to Other Technologies
    The visual below, prepared by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), shows the average length of time for the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review process for geothermal projects as compared to the timelines for average solar and wind development, as well as for oil and gas. The longer lead time for geothermal projects is something that re> <>
  • 1 August 2014: Can Small Islands Show the World How To Fight Climate Change?
    Island populations may bear the brunt of climate change more than other populations, so it should be no surprise that some islands have ramped up efforts to convert to non-fossil fuel energy sources. In the brief span of five years, the U.S. Virgin Islands have cut their oil consumption by 20 percent.> <>
  • 1 August 2014: Combined Heat and Brewing Power
    What do megajoules have to do with hectoliters? Everything, if you are considering the energy intensity of manufacturing beer. And after a recent tour of the New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, I’ve learned that when it comes to a commitment to renewable energy and energy efficiency in beer brewing, Colorado’s thriving craft brewing scene is a great example.> <>
  • 1 August 2014: Renewable Energy Expansion Continues in Ukraine with New Biogas Capacity
    American investor-backed LNK has added the fifth biogas power facility to the already four operating in war-torn Ukraine. Since the outset of the LNK presence in Ukraine the company has seen the country’s need to gain more energy independence and sought to help provide more sources for domestic energy.> <>
  • 31 July 2014: Three Geothermal Bills Look to Speed Up US Development
    On Tuesday, July 29, there were two hearings in U.S. Congress subcommittees that are significant to the geothermal industry. A House subcommittee discussed three bills, with two specifically relating to geothermal development, while a Senate subcommittee looked at permitting needs.> <>
  • 31 July 2014: Panasonic Agrees to Help Tesla Build Battery ‘Gigafactory’
    Panasonic Corp. agreed to help set up the battery factory that Tesla Motors Inc. Chairman Elon Musk needs to sell more electric cars, without settling its share of the investment costs.> <>