Insights from our Editorial Team

  • China-based companies say failed business, not dumping, to blame
    Oct 16, 2012 | Bill Opalka

    China-based solar panel manufacturers say a lawsuit against them by Solyndra is an attempt to blame competitors for a failed business model after the bankrupt company filed an unfair trade practices lawsuit.

  • Canadian wind a hedge
    Oct 15, 2012 | Bill Opalka

    NextEra Energy Resources will set a U.S. record by adding 1,500 MW of wind generation assets this year while it prepares for the dramatic slowdown as the federal production tax credit (PTC) lapses at the end of the year.

  • Interior Department endorses six-state blueprint
    Oct 15, 2012 | Bill Opalka

    Solar energy zones in six western states that have been finalized by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar on Oct. 12. The program is intended to spur development of soalr projects initially on 285,000 acres administered by the federal Bureau of Land Management.

  • Two blade plants cut staff
    Oct 14, 2012 | Bill Opalka

    Vestas Wind Systems has cut staff at two Colorado blade factories, citing low demand for new wind equipment in 2013 as the federal production tax credit expires at the end of the year.

  • Final decision due next month
    Oct 11, 2012 | Bill Opalka

    Tariffs on Chinese solar panels were upheld by the Obama administration’s Commerce Department on Oct. 10 as disputes between the United States and China over renewable energy manufacturing heat up.

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  • Developer will be able to commission projects without delay
    Oct 10, 2012 | Staff Writer

    The Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project (TRTP) has played a key role in the recent decision by MidAmerican Wind to purchase two projects located in California’s wind-rich Tehachapi region, making way for the projects to be placed into service in 2013.

  • Registration statement filed with SEC
    Oct 09, 2012 | Bill Opalka

    SolarCity Corp. said it has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The distributed solar energy company hopes to raise $201.3m in its proposed initial public offering of its common stock, which was filed on Oct. 5.

  • Energy strategy sees renewables goals falling short
    Oct 08, 2012 | Bill Opalka

    Connecticut already has renewable portfolio standard (RPS) of 20% and may seek to increase it. But to do that may require the inclusion of hydropower from Canada to meet that goal, an energy source not currently qualified as renewable under existing rules.

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  • Initial conditions set for 500-MW solar thermal project
    Oct 07, 2012 | Bill Opalka

    The California Energy Commission staff has given its early assessment of a large solar thermal plant and has recommended a series of measures to pass environmental and other regulations.

  • Decision expected Nov. 7
    Oct 04, 2012 | Bill Opalka

    Factions of the U.S. solar industry faced off before the International Trade Commission on Oct. 3 for the last time as a series of decisions on tariffs on  Chinese solar cells are pending.