Insights from our Editorial Team

  • 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.

  • Chinese-owned company was ordered to divest sites
    Oct 03, 2012 | Bill Opalka

    The owners of a company seeking to build four wind farms in Oregon have sued President Obama after they were ordered to sell their sites for unspecified national security reasons.

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  • Annual pre-election survey shows 90% favorability
    Oct 02, 2012 | Bill Opalka

    More than 90% of voters believe solar energy is important for the United States, according to a new survey done for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). The annual survey also shows that majorities support federal subsidies and other policies for clean energy sources.

  • Oregon projects considered too close to naval airspace
    Oct 01, 2012 | Bill Opalka

    The Obama administration on Sept. 28 ordered companies controlled by Chinese national to divest themselves of four Oregon wind projects acquired earlier this year, deeming them too close to restricted airspace near a naval training facility.

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  • Canadian wind a hedge
    Sep 30, 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.

  • Plans to add 210 MW over three years
    Sep 27, 2012 | Bill Opalka

    The Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative (GPASI) is the largest voluntarily developed solar portfolio from an investor-owned utility in the United States.

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  • Ruling preempts pending changes to Idaho Power tariff
    Sep 26, 2012 | Carl Dombek

    FERC ruled Sept. 20 that utilities cannot unilaterally curtail wind energy purchased from a qualifying facility (QF) under a long-term fixed avoided-cost power purchase agreement (PPA) (Docket No. EL12-74).

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