Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Conservation group recommends go-slow approach
    Sep 20, 2012 | Bill Opalka

    A conservation group says the rush to develop large solar projects in the desert Southwest has endangered wildlife habitat and landscapes due to faulty reviews by state and federal agencies currently in place.

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  • Tax credit lapse dries up orders
    Sep 19, 2012 | Bill Opalka

    Siemens is the latest, and by the far the biggest company to announce layoffs in its U.S. wind operations caused by the lapse of a popular tax credit that has killed project development for 2013. The company also cited competition from low natural gas prices and power demand suppressed by the sluggish economy.

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  • Will build, operate and maintain 170-MW California project
    Sep 18, 2012 | Bill Opalka

    Fluor Corp. (NYSE: FLR) has won a contract for a 170-MW solar project in California’s Imperial Valley.

  • 250-MW wind project can yield 1,100 jobs, according to study
    Sep 17, 2012 | Wayne Barber

    A 250-MW wind power project can create 1,100 jobs and add tens of millions of dollars in new taxes and other benefits to the community where it’s located, according to two reports recently announced by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

  • Brand names lead commercial sites list
    Sep 16, 2012 | Bill Opalka

    The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Vote Solar Initiative (Vote Solar) on Sept. 12 released a report naming the companies using solar in their facilities in the U.S., ranked by cumulative solar energy capacity.

  • Former president trumpets renewable energy message
    Sep 13, 2012 | Bill Opalka

    Part motivational speaker, part humorist, part humanitarian, and part political commentator, former President Bill Clinton was a keynote speaker at the Solar Power International conference held in Orlando this week.

  • Industry leaders say momentum in place
    Sep 11, 2012 | Bill Opalka

    The winner of the presidential election on Nov. 6 may not make much difference to the U.S. solar industry because momentum in job growth and project development is mostly promoted at the state level.

  • Group says line would have a ‘catastrophic environmental effect,’ even if buried
    Sep 10, 2012 | Carl Dombek

    A group of landowners on the Delmarva Peninsula says bringing a power line from the Atlantic Wind Connection on shore at Assateague Island would have a “catastrophic environmental effect,” even if the line is buried.

  • Power plant is on a White House fast pass list
    Sep 09, 2012 | Barry Cassell

    Moapa Solar LLC is seeking an approval from the Nevada Public Utilities Commission for a 7.5-mile, 230-kV overhead transmission line that will connect a solar plant of up to 200 MW it plans to build to the Harry Allen Substation.

  • The project needs 10 miles of transmission
    Sep 06, 2012 | Carl Dombek

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced Aug. 29 that it will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) to assess the impacts of a proposed transmission line that would connect the Rio Mesa Solar Project in Riverside County, Calif., to the state’s transmission grid.