Streamlining solar installation – successful city initiatives

Some California cities are approving residential solar permits in as little as a day, saving homeowners not just time, but money too. BY ZAHRA HIRJI cross posted from Inside Climate News JUL 29, 2016 California cities are leading the nation in eliminating one of the biggest hurdles to the growth of residential solar: lengthy and confusing permitting. Spurred by a recent state …

Plugless starts second-generation wireless EV charging for the US

By James Ayre, cross-posted from Clean Technica The wireless electric vehicle charging technology company Evatran — the firm behind the Plugless brand of consumer wireless charging stations — has formed a new joint venture with Zhejiang VIE Science and Technology Company, according to an email sent to CleanTechnica and EV Obsession. The new joint venture (JV) was formed with the …

Fastned makes EV fast charging as cheap on the go as at home

By James Ayre, cross-posted from Clean Technica The Netherlands-based electric vehicle fast-charging network firm Fastned is now offering 19 cents per kilowatt-hour (Euro cents) fast-charging to those who sign up for its new “Power” subscription service, according to an email sent to CleanTechnica andEV Obsession. The new service is intended to allow subscribers to charge at Fastned’s electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging …

Vancouver proceeds toward 100% renewable energy – including transport and heating – by 2050. Here’s how they are doing it!

Cross-posted from the redoubtable David Roberts at Vox.com and highlighting thoughts from Vancouver’s City Manager (and Chicago’s former environmental director) Sadhu Johnston. Last year, Vancouver, British Columbia, officially adopted the goal of powering itself entirely with clean energy by 2050.  That’s a bigger deal than it might sound. Plenty of North American cities have committed to getting all their electricity from …

Bipartisan energy storage tax credit proposed

An attractive bipartisan energy storage tax incentive bill has been drafted by New Mexico US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM).  As a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, introduced S. 3159, the Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act. The bill, designed to establish investment tax credits (ITCs) for business and home use of energy storage, was cosponsored by …

Hawaii charts own course to Clean Energy by 2045, rejects merger and acquisition application from Florida-based NextEra Energy

Cross-posted from Utility Dive July 15, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission rejected the application from Florida-based NextEra Energy to acquire Hawaiian Electric Industries (HEI), the parent company of the state’s dominant electric providers. The two companies terminated their merger agreement soon after. The decision concluded a contentious 18-month proceeding. It highlighted a long-standing dissatisfaction with HEI (often referred to as …

Nation’s largest container port by volume & value, the Port of Los Angeles is building the world’s first marine terminal able to generate all of its energy needs from renewables

The Port of Los Angeles—the nation’s largest port by container volume and cargo value—is building the world’s first marine terminal able to generate all of its energy needs from renewables. Once development is complete, the 40-acre Pasha Green Omni Terminal will be able to run completely off-grid during power outages thanks to an onsite, 1.03-megawatt solar micro-grid that also features …

Four models of solar-powered vehicles in the works at Hanergy thin-film solar; sales planned before the decade is out

 China’s Hanergy Holding Group (Hanergy) has unveiled four solar-powered electric concept cars, set for production within three years. Hanergy is a large clean-energy company and one of the largest thin-film solar cell manufacturers in the world. Hanergy is also the owner of U.S. based Alta Devices, which it bought in 2014. Hanergy Solar 0. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein) Much of the …

Federal EV developments – July 2016

Over the past 8 years: The number of plug-in electric vehicle models increased from 1 to more than 20. EV battery costs decreased 70%. The # of EV charging stations grew 40x over — from <500 in 2008 to >16,000 today. Yesterday (July 21, 2016) the Obama administration and a White House press release highlighted what the administration intends to do to sustain or increase that growth, including: $4.5 billion …

Changing the trajectory, reining in emissions from planes and ships

By Fred Pearce the global effort to reduce carbon emissions, the aviation and shipping industries have been the most conspicuous outliers. Although these two sectors currently contribute 6 percent of all manmade CO2 emissions, they have managed to remain outside international control. But in the wake of the historic United Nations climate agreement reached in Paris in December, the pressure is …