Solar now cheaper than coal in India

By Karl Mathiesen, Climate Change News, 12 April 2017, Indian power minister celebrates record low solar price Kids sitting under a solar panel at Dharnai village in India. (Pic: Greenpeace) India’s power minister has hailed a new clean energy record, with a solar plant winning a contract to sell to the grid at the country’s lowest price ever. The contract to build the …

4 Dying Nuke Plants vs. Fleet of Gigafactories: Which Will Gov. Cuomo Choose?

By Harvey Wasserman and Tim Judson, EcoWatch, 30 March 2017 Elon Musk’s SolarCity is completing the construction of its “Buffalo Billion” Gigafactory for photovoltaic (PV) cells near the Niagara River in Buffalo, New York. It will soon put 500 New Yorkers to work inside the 1.2 million-square-foot facility with another 700 nearby, ramping up to nearly 3,000 over the next …

Largest solar and batter farm in the world coming to Australia,

By Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch, 30 March 2017  A massive solar and battery farm is being built in South Australia’s Riverland region. If everything goes to plan, the plant will be running by the end of 2017 and will be the largest such system in the world, Brisbane-based renewable energy developer and investor Lyon Group announced. The Riverland plant consists of …

Solar roads for bikes expanding in the Netherlands, improving pavement

By Rogier van Rooji on Clean Technica, 12 March 2017  Bike paths: The Netherlands is covered with them, connecting more or less every destination a person might wish to go to and greatly increasing the convenience of cycling as a sustainable mode of transport. In the densely populated country, where space is scarce, a consortium of companies and research labs called …

Tesla will begin selling its solar-powered roof shingles in April

Nathan Bomey, USA Today, Bloomberg, Clean Technica, and more, 27 March 2017.  Meanwhile, Google’s Sunroof lets you search for your house, suggests how large a solar array you might consider putting on your roof, and estimates how much energy it will generate—as well as how much it would cost to lease or buy the panels.  Top among the findings is that nearly …

Where the jobs are declining (fossil fuels) and increasing (renewables). Also, new solar farm with nearly 300 Tesla Powerpack batteries powers Kauai at night

9 Mar 2017, Climate Nexus  Tesla unveiled a new 13MW solar farm on the Hawaiian island of Kauai Wednesday, bringing the state closer to its ambitious goal of sourcing 100 percent renewables by 2045.  The farm includes nearly 300 Tesla Powerpack batteries, which provide 52 MWh of capacity and will allow the farm to sell stored power during the evening. The …

Big utilities try to tilt solar energy market in their favor

By Brian Slodyskio, 9 Feb 2017  INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s energy utilities want state lawmakers to pass a law that critics say would muscle out smaller companies from the emerging solar energy market. Solar power provides only about 1 percent of the country’s energy, but it is growing rapidly, with U.S. Energy Department figures showing solar industry employment grew 125 …

Small diesel losing its grip? Nigeria debates $30 million for off-grid solar power

March 8th, 2017 by Tina Casey on Clean Technica   The news buzzing around the Intertubes this week shows just how far the solar energy field has come in a few short years. In the latest development, the Nigerian government is considering a $30 million allocation for off-grid solar projects. According to a report in Bloomberg solar panels are an “economic option” …