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Aug 14, 2015

Solar is having a great year, except on Wall Street

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – By almost any measure, the U.S. solar market is on fire.

Installations of solar panels are expected to soar by a third this year, the price of solar power is now cheap enough to compete neck and neck with gas and coal-fired power in places like California, and the fledgling industry received a vote of confidence last week when U.S. President Barack Obama announced a groundbreaking plan to curb power plant emissions. Even China’s currency devaluation could cut panel costs for U.S. solar installers.

Aug 3, 2015

Green energy sees secure future from Obama’s climate plan

Aug 3 (Reuters) – Solar and wind energy in the United States
is likely to have a secure future thanks to President Barack
Obama’s plan to cut carbon emissions by forcing utilities to use
renewable sources to produce electricity, the industry said on
Monday.

With its 2030 deadline, Obama’s Clean Power Plan offers a
degree of stability over the next 15 years to renewable energy
companies which have historically relied on more precarious
state and federal subsidies to drive growth.

Jul 2, 2015

Insight – California’s push for cleaner buses could edge out natural gas

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Fifteen years ago, California led the way to cleaner transit buses with strict tailpipe emissions standards that effectively ushered out diesel as the primary fuel for buses in the state and replaced it with natural gas.

Now, California is poised once again to take the lead, this time by mandating a switch to so-called “zero-emission” buses by 2040.

Jul 2, 2015

California’s push for cleaner buses could edge out natural gas

LOS ANGELES, July 2 (Reuters) – Fifteen years ago,
California led the way to cleaner transit buses with strict
tailpipe emissions standards that effectively ushered out diesel
as the primary fuel for buses in the state and replaced it with
natural gas.

Now, California is poised once again to take the lead, this
time by mandating a switch to so-called “zero-emission” buses by
2040.

Jun 10, 2015

Insight – Prison labour helps U.S. solar company manufacture at home

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – One of the largest companies to manufacture solar panels in the United States uses a surprising resource to keep costs low and compete against producers from China: prison labour.

Suniva Inc, a Georgia-based solar cell and panel maker that is backed by Goldman Sachs Group Inc, farms out a small portion of its manufacturing to federal inmates as part of a longstanding government programme intended to prepare them for life after prison.

Jun 10, 2015

Prison labor helps U.S. solar company manufacture at home

LOS ANGELES, June 10 (Reuters) – One of the largest
companies to manufacture solar panels in the United States uses
a surprising resource to keep costs low and compete against
producers from China: prison labor.

Suniva Inc, a Georgia-based solar cell and panel maker that
is backed by Goldman Sachs Group Inc, farms out a small
portion of its manufacturing to federal inmates as part of a
longstanding government program intended to prepare them for
life after prison.

May 22, 2015

California oil spill ignites array of protests against industry

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – This week’s oil spill in California has become a springboard for environmental groups to attack the oil industry, with calls ranging from a ban on fracking in the Golden State to a halt to drilling in the far-flung Arctic.

Two days after a pipeline rupture began spilling 105,000 gallons of crude oil onto a beach and into the Pacific Ocean west of Santa Barbara, several environmental groups held a rally on the steps of the town’s Spanish-style County Courthouse on Thursday to call for an end to fracking in California.

May 15, 2015

Insight – Conservative push for solar is backed by usual green advocates

LOS ANGELES/BOSTON (Reuters) – When Debbie Dooley, a Tea Party firebrand from Woodstock Georgia, makes the case for solar power, she doesn’t rely on the usual environmental talking points. She speaks of property rights, national security and free market competition.

Former Republican Congressman Barry Goldwater, Jr. casts his support for solar energy as a conservative stance against monopoly power utilities that “want to limit energy choice.” 

May 15, 2015

Conservative push for solar is backed by usual green advocates

LOS ANGELES/BOSTON, May 15 (Reuters) – When Debbie Dooley, a
Tea Party firebrand from Woodstock Georgia, makes the case for
solar power, she doesn’t rely on the usual environmental talking
points. She speaks of property rights, national security and
free market competition.

Former Republican Congressman Barry Goldwater, Jr. casts his
support for solar energy as a conservative stance against
monopoly power utilities that “want to limit energy choice.”

May 4, 2015

Tesla faces competition for customers, subsidies

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Tesla Motors Inc’s plan to generate new revenue by repackaging electric car batteries as home and business power storage systems faces stiff competition for both customers and the government subsidies that are critical to the market’s growth.

At the unveiling of its suite of storage battery systems on Thursday, Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk said at a company event near Los Angeles the new Tesla Energy was far ahead of its competition in offering an integrated system for generating solar power and storing it on-site.