(Reuters) – When Gloria Adams signed a contract to install a rooftop solar power system on her Oahu home in late August, she looked forward to lower electric bills and a return on her investment in the years ahead.
She never dreamed that she would have to stop the project, get the Hawaiian Electric Company’s permission before she could proceed, and possibly help pay for any upgrades to her neighborhood’s electricity circuits to handle the extra load.
Dec 16 (Reuters) – When Gloria Adams signed a contract to
install a rooftop solar power system on her Oahu home in late
August, she looked forward to lower electric bills and a return
on her investment in the years ahead.
She never dreamed that she would have to stop the project,
get the Hawaiian Electric Company’s permission before she could
proceed, and possibly help pay for any upgrades to her
neighborhood’s electricity circuits to handle the extra load.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – SolarCity Corp (SCTY.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Wednesday said it will begin offering Tesla Motors Inc-made batteries with its commercial solar systems, allowing businesses to cut what they pay to their local utility by using stored electricity.
The batteries made by Tesla (TSLA.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), which can also provide backup power during blackouts, are available to business owners who put up new solar installations with SolarCity and finance them through a lease contract or power purchase agreement.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – In a first on Monday, an online marketplace will allow U.S. homeowners to weigh options for going solar as easily as they can compare prices for airline tickets.
Geostellar, a startup backed by power producer NRG Energy Inc, is seeking to become the Expedia or Orbitz of the solar industry — a one-stop shop where consumers can not only compare the benefits of leasing solar panels versus buying them outright, but ultimately sign up to install a system.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Honda Motor Co Ltd’s Accord was named Green Car of the Year on Thursday, the editor of the Green Car Journal announced at the L.A. Auto Show.
The Accord won in large part because it offers high fuel economy ratings for gasoline, gasoline-battery hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the venerable sedan, said Ron Cogan, editor of the Green Car Journal.
LOS ANGELES, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Honda Motor Co Ltd
has high hopes for its hydrogen fuel cell vehicle and its
advanced technology to reduce tailpipe emissions, although the
Japanese carmaker concedes consumers may take a few years to
warm to the concept.
Honda unveiled the 5-passenger vehicle at the Los Angeles
Auto Show on Wednesday. It doesn’t have a name, for now, and is
referred to simply by the acronym for a fuel cell electric
vehicle – the ‘FCEV Concept’.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co (F.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is preparing to launch its Mustang coupe overseas for the first time, betting that the romance of the iconic American car will draw more consumers to its showrooms outside the United States.
The Mustang, which was redesigned for the 2015 model year, is a key vehicle that will both help Ford meet its mid-decade margin goals and attract new customers, Ford’s president of the Americas, Joe Hinrichs, said at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Nissan Motor Co Ltd
said it will lift U.S. production of its all-electric Leaf as
demand for the car has surged sharply this year following a cut
to its sticker price.
For many automakers, demand for electric vehicles has
generally failed to live up to expectations set when models like
the Leaf and General Motors Co’s gasoline-electric hybrid
Volt were being developed.
Nov 14 (Reuters) – Arizona on Thursday dealt a blow to the
state’s largest utility by approving a monthly fee on customers
with solar panels that Arizona Public Service said was not
enough to offset the costs that those rooftop systems have
heaped on its remaining ratepayers.
The measure, approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission
in a 3-2 vote, was intended to serve as a compromise between APS
and the solar industry, which had fought to stop the utility’s
efforts to change a solar incentive that has buttressed the
rapid growth of rooftop systems in one of the nation’s sunniest
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Proponents of solar power will face off with Arizona’s biggest utility on Thursday in a last-ditch effort to sway regulators who are preparing to rule on the fate of a little-known solar subsidy that, if altered, would be a blow to the burgeoning U.S. rooftop solar industry in one of its biggest markets.
The Arizona Corporation Commission’s expected vote will be watched closely by utility and solar players far beyond the Grand Canyon State. That’s because the two industries are increasingly at odds over a policy known as net metering, which allows homeowners with rooftop solar systems to sell the power they don’t use back to their utilities at retail rates.