solar power

Report: Tesla Is in Deep Trouble with Solar Power

Tesla’s solar ambitions are in deep trouble according to reports. Solar cells designed to replace roofing shingles are reportedly not working out well for the company, with the majority of solar cells being exported overseas. The company is facing fresh scrutiny about its factory in Buffalo, New York, and the promises it made to the state to employ a certain number of workers at the facility.

Elon Musk shrugs

Department of Energy Doles Out $46.2 Million for Solar Power Projects

The Department of Energy announced last week that American taxpayers are providing millions of dollars to develop solar power projects across the country, including funding for seven companies in California and $2 million to a solar business in Texas, home of Energy Secretary and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

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Solar Inconvenient Truth: Ivanpah Plant a Big Fossil Fuel User

The BrightSource Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Facility, which uses 320,000 mirrors to create thermal energy, still qualifies under state rules as an alternative energy source, despite using about 1.4 billion cubic feet of natural gas a year, according to a report by the Press Telegram.

Ivanpah (Joel Pollak / Breitbart News)

‘Peak Solar’ Hits California

Despite the U.S. Congress passing the Consolidated Appropriations Act in December 2015 to slather another $9.3 billion of taxpayer credits on new solar power added to the electrical grid, California solar installments peaked in 2015 and are now headed south.

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Brexit’s energy lesson for California, et al

“California’s largest utility and environmental groups announced a deal Tuesday [June 21] to shutter the last nuclear power plant in the state.” This statement from the Associated Press reporting about the announced closure of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant

US electricity utilities Great Plains Energy and Westar Energy plan to merge

Rooftop Solar Companies Only Play If Deck Stacked in Their Favor

Worried about self-preservation, and acting in its own best interest—rather than that of consumers specifically, and America in general—solar industry groups have sprung up to defend the favored-status energy policies and attack anyone who disagrees with the incentive-payment business model.

A member of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) walks under the solar panels at the roof deck of a mall in Manila on November 24, 2014. The 5,760 solar panels have been installed on the roof deck of the multi-level carpark of SM City mall.