CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2014
Join Times staff writer Julie Cart for an online discussion at 9 a.m. Monday about the dimming prospects of solar energy. The Obama administration set off a building boom of large-scale solar power plants across the Southwest about five years ago, but the pace of development has slowed to a crawl. A number of companies have gone out of business and projects have been canceled. The first auction of public land for solar developers, an event once highly anticipated by federal planners, failed to draw a single bid last fall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 2014 |
Five years after the Obama administration's renewable energy initiative touched off a building boom of large-scale solar power plants across the desert Southwest, the pace of development has slowed to a crawl, with a number of companies going out of business and major projects canceled for lack of financing. Of the 365 federal solar applications since 2009, just 20 plants are on track to be built. Only three large-scale solar facilities have gone online, two in California and one in Nevada.
July 23, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- California ranks sixth among the top 12 states in per-capita installations of solar electric energy generators, according to a just-released report by an advocacy group. "Lighting the Way," the study by the Environment America Research and Policy Center, names California as a leader among the 50 states, along with Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina and Vermont. "The sky's the limit on solar energy," said Michelle Kinman, clean energy advocate for Environment California, one of the group's 29 state affiliates.
July 11, 2013 |
California had a banner year in solar installations in 2012, bringing the state 391 megawatts closer to its goal to install 3,000 megawatts by 2017. According to a California Solar Initiative progress report by the Public Utilities Commission, those additions represent a 26% growth from 2011. The state is now equipped to produce 1,629 megawatts of solar energy across completed projects at nearly 168,000 sites -- enough to power 150,000 homes. Evan Gillespie, a deputy director with the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign, said the progress was significant.
May 4, 2013
Re "Sci-fi worthy of Malthus," Opinion, April 30 So, does "human imagination" to find new sources of energy apply only to fossil fuels? Doesn't it also extend to the ingenuity needed to develop clean, sustainable energy from the sun and other alternative sources? Maybe before Jonah Goldberg promotes fracking and asteroid mining (did I read that correctly?), he might first consider supporting solar energy. That's not pessimism because we think we are depleting our source of energy (fossil fuels)
January 30, 2013 |
Hawaii's love affair with rooftop solar energy has turned into a gold rush. In 2012, as many permits for new solar units were issued on the island of Oahu alone as in the entire state over the last decade. That, inevitably, has led to gridlock. Homeowners and businesses in some areas have been required to conduct expensive studies before hooking up new solar power to the electrical grid, which utility operators fear could become saturated with unpredictable do-it-yourself power.