August 15, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The White House began installing solar panels this week on the first family's residence, finally making good on a pledge President Obama made almost three years ago. The installation follows a speech Obama made in June on tackling the causes of climate change and dealing with its effects. Administration officials announced in October 2010 that solar panels would be installed in the White House as part of an initiative to make government buildings more energy efficient, but the work was repeatedly delayed.
August 11, 2013 |
The green trend is taking hold in the airline industry. United Airlines announced plans in June to buy 15 million gallons of lower-carbon, renewable jet fuel over a three-year period. And Alaska Airlines is testing solar-powered passenger ramps. The new mobile ramps, used to get passengers on and off planes, are equipped with solar panels that power the batteries that drive the ramps' electric motors. Traditional mobile ramps and passenger stairs are powered by gasoline or diesel engines.
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 8, 2013 |
The pilots of the first solar-powered plane to fly across America hope to transform the momentum of their historic flight into a grand-scale push for clean technology. Solar Impulse pilot and project president Bertrand Piccard said his team was “elated” by the smooth landing at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on Saturday night from an aviation and a renewable-energy standpoint. “It really shows our clean-technology solar energy and our new systems have been reliable,” he said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.
June 27, 2013 |
As Los Angeles launches into its solar buyback program between companies and the L.A. Department of Water and Power, one rooftop power producer is exploring a way to avoid depending on utilities altogether. Lyndon Rive, chief executive of San Mateo, Calif.-based SolarCity Corp., said in an interview this week that his rooftop solar company plans to roll out a system that would allow customers to generate power by panels during daylight hours and store the energy in battery packs at night.
June 6, 2013 |
With demand for energy-efficient homes surging in Southern California, home builders are producing more houses with rooftop solar power systems than ever before. About 4,000 new homes were built with a rooftop solar power system last year in California alone, SunPower Corp. announced Wednesday. That figure nearly doubled year-over-year from 2011 to 2012, the company reported. SunPower, headquartered in San Jose, designs and builds solar panels and systems. The company recently installed its 10,000th system on a home near San Diego. Home buyers in Southern California are starting to realize how much they could save by purchasing a new home with a solar power system installed on the roof, said Matt Brost, SunPower's national sales director.