Renewable Energy Update - August 16, 2011

In This Issue:

California leading U.S. solar industry; RENEWABLE ENERGY FOCUS - House bill would protect state energy upgrade loan programs; RETECH 2011; National Renewable Energy Laboratory seeks insight on trends for renewable energy financing; Wind rebounds in Q2 2011, growth depends on policy, AWEA says; Ford Focus electric to come with home solar option; to be sold in California later this year; Massive solar project approved for California; SunPower, First Solar agree to add more wildlife protect areas to solar projects; California Energy Commission approves 570MW hybrid power plant for Los Angeles County; California adopts first standards for cyber security of smart meters; Nevada hydroelectric plant's backer may proceed alone; plant will supply electricity to California; Santa Rosa Fire Department regulations causing concern for homeowners using solar power; Editorial: Reforming access to California power grid is imperative; BrightSource seeks second solar thermal plant in California; Defender of California global warming law to speak at American Renewable Energy Day; NOTABLE RENEWABLE ENERGY PrOJECTS ANd DEALS - GE to invest up to $40M in eSolar; Batzer lands contract at California biomass plant; Sempra, PG&E reach 150MW deal for second phase of Copper Mountain Solar project; and California Unions for Reliable Energy partners with K Road Calico solar project.

California leading U.S. solar industry

PV Magazine - Aug 8

According to IHS iSuppli, California is to continue its solar lead in the country in terms of installed capacity, with predictions that 7.5GW will be added between 2010 and 2015. If the forecasts are correct, this will take overall installed capacity to 8.4GW by 2015. IHS iSuppli's Michael Sheppard attributes the state’s solar strength to its plentiful sunshine and positive political support.

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