Renewable Energy Update - February 15, 2011

In This Issue:

California group calls for less litigation, more productive discussion of solar energy; RENEWABLE ENERGY FOCUS - California GHG law hits legal snags; DOE announces $27 million in funding for cheap solar power initiative; California energy law proposal puts state on track for 21% renewable energy in 2011; California safety officials warn of solar PV installation dangers; Solar energy cheaper than natural gas in 250MW SCE deal; California solar company gains final approval for 150MW Arizona project; Orange County firm offers NABCEP-compliant solar PV training; Berkeley company produces portable solar generator; DOE to award $50.5M in offshore wind energy R&D funding; Officials seek public comment on Solano County wind farm conservation plan; Abundant geothermal could jumpstart Imperial Valley economy: study; DOE agency upgrades IT security guidelines for smart grid; Marin Energy Authority plans rate cuts to woo customers from PG&E; NOTABLE RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS AND DEALS - First Solar to build 250MW Nevada solar plant; SCE to purchase output; Wells Fargo, Chinese company complete $100M financing arrangement for solar PV deal; and Sullivan Solar Power opens Irvine branch.

California group calls for less litigation, more productive

discussion of solar energy

Public News Service - Feb 9

Clean energy advocacy group the California Desert and Renewable Energy Working Group has released recommendations for solar energy project development in the state that seek compromise between the goals of the environmental and solar energy lobbies. "It's not everything that the environmental community wanted, and it's not everything that the solar industry wanted, but it is a good middle ground for which we can build and move forward on," said group member and environmental advocate Kim Delfino. The coalition is hoping to convince the Department of the Interior to adopt the guidelines as a means of avoiding the frequent litigation between the groups that has stalled solar projects throughout the state.

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