Renewable Energy Focus
Law360 - Aug 30
German and Chinese leaders agreed last week to open negotiations on their dispute over solar panel materials pricing, with both sides saying the matter should be resolved by discussion, not by litigation.
Capitol Hill's Energy & Environment Blog - Aug 30
The Energy Department’s (DOE) internal watchdog has not found evidence to back claims of “improprieties” in DOE’s review of conflicts of interest among law firms retained to help vet green energy loan applications.
Westlaw News - Aug 29
An agent of the Department of Justice said the solar panel maker should disclose whether it is favoring venture capital investors over creditors.
Reuters News - Aug 29
An Italian court has filed criminal charges against an investment fund controlled by China's Suntech Power Holdings, the world's largest maker of solar panels, accusing it of illegally building solar farms to milk state subsidies. The charges, together with other legal actions still being prepared against the fund, could eventually result in 80 million euros' ($100 million) worth of subsidy-backed solar farms being dismantled, an Italian prosecutor said, extending the problems of Suntech's Global Solar Fund, which invests in European solar power projects.
Green Tech Solar News - Aug 28
Municipalities and county and local agencies all over the U.S. are beginning to discover solar can generate revenues. The City of Lancaster is putting teachers in classrooms and cops on the streets with money generated by its investment in solar.
National Wind Watch - Aug 30
Wind turbines have become more and more of a common sight in many parts of the country; certainly along the Columbia Gorge and in some areas of eastern Oregon. Heavy federal subsidies have prompted many investors to erect these large power generators to help provide more power to an energy hungry nation.
Law 360 - Aug 28
Lone Star Transmission LLC on Friday asked the Texas Supreme Court to review an injunction granted to a West Texas ranch that bars construction of a wind transmission line on the ranch's property, saying the move could throw a wrench into the state's plans to complete a network that will move wind power from renewable energy zones to the rest of the state.
Wyoming Business Report - Aug 28
A lease agreement for a proposed $750 million, 150-turbine wind farm on the city of Cheyenne's Belvoir Ranch passed a city council vote last week.
EBR - Wind News - Aug 24
E.ON Climate & Renewables North America has unveiled a 200MW wind energy project located in Willacy County, Texas.
Notable Renewable Energy Projects and Deals
Biz Journal - Aug 28
The University of Hawaii’s Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology has signed a 20-year power-purchase agreement with SolarCity to provide electricity to the institute’s facility on Coconut Island in Kaneohe Bay.
Reuters Utilities News - Aug 28
Westinghouse Solar Inc, which is being bought by CBD Energy, said it will form a joint venture with the Australian renewable energy company to design and build projects in Italy.
Technology Review - Aug 27
Consolidation in solar continues as Germany's Q-Cells reaches an agreement to be acquired by Hanwha Group. Insolvent German solar manufacturer Q-Cells said it has an agreement with Hanwha Group to buy the company, a sign of the rapid consolidation moving through the solar industry.
Venturebeat - Aug 24
Solar energy software companies Draker and Solar Power Technologies successfully completed a merger this week on top of closing a new $8 million round of funding . The two companies specialize in creating software to manage solar power hardware and monitor it for efficiency and profitability.
eSolar Energy News - Aug 27
Tenaska Solar Ventures, LLC, an affiliate of Omaha-based Tenaska, announced that it has acquired the Silverleaf photovoltaic solar project, a proposed 160-megawatt (MW) solar energy project under development in Southern California.
eSolar Energy News - Aug 27
Watsonville Coast Produce is excited to announce the completion of a 739.2kW solar power system on their agricultural distribution facility in Watsonville, CA.
Ventura County Star - Aug 28
Newbury Park-based Sauer Energy Inc., developer of the WindCharger vertical-axis wind turbine, will move its headquarters to Camarillo, company officials announced this week.
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