New & Noteworthy – Page 348

House Passes Bill Requiring Utilities Embrace Renewables

Posted by SI Staff on August 06, 2007

The House of Representatives, meeting in a rare Saturday session on August 4, passed its version of an energy bill that includes a federal renewable energy mandate for electric utilities. H.R. 3221, adopted by a vote of 220-190, requires investor-owned [Read More]

Renewable Energy Association Formed In Connecticut

Posted by SI Staff on July 30, 2007

Barry S. Diamond, president of Alliance ConsultingLLC, a Trumbull-Conn. based bio-fuels development company, has announced the launch of the Renewable Energy Association of Connecticut. The new association will be open to Connecticut companies involved in the development and installation of [Read More]

Extension For Ontario Energy Rebate

Posted by SI Staff on July 25, 2007

The provincial government of Ontario has extended the Retail Sales Tax (RST) exemption for residents who purchase a home that features renewable energy sources. The rebate, which was set to expire on November 27, has been extended through January 1, [Read More]

AWEA Study Shows U.S. Still Dominates Small Wind

Posted by SI Staff on July 20, 2007

The American Wind Energy Association's (AWEA's) newly released 2007 Small Wind Turbine Global Market Study finds that U.S. manufacturers continue to dominate the world market share of small-turbine sales globally. Roughly half of all U.S. manufacturers' sales are made overseas, [Read More]

Government-Sponsored Solar Push Down Under

Posted by SI Staff on July 17, 2007

There is a new move to entice the installation of solar technologies in Australia and New Zealand. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Australian homeowners will receive $1,000 rebates from the government that will be applied towards the cost of [Read More]

Florida’s Governor Goes Solar

Posted by SI Staff on July 16, 2007

The Sunshine State has a new solar initiative, thanks to Florida Governor Charlie Crist's executive order requiring utilities to generate one-fifth of their electricity from renewable energy sources. The executive order, which was signed on Friday at the end of [Read More]

Utility Offers Rebates For Solar Users

Posted by SI Staff on July 10, 2007

Sierra Pacific Power Co., a Nevada utility, is offering cash rebates to residential customers who install solar-power generating technology. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis between July 16 and 31, and the approved projects must be completed [Read More]

Solar Wholesaler Changes Its Name

Posted by SI Staff on July 09, 2007

SolarMarkt U.S. has changed its name to ThinkSolar. According to the Oakland, Calif.-based subsidiary of the German company SolarMarkt AG, the new name is reflective ‘to better suit its mission of bringing solar to all corners of America.’ SolarMarkt AG [Read More]

More Solar Cells From China

Posted by SI Staff on July 09, 2007

JA Solar Holdings Co. Ltd., headquarterd in Hebei, China, has announced it has commenced production on four additional solar cell production lines. The company states the four new 25 MW per year lines will increase its annual manufacturing capacity from [Read More]

Oregon Legislature Passes Solar Policies

Posted by SI Staff on July 03, 2007

Following the recent passage of the state's Renewable Energy Standard (RES), Gov. Ted Kulongoski, D.-Ore., subsequently signed several solar policies designed to encourage solar manufacturing and the installation of solar hot water and photovoltaic (PV) systems in the state. Oregon's [Read More]