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California Legislature Pushing Again for Renewable Energy Standard

With President Barak Obama preparing for an anticipated fight in Washington over federal funding for green energy research, some California democrats are renewing their own attempts to promote green energy on a state level. Last week Joe Simitian, Darrell Steinberg, and Christine Kehoe, […]

California Gets Solar-Focused Feed-in Tariff & Help from Washington to Expedite Construction of New Clean Energy Projects

California roofs set to become money makers California has joined Vermont and Michigan in establishing a state-wide feed-in tariff. The legislation was signed into law last night by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Schwarzenegger actually signed two separate bills. One is called AB 920, and […]

An Election Win for Green Energy?

With the dust still settling from last week’s elections, political pundits remain in full post-mortem mode. In California, where the state’s ballot initiative process allows the electorate a direct vote on new state laws, one of the most discussed election results may be […]

PG&E?s Green Clout On California?s Prop. 16

When Californians go to the polls on June 8th, they have a chance to vote on a ballot amendment that could result in a massive change to the green energy landscape in the country?s most populous state. Proposition 16 is an initiative that, […]

Exclusive: Details Emerge on Financing of SolarReserve Utility-Scale Power Projects

SolarReserve, a developer of utility-scale solar thermal power projects based in Santa Monica, Calif., is planning to tap public and private money to finance the development of two new projects, each backed by recently signed long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs).

AltaRock Energy Shuts Down California Geothermal Project

Utility-scale geothermal, or taping heat deep inside the earth’s core to generate large amounts of clean and reliable electricity, sounds like a great idea but it seems more and more like an impossible feat. Yesterday, the New York Times reported, that AltaRock Energy, […]

PG&E Buys 246 MW Wind Project in Southern California

San Francisco utility Pacific Gas and Electricity (PG&E)?has acquired a $900 million, 246-megawatt wind project in Southern California from Iberdrola Renewables, the U.S. unit of the Spanish renewable energy company. This is PG&E?s first direct investment in wind generation. The deal was announced […]

First Solar Sells 21 MW Solar Energy Project to NRG Energy

First Solar has sold its 21-megawatt solar energy project now under construction in Blythe, Calif., 200 miles (321 kilometers) east of Los Angeles to NRG Energy. Construction on Blythe, California’s largest utility-scale PV power plant, began in September and is expected to end […]

Solar Millennium Hires Deutsche Bank and Citigroup to Help it Secure $6bn Financing

The U.S. project company of Germany’s Solar Millennium announced that it has hired Deutsche Bank and Citigroup to help it raise as much as €4 billion ($6 billion) to finance construction of thermal power projects across the sun-drenched U.S. Southwest. Solar Millennium’s U.S. unit, […]

California Gets Solar-Focused Feed-in Tariffs

California roofs set to become money makers California has joined Vermont and Michigan in establishing a state-wide feed-in tariff. The legislation was signed into law last night by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Schwarzenegger actually signed two separate bills. One is called AB 920, and […]