Renewable Energy Update – August 2018 #2

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Wells Fargo Renewable Energy and Environmental Finance have completed the final $85 million in tax-equity funding for Sempra Renewables’ solar generation facility

Renewable Energy Update – July 2016 #3

Tesla Motors Continues To Report Quarterly Losses, While Interest In Their Batteries Grow

It’s Tesla Motors’ biggest bet yet: a $5 billion factory in the Nevada desert that could nearly double the world’s production of lithium-ion batteries.

Massive Solar Electricity Plant Provides Power To California Homes

If you want a good example how bad government can kill good jobs and clean energy innovation, take a look at what’s happening in Nevada, where a decision by Governor Brian Sandoval’s appointees, pushed by NV Energy Inc., essentially killed the thriving local solar energy industry. In December 2015, Gov. Sandoval’s Public Utilities Commission (PUCN)… Keep reading →

US billionaire Warren Buffett arrives at

Warren Buffet came in for criticism after his company, Berkshire’s NV Energy, Nevada’s dominant utility opposed the proposal to increase a cap on the amount net metering for state citizens. “While the billionaire’s famed holding company has reaped tax credits from investing in wind farms and solar arrays, net metering is often seen by utilities… Keep reading →

Proposed Radioactive Waste Site in Nevada

Energy Secretary Moniz and Nevada Governor Sandoval Formalize Working Group to Advance Shared Interests at Nevada National Security Site Department of Energy and State of Nevada also Finalize Record of Decision on Key National Security Activities at NNSS WASHINGTON—U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)… Keep reading →

Tesla Motors Continues To Report Quarterly Losses, While Interest In Their Batteries Grow

News broke on Wednesday that Nevada had apparently won the five-state competition to land Tesla Motors’ vaunted Gigafactory. A boost in manufacturing prestige and 6,500 jobs are expected to result – but is it possible this giant battery plant of the future could turn out to be a white elephant? OK, Lux Research didn’t go… Keep reading →

Tesla Earns $46 Million In Q4 As Stock Soars Amid Apple Rumors

It’s not quite full-steam ahead on a Reno “Gigafactory” for Tesla – but the electric car company did confirm that it has pushed around a lot of Nevada dirt, while also keeping its options open in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas. This revelation came in the company’s second quarter 2014 shareholder letter [PDF], issued… Keep reading →


Companies and engineers worldwide are pursuing grid-scale energy storage technology that would allow distributed renewable energy sources to easily and efficiently feed electricity into centralized power grids. Once economically commercialized, such technology would find a gargantuan market. And a US-based company will jump ahead of the competition next year with its molten salt storage technique.… Keep reading →

Annual Badwater Ultra Marathon Held In Death Valley's Extreme Heat

Those solar zones that the Obama administration has created on public lands in the West, they’re for solar. No mining allowed. The Bureau of Land Management made this temporary ban a long-term thing earlier this month, putting 475 square miles in six western states off-limits to new mining claims for the next 20 years. It’s a move… Keep reading →