Solar energy still faces an uncertain future in Nevada

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Nevada’s net metering plans may be in trouble The future of solar energy in Nevada was beginning to look promising, but that may have changed in a very short amount of time. NV Energy, one of the state’s largest utilities, suggests that the state’s revised net metering policies may no longer be viable. Changes in state policy would have allowed solar customers to take advantage of old net metering rules, allowing them to sell surplus electricity back to the state’s energy grid. NV Energy decries contentious provisions of net metering…

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Solar energy may begin to surge in Nevada

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Solar-friendly policies return to Nevada Solar energy may soon see a comeback in Nevada. The solar sector has been struggling to find a foothold in the state since the government struck down net metering and other favorable policies nearly two years ago. With these policies coming back into play, however, the state’s solar market may become revitalized. This began with the passing of legislation that reinstate favorable rates for solar consumers, allowing them to once again take advantage of the state’s net metering system. Net metering could help the solar…

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Entirety of US could be powered by solar energy, according to Elon Musk

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A small part of the country could use solar panels to generate all of the country’s electricity Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors and chairman of SolarCity, believes that the entirety of the United States can be powered by a 100 mile by 100 mile track of land equipped with solar energy systems. Musk outlined this vision during a meeting with the National Governors Association. According to Musk, the land needed for this endeavor can be found in Nevada, Texas, or Utah. These three states have extensive tracks of open…

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Two renewable energy bills have been shot down in Nevada

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Governor vetoes two renewable energy bills The future of renewable energy in Nevada had begun to look somewhat brighter in recent months due to the introduction of three new bills. These bills would help the state shift toward a more open and competitive energy market, but two of these three bills have now been shot down. Late last week, Governor Brian Sandoval vetoed two of the three bills, claiming that there is significant uncertainty regarding Nevada’s renewable energy shift. Bills would have aided the expansion of renewable energy in the…

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Los Angeles will be receiving power from geothermal energy sources

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LADWP forms agreement to make use of geothermal energy The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has formed a new agreement to make use of geothermal energy. This is expected to help Los Angeles accomplish its environmental goals within the coming years. By 2025, the city intends to become coal-free, relying completely on renewable energy. The agreement to acquire geothermal energy was approved by the City Council and finally signed by Mayor Eric Garcetti shortly thereafter. Geothermal energy will be coming from projects in Nevada Per the agreement,…

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Hope shines for Nevada’s solar energy market

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Nevada Assembly has approved an initiative to support the state’s solar energy space Nevada’s solar energy sector may soon see a revival due to legislative action. The Nevada Assembly has given support to an initiative that aims to make solar energy much more accessible to consumers throughout the state. Solar power has struggled to thrive in Nevada recently due to state legislation issuing massive fees on solar customers. State policies have caused several solar energy developers to leave the Nevada market, with some suggesting that the state is not a…

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Amazon launches new solar energy initiative

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Amazon will be installing solar energy systems at fulfillment centers throughout the world Amazon has launched a new solar energy initiative that will involve installing photovoltaic systems on its fulfillment centers throughout the world. The company intends to invest heavily in solar energy in order to reduce its consumption of fossil-fuels and production of emissions. In the United States, Amazon will be installing solar panels on more than 15 fulfillment and sorting facilities by the end of this year. The company plans to expand these plans in order to affix…

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Las Vegas could be an oasis for solar energy in Nevada

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City is investing more heavily in solar energy While Nevada’s solar energy market may have suffered a major blow in 2016, there is one city where this form of clean power is flourishing: Las Vegas. The city recently played host to the annual Consumer Electronics Show, which boasted of more than 165,000 attendees. A portion of the power used by the event was provided by solar energy sources. In fact, most of the city actually draws electrical power from the sun. All of Las Vegas’ government buildings are powered by…

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GM shows off its new vehicle equipped with an innovative fuel cell system

New fuel cell system is being used in the Colorado ZH2 General Motors recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the world’s first fuel cell vehicle. The company produced this vehicle in 1966. Called the Electrovan, the car represented the first time a hydrogen fuel cell was equipped to a consumer vehicle. Since then, General Motors has accumulated more than 3 million miles worth of testing on fuel cell transportation. The automaker’s Chevrolet division has continued experimenting with hydrogen fuel cells and recently showcased its new Colorado ZH2 at the SEMA…

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Nevada solar energy market may get a boost thanks to world’s largest solar project

Largest solar project in the world is being built in Nevada Nevada’s solar energy market recently suffered a grievous blow due to legislation being enacted within the state. The legislation requires solar customers to pay more for the electricity they consume through the use of photovoltaic systems. This legislation has had a dramatic impact on the state’s solar energy market, with some developers opting to abandon the state due to poor business prospects. Nevada is, however, home to what will become the world’s largest solar power project, which is expected…

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China invests in concentrated solar energy

Chinese utility purchases innovative technology from American company China is looking to take advantage of innovative technology in order to further boost its solar energy capacity. One of the country’s energy utilities has turned to BrightSource Energy, a developer based in California, signing a deal to purchase new technology from the company. The technology that the utility is purchasing is the same being used to power a solar farm outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. The technology leverages the power or mirrors in order to concentrate sunlight. Concentrated solar energy shows…

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Solar roof may be the future of residential solar energy

Elon Musk outlines concept for a solar roof system Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors and chairman of SolarCity, has a new plan to bolster solar energy usage among homeowners. The technology icon and pioneer wants to turn rooftops into solar power generators. While this may not seem like a new idea, Musk intends to do away with solar panels installed on actual rooftops and convert these into full-scale energy production systems. Musk believes that homeowners will have to replace their roofs at some point, which creates a promising opportunity…

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Tesla aims to acquire SolarCity to promote solar energy systems

Tesla Motors has made an offer on SolarCity Elon Musk is setting to bring Tesla Motors and SolarCity closer together. Tesla Motors has made a $2.8 billion stock-to-stock offer for SolarCity, which is one of the largest and most successful solar energy providers in the United States. Elon Musk is one of the founders of SolarCity and is currently serving as a chairman for the company. Musk is also one of the founders of Tesla Motors and believes that both companies should share a closer relationship. SolarCity could give electric…

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Nevada’s solar energy market is growing more chaotic

Cut subsidies lead to controversy throughout the solar energy market Solar energy in Nevada suffered a grievous blow recently, with the state deciding to make drastic cuts to subsidies, effectively cutting off support for the solar market. Concerns regarding this move are now coming under fire, with one of the state’s largest groups backed by utilities casting doubt on worries issued by consumers, developers, and prominent public figures. Solar Energy Fairness, which is supported by NV Energy, one of the state’s major utilities, has begun airing an ad that suggests…

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Solar energy market in the US to be driven forward by 10 states

10 states are leading the way in the adoption of solar power Solar energy is growing throughout the United States, but 10 states are leading the way in the growth of this sector of clean power. These states have been showing more support for this form of renewable energy in recent years, providing incentives for solar developers designed to ensure that their projects are successful. Currently, the entire country only derives 0.65% of its energy from solar power, but this is beginning to change thanks to the efforts of some…

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Tesla’s Gigafactory will be powered by renewable energy

Gigafactory will be an off-grid facility Tesla Motors, one of the leading producers of innovative electric vehicles, is making progress in building its new Gigafactory. The factory is meant to manufacture the lithium-ion batteries that will be used in Tesla’s vehicles. Tesla expects that the facility will be able to manufacture the equivalent of 35 gigawatt-hours of lithium-ion batteries, which is more than what had been produced throughout the world in 2013.The factory is currently being built in Nevada after the state won Tesla’s favor as being host for the…

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