Solar found itself in the spotlight once again this past week, this time as the result of a mention during the first U.S. presidential debate. The Clinton-Trump clash on clean energy, SunPower’s accusation that SolarCity stole its technology and a new fully integrated off-grid solar array are the eye-catching headlines we’re discussing from this week’s Solar Energy News report.
Austin Energy, the electrical utility for Austin is expanding it’s use of renewable energy to generate the power that Austinites need. Austin’s original goal was to provide 35 percent of its 2,540 MegaWatts of energy from renewables by 2020. But Austin Energy was on track to meet that goal by 2016, so the city council proposed a new renewable energy goal of getting 55 percent of its energy from renewables by 2025. Continue reading