Hari Sreenivasan reads viewer comments about a recent signature segment concerning Hawaii’s booming solar energy industry. Continue reading
While most people who install solar panels in Hawaii remain tied to the local electrical grid, others have managed to move off the grid completely. Here’s how two men became grid defectors, and why they say it’s only a matter of time before more people make the switch. Continue reading
In some parts of Hawaii, where many homeowners have installed rooftop panels to capitalize on federal and state tax credits for using solar energy, the local utility company has slowed down approvals of new solar systems, saying that abundant users may threaten the safety and reliability of the power grid. As the popularity of rooftop solar spreads, many Americans could soon enter the same gridlock. NewsHour special correspondent Mike Taibbi reports. Continue reading
Scientists have developed a more efficient method of creating the material that makes solar panels work, according to a report published this week, which researchers say could be key to creating clean global energy in the future. Continue reading
The U.S. and China reached a historic agreement to drastically curb carbon emissions after months of secret talks. Will either side be able to deliver on the pledge? Michael Oppenheimer of Princeton University speaks with Gwen Ifill about the pressures that led to the landmark plan and which other countries may be influenced to address climate change. Continue reading
Chris Martenson would be a lot less worried about this country’s economic future if America invested in the kinds of alternative energy he’s installed around his home in rural New England. Continue reading
The Obama administration criticized India’s solar energy policies Tuesday for discriminating against U.S. exporters and creating challenges for investing in India’s solar infrastructure. The announcement came after Michael Froman, the U.S. trade representative, filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization Monday claiming the solar program doesn’t follow WTO rules.
After the Obama administration-embraced solar-panel company Solyndra collapsed and defaulted on its government-backed loans, the surging U.S. solar industry is suddenly worried that the subsidies it receives — tax credits and loans guarantees — could dry up in the face of opposition from conservatives. Spencer Michels reports. Continue reading