Utilities are reluctant to invest in coal plants, even after Trump tries to save them” • No utilities contacted by the Washington Examiner said they would commit to improving their coal plants or re-evaluate planned retirements because of the EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy rule. And none of them have plans to build new coal plants. [Washington Examiner]
- “‘It sort of exploded’: the rapid rise of solar energy in North Carolina” • Solar energy growth in North Carolina is among the fastest in the country, according to an Environment North Carolina report, and it shows no signs of slowing down. Between 2008 and 2017, the state’s solar production rose from 7 GWh to 5,783 GWh. [The Daily Tar Heel]
- “How China’s giant solar farms are transforming world energy” • China has more solar energy capacity than any other country in the world, at a gargantuan 130 GW. Unsurprisingly, China is the home of many sizeable solar farms. The largest solar plant in the world at the moment is in China’s Tengger Desert, which has a capacity of over 1,500 MW. [BBC]
- “Commercial solar is about to become a reality in Alaska” • A 408-panel solar PV array is weeks away from completion on a plot of land along the Glenn Highway in Willow, Alaska. When it’s switched on next month it will be the largest solar power project in Alaska. A larger array, however, is already being built near Fairbanks. [Anchorage Daily News]
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