NREL's Six-Junction Solar Cell Nears 50 Percent Efficiency

Nikola Motor Claims Historic Battery Technology Breakthrough

Nikola Motor Co. said Tuesday that it achieved a landmark breakthrough in battery technology that could double the range of electric vehicles without adding any weight.

“We have the Holy Grail of batteries. You are talking about making electric vehicles at an affordable price point,” said Trevor Milton, founder and chief executive of the Phoenix, Ariz., startup. Nikola is developing hydrogen fuel cell and battery-electric heavy-duty trucks.

 

The breakthrough has not been confirmed by an independent third party.

DESRI Acquires Utah Projects From First Solar

D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments (DESRI) has acquired two Utah solar projects, Cove Mountain and Cove Mountain 2, from First Solar Inc.

The sale totals 180 MW AC of capacity, nearly doubling DESRI’s portfolio of First Solar-developed projects.

Cove Mountain and Cove Mountain 2 – both under construction, with completion expected next year – have long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) with PacifiCorp on behalf of Facebook, providing Facebook’s data center operations with solar.

Solar To Save Utah Homeless Resource Centers $4 Million

A collaborative effort between Rocky Mountain Power (RMP) and Auric Energy will result in an estimated $4 million in savings for three new Homeless Resource Centers in Salt Lake Valley, Utah, over the next 30 years.

Solar installations will offset roughly half of the energy used by the three facilities, allowing more money to support programs within the centers, which provide emergency shelter for up to 700 individuals nightly.

Solar Virtual Power Plant Installed At Utah Apartment Complex

A partnership of sonnen, the Wasatch Group, Auric Energy and Rocky Mountain Power has announced a network of solar-powered battery storage systems – i.e., a virtual power plant – in Herriman, Utah.

Utah Solar Project To Deliver Clean Energy To Facebook

First Solar Inc. has announced that its Cove Mountain 2 solar plant will support Facebook’s Eagle Mountain Data Center in Utah through a power purchase agreement (PPA) with PacifiCorp’s Rocky Mountain Power (RMP), which is part of Berkshire Hathaway Energy.

Kennecott Shuttering Utah Coal Plant In Favor Of Renewable Energy

After 75 years of operation, mining company Rio Tinto Kennecott is retiring the Utah Power Plant, a coal facility located in Magna, Utah.

Following regulatory approval, Kennecott will pair 1.5 million MWh of electricity with Green-e Energy certified carbon-free renewable energy certificates (RECs), primarily from Rocky Mountain Power’s growing portfolio of wind and solar resources.

Rocky Mountain FAILS to deliver power AGAIN

One might think that power lines could be underground and safe, but Rocky Mountain Power doesn't want to spend the money and doesn't care even a little bit when power goes out and people on life support die.  Neither do they care that some people depend on electricity for heat.  RMP has billions of dollars in savings and millions of dollars worth of equipment that they don't even need or use.  But then when dumb asses connect to the grid they agree to a perpetual debt that can never be paid off and really must enjoy spending double to ten times what electricity really costs.  Smart people u

Bluffdale Celebrates New Municipal Solar Arrays

Bluffdale City, Utah, is celebrating the completion of a new solar project.

Bluffdale City roofThe 500-panel project, which includes solar arrays on Bluffdale City Hall and fire stations 91 and 92, is providing nearly 50% of the energy used at the three buildings. It is expected to save the city $20,000 per year in energy costs.

Rocky Mountain Power leaves residence without power for days, again!

One might think that in an area where it snows every year and sometimes heavily, that Rocky Mountain Power might have at least a small amount of concern for it's customers.  But alas, RMC cares not about anyone on life support or that depends on electricity for heat.  To prove this RMC will not refund even a single penny for it's absolute failure to deliver the electricity as promised.  It's kind of like paying for a tank of gas at the fueling station and then have the station take your money and refuse to give you any fuel until next week. 

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