DOE backs large PV solar project in Yuma

other big solar project got a needed a ray of hope today from the U.S. Department of Energy, which announced conditional loan guarantees of nearly $1 billion for the Agua Caliente Solar LLC project in Yuma County, Arizona.
The 290 megawatt project will be the largest photovoltaic generation facility in the world, according to its owner, NRG Solar of Carlsbad, Calif.

Let the sun shine on! Obama will put solar panels on the White House

The first family’s residence will soon be partially powered by the sun, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today.

The rooftop solar installation will heat hot water for the first family’s residence and supplement power for America’s most famous house. It is expected to be up and operating by the spring of 2011, showing that “American solar technologies are available, reliable and ready for installation in homes throughout the country,’’ according to the administration.

Green Mountain Energy wants Houston non-profits to apply for free solar panels

Green Mountain Energy Company is looking for Houston-area non-profit groups that would like to harness the power of that blazing Texas sun. Every year for the past eight years, the clean energy retailer has donated solar rooftop systems to selected organizations through its Big Texas Sun Club. Groups that want to be considered this year must apply to Green Mountain Energy at the club’s website by Friday, July 30, 2010.