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UPDATED: Mon., May 27, 2019

Solar celebration hosted by Spokane Tribe

Most area residents will remember the Cayuse Mountain Fire that burned upwards of 18,000 acres. That fire, in 2016, was particularly disastrous to the Spokane Tribe. Power was cut to …


UPDATED: Fri., April 19, 2019

Starbucks turns to solar energy to power its Texas stores

Starbucks is investing in solar farms across Texas as part of an effort to annually save $50 million in utility costs over the next 10 years.


Baseball great Dusty Baker wants to harness the power of the sun

The avuncular baseball legend, who played with Hank Aaron and managed Barry Bonds years before the Washington Nationals fired him in 2017, is competing in a new arena.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 17, 2018

Gov. Jay Inslee to speak at solar farm dedication in Lind

Gov. Jay Inslee will speak Tuesday at the dedication of a solar farm in Lind, Washington.


Utility commission OKs new rate class for solar power users

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission has signed off on a plan to move Idaho Power customers who generate their own solar electricity to a new rate class.


Big utilities try to tilt solar energy market in their favor

Indiana’s large utility companies want state lawmakers to pass a law that critics say would muscle out smaller competitors from the emerging solar energy market.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 7, 2017

Solar industry clamors for workers as jobs climb by 25 percent

U.S. solar-industry employment in 2016 grew at the fastest pace in at least seven years, with growth in all sectors including manufacturing, sales and installations, as demand for clean power …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 11, 2017

Doug Clark: Mac McCormick a solar true believer with an $8-a-month power bill

Mac McCormick, 72, is a true believer in his family, in paying cash, and in solar energy.


For cheapest power on Earth, look skyward as coal falls to solar

Solar power is now cheaper than coal in some parts of the world. In less than a decade, it’s likely to be the lowest-cost option almost everywhere.


NorthWestern allowed to negotiate solar power contracts

State regulators voted Thursday to allow NorthWestern Energy to temporarily negotiate contracts with companies that propose building solar energy projects in Montana, rather than paying the set rate that the …


Solar-powered pilots’ globe-circling flight arrives in NYC

The pilots of a solar-powered airplane on a globe-circling voyage that began more than a year ago said their flight over the Statue of Liberty inspired them on their mission …


Sandpoint wins grant to put in Solar Roadways demo

The city of Sandpoint will start work soon on the first public pilot project with Solar Roadways Inc., the North Idaho startup that aims to transform roads, sidewalks and parking …


Getting off power grid not only for the cabin

A huge source of joy with a cabin in the woods comes from making due with less.


Obama pushing for more clean energy choices for consumers

LAS VEGAS – President Barack Obama on Monday accused fossil fuel interests and other critics of his energy policies of trying to restrict consumers from accessing solar, wind and other …


Gear junkie: Light so good it might be overkill

It’s the size and shape of a large notebook computer and brighter than most of my camping lanterns. The sidewalls are plastic, hollow, orange chambers that make it float. The …


George Takei takes notice of North Idaho solar road enterprise

When the helmsman of the USS Enterprise likes your invention, you know you’re on the road to success. George Takei, who portrayed Sulu on “Star Trek” and has more than …


Idaho solar road startup passes fundraising goal

When the helmsman of the USS Enterprise likes your invention, you know you’re on the road to success.


Plan to streamline solar development in West OK’d

SAN FRANCISCO — Federal officials today approved a plan that sets aside 285,000 acres of public land for the development of large-scale solar power plants, cementing a new government approach …


Company gets $750,000 for solar parking lot

A North Idaho company that aims to transform U.S. highways into a vast, energy-producing network is getting $750,000 from the federal government for the next phase of its project: a …


Avista wants to expand program

Avista Utilities is asking the Idaho Public Utilities Commission to allow an increase in the size of customer-owned power generation projects that qualify for the company’s net metering program. Avista …