- Last week, representatives from China’s national Energy Research Institute, the State Grid Energy Research Institute, and others released a new study envisioning a nation powered by 57% renewables in 2030, growing to 86% renewables by 2050, all at the same time as China’s economy grows sevenfold. [CleanTechnica]
- California Governor Jerry Brown launched an ambitious new effort to limit climate change Wednesday, calling for the state to cut its planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions 40% below 1990 levels by 2030, the toughest carbon goal adopted by any North American government for that time frame. [USA TODAY]
- Another large user of power is going to boycott the direct use of coal at the facilities it controls. But this time, it’s not a government or a do-good nonprofit institution. No, it is the largest manufacturer of vehicles, a profit-seeking behemoth that symbolizes the nation’s industrial strength: General Motors. [Slate Magazine]
- Analysis from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory finds that by making shared solar programs available to households and businesses that currently cannot host on-site PV systems shared solar could represent 32% to 49% of the distributed photovoltaic market in 2020. [CleanTechnica]
- The nation’s largest solar energy contractor for residential and commercial customers will be opening shop in New Hampshire. SolarCity has been looking for space in Manchester and is close to leasing a 15,000-square-foot location where it will employ 70 to 100 people in the business of rooftop solar. [RenewablesBiz]
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