- SpaceX’s big new rocket has blasted off on its first test flight, carrying a red Tesla sports car which it released into orbit. The Falcon Heavy rocket rose from the same Florida launch pad used by NASA to send men to the moon. Falcon Heavy cut costs by returning the three main-stage boosters back to Earth to be reused. [The Sydney Morning Herald]
- One of China’s biggest makers of solar panels, Longi Solar Technology Ltd, said it will invest $309 million to expand manufacturing in India in a move to guard against a rising threat of import controls in the US and other markets. New US tariffs are to be applied against solar panels from most producing countries, but not India’s. [PennEnergy]
- “Why a Big Utility Is Embracing Wind and Solar” • Imagine that first-class airline seats sell for less than the cramped seats in economy. So you fly first class to New York, where you discover that every dish in the best French restaurant is cheaper than the burger and fries down the street. Something rather like that is happening with electricity. [New York Times]
- Rhode Island Gov Gina Raimondo wants to ramp up the amount of renewable energy flowing to electric customers. Raimondo set a state target of 400 MW of new wind, solar, biomass, and small-scale hydropower by the end of summer. Rhode Island has promised to meet the carbon-reduction goals of the Paris Accord. [ecoRI news]
- European wind power enjoyed a record year in 2017, as more offshore capacity was installed than ever before. Europe’s wind power generation had a bumper 12 months last year, after 3,148 MW was installed at sea and connected to the grid, twice the total for 2016 and 4% higher than 2015, the year with the previous record high. [publics.bg]
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