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    Congress Wants to Tell Americans How to Be More Efficient? Really?

    In the interest of trying to make better choices for consumers, Congress has been determined to legislate efficiency mandates for American homes and businesses since the late 1970s. The latest and much-awaited efficiency legislation is being reintroduced in the Senate tomorrow, with a House companion bill coming as early as … More

    Obama Administration Plans to Spend $150 Million for Green Energy Projects (Because It’s Worked So Well Before)

    Just what America needs: More taxpayer-funded green energy projects. The Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Internal Revenue Service released plans to re-allocate more than $150 million in remaining manufacturing tax credits for “green” energy projects originally authorized by the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the stimulus bill), … More

    Bankruptcy Filings Allege Abound Solar Aware of Defective Panels

    Recent filings by a customer of bankrupt solar panel manufacturer Abound Solar allege the company knew its panels were defective before the company collapsed last year, according to documents made public in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware: Citing confidential documents, Green Choice Solar LLC says the Colorado-based Abound knew … More

    Bankrupt Abound Solar to Bury Unused Solar Panels in Cement

    Colorado-based Abound Solar has been ordered to remove and bury in cement thousands of leftover solar panels “deemed unsellable” by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). The company must also clean up other hazardous waste at a number of facilities statewide, according to the Northern Colorado Business … More

    DOE Grant Recipient Fleeces Taxpayers to Benefit Green Investors

    Solar Mosaic, a solar microfinancing outfit that received a $2 million Department of Energy (DOE) grant last summer and exploits a 30 percent federal tax credit, officially launched its crowd-sourced investment platform last week. Acknowledging that the microfinancing (financial services for small projects or businesses) model employed by Solar Mosaic … More

    The Wrong Technology: Evidence of Faulty Panels Continues to Mount at Abound Solar

    Claims that Chinese solar subsidies killed Abound Solar—and not faulty solar panels made by the company itself—are beginning to wear as thin as the solar panels they produced. A Denver news channel’s documents characterized the company’s solar panels as “low performance” and suffering from “catastrophic failures.” A Daily Caller report … More

    Michigan's Rejection of Renewable Energy Mandate Avoids Higher Costs

    Michigan voters rejected a proposed state constitutional amendment last week that would have imposed a mandate requiring the state’s utilities to source 25 percent of their electric sales annually from renewable energy by 2025. Proposal 3, dubbed “25 by 25,” called for more renewable energy from wind, solar, biomass, and … More

    $14 Billion in Stimulus Spending Generates Just 1.2 Percent of Electricity

    Despite more than $14 billion in cash payments to solar, wind, and other renewable energy project developers since 2009, just 48 terawatt hours of additional annual electricity generation were expected to be added through funds authorized by the stimulus, according to documents released by the Department of Treasury. The more … More

    DOE-Backed Abound Solar Facing Fraud Investigation in Colorado

    Abound Solar, the now-bankrupt solar company and recipient of a $400 million Department of Energy loan guarantee, faces a three-pronged investigation from Weld County, CO, for alleged securities and consumer fraud, along with misleading financial institutions. The Denver Post reports: The securities-fraud investigation stems from allegations that “officials at Abound … More

    Sign of the Times: Denver Post Challenged on Green Energy Coverage

    (Photo credit: Mary MacFarlane) A Colorado-based free-market think tank located in Denver challenged the state’s paper of record when it launched a media blitz that included a billboard (seen above) accusing the media outlet of ignoring one of the state’s largest green energy failures this year. Jon Caldara, president of … More