Hawaii defies Trump and passes law supporting Paris climate deal

Hawaii has become the first US state to formally adopt pledges backing the Paris climate agreement. Governor David Ige and Hawaii’s county mayors and representatives signed two bills and a mayors’ agreement that support the commitments of the climate accord. It makes Hawaii the first state to go against President Donald Trump, who recently pulled […]

Tesla solar batteries power Hawaiian island at night

Tesla is to power the Hawaiian island of Kauai with solar panels and giant battery packs. The Kapaia installation includes a 13MW solar system with more than 54,900 panels as well as 52MWh of batteries that can store power during the day and dispatch it after the sun goes down. Tesla has installed 272 of […]

Solar storage battery to be built in Hawaii

A utility scale solar project with a battery storage system is to be built in Hawaii. The SolarCity Project will supply power to the grid in the evening when demand is higher in the island of Kaua‘i. It will have a 52MWh battery system which is expected feed up to 13MW of electricity to the grid. It […]

Solar Impulse forced to land in Japan

A record-breaking attempt to cross the Pacific Ocean using a solar-powered plane has been aborted due to poor weather conditions. The pilot, Andre Borschberg, was 36 hours into what was expected to be a six-day journey from China to Hawaii. The aircraft, Solar Impulse was forced to head back to Japan to land. The team will now […]

Hawaii airports going green to save $518m

Hawaii’s airports are undergoing a giant revamp to slash energy use by 49% and save the US state at least $518 million (£315m) in energy costs over the next 20 years. The state’s six major islands have 15 airports including Honolulu airport (pictured). The project will help Hawaii towards an ambitious target of getting 70% of […]

Aloha biomass! Hawaii power plant bags approval

A biomass plant in the US state of Hawaii has reportedly bagged approval from state regulators. The Pepeekeo plant in a converted sugar mill could provide 10% of the energy needs of Hawaii’s Big Island. It will use biofuel including locally grown biomass such as eucalyptus, according to the developer Hu Honua Bioenergy. A previous […]

Trump’s Scottish anti-wind turbine ad banned

An anti-wind turbine advert in Scotland commissioned by Donald Trump’s organisation has been banned. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld the advert for Communities Against Turbines Scotland (CATS), which shows broken and rusty turbines under the headline ‘Welcome to Scotland’. The advert also warned: ‘Alex Salmond wants to build 8,750 of these monstrosities.’ The […]