5 Green Tech Stories You Should Be Reading: April 27, 2012

Teaming up with China to develop cheap EVs, clashing with homeowner associations over solar panels, and renewable energy development as an economic boost for Native American Nations. It’s what people are talking about.

image via Great Wall Motors

1. “California Start-Up Teams with Chinese on Electric Vehicle” – The Detroit News – California automaker Coda Automotive is pairing with China’s Great Wall Motors to create an affordable EV, based on the Great Wall models existing in China, for the U.S. market by 2014. The cars will be developed and assembled in both the U.S. and China, and will feature both Chinese and U.S.-made components.

2. “Japan Panel Head Eyes Incentive Seen Boosting Solar Power” – Reuters – A solar power incentive plan, in which utilities pay 52 cents per kilowatt-hour for solar power in an effort to entice investors, was recently suggested. This was suggested as part of the new feed-in tariff being implemented in July, which is another step taken by Japan to distance itself from nuclear power and toward renewable power.

3. “Homeowners’ Associations and Solar Panels Don’t Always Mix” – Huffington Post – Despite reduced energy bills, decreased emissions and federal and state tax credits that come with solar panels, many homeowners’ associations still won’t allow solar panels, citing their unnattractivness and the fact that they “clash” with the aesthetic of the neighborhood. Tussles between green-minded residents and homeowners’ associations are nothing new, and as the price of solar panels continues to drop, and the panels become more popular, these disputes could become more common.

4. “EPA Turns to Private Partners for Green Tech Solutions” – Forbes – Due to shrinking budgets, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is looking to private parties to step in with their own green technology to solve environmental issues. To garner these private organizations’ attention, the EPA is positing these environmental concerns as win-win business opportunities.

5. “Tribal Lands: An Emerging Market for Renewable Energy Development” – Renewable Energy World – Recognizing their lands’ potential for renewable energies like solar, wind, geothermal and biomass, Native American communities in the Southwestern U.S. are beginning their own projects. In addition to providing green power, projects like these offer economic relief in the form of jobs and long-term revenue.

Laura Caseley is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and a resident of New York State’s Hudson Valley. She writes for several publications and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found painting in her makeshift studio or enjoying the scenery of her hometown.