US ROUND UP: NC solar reform bill, Santa Barbara 100% mandate, SCE&G, EPE community solar

News in Brief: Santa Barbara, California, is the 30th US city to vote in a 100% renewable energy mandate, North Carolina legislators instate a competitive bidding process and leasing programme for solar PV while South Carolina's SCE&G launches the state's largest community solar programme; there's also more community solar online in Texas, and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources releases its final guidelines for its solar incentive SMART programme.

Hawaiian Electric Utilities plan new renewable project RfPs

Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) utilities Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light have asked the Hawaiian Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to issue new requests for proposals (RfP) of renewable energy, in line with the islands’ new Power Supply Improvement Plan.

Apple commits to 100% renewable energy

Tech conglomerate Apple has committed to go 100% renewable with its international operations as part of joining the global renewable energy initiative RE100.

Toyota’s Texas HQ goes 25% solar and 100% renewable

Toyota’s new headquarters in Texas will source 25% of its power from an onsite PV system, while a deal brokered by an energy management firm means the facility’s remaining energy demand will be met entirely by renewable energy.