SOLAR: A startup opens the nation’s first utility-scale solar panel recycling plant in Yuma, Arizona, to address a “tsunami” of waste. (Associated Press)

ALSO: A New Mexico city in the San Juan Basin oil and gas fields plans to develop a 4 MW solar-plus-storage system to offset all of its daytime power use. (Solar Power World)

Audubon calls for accelerated transmission and clean energy infrastructure buildout, saying climate change is more harmful to birds than power lines and wind turbines. (Los Angeles Times)
Idaho researchers find gunshots kill more birds along power line corridors than electrocution. (Idaho Capital Sun)

An Arizona university’s environmental justice program looks to leverage a federal grant to help low-income communities access funding for solar panels, efficiency upgrades and other clean energy projects. (Arizona Daily Star)   
A climate advocacy group finds Arizona added nearly 13,000 clean energy-related jobs over the past year, mostly in electric vehicle and battery manufacturing. (Cronkite News, news release)

Developers complete construction of the third phase of a battery storage system in California, bringing the total capacity to 750 MW. (E&E News, subscription)  
California’s grid operator brings a 6 MW battery storage system online in the southern part of the state to provide grid stabilizing services. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla seeks $97 million in federal funding to build an electric truck charging network between northern California and Texas. (elektrek)

Federal prosecutors fine a California firm $1 million for making and selling devices designed to bypass diesel trucks’ emission controls. (Associated Press)
Arizona environmentalists blast a legislative provision blocking state or local governments from restricting or banning the sale or use of gasoline-powered cars. (Arizona Daily Star)   
An Alaska shipping company converts its diesel-fueled fleet to run on liquefied natural gas. (Alaska Public Media) 

HYDROGEN: California firms say their hydrogen fuel cell powered aircraft will be ready to fly commercially by 2025. (Canary Media)

The U.S. EPA rejects a Colorado petroleum refinery’s air quality permit and orders state regulators to revisit portions concerning dust and carbon monoxide releases. (CPR)
California Gov. Gavin Newsom appoints the state’s first director tasked with monitoring and investigating potential petroleum industry price-gouging. (Bakersfield Californian)

CLIMATE: Phoenix, Arizona, posts an average July temperature of 102.7 degrees Fahrenheit, the hottest month ever recorded in a U.S. city. (Washington Post)

UTILITIES: Arizona utility Salt River Project attributes July’s record high power demand streak to heat and a growing customer base. (news release)

NUCLEAR: The U.S. Energy Department releases its final environmental impact statement for a proposed molten chloride nuclear reactor experiment at the Idaho National Laboratory. (Idaho Business Review)

COMMENTARY: California business developers say the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians’ solar-powered microgrid should be a model for improving tribal nations’ energy access and security nationwide. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

More from the Energy News Network: Midwest | Southeast | Northeast | West

Jonathan hails from southwestern Colorado and has been writing about the land, cultures, and communities of the Western United States for more than two decades. He compiles the Western Energy News digest. He is the author of three books, a contributing editor at High Country News, and the editor of the Land Desk, an e-newsletter that provides coverage and context on issues critical to the West.