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California fires up world’s largest solar farm (Video)

Buried underneath heavy loads of dramatic energy-related news, like accounts of precarious oil prices, officials announced that the Topaz Solar Farm in Eastern San Luis Obispo County, California was online and producing electricity. The 550-megawatt solar farm located in California Valley reached its full operational status sometime last month, and the final installations are expected to be completed sometime in ...

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Colorado-based Ascent Solar announces deal

In an effort to expand its retail channel in North America, Ascent Solar Technologies Inc. has entered into a distribution deal with Navarre, a unit of WYNIT Distribution LLC for Ascent’s EnerPlex line of photovoltaic-powered consumer products, according to the Denver Business Journal. Photovoltaics refers to the method of converting solar energy into direct current electricity using semiconducting materials that ...

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Construction of Aqaba solar-run power plant to start next month

AMMAN — The Energy and Mineral Resources Regulatory Commission (EMRC) on Sunday gave the go ahead for a 10-megawatt solar-run power plant. Construction of the plant is expected to start soon after the EMRC issued a 20-year licence to the Shamsuna Power Company to implement the project, EMRC Chief Commissioner Farouq Hiari, said in a statement sent to The Jordan ...

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Cassidy gives weekly GOP address on Keystone


BATON ROUGE, La. — In the weekly Republican address, GOP Senate candidate Bill Cassidy describes Senate Democrats’ rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline as stifling American energy independence. Cassidy used the nationally-released speech Saturday to take fresh digs at Democratic incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu’s failure to get the vote needed for pipeline passage — though he never names Landrieu. Cassidy’s ...

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Georgia is fastest growing solar market

Georgia, blessed with abundant sunshine, has nevertheless been slow to embrace solar energy. But that’s changing, a new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts points out. “State and federal policies have helped to make the Peach State the fastest-growing solar market in the country,” Pew reports. The Peach State saw the largest gain of any state in solar jobs, from ...

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SunEdison buying wind developer

SunEdison, betting the wind will carry it further than solar alone, will pay as much as $2.4 billion to buy Boston-based wind developer First Wind Holdings LLC. The purchase is among the largest since the Maryland Heights-based solar developer began a buying spree that has transformed it from a semiconductor wafer manufacturer into a major operator and developer of solar ...

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BP losing battle with renewables

In addition to its struggles with the oil industry in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon, it turns out that BP has difficulty producing safe, effective green energy. According to Tom Vacar for KTVU News, customers in California are complaining about BP’s solar panels. The oil giant produced solar panels for about 30 years up until 2011, but each system ...

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Solar poised to increase market share in Texas

West Texas is known for its pumpjacks, big trucks and sprawling flatness. As a state, Texas is first in the nation for wind power, with wind farms producing more than 12,000 megawatts of electricity, almost 10 percent of Texas’ electricity and enough to power more than 3 million homes, according to the American Wind Energy Association. But while wind has ...

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County expands search for solar farm site

COOPERSTOWN — After initially focusing on land in the town of Laurens for a proposed $6-million solar farm, Otsego County officials are now reviewing other sites for a project that advocates say will save taxpayer dollars. County Planner Karen Sullivan said three or four sites have been examined. Ideally, she said, the site would have a south-facing slope to maximize ...

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Denver Business Journal hosts Twitter chat on solar power


The Denver Business Journal hosted a one-hour open forum on Twitter today using the hashtag #SolarPowerHour  that included representatives from Xcel Energy, Clean Energy Collective, SunShare, Vote Solar, Solar City and Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association. Industry experts answered questions from both the public and from the Denver Business Journal. According to the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association, there are currently ...

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