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Walmart to double number of solar projects

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin Walmart will be doubling the number of on-site solar energy projects at its U.S. stores, with a number of its solar-powered stores already in the Inland Empire. Walmart is the number one commercial solar energy user in the United States, according to the Solar Energy Industry Association. The company has 240 solar installations ...

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George Takei takes notice of solar road enterprise

By Scott Maben | The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wa. When the helmsman of the USS Enterprise likes your invention, you know you’re on the road to success. George Takei, who portrayed Sulu on “Star Trek” and has more than 8 million followers on social media, plugged a North Idaho couple’s idea for transforming roads, sidewalks and parking lots into solar surfaces. ...

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Green energy jobs fall into the red

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Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media The number of jobs created by clean energy projects has fallen sharply compared to a year ago, thanks to the expiration of a series of tax breaks for clean energy companies. 5,600 new energy jobs were created in the first three months of 2014, compared to 12,000 in the first quarter of 2013, according ...

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Southern, Ted Turner acquire solar plant

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By Christopher Seward for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Southern Co. and former cable TV mogul Ted Turner have teamed up to acquire the largest solar power plant in New Mexico. Southern and Turner Renewable Energy said the Macho Springs Solar Facility. on 600 acres in Luna County, has been under construction since July 2013 and was scheduled to begin commercial operations ...

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Smart Roads, Smart Power: Solar Roadways is paving the way

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By Marissa Hall | Shale Plays Media Wouldn’t it be crazy if your driveway generated enough energy to power your house, maybe even enough to sell back to the grid and make some extra cash? Such a radical idea must be something from a science fiction novel, right? Wrong. A company called Solar Roadways, created by Scott and Julie Brusaw, ...

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Solar shining after dark ages

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BY SAMMY FRETWELL COLUMBIA SC — South Carolina took what was considered a historic step Wednesday to change the state’s long-time resistance to solar power. The state House of Representatives voted 105-0 for a solar energy bill that is forecast to make sun-generated electricity more abundant in the Palmetto State. The compromise bill has support from South Carolina’s influential utilities ...

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Former Alcoa site being cleared for solar power project

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Giant earth-moving machines are clearing ground in East St. Louis for a planned “solar panel farm.” The 400-acre site is being cleared at an estimated cost of $19.5 million. It is located in a mixed-use area of East St. Louis where the former Alcoa plant had operated before closing about 60 years ago. The site is bounded on the north ...

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The coming solar revolution

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By John Deede, Shale Plays Media | Google+ Decreasing costs and increasing efficiency in solar panels and power storage may soon spell the end of traditional fossil fuel-generated electricity. The biggest problem confronting the solar industry has been how to store the power. When the sun is shining, photovoltaic solar panels are able to generate a surplus of electricity, but ...

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Assumptions point the way toward a sustainable future

By Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media In the never-ending quest for cost reduction and finding economic ways of generating the power necessary for our modern society, electricity is beginning to flow from sources other than the usual coal, natural gas and nuclear power generating facilities. As the dynamics of the power industry continue to change with the shifting landscape ...

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Rivals on energy issues vie for votes in Georgia

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By MATT KEMPNER for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Among those seeking your vote next week for a little-known statewide post are a lawyer frustrated by rising electric bills, an incumbent pushing for more reliance on solar energy and a county commissioner who wants to generate gas from leftovers like pecan shells. Two of the five seats on the Georgia Public Service Commission on ...

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