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Commercial-scale solar doing well in Alamosa, officials say

ALAMOSA, Colo.— Commercial-scale solar farms want to keep growing in Alamosa County, with companies hoping to beat a December 2016 deadline for a federal tax credit that has been driving substantial solar development in recent years. The Alamosa County Land Use Department has held meetings about expansion with Iberdrola Renewables, First Solar and Next Era, said Rachel Baird, the department’s ...

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EDITORIAL: Solar takes a giant step

Tesla, best known for sleek electric cars, is turning the energy industry on its head with news of a battery that stores solar energy. The potential breakthrough solution for accessing solar power after sunset is a welcome step toward reducing human dependence on polluting fossil fuels. The home battery, expected to go into production this year, will sell for up ...

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Entergy plans solar project in eastern New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS — Entergy New Orleans will build its first solar power project in the city, part of its effort to explore the reliability and cost of using sunlight to power local homes and businesses. The pilot project will be in service by late 2016. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports the company said Wednesday it plans to install more than 4,000 solar ...

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Tesla pushes its batteries beyond cars

Building on his empire in electric cars and solar energy, Elon Musk now aims to transform how homes and businesses use electricity. Musk introduced a new line of residential and commercial batteries late Thursday in a dramatic announcement at the automaker’s design studio in Hawthorne. He outlined a vision of off-the-grid homes and businesses and remote villages powered by sunshine. ...

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Feds pledge $75M for joint study of harnessing solar energy

BERKELEY, Calif. — Federal officials have pledged $75 million for the study of harnessing solar energy for fuel production at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology. The Berkeley lab announced Tuesday that the money would be paid out over five years to the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis. Officials say researchers are making inroads in ...

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Location chosen for Entergy’s pilot solar project in DeSoto

HUGHES, Miss. — A location has been selected for a pilot solar project in DeSoto County. The Commercial Appeal reports vacant land at the northwest corner of U.S. 61 and the North Harrah’s casino entrance will serve as one of three testing sites for widespread solar power generation. The project was announced by Entergy Mississippi, a publicly owned utility that ...

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Like shale oil, solar power is shaking up global energy

* Solar could impact energy sector as much as shale * Solar has become cost competitive in most major economies * Solar costs have fallen 80 percent in last decade * China policy change boosts solar stocks * Global solar index up 40 percent this year SINGAPORE/TOKYO, April 26 (Reuters) – One by one, Japan is turning off the lights ...

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Industrial sludge: an asset to clean energy?

In the rampant worldwide growth of solar and wind power, the health of our planet isn’t the only driving force behind clean energy– there is money to be made. The Guardian reports that last year alone, more than $300 billion was invested into renewable energy, nearly doubling the clean energy capacity from three years ago. Countries such as China and ...

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Mississippi Power to develop 2 new solar generating farms

HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Mississippi Power is working with the U.S. Navy and two solar businesses to build a pair of large solar electric-generating farms. The Sun Herald reports Mississippi Power is working with Strata Solar to develop a 50-megawatt site on 450 acres at the Hattiesburg-Forrest County Industrial Park. The U.S. Navy and Hannah Solar are also working with the ...

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