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Navy powers up with renewables solar PV and bioenergy

A 13.78-megawatt solar photovoltaic system built by SunPower Corporation has been completed at the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake in California. SunPower designed and built the system which was bought by an affiliate of MetLife, Inc. SunPower will continue to operate and maintain the system. The Navy, which has set an energy security goal to increase the alternative energy they use for their shore-based...

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SunPower to cut production, idle plants in the Philippines

Almost 900 employees of American solar company SunPower Corporation will be cut following the company’s announcement that it is reorganizing in response to the industry’s troubles. The reductions will occur primarily at the company’s operations based in the Philippines. "Industry conditions continue to be challenging and while it is never an easy decision to reduce positions, we must make prudent decisions...

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Saving water, cutting costs with the WaterSense program

The United States Environmental Protection Agency came up with a program called WaterSense which offers consumers advice on how to make smart water choices on products that can save water and save them money without compromising performance. Key to the program is the WaterSense Label, which is meant to make it easy for consumers to find and select water-efficient products. “It is a product labeling system, we label products that typically use around 20 percent less water

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World’s largest PV plant near peak capacity

The Agua Caliente solar project in Arizona, the world’s largest photovoltaic plant, is now delivering 250 megawatts of power to the electrical grid. Agua Caliente has now reached more than half its total generation capacity of 290 MW and is on track to meet is target completion date in 2014. The project first started commercial operation this January with 30 MW of grid-connected power before reaching 200 MW in July.

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Trina Solar beefs up presence in Latin America, Canada

Jumping off from market uncertainties in Europe and the United States for its income losses for the first two quarters of 2012, China’s Trina Solar Limited wants to increase its presence in other regions in the Western Hemisphere. The company said it is increasing its presence in Latin America with a new base for sales and business development in Santiago, Chile. The announcement follows a similar move last month...

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Canadian Solar to build and sell solar projects in U.S., Ontario

Canadian Solar announced several deals for projects in the United States and Canada. The solar company, based in Canada but with operations throughout North America, Europe and Asia, provides solar products such as modules and cells but also designs and constructs solar projects. Canadian Solar provided modules for two projects recently completed by American solar company GroSolar.

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Clean energy projects to create 37,409 jobs in the U.S. in Q2

The United States job sector is looking at around 37,409 new green jobs in the next few months with the announcement of more than 70 major clean energy projects set to begin in the second quarter of 2012. Business group Environmental Entrepreneurs, made up of business leaders who advocate for sound economic and environmental policies, has been keeping track of energy projects...

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White House announces seven major renewable energy projects

Seven solar and wind energy projects will be expedited in public lands spread across four states in the United States as part of President Barack Obama’s "We Can’t Wait" initiative, which will produce nearly 5,000 megawatts of clean energy and generate jobs. The projects will be built in the states of Arizona, California, Nevada, and Wyoming, covering a total of close to 300,000 acres of land managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

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Nuclear reactor construction and operating licenses in U.S. frozen

The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission put a hold on at least 19 final reactor licensing decisions until it completes a rulemaking action on the environmental impacts of highly radioactive nuclear waste in the form of spent or “used” reactor fuel storage and disposal. Included in the 19 are nine construction and operating licenses, eight license renewals, one operating license, and one early site permit.

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Climate Change puts California hydroelectricity production in danger

Climate change is seen to adversely affect the quantity and timing of water flow in California, and the country's hydropower production, according to a report from the California Natural Resources Agency and the California Energy Commission. The report, led by University of California, Riverside scientist Kaveh Madani, shows that the state would receive less precipitation due to the changing climate,

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