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America’s renewable energy use continues to increase

America has been using more renewable energy sources and less coal to generate electricity, according to the most recent energy flow chart released by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The increase in the electricity generated from renewable energy sources is due the lowering of the underlying cost of solar panels and wind turbines, as well as policies, such as government incentives to installers of...

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U.S. breaks solar barrier with 10 GW of PV installations

The United States has installed more than 10 gigawatts of solar power installations, becoming only the fourth country to do so. “The U.S. has now joined an elite group of maturing solar PV markets that have accumulated more than 10 GW of installed capacity,” said Christopher Sunsong, an analyst at NPD. According to the NPD Solarbuzz North America PV Market Quarterly report, strong market deployment since...

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Geronimo Energy signs wind energy purchase agreements totaling 400 MW with Xcel Energy

Minnesota-based wind and solar developer Geronimo Energy signed two 200 megawatt-long-term wind energy purchase agreements with Xcel Energy. Under the agreement, 200 MW of wind energy will come from the Courtenay Wind Farm, located in Stutsman County, North Dakota. The wind farm consists of around 125 wind turbines and is expected to meet the power demand of over 60,000 homes, providing $850,000 in annual tax revenue...

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North Carolina opposes fracking, wants more renewable energy – N.R.D.C. survey

The Natural Resources Defense Council has conducted a survey revealing North Carolina’s aversion for fracking and the state’s approval for more renewable energy. The N.R.D.C. conducted a telephone poll back in June 25 to 30, and found that people in North Carolina want low-carbon solutions, and that majority of them oppose fracking – the process of injecting massive amounts of water and chemicals into the ground to fracture...

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NRG Solar acquires 25.65 megawatt solar project in Guam

NRG Solar has acquired a 25.65 megawatt solar project in Guam from Texas-based power generation company Quantum Guam Power Holdings’ wholly-owned affiliate Quantum Utility Generation. The NRG Solar will construct and operate the 25.65 MW-solar project and will sell all of its power output to Guam Power Authority under two twenty-five year power purchase agreements. This will allow G.P.A. to supply their customers with more...

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NRG Solar completes 40 MW of solar power projects in California

NRG Energy, Inc. has brought 40 megawatts of solar power on-line in California. The company announced that, through its subsidiary NRG Solar, it has brought to commercial operation two solar photovoltaic facilities located in Lancaster and Kings County. The projects were acquired by NRG Solar from solar power developer Recurrent Energy earlier this year. Recurrent Energy developed the two solar facilities...

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Solar projects given priority over mining claims in western United States

In at least six of its western states, the United States is prioritizing solar energy development over mining. The Bureau of Land Management has withdrawn 303,900 acres of land in six western states – Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah – from new mining claims. These lands are located within 17 designated Solar Energy Zones and – according to the B.L.M. – the location of mining claims in those...

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Solar power installation in Nevada to power Apple data center

An 18 megawatt photovoltaic solar plant in northern Nevada will be providing clean energy for computing giant Apple. According to the Reno Gazette-Journal, the Ft. Churchill Solar Array was included in a filing of Nevadan energy company NV Energy with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada. The solar array will be built next to the Fort Churchill Generating Station north of Yerington. It is expected to generate...

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U.S. can cut emissions, create jobs, and lower electric bills

As well as putting a damper on climate change, cutting down on carbon pollution from power plants can create over 210,000 new jobs and reduce electric bills slightly by an average of $0.90 a month, according to a new analysis released by the Natural Resources Defense Council along with business and labor groups. The analysis was based on N.R.D.C.’s proposed plan of tailoring pollution limits to fit the specific...

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Solar powers IKEA in North Carolina

Home furnishings giant IKEA has plugged in a 1,015 kilowatt photovoltaic system at their store in Charlotte, North Carolina. IKEA’s Charlotte system will produce approximately 1,330,000 kilowatt hours of renewable energy annually, the equivalent of reducing 938 tons of carbon dioxide annually. Development, design and installation of the system was carried out by Gehrlicher Solar America Corp., part of Gehrlicher...

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