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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 The Bureau of Land Management has withdrawn 303,900 acres of land in six western states – Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah – from new mining claims.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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Tesla successfully pays back million dollar loan from Energy Department

Electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors has repaid in full a technology development loan that its received from the United States Department of Energy. According to a statement from the Energy Department, Tesla repaid the entire remaining balance on its $465 million loan nine years earlier than originally required. In January of 2010, the Energy Department granted Tesla the loan as part of its Advanced Technology...

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SunPower sees loss in 1st quarter 2013 but strong demand in U.S. and Japan

SunPower Corp. is not letting a first-quarter loss of $54.7 million get it down as strong demand has raised its sales for revenues of $635.4 million. Strong sales boosted the company’s revenue for the 1st quarter of 2013, which rose 29 percent from $494.1 million for the same period in 2012. Net loss also declined, compared to $74.5 million recorded last year. According to Tom Werner, SunPower president and chief... ..

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N.Y. Governor awards $46 million for 52 MW solar projects

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has awarded $46 million to large-scale solar power projects in 33 counties across the state. Under the N.Y.-Sun Competitive P.V. Program, funding has been given to 28 recipients to develop 76 solar facilities with an overall generating capacity of 52 megawatts – enough to provide clean electricity for about 9,000 New York households. According to the state government, the $46 million...

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Solar America Corp providing solar power solutions for homes in Mexico

American alternative energy company Solar America Corporation has made its first shipment of products to the Los Conejos housing project in Tonloa, a suburb of Guadalajara, Mexico. The shipment comes as a result of a memorandum of understanding signed by Solar America and principal contractor Valdez Cueva Constructores Asosiados on February of this year. Under the terms of the agreement, Solar America will provide solar power...

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