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Solar and wind power projects forging ahead in Peru

The renewable energy sector of the South American country of Peru saw a boost this week with the inauguration of two solar power plants and successful financing for the country’s first large-scale wind farms. Renewable energy project developers Solarpack and Gestamp Solar announced the launch of the two solar plants in the regions of Tacna and Moquegua in Southern Peru. The Panamericana Solar project in Moquegua...

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U.S. added 147 MW of geothermal power in 2012

The United States continues to reign as the world leader in geothermal power with 147.05 megawatts of new capacity added last year, according to the Geothermal Energy Association. In a preliminary report, the G.E.A. said the notable growth in the sector in 2012 is attributed to new developments in geothermal technology across the country. “Geothermal power is expanding across the Western half of the country, and new scientific and...

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Renewable energy provides half of all new U.S. power generating capacity in 2012

Renewable energy accounts for half of all new electrical generating capacity in the United States in 2012, according to the latest report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects. The Energy Infrastructure Update found that renewables, including biomass, geothermal, solar, water and wind, provided 49.10 percent of all new domestic power installations in the twelve months of 2012, with a total of...

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EQM exits biofuel business, sells plant to Dalek Renewables

Environmental services provider EQM Technologies & Energy, Inc. sold its biodiesel production business for around $5.3 million to Dalek Renewables, LLC. The deal transfers ownership of EQM’s biodiesel production facility in Cleburne, Texas and its related assets to Dalek Renewables. The transaction was approved by EQM’s board and is expected to close on or before January 23, 2013. “This transaction will allow us...

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EDF Renewable Energy completes financing for wind and solar projects in the U.S.

American renewable energy power provider EDF Renewable Energy is starting the year right, with the announcement of closed financing deals on proposed wind and solar power generation projects. The power provider said it completed tax equity financing with the Bank of America Merril Lynch for its 100.8-megawatt Spearville 3 Wind project located in Ford County, northeast of Dodge City, Kansas as of December 21...

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MidAmerican Solar acquires 579-megawatt projects in California

MidAmerican Solar has acquired the 579-megawatt Antelope Valley Solar Projects in California from SunPower Corp. The project is actually two co-located projects that will form the largest permitted solar photovoltaic power development in the world.According to estimates provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the project will offset more than 775,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year...

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LA Metro to recover energy from subway trains

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has signed a $3.6 million contract with Vycon, a clean energy storage system manufacturer, to put up a Wayside Energy Storage Substation that will harvest power from speeding subway trains. To be installed at the Red Line Westlake/MacArthur Park Station, the W.E.S.S. will use Vycon’s Regen flywheel energy recovery system...

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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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