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California Valley Solar Ranch completed, delivering clean energy

The California Valley Solar Ranch, a 250 megawatt-facility in San Luis Obispo County, California, has completed its final phase. The project, from NRG Energy, Inc., NRG Yield, Inc. and SunPower Corp., is said to be one of the world’s largest operating solar power plants (see related story). Construction on C.V.S.R. began on September 2011 and the project started delivering their...

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The U.K.: Will rising energy prices help end climate change?

Here in the United Kingdom, further energy price hikes have been announced. Energy giant SSE last week announced a price rise of 8.2 percent, with other major suppliers set to follow. For a country already struggling to make ends meet, this hasn’t gone down well. Families, elderly people and the vulnerable are being forced to choose between heating and eating. Energy prices have risen exceptionally fast over the last...

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Google invests in Mount Signal Solar project in California

Internet giant Google is continuing their involvement in renewable energy project with a $102 million-investment in the 265.7 megawatt-Mount Signal Solar project in California. Silver Ridge Power, LLC, formerly known as AES Solar, announced that Google became a partner in the Mount Signal Solar project which is currently under construction in Imperial County, California. Also known as the Imperial Val...

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Solana passes commercial operation tests

The world’s largest parabolic trough plant begins commercial operation in Arizona. Clean energy technology company Abengoa announced on October 9 that their 280 megawatt-Solana concentrating solar power plant had successfully passed its commercial operation tests. Solana will generate enough clean energy to power 70,000 households and will prevent about half a million tons of carbon dioxide from be...

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Topaz Solar Farm installs five millionth solar module

The five millionth solar module has been installed at the 550 megawatt-Topaz Solar Farm in San Luis Obispo County, California. The Topaz project is said to be the one of the largest solar power projects under construction in the world. It will provide enough energy for approximately 160,000 California homes. When completed, the 550 MW-project will include more than 8 million photovoltaic modules. The first module...

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Canadian Solar sells Ontarian solar projects to BlackRock and TransCanada

Canadian Solar Inc. announced that it has entered into an agreement in which they sold two utility-scale solar power plants in Ontario to a fund managed by BlackRock. The two plants, totaling 20 megawatts, were acquired by BlackRock on September 30th, 2013. They are located in Demorestville and Odessa, Ontario, Canada. Construction on the two plants started in the first quarter and third quart...

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Solar power rises to 10 GW in Japan

The solar photovoltaic sector is rising high in the Land of the Rising Sun. Japan is now one of only five countries that have achieved 10 gigawatts of cumulative solar photovoltaic capacity, according to new research from NPD Solarbuzz. Germany was the first country to reach this mark, followed by Italy, China and the U.S. Like Japan, both the U.S. and China reached the 10 GW-milestone fairly re...

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Overlooked areas for solar provide greatest benefit

Solar panels provide the greatest benefit in areas with consistent sunshine, right? Wrong, say researchers at Pennsylvania’s Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Solar energy, which aims to improve human health and reduce pollution by phasing out coal plants, actually provides the most benefit in the cloudy East and Midwest, as opposed to the sunny Southwest. In fact, the researchers found that by displacing dirty coal...

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Production scale and not labor costs key to dominance of Chinese PV products

Industry experts may be looking at the wrong factors when they want to shed light on China’s dominance of the solar power product market. China’s dominance of the global solar market in credited to the low price of their solar products. Many even feel the low cost of China’s solar market is detrimental and even unfair and harmful to other manufacturers with the United States and the European Union even go...

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Nice-Pak Products to install solar array on its headquarters’ roof

Nice-Pak Products, a multi-national manufacturer of wet wipes, and its affiliate company, PDI, plans to install a solar array on its headquarters’ roof in Orangeburg, New York. The solar array that will be installed on the roof will have a total capacity of 855 kilowatts. Installation of the solar array began late this August and is expected to take six weeks to finish, with New York-based...

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