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Solar Energy: New plant can power up to 160,000 homes

With a sea of solar panels behind her, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell officially dedicated the largest solar plant to start up in Southern California’s deserts — one that can supply power to about 160,000 California homes. “This is the beginning of the renewable energy frontier, where we don’t emit any carbon into the atmosphere,” Jewell said Monday, Feb. 9, ...

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Huge solar farm planned off Roslin Farm Road

For the last six or seven months, much attention has been focused on the proposed Walmart Neighborhood Market at Legion and Elk roads. Residents have packed Town Hall to both support and oppose the project, which remains on hold. In the meantime, another major project near Hope Mills is on the horizon, generating little in the way of controversy. A ...

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Obama’s budget is fighting to keep solar energy afloat

Earlier this week, President Barack Obama proposed to Congress a $3.99 trillion budget for the 2016 fiscal year. Aside from the increase in oil and natural gas taxes that had industry leaders in an uproar, the bill also included new plans for renewable energy by implementing a permanent extension of tax credit for solar and wind. The administration used this ...

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Partnership enables community solar power development

The onset of a new partnership between two energy companies has secured 10 megawatts worth of solar energy development in Denver and Colorado Springs, according to a Denver Business Journal report. Denver solar power developer SunShare joined with a NRG Renew, subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc. to fund and create community projects capable of powering 1,600 homes for 20 years. ...

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Oklahoma State University ranked as top Green Power Partner

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Environmental Protection Agency has placed Oklahoma State University on the list of the nation’s top Green Power Partners. OSU is listed sixth on the EPA’s top 30 college and university list for green power use and 48th on the national top 100 list of green power purchasers. The EPA says OSU’s Stillwater campus uses more than ...

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Just Energy Group sees the light, adds solar to its resume

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Houston-based Just Energy Group Inc. can officially add solar power to its portfolio. The company announced it has reached a deal with California-based Clean Power Finance Inc. to start providing solar power to Just Energy’s residential customers. Amigo Energy, Tara Energy and Hudson Energy are also a part of Just Energy’s corporate umbrella. According to the Houston Business Journal, Just ...

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Santa Fe hotel powers guest rooms with solar

SANTA FE, N.M. — A Santa Fe hotel is now powering its guest rooms with sunshine. Guest rooms at the Hotel Santa Fe The Hacienda and Spa are now 100 percent solar-powered as part of an effort by the hotel and Stay.Solar, a new company looking to bring solar power to the hotel industry. Despite New Mexico’s abundance of sunshine, ...

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Kake turns to solar power for energy

JUNEAU, Alaska — Isolated in the rainforest of Southeast Alaska, residents in Kake are thinking of alternative energy. In that, they’re not unlike the inhabitants of any other rural Alaska community. What makes Kake special is the way it’s approaching the topic. After exploring wind energy options in partnership with the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council in 2010, the Organized Village ...

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Sun could replace fossil fuels in Independence and Sugar Creek

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Solar energy farms, once considered too expensive to install despite their environmental appeal, soon may sprout in Sugar Creek and Independence. One would be operated by a private company, the other by a public city utility. Both would create clean energy in cities that have enduring carbon-based energy legacies. Independence, which has operated its own electric utility since 1901, long ...

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Solar rebates face dim future

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Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra Energy Industries, which plans to buy Hawaiian Electric Industries for $4.3 billion, does not favor tax rebates for renewable energy projects. Renewable energy incentives should be phased out over time, said NextEra Energy CEO Jim Robo in an interview after the Dec. 3 announcement. “We are probably a little different from the rest of the industry,” ...

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