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Southern Power acquires Texas solar facility

Southern Power acquires Texas solar facility

Southern Power made another investment in West Texas solar energy. The company, a subsidiary of Southern Company, announced its acquisition of the East Pecos Solar Facility project from Arizona-based First Solar on Monday. The facility has 120 megawatts of power capacity and will begin commercial operation in the fourth quarter of 2016. Both companies declined to reveal details of the acquisition. “Southern ...

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Survey: Solar workforce grows in New Mexico

SANTA FE, N.M. — State energy officials say the solar industry’s workforce is growing in New Mexico. The state Energy Conservation and Management Division teamed up with the nonprofit Solar Foundation to develop the solar jobs census for 2015. They found 299 jobs were added to the solar workforce last year. As of November, a total of 1,899 workers were ...

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Supreme Court puts Obama’s Clean Power Plan on hold

FPL Power Plant Smokestack Explosion. (Image: Kim Seng via Flickr)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to halt enforcement of President Barack Obama’s sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved. The surprising move is a blow to the administration and a victory for the coalition of 27 mostly Republican-led states and industry opponents that call the regulations “an unprecedented power grab.” By ...

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States seek court delay in enforcement of Clean Power Plan

WASHINGTON — A coalition of 25 states opposing President Obama’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is asking the Supreme Court to stop the new regulations from taking effect until after their legal challenge is resolved. West Virginia and Texas are leading the group of largely Republican states that on Tuesday asked the high court to immediately bar the Environmental ...

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Renewable energy efforts stymied by transmission

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MOBERLY, Mo. — Mike McKeown opens the back door of his Missouri farm house and is met with a chilly gust. “Stupid wind,” he mutters. Today, the winds that blow through his corn and soybean farm have become more than just an irritant. The homestead in northern Missouri, which his family has owned for nearly 70 years, sits smack in ...

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Texas solar panel company to pay $8.5M in fraud case

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas solar company must pay $8.5 million for importing unsafe panels from China and falsely labeling the items as U.S. made. The Texas Attorney General’s Office on Monday announced the penalties and permanent injunction against 1 SolTech Inc. of Richardson. The Dallas-area company filed for bankruptcy last year amid the 2013 lawsuit. The company and ...

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Texas distiller uses solar energy to produce spirits

A Texas manufacturer of premium spirits will be making the most of one of the state’s most plentiful resources: the sun. Witherspoon Distillery recently installed a solar energy system to power production at its facilities in Lewisville, Texas. Austin-based Circular Energy, a national provider of clean energy solutions, designed and installed a 70.4 kW photovoltaic solar energy system this month. ...

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Berkshire Hathaway shareholders sign petition supporting rooftop solar

More than 18,000 people have signed a petition asking Warren Buffett and NV Energy to ease what it calls their opposition to rooftop solar. The petition, released by ClimateTruth.org, includes more than 400 signatories who are investors in Buffett’s holding company, Berkshire Hathaway, which includes NV Energy. Lobbyists for Berkshire Hathaway have pushed to eliminate a credit or add new ...

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