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Solar on a grand scale: Big power plants coming online in the West
The Washington Post
Tower One glows white, so bright against the pale blue sky that even at mid-afternoon in the Mojave Desert it would be easy to conclude that it is designed to illuminate the valley floor below. In fact, hundreds of thousands of glittering mirrors, carefully arranged across a broad swath of desert, reflect sunlight upward onto the tower and two others like it, heating them to 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit and causing the glow. Water in big pipes atop the towers turns to steam. The steam spins turbines, which generate electricity.
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How to save commercial building's energy during winter
EDC Magazine
With the temperatures dropping to single digit in several parts of the country, it's almost impossible for employees to work in an office building without proper heating and insulation. Whether you are the building owner, the facility manager or simply the outside contractor performing custodial tasks, there are few things that you should consider implementing during this winter in order to save you money and energy.
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Spain becomes 1st country to rely on wind as top energy source
Al Jazeera America
Spain is the first country in the world to draw a plurality of its power from wind energy for an entire year, according to new reports by the country's energy regulator and wind energy advocacy group Spanish Wind Energy Association. Wind accounted for 20.9 percent of the country's energy last year — more than any other enough to power about 15.5 million households, with nuclear coming in a very close second at 20.8 percent. Wind energy usage was up over 13 percent from the year before, according to the report.
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Renewable energy surges ahead
BUILDINGS
Wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, and hydropower are giving coal and natural gas a run for their money. The global renewable electricity capacity doubled between 2000 and 2012, according to the 2012 Renewable Energy Data Book, an annual report by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Clean energy investments in the U.S. represent a significant portion of this growth.
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UNC breakthrough: Harnessing solar energy for use at night
Chapelboro.com
University of North Carolina researchers have taken a cue from plants, finding a way to capture the sun's energy during the day for use at night. It's a system that converts the sun's energy into hydrogen fuel, rather than electricity, so that it can be stored, allowing us to draw power long after the sun sets.
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The 49ers score a solar stadium
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Phase one of a solar installation has been completed at Levi's Stadium, which will become the San Francisco 49ers' new home in 2014. Its goal is to become the first NFL facility to have sustainability and LEED certification standards incorporated into its design and architecture.
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