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Apple in big solar power deal, market cap closes over $700 billion
Reuters
Apple Inc. will buy about $850 million of power from a new California solar farm to cut its energy bill, the iPhone-maker said as its stock market value closed above $700 billion for the first time. The First Solar Inc. plant, with the capacity to power the equivalent of 60,000 homes, will be used to supply electricity for Apple's new campus in Silicon Valley, and its other offices and 52 stores in the state, Chief Executive Tim Cook said at a Goldman Sachs technology conference in San Francisco.
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Solar jobs boom makes Keystone XL Pipeline look like a tinker toy
CleanTech
Check out the Solar Foundation's latest solar jobs report for the U.S., and you’ll see why the folks over there are looking forward to another great year in 2015. The new state-by-state solar Jobs Census was recently released, and aside from the interesting factoid that the solar industry created 1 in 78 new jobs last year, it highlights the emergence of strong solar markets in so-called "red" states where lawmakers are not particularly known for being solar-friendly.
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New standard for bird-friendly glass
BUILDINGS
Estimating that up to a billion birds could be dying each year as a result of colliding with the glass exteriors of U.S. buildings, ASTM International has proposed a new standard to test materials for their likelihood to be detected by approaching birds. The new guide, ASTM WK47853, will be used to provide a quantified material characteristic for consideration by designers and consumers for bird repellence.
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Government eyes performance contracting for lighting control
Federal Times
Driven by energy-focused executive orders, a desire to improve sustainability and the continuing mandate to reduce operating costs, federal agencies are looking for proactive ways to reduce energy use in government facilities without asking reluctant taxpayers to foot the bill. As such, the federal government is taking a leadership role in setting new standards for energy efficiency, establishing goals for net-zero installations and improving operational energy security.
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Buildings with 'rocking' technology would be more earthquake-resilient
EurekAlert! via ECN
Buildings that rock during an earthquake and return to plumb would withstand seismic shaking better than structural designs commonly used in vulnerable zones of California and elsewhere, a Case Western Reserve University researcher has found. Those buildings would also be more easily and cheaply repaired and put back into use more quickly, said Michael Pollino, an assistant civil engineering professor at Case School of Engineering.
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Increasing investment in clean energy technologies
The White House
Over the last several years, we have seen the potential for clean energy and economic growth to go hand in hand. Today, we produce more wind and solar energy than ever before, while our economy is creating jobs at the fastest pace since 1998. According to industry analyses, employment in the solar industry has grown more than 85 percent since 2010, while the price of a rooftop solar system has dropped more than 50 percent.
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Carpet waste diversion from landfill hits new record
Environmental Leader
Diversion of carpet from landfill continues its upward trend, rising to a new record-breaking 113,000 metric tons – or 28 percent — that were reused, recycled or recovered for energy in 2014, according to latest Carpet Recycling U.K. figures. The organization has exceeded its original goal, set in 2008, to achieve 25 percent diversion by 2015.
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of AFE Weekly Headlines, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of AFE, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this experience with your peers through well-written commentary. Make 2015 the year you get published as an expert in your field. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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