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Fight over rooftop solar forecasts a bright future for cleaner energy
Scientific American
Americans have begun to battle over sunshine. In sun-scorched Arizona a regulatory skirmish has broken out over arrays of blue-black silicon panels on rooftops, threatening the local utilities that have ruled electricity generation for a century or more. With some of the best access to sunshine on the planet, Arizona boasts the second-most solar power in the U.S. — more than 1,000 megawatts and counting. The state hosts vast photovoltaic arrays in the desert as well as the nation's first commercial power plant with the technology to use sunshine at night — by storing daytime heat in molten salts.
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Iowa Senate unanimously passes bill to triple tax credits for solar power
A proposed bill that would triple the amount of tax credits available to Iowans that have installed solar panels was passed by a 46-0 vote in the Iowa State Senate. A state tax credit, the Solar Energy System Tax Credit, was established in 2012 in order to provide incentives for farmers, businesses and ordinary citizens that install PV technology on their property. Thanks to the newly passed bill, Senate File 2340, the tax credit will jump up from $1.5 million to $4.5 million.
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  What's your Carbon Footprint?

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Latin America's largest solar power plant goes online in Mexico
EFE via Fox News Latino
Latin America's largest solar power plant, a facility with 39 MW of generating capacity, has gone online in the northwestern Mexican state of Baja California Sur. The Aura Solar I photovoltaic power plant was inaugurated by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and will supply electricity to the city of La Paz.
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Siemens to invest $264 million in British wind turbine project
The New York Times
Siemens, the German power and industrial giant, said that it would build facilities for offshore wind turbines on the east coast of England, as Britain rapidly expands into wind power. Siemens plans to invest about 160 million pounds, or about $264 million, in the production and installation facilities. Its partner, the port operator Associated British Ports, which is owned by a group of investors including Goldman Sachs, will contribute about £150 million ($249.21 million).
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New map shows explosive growth of US wind energy
Weather Underground
New York and many other cities across the U.S., you're likely to have access to a program that will allow your home to be powered with wind energy through your local utility, reducing your home's reliance on climate-changing fossil fuels for electricity. But where are the wind farms that produce that energy?
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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 expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit. 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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Timber! 8-story wood building makes noise
Engineered wood can green buildings to their core. Consider the 2012-built LCT ONE in Dornbirn, Austria. The eight-story, timber-based structure was built to demonstrate how the building industry can reverse the environmental impacts of current construction trends. Engineered wood, like glued laminated timber and cross-laminated timber, provides equal structural strength and fire protection. It also offers lower environmental impacts, reduced embodied energy, and lighter foundation requirements than concrete and steel.
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Facility retrofit: Delivering daylighting
Today's Facility Manager
The Douglas County School District in Colorado brings in natural light to classrooms and common spaces. Following its standard for new construction, the district (the third largest in its state and 59th in the nation) recently retrofitted five existing elementary schools with daylighting strategies — including tubular systems, skylights, and clerestory windows.
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    Understanding new regulations for energy-efficient buildings (By Archita Datta Majumdar)
Solar power is a huge water saver (World Water Day infographic) (CleanTechnica)
Innovations in improving indoor air quality (By Michael J. Berens)
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