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Economic Success of Clean Energy
While Americans know wind and solar energy are clean, they often aren't aware of the economic success story behind these renewable-energy technologies. Wind and solar power have economic benefits that reach far and wide. They have become increasingly affordable, attracting billions in private development, and today are both mainstream and reliable energy sources across America, according to Ken Johnson and Elizabeth Salerno.
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What Made Vermont's Net Metering Expansion Process So Unique?
While battles rage with utilities taking on both solar customers and businesses around the country, Vermont has quietly expanded its net metering program by nearly four times its original size without so much as a skirmish. Net metering gives renewable energy customers full, fair credit on their utility bills for the excess clean power they deliver to the grid.
National Solar Schools Consortium Aims to Bring Solar to Every
School in America
Nonprofit organizations and solar companies from across the nation have announced the launch of the National Solar Schools Consortium at the widely-attended National Science Teachers Association Conference in Boston.
Solar, Gas Provided Nearly 75 Percent of All New US Capacity in 2013
Capacity figures compiled by the U.S. Energy Information Administration show that natural gas and solar are providing the vast majority of the nation's new electricity generating resources. Natural gas-fired power plants accounted for just over 50 percent of new utility-scale generating capacity added in 2013. Solar provided nearly 22 percent, a jump up from less than 6 percent in 2012.
Report: Cheap Solar Power is Fueling Global Renewable Energy Growth
The Huffington Post
The share of total global electricity production generated by renewable energy is climbing, mainly because solar photovoltaic systems are becoming less expensive, according to a report released by the United Nations Environment Programme and Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
Mercom: Solar Attracted $7 Billion Investment During 'Robust' 1st Quarter
The global solar power industry has enjoyed a strong start to 2014 in terms of corporate funding, attracting $7 billion in the first quarter alone, according to a new report by clean energy consultancy firm Mercom Capital.
OneRoof Energy Expands Solar Leasing Program to Massachusetts
California solar services provider OneRoof Energy has begun offering residential solar leases to homeowners in Massachusetts. The move is part of the San Diego-based company's planned expansion into new North American markets.
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Solar Impulse Unveils Fuel-Free Plane for Round-the-World Flight
The Swiss team that flew a solar-powered airplane across America has unveiled the even bigger plane that they plan to take around the world a year from now. "It's the most incredible airplane of its time," Bertrand Piccard, president and copilot of the Solar Impulse venture, told VIPs who gathered at Switzerland's Payerne Air Field for the first public look at the 236-foot-wide aircraft.
Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the 1st Practical Solar Cell
On April 25, 1954, Bell Laboratories demonstrated to the world one of the most significant breakthroughs ever recorded in the history of solar energy and of electricity — the first solar cell capable of converting enough sunlight into electricity to generate useful amounts of power.
Sun Shines on Students at Solar Go-Kart Races
Fort Myers News-Press via WTSP-TV
A recent go-kart competition featured 11 high schools from across South Florida using nothing but solar energy to race around Florida Gulf Coast University's two-mile campus loop. It's the second time FGCU sponsored the races, and this time, the university created extra solar-themed exercises for students.
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Capital Keeps Pouring Into Booming US Residential Solar Energy Market
The Energy Collective
The residential solar installation and finance market is remaking itself through new alliances, vertical integration and hybrid sales channels, as well as with access to increasingly cheaper capital. We are in a post-CSI era and yet installation prices continue to fall. The early winners in this high-growth, volatile market have emerged, but the landscape is still shifting.
Platts: European Power Prices Lower on Strong German Solar,
Day-ahead electricity prices in continental Europe recorded a fifth consecutive monthly decline in March as surging German solar and wind output helped chase prices lower in neighboring countries, according to data released by Platts.
Scientists Produce Solar Panels from Solar Energy and Say It Will
International Business Times
Chemical engineers at Oregon State University are capturing the sun's power to produce not only solar energy but also the materials to create the solar panels and the technology that could cut solar energy costs and production time.
Global Solar Dominance in Sight as Science Trumps Fossil Fuels
Solar power has won the global argument. Photovoltaic energy is already so cheap that it competes with oil, diesel and liquefied natural gas in much of Asia without subsidies. Michael Parker and Flora Chang, at Sanford Bernstein, say we are entering a new order of "global energy deflation" that must ineluctably erode the viability of oil, gas and the fossil fuel nexus over time.
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