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DOE offers $200 million to boost solar, marine and hydro technologies
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The U.S. Department of Energy will invest more than $200 million over the next five years in solar and water power technologies throughout the United States. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced on Earth Day that the funding would go to help develop and commercialize alternative energy technologies to create manufacturing jobs and reduce dependency on fossil fuels. The grants will help overcome technical barriers and demonstrate new technologies, he said. More



Solar power heats up as costs drop, electric rates rise
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The Midwest gets plenty of sunshine -- more than Germany, which uses more solar power than any other country. Kansas City, Kan. has the same percentage of annual sunshine as San Antonio, for example, and Dodge City, Kan., has as much as Miami. And the big cost considerations that for years have held back solar power in the region have changed. The price of solar panels has dropped substantially, and the Midwest's traditionally low electricity prices are on the rise. More

New Jersey governor eyes solar funds to balance budget
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Declaring a fiscal state of emergency, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is calling for cuts to several state programs, including a solar rebate program, to help the Garden State eliminate its projected $2.2 billion budget deficit for the current fiscal year, which ends in June. More

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Veterans Affairs to add solar to 18 sites
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The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs detailed a plan it introduced last fall to install solar energy systems atop its medical centers. The VA's initial announcement in November included solar installations at facilities in Texas, California, Nevada and Arizona that would amount to 1.7MW of solar energy. More

Solar power spices up Maryland energy
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Constellation Energy and McCormick & Co. announced plans to build the largest single rooftop solar installation in Maryland and the second for the partnership. The solar project for spice distributor McCormick uses more than 8,300 crystalline photovoltaic panels on a 363,000-square-foot rooftop. Renewable energy from the site will remove more than 1,600 tons of greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere. More



Duke Energy picks 10 NC sites for solar panels
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Power company Duke Energy said that it will install solar panels at 10 buildings in North Carolina as it builds on its solar generation program. The panels will generate enough electricity to power about 525 homes. Duke began the program last October when roof space was leased from four large manufacturing and commercial facilities for the placement of solar panels. More

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President Solar hopes to find its place in the sun
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Thomas Heath caught up with Roy Dunbar on the telephone as he was fending off hungry herons trying to poach at his koi pond outside his McLean home. The former chief executive at Herndon-based Network Solutions has launched a new business called President Solar, which will distribute rooftop photovoltaic solar panels to solar companies that install the panels for residential and small commercial customers. More

Solar power to the people, with a lot of public help
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Among the many activities students at the Lagunitas school campus participated in during Earth Day is a field trip to visit a solar power installation, where they will learn how photovoltaic technology converts the sun's energy to electricity. But they won't need permission slips from their parents to leave the school grounds, as the system sits on a sunny spot next to the school's soccer field. More

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