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With the deployment of the smart grid – a system of networked devices that collect and analyze energy usage – will come greater integration of renewable energy sources to the U.S. power grid, according to a new report from Pike Research.

In the middle of the Nevada desert, a 600-foot concrete shaft has been erected that towers above the surrounding landscape and will one day provide enough renewable energy to power some 75,000 area homes, Smart Grid News reports.

Bayer Healthcare unveiled on May 29, 2012, the city of Berkeley, California’s largest solar installation, Berkeleyside reports.

A man from Evington, Virginia and a former engineer who together built a wind turbine three years ago have been given the nod to raise the machine after overcoming many zoning hurdles, NBC affiliate WSLS reports.

U.S. President Barack Obama is pushing Congress to prolong the tax benefits that have greatly helped support the growth of the country’s wind energy sector.

The Colorado public utilities Commission announced on Thursday, May 24, it had approved a new solar incentive program that Xcel Energy will use instead of upfront cash rewards when residents’ solar panel projects cost more than a few thousand dollars.

Just outside the capital of New Jersey, one community college is preparing to build the largest college-based solar installation in the country, the most recent in string of similar renewable energy projects.

Although solar energy presents a clean and renewable resource, solar installations have typically been associated with high production costs and low operating efficiency. This could change with the advent of a new solar cell developed by Northwestern University experts.

Introducing more wind energy into the electric grid could bring down wholesale electricity prices by more than 25 percent in the U.S. Midwest by 2020, new research from Synapse Energy Economics suggests.

As greater caps are placed on smokestack emissions and clean energy continues to be a viable alternative option, Eaton County, Michigan could soon turn to new wind energy installations to power nearby farming operations, the Lansing State Journal reports.