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The U.S. Department of Energy has announced $25 million in funding to advance concentrating solar power (CSP) system technologies. This investment will fund research and development projects to improve the performance and increase the efficiency of all components of Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plants, ultimately lowering the cost of solar electricity.
“Investments …Read More

Alternative Energy Policy in Michigan - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

While Michigan is one of fewer than 30 states with a self-imposed mandate for renewable energy generation, the state’s policy is among the least aggressive in that group.
Utilities are expected to soon meet the 2008 state law that requires them to derive 10 percent of their energy from alternative sources such as the sun or …Read More

according to a report released by Environment America Research & Policy Center — Solar energy is on the rise across the United States.
Over the course of the last decade, the amount of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in the United States has increased more than 120-fold, from 97 megawatts in 2003 to more than 12,000 megawatts …Read More

PSEG Long Island announced today a coordinated effort with New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to launch On-Bill Recovery and Smart Energy Loans.
Beginning August 1st, all PSEG Long Island residential customers are able to apply for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems from local contractors through a Smart Energy Loan or …Read More

Energy company PSEG Solar Source has obtained a 3.6MW solar farm located in Burlington, Vermont, from juwi solar (JSI).
The plant, originally called the ERWR Whitcomb Farm Solar project, will now be named the PSEG Essex Solar Energy Center and will have a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Vermont Electric Power Producers (VEEP) as part …Read More

According to a report from the Texas grid operators, more power from state’s wind farms and solar installations is getting to consumers
In 2013, the renewable power sector saw its output rise by more than 4 million megawatt-hours, the largest increase in four years. That amounted to a 12 percent increase over the previous year. At …Read More

SunPower Corp., the second-largest U.S. solar manufacturer, and Google Inc. are creating a $250 million program to finance residential solar systems.
The solar producer is committing $150 million and Google will provide $100 million, San Jose, Calif.-based SunPower said today in a statement. The program will “help make solar accessible to more families,” said Chuck Boynton, …Read More

Constellation Energy Resources LLC has announced that it has signed an agreement with the city of Los Angeles to design, build and operate a 27-megawatt (MW) renewable energy power plant at L.A. Sanitation’s Hyperion Treatment Plant.
Hyperion is among the 10 largest wastewater treatment facilities in the world, according to a 2012 Engineering News Record report. The treatment …Read More

Utility Ameren to Build Solar Facility - Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Ameren Missouri announced that it would build a multi-million-dollar solar energy facility on a 19-acre site next to its electrical substation in O’Fallon, Missouri.
The facility’s 19,000 solar panels will provide 5.7 megawatts of electricity, enough to power about 650 houses in the St. Louis area, Ameren Missouri officials said.
Bill Barbieri, the utility’s director of renewable …Read More

New Year Brings Texas Wind Power - Friday, January 3, 2014

On New Year’s Day, the network of transmission lines that comprise Texas’ “Competitive Renewable Energy Zone” (CREZ) became fully operational, bringing electricity from wind turbines in West Texas and the Panhandle to points east.
Many of the lines have been active (and have contributed to record-breaking percentages of Texas electricity coming from wind), but the January …Read More