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  1. Solar Power: Clouds part for commercial solar in Wyoming, top coal state

      CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Planning has begun for the first major commercial solar energy project in Wyoming, where almost 90 percent of electricity generation comes from burning coal. The Sweetwater Solar project 15 miles northwest of Green River in southwest Wyoming would generate 80 megawatts, enough electricity for 12,000 homes. The project area of solar panels , roads, power lines and other facilities would encompass about a square mile of public land. Developer Sweetwater Solar, LLC, is a subsidiary of the large South Korean conglomerate Hanwha Group . The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will take initial public comments on the project through Feb. 14. If all goes smoothly, the project could get approval for construction early next year, BLM Rock Springs Field Manager Kimberlee Foster said Friday. "There is a lot of interest," Foster said. "There are a lot of concerns about wildlife and that type of thing. So since this is the first one in the state, we're trying to be very diligent." Three buried oil and gas pipelines cross part of the site and trona mining occurs not far away. The BLM has been talking with petroleum and trona industry officials about the proposal, Foster said. Other solar installations in Wyoming feed electricity onto the grid but none is close to this big. They include kilowatt-scale installations in western Wyoming owned by the town of Jackson and Lower Valley Energy, according to the Wyoming Public Service Commission. Most big, commercial solar projects are in the Southwest and Southeast, but increasing efficiency is making utility-scale photovoltaic solar feasible elsewhere. Growing competition from solar and wind power in part are why coal production is down an estimated 37 percent from 2008 to last year. Wyoming is the top coal-producing state. Almost 88 percent of net electricity generation in the state in 2015 came from coal, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Eleven percent came from renewable sources, mainly wind power.

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    Tue, 17 Jan 2017

  2. French solar road comes online

    A 1 km stretch of road in Normandy, France, which has been covered with 2800 m2 of solar photovoltaic panels, was officially opened this week. 

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    Thu, 12 Jan 2017

  3. AES to build solar energy storage project in Hawaii

    The project consists of 28 MW solar photovoltaic and a 20 MW five-hour duration energy storage system 

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    Thu, 12 Jan 2017

  4. Stored energy solutions

    Energy management: EnerSys highlights space-saving solutions for energy efficiency and renewable energy integration at DistribuTECH 2017.

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    Thu, 12 Jan 2017

  1. Solar Power: Israel harnessing sunshine with world's tallest solar tower

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    Fri, 6 Jan 2017

  2. Israel building world’s tallest solar power tower

    General Electric, a Megalim shareholder, explained the advantages of the power station in a brochure: "Compared to solar photovoltaic (PV) applications, direct steam CSP has the advantage of being able to produce electricity for longer periods of time

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    Tue, 10 Jan 2017

  3. EIA: Natural gas overtakes coal, but for how long?

    Has gas supplanted coal permanently? Not so fast, according to the federal government’s top energy analysts.

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    Thu, 5 Jan 2017

  4. Israel harnessing sunshine with solar power tower

    The centerpiece is a solar tower that will be the world's tallest at 820 feet

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    Thu, 5 Jan 2017

  5. US EPA recognition for combined heat and power plants

    The US Environment Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized two institutions using combined heat and power plants on their premises.

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    Mon, 9 Jan 2017

  6. Israel experiments with off-grid Kibbutz

    Israel’s off grid demonstration village at the Ketura Kibbutz in the Negev Desert, north of the Red Sea, is an attempt to show what is possible for eco-minded companies in the space.

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    Mon, 9 Jan 2017

  7. California agencies says expanded transmission key to meeting renewable mandate

    The report also seeks to identify opportunities to develop electric transmission

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    Wed, 28 Dec 2016

  8. Solar Power: Tesla, Panasonic to make solar cells in Buffalo, New York

    Japanese electronics company Panasonic and U.S. electric car maker Tesla said Tuesday they plan to begin production of solar cells at a factory in Buffalo, New York.

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    Thu, 29 Dec 2016

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