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  1. Solar Power: New Mexico firms to provide solar for Facebook data center

      ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state's largest electric provider has teamed up with two local solar companies to help social media giant Facebook make good on its commitment to power the massive data center under construction in the New Mexico desert with 100 percent renewable energy . Gov. Susana Martinez, officials with Public Service Co. of New Mexico and economic development leaders gathered Wednesday at the headquarters of Affordable Solar in Albuquerque to announce a $45 million solar project. Most of the money will go to Affordable Solar for the installation. New Mexico-based Array Technologies will provide the tracking systems for the panels. The bidding process for the 30-megawatt project spurred international competition. Martinez told the crowd that efforts to build a predictable business environment over the last few years are what attracted Facebook to the state and the ripple effects on the economy are starting to show. Aside from Facebook's quarter-billion-dollar investment for the first phase of the data center, the electric utility's investment in the solar project is expected to net more economic activity as well as over 40 full-time positions at Affordable Solar alone. Company officials and others said Wednesday that the project would not have been possible without local economic development funding and job training assistance through the state. "It's more important than ever before that we keep fighting for the tools and reforms that are helping us bring more jobs and investment to New Mexico," the governor said. "We have to make sure the Legislature knows that the New Mexico business community wants these tools in our toolbox so that we can continue to bring these kinds of jobs." New Mexico currently has the second-highest unemployment rate in the nation. Construction of the data center is among the few economic bright spots for New Mexico, which has struggled over many years to curb reliance on the federal government and the oil and gas industry. Martinez argues that is changing and New Mexico is starting to get noticed. With limited revenues due mostly to the downturn in the energy sector, Martinez is locked in a political battle with Democratic lawmakers over how much money should be spent on programs and tax incentives aimed at bolstering economic development. The solar power plant that will help run Facebook's data center will be made up of three 10-megawatt sites featuring tens of thousands of panels. The first solar site will be adjacent to the data center; construction will start later this year. Each solar site is expected to generate between 50 and 100 construction jobs, officials said. The utility plans to add more solar and wind as the data center grows. Pat Vincent-Collawn, chairwoman, president and chief executive of PNM Resources, said the utility already has invested nearly $270 million in solar farms across the state in recent years and the new sites will add to its renewable energy footprint. "This project clearly demonstrates some of the best possible outcomes of an economic development project: supporting a local renewable energy business, creating local construction jobs and helping to grow our economy here in New Mexico," she said.

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    Fri, 3 Feb 2017

  2. Solar Power: St. John's University expands its solar panel footprint

    Large solar farms were relatively rare in Minnesota when the first solar panels were erected in a field near St. John's University in 2009, but much has changed in seven years.

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    Tue, 17 Jan 2017

  3. Power distribution: Standardized IEC distribution transformers for solar farms

    Energy management: ABB’s new range of energy efficient distribution transformer designs, pre-designed to complement their PVS980 standard solar inverter and compliant with IEC standards, provides quick quotations and expedited delivery for solar farm operators.

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    Thu, 1 Dec 2016

  4. sPower Activates 68.8 MW of Solar for Southern California Public Power

    The facilities were constructed on 440 acres in Lancaster, California, and now generate a combined 68.8 MW of solar power to the Southern California Public Power Authority.

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    Thu, 19 Jan 2017

  1. Solar power farm developer dominating Texas utility market

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    Tue, 10 Jan 2017

  2. Green energy producers hopeful despite Trump's coal promise

    Swaths of virgin desert in the U.S. West in recent years have transformed into solar farms , a trend green energy supporters predict will persist even with the election of a president who is making fossil fuel-friendly Cabinet appointments and promises to bring back coal.

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    Fri, 23 Dec 2016

  3. U.S. solar power farm developer selling off 300MW blocks of crown jewel projects

    Innovative Solar Systems is a large scale solar power farm project developer based in Asheville, NC and has just announced that the company is offering 300MW blocks of solar farms for sale.

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    Wed, 14 Dec 2016

  4. Invenergy wants power line to connect Long Island to wind, solar power

    This grid project provides access to four new wind and two new solar farms

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    Wed, 26 Oct 2016

  5. Two new PSE&G landfill solar farms in service

    These are the two largest centralized solar projects built to date by PSE&G, creating a portfolio of 26 solar farms and 174,000 pole-attached solar units that supply more than 101 MW-dc of electricity

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    Thu, 5 Feb 2015

  6. Green energy producers hopeful despite Trump's coal promises

    With the support of Congress, the renewable energy industry has enjoyed a tax credit-buoyed building boom under President Barack Obama 

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    Fri, 23 Dec 2016

  7. Renewable energy developer Cypress Creek Renewables building 2 utility-scale solar farms in South Carolina

    Cypress Creek Renewables is investing more than $20 million in new projects in South Carolina.

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    Fri, 28 Aug 2015

  8. David Cameron indicates fewer wind and solar farms in UK

    The UK Prime Minister, David Cameron , has told a British newspaper that he expects fewer onshore wind and solar farms to be built in the country, after changes in planning regulations.

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    Thu, 8 Aug 2013

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