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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. Largest Quarter Ever Recorded for Solar Installations

    estimates the fourth quarter will record even higher solar installations . “Coming off our largest quarter ever and with ..... reach 4.8 GW, which would be higher than the solar installations in all of 2015. SEIA estimates the large pipeline

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    Thu, 22 Dec 2016

  3. Rooftop solar will make modest comeback in northern Nevada

    Exactly a year after a controversial rate hike dramatically hampered the number of new rooftop solar installations , Nevada utility regulators voted to allow about 1,200 customers to install solar systems and get older, more favorable rates when they sell back excess electricity.

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    Sat, 24 Dec 2016

  4. Panelists Predict Change and Provide Tips on Preparation

    POWER-GEN International’s keynote speakers on Tuesday morning focused on the transformational changes the electric power industry is experiencing. The panelists in Tuesday afternoon’s session titled “A View of the Electricity Business Model of Tomorrow” continued that theme.

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    Tue, 13 Dec 2016

  1. Terium: Business as usual for US renewables

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    Mon, 12 Dec 2016

  2. Technology profile: Modular hybrid solar power

    Aora Solar’s ‘Tulip’ concentrating solar power system is a hybrid power and heat installation with a twist that its developers say gives it an advantage for off-grid locations.

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    Tue, 13 Dec 2016

  3. From almonds to pears to cherries, ag industry does more with sunlight using SunPower's complete solar power solutions

    In one of the nation's sunniest states, farmers, food processors, beverage suppliers and more have used complete solar power solutions from SunPower to save on one of their largest operating expenses: electricity.

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    Wed, 14 Dec 2016

  4. Energy management: Personalized community solar installations

    Power management: Tendril solves the solar quandary; utilities capitalize on booming market. Company extends the industry’s leading ESM platform to deliver an end-to-end solution for accelerating personalized community solar installations .

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    Mon, 15 Jun 2015

  5. Global Forecast: Solar Installations to Grow by 25-30 Percent in 2015

    Solar installations globally could grow by between 25 percent and 30 percent in 2015 compared to last year, according to Mercom Capital Group.

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    Fri, 2 Oct 2015

  6. Are virtual power plants the next evolution of American infrastructure?

    The dipping cost of solar installations over the last three years has made them all the more appealing to businesses and homeowners looking to offset high energy bills.

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    Tue, 20 Sep 2016

  7. Residential demand spurs US solar installations in 1Q13

    Big growth in residential solar demand, bucking broader market volatility and seasonal trends, set the pace for yet another record quarterly performance for U.S. solar installations during the first three months of 2013.

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    Tue, 11 Jun 2013

  8. Vermont's Green Mountain Power completes three solar installations

    Green Mountain Power has flipped the switch on three new solar projects, bringing its total solar installations to five and exceeding its goal of installing and helping its customers install 10,000 solar panels in 1,000 days.

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    Fri, 5 Nov 2010

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