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  1. Solar Power : Nation's largest solar installer to open Florida facility

        ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The largest U.S. solar panel installer is moving into Florida's residential market after the state's voters last month rejected a utility-backed ballot measure that critics said would make going solar more expensive. SolarCity , a San Mateo, Calif.-based subsidiary of electric car maker Tesla Motors, said Thursday it is opening an operations center in the Orlando area and plans to expand into other areas of Florida. The company's decision to enter the Florida market was helped by voters' rejection of Amendment 1 on Nov. 8. If successful, the utility-funded Amendment 1 would have opened the door to new laws that could have hindered the growth of residential solar power . Lyndon Rive, the company's CEO, said the vote strengthened the company's resolve to move into the state. "It reinforces to any policymaker or regulator that when you're making the rules, consider that the voters voted for competition and energy choice," he said in a telephone interview. A typical SolarCity operations center employs about 100 people, a company spokesman said, and the company is hiring for sales and installation jobs at its Orlando area facility in Clermont. Right now, that facility has about 40 employees. SolarCity installs custom solar systems that it leases to homeowners. It also maintains and repairs them, a business model that allows property owners who want to go solar to do so without having to buy and maintain an entire system. In some states, the company also sells the power directly to consumers from the panels it leases. In Florida, however, the law allows only utility companies to sell power directly to consumers, so SolarCity has been slow to enter the state's market even with its abundant sunshine. The company said it will be serving customers of Duke Energy Florida and Orlando Utilities Commission. SolarCity was recently acquired by Tesla, whose CEO Elon Musk is also chairman of the solar company. Musk has said that he wants to sell solar panels through Tesla's stores so that customers can use them to power their electric vehicles and homes.  

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  2. Solar panel maker SolarCity to open Florida facility

    Lyndon Rive, the company's CEO, said the vote strengthened the company's resolve to move into the state

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    Thu, 1 Dec 2016

  3. Siemens receives larger gas power order from Argentina

    Siemens has received orders from Argentina for a total of seven SGT-800 industrial gas turbines and two Industrial Trent 60 natural gas turbines.

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    Wed, 30 Nov 2016

  4. Sumitomo Electric Starts operation of Morocco photovoltaic power plant pilot

    Located in the northwestern part of the African Continent, Morocco faces the Sahara in the south and its solar radiation is very high

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    Thu, 1 Dec 2016

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

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    Thu, 1 Dec 2016

  2. Duke Energy to connect microgrid to distribution grid

    The microgrid will regulate power quality and voltage for a substation circuit at Mount Holly, according to Duke Energy officials 

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    Wed, 30 Nov 2016

  3. AEP Ohio files to extend electric security plan

    The proposal would continue AEP Ohio's investments to improve customer service and reliability including proactive replacement of aging equipment  

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    Wed, 30 Nov 2016

  4. New York sued over subsidies for nuclear power plants

    Clearwater says it filed the lawsuit Wednesday with Goshen Green Farms

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    Fri, 2 Dec 2016

  5. How does solar power affect your home's roof?

    Not only does solar power revolutionize your perception of your home’s energy, it also has a huge effect on your home’s roof.

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    Tue, 29 Nov 2016

  6. Residential solar power customers want more – not less – customer service

    “The challenge for utilities is finding a way to meet their solar customers’ new and expanded needs.”

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    Tue, 22 Nov 2016

  7. Argentina to award $4bn in grants to renewable energy developers

    The Argentinean energy minister, Juan Jose Aranguren says the government intends to award contracts to produce 1,281 MW of clean energy through 30 different wind and solar power projects.

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    Mon, 28 Nov 2016

  8. Chernobyl to be transformed into solar power stronghold

    The Chernobyl exclusion zone, an area of land 30km2 in total, has been judged as an ideal location for a large solar photovoltaic project.

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    Tue, 22 Nov 2016

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