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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. 28-MW Solar Project With Energy Storage Set for Kaua’i

    When finished in 2018, the solar and battery system will provide 11 percent of the island’s energy generation and be one of the largest in the world.

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    Wed, 11 Jan 2017

  3. FERC records 957 MW in new wind, solar power installed in November

    New generation building in first 11 months of 2016 outpaced 2015

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    Thu, 12 Jan 2017

  4. 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

  1. Alterra Power solar project in Indiana begins commercial operations

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    Thu, 5 Jan 2017

  2. Major Wind, Solar Projects Came Online During November

    During the first 11 months of 2016 there have been 19,127 MW of generating capacity installed domestically, compared to 14,473 MW during the same period in 2015.

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    Wed, 11 Jan 2017

  3. Solar Power: Windham County groups invited to buy in to new solar project

    Some towns and schools in southeastern Vermont are being invited to buy into a solar array set to be built on a closed landfill in Brattleboro.

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    Wed, 4 Jan 2017

  4. Duke Energy Purchases 13-MW Colorado Solar Project

    Victory Solar was developed by juwi Inc. A purchase price was not disclosed.

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    Thu, 8 Dec 2016

  5. NRG Energy Commissions Their Largest Co-Located Community Solar Project

    At 14.7 MW and 61,000 photovoltaic panels, the company says the Spencer facility is the largest co-located community solar project  they’ve developed to date.

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    Mon, 21 Nov 2016

  6. Solar Power: Energy crews power up new solar project in east Georgia

    A 28-megawatt solar project is being activated in east Georgia.

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    Sat, 19 Nov 2016

  7. EDF Renewable Energy signs power purchase agreement with MCE

    The Riverside County, California solar project will use horizontal single-axis tracking solar photovoltaic technology 

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    Thu, 22 Dec 2016

  8. Alberta approves EDF solar power project

    EDF EN Canada’s Vulcan solar project receives Alberta Utilities Commission approval

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    Fri, 16 Dec 2016

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