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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. Solar Power: RNRG’s SRA Systems improve power prediction accuracy by 14% at Japanese PV Project

    Pacifico Energy increased the accuracy of power output projections at the Kumenan PV project by up to 14%. The gain allowed the company to secure more competitive financing terms to build the solar power PV plant.

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    Tue, 17 Jan 2017

  3. 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

  4. Report: Solar Power Biggest and Fastest-Growing Power Generation Employer

    The report credited the significant buildout of new solar generation capacity.

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    Mon, 16 Jan 2017

  1. Going Green from the Green: Hall of Fame Golfer Tom Watson installs Mitsubishi Electric solar power panels on his Hawaiian home

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    Wed, 18 Jan 2017

  2. Duke Energy Florida to build solar power plant in Suwannee County

    It will be built on 70 acres near Live Oak, Florida, just east of the existing Suwannee River Power Plant 

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    Mon, 16 Jan 2017

  3. Duke Energy Connected 500 MW of Solar in North Carolina in 2016

    That figure includes 100 MW of capacity created from Duke’s direct investments and 400 MW purchased from facilities built by other developers.

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    Tue, 17 Jan 2017

  4. Canadian Solar Completes Two California Solar Projects

    The two are the 100-MW Astoria and the 75-MW Astoria 2, which were built adjacent to each other.

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    Tue, 17 Jan 2017

  5. Solar Power: Supreme court says buildings have a right to be ugly

    The Vermont Supreme Court says buildings are allowed to be ugly.

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    Tue, 17 Jan 2017

  6. Renewable power with smart inverters compete with traditional power plants

    The California ISO said in its statement that it plans to present its test results to NERC and other technical review committees

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    Mon, 16 Jan 2017

  7. Pacific and African nations get $44m in renewables funding

    Four renewable energy projects in developing countries in the Pacific and Africa are to receive $44.5m of funding.

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    Sun, 15 Jan 2017

  8. Engie announces renewable projects on three continents

    France's Engie is eyeing renewable power development on multiple continents, with projects announced in Australia and Senegal as well as in the firm’s home country.

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    Tue, 17 Jan 2017

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