Saudi Arabia launches $50 billion renewable energy plan

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Saudi Arabia is investing heavily in renewable energy Saudi Arabia has launched an ambitious renewable energy plan in order to curb domestic consumption of oil and accommodate a growing demand for electricity. The government has introduced a $50 billion plan, which calls for a greater focus on both solar and wind power. Now, energy developers are being asked to bid on some 700 megawatts worth of solar and wind projects, with documents concerning these projects having to be submitted by March 20 of this year. Country aims to diversify energy…

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Indiana legislation takes aim at solar energy net metering

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Legislation intends to make changes to Indiana’s net metering initiative New legislation in Indiana has generated some controversy among supporters of solar energy. The legislation recently passed through the Indiana Senate Utilities Committee and it aims to put an end to the state’s net metering initiative. Net metering is designed to incentivize the use of solar energy, encouraging more people to make use of this form of clean power. This initiative has been particularly popular among homeowners, many of whom have been looking for ways to make use of solar…

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Wind energy reaches a new milestone in the central United States

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SPP reports that wind energy has accomplished a new goal Wind energy in the United States reached yet another milestone over the past weekend. On Sunday, the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), an organization that manages energy transmission systems in the central United States, became the first entity of its kind to supply 52.1% of its electricity load with wind power. Over the past several months, wind energy has been growing in terms of penetration, supplying more electrical power to the energy grid. The sector continues to achieve new milestones due…

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Electric vehicles could come to dominate the transportation market sooner than expected

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Clean vehicles are gaining ground very quickly Electric vehicles may take over the transportation space sooner than expected. In the United States, transportation has traditionally accounted for the majority of emissions produced within the country, surpassing the energy sector despite the country’s massive consumption of electrical power. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), however, this is no longer the case. The EIA has reported that in 2016, the energy sector surpassed transportation in terms of emissions production, highlighting the rising impact of clean vehicles in the sector. Transportation emissions…

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Honda and GM will expand collaboration on fuel cell vehicles

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Automakers have big plans for fuel cell vehicles Automakers Honda and General Motors are preparing to expand their collaboration on fuel cell development. The two companies have been working with one another to improve these energy systems, making them more efficient and less expensive. Honda and GM have plans to launch their own fuel cell vehicles, with Honda likely to do so in the very near future. In working together, both companies have managed to make significant improvements to the fuel cell technology they are using. Collaboration could help fuel…

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Majority of Americans want to see more support for renewable energy

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Recent survey shows that many people support clean power A major shift in energy and climate policy may be coming to the United States now that Donald Trump has officially taken presidential office. Trump has vowed to reduce regulations on the coal and oil industries in order to promote economic growth. The Trump Administration is also expected to reduce support for various forms of renewable energy, but many of those living in the United States want the government to continue investing in clean power for the sake of the environment…

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North Carolina seeks to shut down wind farm due to national security concerns

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Lawmakers are looking to halt development on a large-scale wind energy project Lawmakers in North Carolina are looking to put an end to a wind farm that is nearing completion, citing national security risks. The wind farm costs approximately $400 million to develop and is located relatively close to a long-distance surveillance radar installation. Legislators have come together to send the incoming Trump administration a letter requesting that action be taken on the issue. The future of the wind farm is currently uncertain. Project’s wind turbines could interfere with nearby…

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Solar energy capacity in Minnesota continues to grow

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Solar energy capacity in Minnesota is growing at an unprecedented rate Minnesota’s solar energy capacity exploded last year, highlighting strong and unprecedented growth in the solar field. In 2010, the state had virtually no solar energy capacity. In 2015, however, this capacity reached 35 megawatts. At the end of 2016, Minnesota’s solar energy capacity skyrocketed to 250 megawatts. This has made the state one of the fastest growing solar markets in the country. Many energy developers have begun bringing their projects to the state in order to take advantage of…

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Sunflare develops flexible solar panels

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Flexible solar panels can, potentially, be installed on any surface Sunflare, a company based in California, has developed a new, flexible solar panel that it believes will become a major asset for those interested in solar energy. Following years or research and development, the company has produced a copper indium gallium selenide solar panel. The new solar panel can be installed on virtually any surface due to its flexibility, which may make it quite attractive to homeowners and businesses interested in becoming more environmentally friendly. Cost of solar energy continues…

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South Korea’s utilities to invest heavily in renewable energy

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Utilities come together to commit $3.06 billion to the renewable energy sector South Korea’s six large utilities associated with the Korea Electric Power Corp. have announced that they will be investing some $3.06 billion in renewable energy in 2017 and 2018. This money is meant to add more momentum to South Korea’s efforts to embrace clean energy and technology. The money will aid in the exploration of new renewable energy sources and develop new energy systems in order to aid South Korea in becoming more environmentally friendly and combat the…

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Honda’s Clarity Fuel Cell vehicle comes to California

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Automaker delivers the first of its new fuel cell vehicles Honda has delivered the first of its 2017 Clarity Fuel Cell vehicles to customers in Southern California. The automaker has been working to develop a new fuel cell vehicle for several years and it was one of the first to launch such a vehicle in California several years ago. Currently, the Clarity Fuel Cell is only available for lease, with some $15,000 worth of hydrogen fuel being offered to drivers. Honda hopes that the new vehicle will attract strong support…

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UK wind energy industry reaches new milestone

Wind energy industry generates more than 10,000 MW for the first time The wind energy in the United Kingdom has reached a new milestone, generating more than 10,000 megwatts of electricity for the first time. The UK is home to many wind projects, most of which are onshore. Offshore projects are becoming more popular, however, as the UK has access to large expanses of sea territory that can be tapped into in order to generate electricity. According to RenewableUK, the country’s wind energy trade organization, the country’s wind projects were…

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India continues to reach new milestones with its solar energy market

Solar energy market in India makes more progress thanks to new solar farm In India, plans to build the world’s largest solar energy system are underway. The new solar farm is being built in Kamuthi, Tamil Nadu, and will have a maximum capacity of 648 megawatts. The solar farm will cover 10 square kilometers, making it one of the largest solar projects to be built. By comparison, the currently largest solar energy system is the Topaz Solar Farm, which was built in California with a maximum capacity of 550 megawatts….

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Residential solar energy is gaining ground despite opposition from retailers

Utilities are unable to stop the growth of residential solar energy Solar energy is quickly gaining popularity within the residential sector of the United States. Rooftop solar has become a very attractive prospect for many homeowners, especially now that photovoltaic systems are becoming much less expensive. Rooftop solar power systems are used as a way to allow homeowners to generate their own electrical power. These energy systems have, however, come under fire from utilities, many of whom suggest that solar power could great significant price disparity among consumers. Voters chose…

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Trump decries offshore wind energy systems in the United Kingdom

Trump is calling on British officials to fight against offshore wind energy President-elect Donald Trump is pressuring British officials to fight against offshore wind energy systems being developed in Britain. In the past, Trump has fought against offshore wind energy, hoping to close down a project being developed in Scotland. The case made its way to Britain’s highest court, with Trump arguing that the offshore project disrupts the view of one of his gold courses in Aberdeenshire. Now, Trump is calling upon Nigel Farage, leader of the United Kingdom’s Independence…

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Tesla successfully acquires major solar energy developer SolarCity

Tesla has finalized its deal to acquire SolarCity Tesla Motors has successfully finalized its acquisition of SolarCity, a leading solar energy developer. Elon Musk, who chairs both Tesla and SolarCity, has been attracting attention to this deal for some time, claiming that it will be a major step forward for the solar energy sector in the United States. Shareholders approved of the deal by an overwhelming margin. The deal is valued at approximately $2 billion and it will allow Tesla to integrate SolarCity’s technology into its operations. Moreover, SolarCity will…

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