SEIA releases new white paper calling for modernized energy grids to prepare for solar energy

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States may need to make efforts to modernize their grids in order to embrace solar energy The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has released a new white paper that calls for the modernization of the United States’ energy grid. Notably, modernization efforts should be taken more seriously in both New York and California. Both states represent very strong and increasingly popular solar energy markets. The problem, however, is that the energy grids in these states are not well suited for clean power. According to the SEIA, these states can do…

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Solar energy industry employs more than Apple, Google, and Facebook combined

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The solar energy industry is experiencing unprecedented growth The use of solar power throughout the world has accelerated over the past few years. This has led to impressive growth in the solar energy industry. The past nine years has seen a 30-fold increase in photovoltaic sales and now the industry employs a staggering amount of people. According to a new report from GTM Research, the annual global demand for photovoltaic products grew by more than 50% last year. This has contributed to a decline in cost of these products, making…

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Solar energy is breaking power generation records in California

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Solar energy continues to make progress in California A recent report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows that on March 11 of this year, utility-scale solar energy accounted for 40% of electricity generated in California. The EIA estimates that when residential and commercial solar energy production is factored in, solar may have provided more than 50% of the state’s electricity generated on March 11. Solar energy production had an impact on the price of wholesale electricity, driving down rates by a significant degree. Clean energy is helping reduce…

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New legislation could boost solar energy and battery storage in California

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California continues to set impressive solar energy records California has been setting many renewable energy records in recent months. In February, the state finally broke its all-time solar energy record, generating nearly 8,800 megawatts of electrical power on a single afternoon. The record was beaten the following week, with solar energy production surpassing 9,000 megawatts. Not even 24 hours after this new record was set, it was beaten again. There is no doubt that solar energy is on track to play a major role in the state’s future, but California…

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New solar energy project to be developed in California

State shows more support for solar energy State and local leaders in California have commissioned the Blythe and McCoy Solar Energy Centers, which have produced hundreds of construction jobs and may help the state accomplish its renewable energy goals. The project comes from NextEra Energy, which already has several solar power projects throughout North America. The Blythe and MCoy Solar Energy Centers will have more than 4 million solar panels, all of which will be equipped with tracking technology that will allow the panels to follow the sun in order…

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New rule could secure development of new solar energy systems

Obama administration announces new rule that will allow clean energy projects to be developed on public land While Donald Trump may have been elected the next President of the United States, Barack Obama will hold this office until January of 2017. As his term as president comes to a close, Obama intends to secure a brighter future for solar energy. The Obama administration has introduced a new rule that is designed to boost the development of solar energy projects, as well as other clean power projects, in California. California continues…

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California solar energy systems set a new power generation record

Large-scale projects help California reach a new energy milestone Utilities in California have managed to break their old solar energy generation record last week. The California Independent System Operator (ISO), the state’s largest energy grid operator, announced that the energy produced by large solar energy systems was enough to power 2 million homes. The Solar Energy Industries Association has praised the milestone, which has further shown that California has established itself as a leading market for solar power. The state’s solar capacity and generation is expected to grow as more…

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California’s solar energy market is booming

Solar power is gaining strong momentum in California Solar energy generation has grown significantly in California from 2009 to 2014, according to the new California Green Innovation Index. The state has established a leading position in the solar energy market, investing heavily in this type of renewable power. While the state has shown a strong interest for solar power, it is also investing heavily in wind energy and biomass. Renewable energy has become an integral part of California’s plan to become more environmentally friendly and reduce harmful emissions. Solar energy…

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Southern and Turner Renewable Energy acquire a new solar energy project

Companies come together to acquire the Calpitria Solar Facility Southern Co. and Turner Renewable Energy have announced that they have jointly acquired a solar energy system that is under development in California. The two companies acquired the system, called the Calpitria Solar Facility, from Solar Frontier Americas. The terms of the acquisition deal have not yet been made available. Southern notes that the Calpitria Solar Facility is the tenth solar energy system it owns in California and the twenty-fifth renewable energy facility it owns in the United States. Southern continues…

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California may be changing its solar energy incentives

State is being encouraged to further extend its solar energy incentives California officials are being encouraged to extend incentive initiatives that support the adoption of solar energy throughout the state. The California government has offered financial incentives to thousands of homeowners and businesses in order to encourage the expansion of the state’s solar energy capacity. Backed by these incentives, California has some 450,000 solar units installed, which were put in place over the past few years. Without incentives, clean power advocates fear that the growth of the solar energy sector…

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Solar energy finds a home in California’s croplands

Farmers may find success in solar energy systems Solar energy may become a very lucrative business for farmers and land owners in California. For the past several years, those that have bought significant amounts of land in the state have found that their farms have failed for many reasons. Now, however, the land may not be a total loss, as these farmers can tap into the power of the sun and turnover their land to solar energy developers that are operating in the state. Severe drought leads to failing crops,…

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Solar energy may be having an impact on California’s natural habitat

Study suggests that state must be more careful when developing new solar energy projects Researchers from California’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Center for Conservation Biology have released a new study suggesting that careful steps should be taken to ensure that new solar energy projects do not disrupt the natural habitat of California. As focus on clean power and fighting climate change increases, new solar energy projects are beginning to take form in the state. This has lead to growing concerns regarding how these projects are affecting the state’s…

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Solar energy growth could threaten biological diversity in California

Solar power expansion may help and hurt the environment at the same time. California’s solar energy sector continues to expand due to the push to lower greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change and because of the low cost of solar panels. However, a recent study has revealed that some scientists are becoming more concerned that placing new large-scale solar plants in the Mojave Desert could actually harm the ecosystem that naturally exists there. Solar panels built in underdeveloped natural areas can crowd out wildlife and devastate their habitat. According…

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California regulators mull rules concerning solar energy in the state

Regulators are in discussions to determine what should be done with the state’s energy rules Utility regulators in California are working on ways to bring some balance to the growing solar energy industry. This form of renewable power has seen a surge in popularity throughout the state, with many homeowners looking to purchase and install rooftop solar panels and reduce their reliance on the state’s utilities. At the heart of the issue is net metering, which measures the amount of money rooftop solar energy systems potentially collect when compared to…

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Californian homes to be provided with free solar panels

A new plan in California will bring free solar power to disadvantaged neighborhoods. While there are already many government incentives in the state of California to encourage the use of solar power among residents, a new plan will result in free solar panels being installed on the rooftops of homes of some of the state’s low-income homeowners, saving each of these residents hundreds of dollars in electrical costs, annually. Solar energy continues to be an expensive home improvement. According to a 2013 study by the Center for American Progress, a…

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California generates more than 5% of its power from solar energy

California reaches new milestone with its solar energy capacity in 2014 California has become the first state in the United States to generate more than 5% of its electrical power from solar energy. The Energy Information Administration has released a new report that shows that California has made significant progress with its renewable energy endeavors. The state has been investing quite heavily in solar power over the past few years in an effort to spur economic growth and become more environmentally friendly. State’s solar power systems generated 9.9 million MWh…

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