New solar energy system coming to a rest stop in Missouri

Missouri rest stop to be home to promising new project Using a road to harness the power of the sun may seem like science fiction, but a rest stop in Missouri may become the first place in the world to have such a system in operation. The rest stop, which is located along Route 66 in Conway, Missouri, will be home to a new experimental project and is one of several similar projects that are expected to be launched within the coming years throughout the world. The project is being…

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Idaho may see a solar energy boom in 2016

State may benefit from the rapid growth of solar power Idaho is likely to experiencing a short-lived boom in solar energy as the state’s first commercial solar projects are expected to begin construction in 2016. Energy developers suggest that the state is quickly becoming an attractive home for solar energy, especially as the cost of photovoltaic technologies continues to fall. The cost of this technology has fallen by approximately 200% over the past five years. Idaho has also been adopting new policies that have encouraged the growth of the solar…

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New legislation in Idaho could be good news for solar energy companies

Lawmakers are reviewing legislation that would exclude solar energy companies from paying property tax Lawmakers in Idaho are reviewing a proposal from the state’s solar industry concerning the taxes that solar energy companies have to pay. These companies want to taxes on the electrical power that they produce, rather than property taxes. Companies specializing in other forms of renewable energy do not have to pay taxes on the energy they produce, which has allowed them a certain degree of financial fortitude that solar energy companies do not enjoy. Similar legislation…

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New geothermal energy bill introduced in the U.S.

Two state senators join forces to encourage the production of geothermal power on public lands. Idaho Senator Jim Risch teamed up with Oregon Senator Ron Wyden to reintroduce the Geothermal Production Expansion Act, a bill that prevents tentative bidders from hiking up the price of leases for geothermal energy projects, and enables the non-competitive leasing of a limited amount of public land at fair market value to encourage the growth of this renewable resource on hot spots that have already been identified. Approximately 250 million acres of federal land has…

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