Tesla activates its large solar energy project in Hawaii

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Tesla has completed installation on its new solar project Tesla has activated its new large-scale solar energy system, which has been built on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. This week, the company announced that it had successfully completed installing the systems needed to power the 13 megawatt project. The project, at peak performance, is expected to generate 52 megwatt-hours of electrical power, further increasing the rapidly growing solar energy capacity that is being built in Hawaii. Electricity provided by new solar energy project is less expensive than oil The Kauai…

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New solar energy project in Minnesota begins construction

Solar project begins construction after acquisition D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments (DESRI) has announced that it has successfully acquired a promising solar energy project in Minnesota. The project is the 100 megawatt North Star Solar Project, which had previously been under development by Community Energy. Following the acquisition, DESRI announced that construction on the solar project has begun. The project is expected to be completed and begin producing electrical power later this year. Project to generate enough electricity to power 20,000 homes Once completed, the North Star solar energy project will…

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NC county to develop the state’s first solar farm on old landfill site

Onslow County is planning to have the first landfill solar panel project in North Carolina. The solar farm project in Onslow County, which will be developed on an old county landfill no longer in use, will be the first of its kind in North Carolina and is expected to generate revenue. The plan is to install 6,000 solar panels across the 15 acres of covered landfill. Installing the solar panels is the second phase of the county’s Solid Waste Renewable Energy Program, reported The Warner Cable News. The county also…

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New solar energy study launched in Wisconsin

Alliant Energy to test the capabilities of solar power in Wisconsin Alliant Energy will be studying the viability of solar energy in Wisconsin. Solar power typically thrives in warmer climates, where sunshine is plentiful. In colder climates, however, where the sun is less prevalent, solar energy may not be an ideal solution. Alliant Energy believes that solar power can flourish in colder climates, however, and intends to find out whether or not this is actually the case through a multi-year project. Project will deploy more than 1,000 solar panels, which…

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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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Solar energy roadways could be the future

A couple from Idaho wants to use solar cells to pave parking lots, roads and walkways. Scott and Julie Brusaw have co-founded and co-invented solar energy project, Solar Roadways, an Idaho-based startup that could lead to roads, driveways, parks, parking lots and virtually any paved area being replaced with solar panels that light up. The dream is to power America using solar power without solar farms or wires. The Brusaw’s discovered that the United States has more than 72,000 square kilometers of surfaces made of concrete and asphalt, which receive…

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Solar energy could be transformed by glass sphere

Futuristic solar power collectors turn light into electricity. Rawlemon, a German-Spanish startup based out of Barcelona has developed solar energy technology that the company claims is extremely effective at transforming light into energy, so much so that it can even make use of moonbeams and windows in office buildings. Spheres are used to capture light from the sun. Instead of using the typical flat panels to collect the sun’s rays, Rawlemon’s spherical solar concentrating system uses a glass ball to convert light into an electrical current. Naturally, this gives them…

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University of Tulsa wins grant for solar energy project

Department of Energy issues grants to help support advances in the solar power space The University of Tulsa in Oklahoma has announced that it is one of the recipients of 12 grants being issued by the Department of Energy. These grants aim to support the development of more efficient and effective photovoltaic technologies. The Department of Energy has been working to make solar power more cost-effective for several years, but accomplishing this goal has been a time-consuming and expensive process. The grants that the federal agency is providing are meant…

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India continues work on large-scale solar energy project

Solar power may help India move away from fossil-fuels more quickly India’s Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding concerning the construction of what is being called the country’s “ultra-mega solar power project.” India has adopted a strong interest in solar energy as the cost of oil continues to increase. Clean power is expected to help the country establish some economic stability as it begins to transition away from fossil-fuels. Solar power has also gained India’s support as the country…

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New solar energy project takes root in China

Trina Solar embarks on new initiative in Turpan Trina Solar, one of the largest solar panel manufacturers in China, has announced its involvement in a new project that is taking place in a Chinese desert located in the Turpan Prefecture. The desert is notorious for its harsh and unforgiving landscape, but Trina Solar believes that it is an ideal location for a new solar energy plant. The new energy facility is expected to begin construction within the next four years. New power plant to have a maximum capacity of 1,000MW…

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New solar energy project seeks aid through crowdfunding

Crowdfunding could bring solar energy to schools The Natural Resources Defense Council, a non-profit international environmental advocacy group, has turned to crowdfunding in order to support an initiative that intends to bring solar energy to schools. This is the first time that the organization has launched a crowdfunding campaign. Through the campaign, the Natural Resources Defense Council intends to raise awareness concerning the benefits of solar energy and how it can be used to reduce the environmental impact of schools as well as reduce their expenditure on fuel. Campaign seeks…

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New solar energy system to take root in California

California to boast of a new solar energy power plant First Solar, a leading solar energy company, has announced that it has partnered with a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources in order to build a new solar power plant in Riverside, California. The new project is one of several similar initiatives that have taken root in California in recent years. Many solar developers have been flocking to the state in order to take advantage of the programs and services offered by the government. These projects are helping the state move…

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Google invests in new solar energy project in California

Solar energy wind more support from Google Google has announced that it will be investing $103 million into the Mount Signal Solar project, located in California. The project is being developed by Silver Ridge Power and boasts of a capacity of 265 megawatts. The investment represents Google’s continued support of solar energy and the company’s endeavor to promote projects that aim to make this energy more accessible. This is the 13th time Google has invested in a utility scale renewable energy project and will not likely be the last. Company…

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Brazilian solar energy potential proves attractive to foreign companies

Foreign companies flock to Brazil to tap into solar energy Solar energy is growing at a rapid pace around the world. Much of this growth is being driven by the growing need some countries have to distance themselves from fossil-fuels in order to mitigate any potential impact that climate change may have on the world. Brazil has become one of the most attractive solar energy markets in the world and has been garnering the attention of several companies from other countries that are interested in the Brazilian solar sector. US…

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Solar energy comes to Tanzania

New solar energy system taking form in Tanzania A new solar energy system is beginning to take form in Tanzania, located on the eastern shore of Africa. The system is meant to combine the potential of geothermal and solar energy, providing significant amounts of power to communities in rural areas, much of which currently goes without access to electrical power of any kind. According to the World Bank, approximately 3% of people in rural Tanzania have access to electricity, with 95% relying on firewood to provide heat. World Bank invests…

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Google’s solar energy investment shows signs of life

Solar energy becoming more important to businesses around the world Renewable energy has begun to attract a great deal of attention in the world of business. Many large companies throughout the world have been moving to embrace clean power in the hopes of skirting emissions regulations coming from the world’s governments and cut the costs associated with fossil-fuels. Some of these companies are making use of clean power for environmental reasons, as well, hoping to reduce their impact on the environment and help mitigate the potential effects of climate change.…

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