Florida utility commits to solar energy

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Duke Energy plans to develop at least nine new solar projects Duke Energy has announced plans to develop at least nine new solar energy systems in Florida. The utility will also be doing away with a controversial nuclear energy charge on customer bills. Duke Energy notes that the new solar initiatives are worth approximately $6 billion. These new projects are part of the utilities overarching efforts to embrace renewable power. The utility has faced criticism in the past for lagging behind others in this regard. Solar technology has improved significantly…

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South Australia plans to build a new concentrated solar energy system

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Government awards contract for new energy system to SolarReserve The South Australia government has awarded a contract for a new solar energy system to SolarReserve. Per the contract, the company will be responsible for the development of a 150 megawatt solar thermal power plant that will be built near Port Augusta. The project will take advantage of concentrated sunlight in order to generate heat and electrical power. The new solar energy system could help resolve some of South Australia’s problems with reliable power. State continues to support clean energy in…

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India installs more solar energy capacity in first half of 2017 than it did in all of 2016

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Solar energy continues to experience dramatic growth India’s solar energy capacity is growing more quickly than expected. During the first half of this year, the country installed some 4,765 megawatts of new solar capacity. By comparison, approximately 4,313 megawatts of solar capacity was installed throughout the whole of 2016. The country has begun investing aggressively in solar energy in order to combat climate change and take advantage of emerging economic opportunities. This has led to a significant increase in India’s solar capacity. Large-scale projects account for majority of newly installed…

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New solar energy system is taking form in Annapolis

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Annapolis will soon have a new, large-scale solar energy system A new solar energy system is set to be built in Annapolis, Maryland. The system will be called the Annapolis Renewable Energy Park and will be developed on 80 acres of land. The project is being developed on a once active landfill, which has been repurposed by the Environmental Protection Agency. Annapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides believes that the new project will have a positive economic impact and may lead to new opportunities for students interested in solar energy. Project to…

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DOE to invest $46 million into the solar energy sector

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Solar energy projects to receive funding from the SunShot Initiative The U.S. Department of Energy has announced that it will be investing $46 million into 48 solar energy projects throughout the country. The investments will be made through the SunShot Initiative. The program is meant to provide support for solar energy projects in an effort to bolster the adoption of clean power. For years, the SunShot Initiative has driven innovation in the solar sector by providing adequate support for ambitious projects. Program aims to make solar power cost competitive by…

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World’s largest floating solar energy system now completed in China

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Development of world’s largest floating solar energy system has been completed China has successfully completed development of the world’s largest floating solar energy system, which is based in the Anhui Province. The project is meant to represent yet another step toward the country’s goal of reducing its consumption of fossil-fuels and eliminating air pollution. Solar energy has become a major priority in China, especially as the country grows more concerned over the potential impact of climate change. With China announcing that it will play a larger role in the Paris…

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World’s largest solar energy project to begin construction in Australia

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Lyon Group will be developing a massive solar energy project in Australia Construction on what may be the world’s largest solar energy project has begun in Australia. The project is being developed by the Lyon Group and several partners and cost approximately $1 billion. Called Riverland Solar Storage, the project will combine the use of solar panels with battery systems. The batteries will store the electrical power produced by the solar panels for use when it is most needed. Project will feature 3.4 million solar panels and 1.1 million batteries…

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Florida utility unveils plans to develop new solar energy systems

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New solar projects announced by Florida Power & Light Florida Power & Light has announced plans to build eight new solar energy plants within the next 12 months. The utility will be developing these projects through its NextEra Energy subsidiary. These energy systems are expected to have some economic impact as they will help create new jobs and reduce reliance on fossil-fuels. Solar energy has growing in Florida at a relatively slow pace, partly due to the concerns of major utilities. This may be changing, however, as more companies begin…

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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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Nevada solar energy market may get a boost thanks to world’s largest solar project

Largest solar project in the world is being built in Nevada Nevada’s solar energy market recently suffered a grievous blow due to legislation being enacted within the state. The legislation requires solar customers to pay more for the electricity they consume through the use of photovoltaic systems. This legislation has had a dramatic impact on the state’s solar energy market, with some developers opting to abandon the state due to poor business prospects. Nevada is, however, home to what will become the world’s largest solar power project, which is expected…

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New large-scale solar energy system is taking form in New Mexico

Xcel Energy to purchase electricity from new solar energy system NextEra Energy, a prominent energy developer, will be building a new, large-scale solar energy system in New Mexico. The project costs an estimated $260 million and will span some 1,400 acres near Roswell. Once completed, the solar farm will be operated by five full-time employees, with electricity that the solar farm generates being purchased by Xcel Energy. The solar power system is estimated to generate enough electricity to power approximately 40,000 average homes. Company continues to look for renewable energy…

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Solar energy market faces challenges in the US

Investors are showing concern for the solar energy market The solar energy market may be in for a turbulent future, despite history of growth this sector has experienced in recent years. This year may become one of the most uncertain years in terms of support for solar power. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, solar installations are on the rise. More homeowners and businesses are embracing solar power as a way to become environmentally friendly and save money on electricity. The problem, however, is that solar stocks are underperforming,…

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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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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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Nebraska solar energy sector set to quintuple in capacity this year

State’s first commercial solar project is taking form in Lincoln Solar power is beginning to establish a foothold in Nebraska. The state has shown interest in clean energy for some time, but the expansion of renewable power systems has been relatively slow when compared to what is being seen in other states. Now, however, Nebraska’s solar capacity is expected to quintuple this year, with the state’s first commercial solar energy system expected to come online later next month. New energy system will expand state’s solar capacity by a significant margin…

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Indian government to throw more support behind solar energy

India will be developing new solar zones in order to boost solar capacity throughout the country India’s government is beginning to establish new policies that will establish solar zones, which will support the development of new solar energy projects throughout the country. The government also has plans to make changes to the tariff policies that support solar power, increasing the amount of solar energy that Indian states can purchase. Solar zones and reformed tariff policies could lead to major increases in India’s solar energy capacity, making the country one of…

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