REC Solar begins production on its new solar panels

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Company has begun production on its TwinPeak 2 solar panels REC Solar, a company specializing in the manufacture of photovoltaic products, has become the largest solar manufacturer of solar panels in Europe. The company has now begun production on its new TwinPeak 2 solar panels, each of which can produce a maximum of 350 watts of electrical power. The new panels could further bolster the company’s position in the solar energy market, which is expanding at a rapid pace, especially in European countries that are showing a strong interest in…

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Akamai Technologies invests in Texas wind energy project

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Company will be providing financial support for new wind energy system being built in Texas Akamai Technologies, a delivery network and cloud computing service provider, has announced that it is investing in a new wind farm being developed in Texas. The investment represents the company’s continuing efforts to embrace clean power. According to Akamai Technologies, it will derive half of its electrical power from renewable energy by 2020. Wind energy will play a role in accomplishing this goal, especially as wind farms become more efficient and capable of meeting the…

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Solar energy is seeing strong growth in Minnesota

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State’s solar energy sector is experiencing promising growth Minnesota’s solar energy sector is growing at a rapid pace. The state has been showing aggressive support for solar power in recent years in an effort to reduce reliance on fossil-fuels and become more environmentally friendly. Minnesota added nearly as much solar capacity during the first three months of this year as in the entirety of 2016. The state’s solar capacity was only one megawatt in 2009, and now Minnesota’s capacity has reached 447 megawatts. Solar power to continue expanding throughout 2017…

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Nebraska surpasses 1 GW of wind energy capacity

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State has reached a new milestone with wind energy Nebraska has reached a new wind energy milestone, surpassing 1 gigawatt of installed capacity. According to the American Wind Energy Association, Nebraska is the 18th state to reach the 1 gigawatt mark in terms of wind capacity. A recent report from the organization shows that the state receives approximately 10% of its electricity from wind energy. Moreover, Nebraska generated more wind power than any other state last year. Nebraska now has a wind capacity of 1,300 MW The state currently has…

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Wind energy shows strong growth in the first quarter of 2017

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Report shows that more wind capacity was added during the first quarter of the year Wind energy has already seen strong growth this year in the United States. A new wind turbine was installed every two and a half hours during the first quarter of 2017, according to a new report from the American Wind Energy Association. The organization notes that more megawatts worth of wind capacity came online during the first quarter of this year than the first three quarters of 2016 combined. This marks one of the fastest…

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One of the first offshore wind farms in the US to begin providing electricity to Block Island

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New offshore project will be providing much needed energy to Block Island The first offshore wind farm in the United States is set to begin producing electricity for Block Island, off the coast of Rhode Island. The electricity will be distributed by the Block Island Power Company, which has been looking to distance itself from fossil-fuels for some time. The company has been importing nearly 1 million gallons of diesel fuel every year for decades. This has become an expensive endeavor, and Block Island is prone to frequent energy shortages…

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Lexus may be setting its sights on hydrogen fuel cells

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Trademark filing hints at Lexus’ use of hydrogen fuel cells Luxury automaker Lexus may be on the verge of officially unveiling its hydrogen-powered concept vehicle. A new trademark filing in the United States suggests that the company may soon share more details concerning this vehicle, which may serve as a glimpse into future Lexus productions. The automaker has been showing an interest in hydrogen fuel cells for several years, but has only hinted at the possibility of releasing a fuel cell vehicle at some point in the future. Lexus has…

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Solar energy industry employs more people than the coal industry in the US

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Report shows that the solar energy industry is having a major economic impact The solar energy industry employs more people in the United States than the coal industry, according to a recent report from the Department of Energy. Currently, the federal government is planning to show strong support for fossil-fuels. President Trump intends to relax regulations on the oil and coal industries in order to generate economic growth and create new jobs. The issue, however, is that job creation may lie within the renewable energy sector, largely due to the…

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More than $3 billion to be invested in Wyoming’s wind energy space

Companies plan to show strong financial support for wind energy Two companies have announced major investments in Wyoming’s wind energy sector. Rocky Mountain Power and Alchemy Sciences will both commit large sums of financial support to the wind industry, which could help it grow for years to come. The investments could help diversify Wyoming’s economy, placing more focus on clean power, which could help create thousands of new jobs that will help further invigorate the state’s economy. $3.5 billion investment will help wind energy thrive in Wyoming Rocky Mountain Power…

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US wind energy industry employs more than 100,000 people nationwide

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Wind energy industry continues to experience rapid growth The wind energy industry in the United States has become a very powerful economic force. The American Wind Energy Association has released its latest market report, showing that the industry now employs more than 100,000 people throughout the country. Notably, the wind energy industry is adding jobs at a faster rate than any other sector in the United States. The aggressive growth of the industry is largely due to increases in efficiency, reliability of wind turbines, and the falling cost of wind…

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Albuquerque will be investing $25 million in solar energy

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City plans to support the installation of new solar energy systems Albuquerque, New Mexico, is set to begin investing heavily in solar energy. Last year the City Council approved a resolution that will see the city derive 25% of its electricity from solar power by 2025. To accomplish this goal the city will be investing $25 million for the installation of solar panels. These panels will be installed on city buildings throughout the next two years. The money comes from federal bonds. Albuquerque receives 3% of its electricity from solar…

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Researchers develop new device that uses solar energy to produce clean water

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New device leverages the power of solar energy to produce clean drinking water Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a new device that is capable of drawing clean water from air. While the device is still in very early prototype stages, the research team has expressed that it shows great promise. According to researchers, the device makes use of solar energy, which is used to power chemical reactions within the device itself in order to collect water molecules. Early tests show…

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Rooftop solar energy could satisfy 25% of the country’s electricity needs

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Solar energy could have a major impact on electricity consumption in the US Rooftop solar energy is gaining more attention in the United States and the demand for photovoltaic systems is rising among homeowners and businesses. This demand is growing due to the falling cost of solar panels, which has improved prospects for return on investment for those interested in solar energy. Currently, approximately 1.5% of all homes in the United States are equipped with their own solar power systems. This has removed the need for nearly 14 terawatt-hours of…

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Clean Power plan has been struck down by new executive order from President Trump

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Trump signs executive order to repeal Clean Power Plan President Trump has signed an executive order to repeal the Clean Power Plan, which was first enacted by the Obama Administration. The Clean Power Plan was designed to place a greater focus on renewable energy and help curb emissions through lowering the consumption of fossil-fuels. Trump has been critical of the Clean Power Plan, promising to repeal the initiative in an effort to help revitalize the coal industry and lighten restrictions on fossil-fuels as a whole. EPA will work to withdraw…

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Coal consumption is falling in the US due to growth of renewable energy

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Renewable energy could eventually replace coal Usage of coal to produce electrical power has been on a steady decline in the United States over the past few years, according to a recent study from the Energy Information Administration. The study highlights the country’s continuing shift away from fossil-fuels toward renewable energy. Notably, wind and solar power have begun to replace coal in some parts of the United States. Natural gas is also becoming very popular in the country and while not a clean form of power, natural gas produces far…

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Growing number of cities are showing support for renewable energy

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Two more cities opt to abandon fossil-fuels in favor of renewable energy More cities throughout the United States are making the commitment to abandon fossil-fuels. Madison, Wisconsin, and Abita Springs, Louisiana, have become the latest cities to make renewable energy a major priority. They have joined 23 other cities, such as San Diego, California, in committing to derive no less than 100% of their power from renewable sources in the coming years. Both cities have plans to invest heavily in renewable energy in order to achieve their goals. City council…

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