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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Project Sunroof aims to help homeowners understand their solar energy potential

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Google’s new project could shed some light on residential solar energy Google has launched a new initiative called Project Sunroof that intends to determine the viability of rooftop solar energy systems throughout the United States. Project Sunroof has developed 3-D models of rooftops in every state. The models include local foliage, which could have an effect on the amount of sunlight that reaches solar panels. The initiative also takes into account local weather patterns in order to adequately estimate how much electricity rooftop solar energy systems can produce. Interest in…

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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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Solar energy capacity expected to skyrocket in Texas by 2020

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Solar projects are coming to Texas in droves The number of large-scale solar energy systems in Texas is expected to double over the next few years. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas believes that solar power is gaining ground throughout the state, especially as utilities feel greater pressure to embrace clean energy. According to the West Texas Energy Consortium, many organizations are aggressively looking for property on which to build new solar projects. This is expected to have a major impact on the state’s solar capacity and could establish Texas…

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Solar energy reaches new heights in 2016

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The solar energy industry nearly doubled in size last year In 2016, solar energy in the United States grew at an unprecedented rate. A new report from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association shows that solar installations doubled last year over what they had been in 2015. The report notes that solar energy accounted for 39% of all new energy generation capacity in the United States last year, breaking previous records and establishing solar as the leading form of clean power in the country. The economics of solar…

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

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The solar market continues to show major economic potential The solar energy industry in the United States now offers more jobs than the coal industry, according to a recent survey from Solar Foundation. The solar sector has been growing quickly in the country over the past few years, even outpacing fossil-fuels in terms of new energy generation capacity. Despite this, however, solar only accounts for approximately 1% of all electricity produced within the United States, but the sector represents significant economic potential that is impossible to ignore. Survey highlights the…

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Georgia Power is working to expand its solar energy capacity

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Company seeks to increase solar energy capacity by 1.6 GW by 2021 Georgia Power has announced that it has made major progress in expanding its solar energy capacity. Last year, the company installed more than 2 million solar panels in Georgia. Now, Georgia Power intends to continue this expansion, adding as much as 1.6 gigawatts of additional solar capacity by 2021. Currently, Georgia Power represents approximately 846 megawatts of solar energy capacity, all of which is in operation at various locations throughout the state. Georgia continues work to embrace renewable…

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Solar energy industry reaches a new milestone in the United States

Solar installations hit a new record in the third quarter The third quarter of this year was one of the best that the solar energy industry in the United States has ever seen. GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association have released a new report predicting that 2016 could end up being a record breaking year for the solar sector. Notably, 2016 solar capacity could beat the number of solar installations that were reported last year, further aiding the United States in reducing its reliance on fossil-fuels. 4,143 MW…

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Residential solar energy is gaining ground despite opposition from retailers

Utilities are unable to stop the growth of residential solar energy Solar energy is quickly gaining popularity within the residential sector of the United States. Rooftop solar has become a very attractive prospect for many homeowners, especially now that photovoltaic systems are becoming much less expensive. Rooftop solar power systems are used as a way to allow homeowners to generate their own electrical power. These energy systems have, however, come under fire from utilities, many of whom suggest that solar power could great significant price disparity among consumers. Voters chose…

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Tesla and SolarCity convert island of Ta’u into a massive solar energy system

Ta’u can now be entirely powered by solar energy Tesla is already making major progress in the solar energy sector following its successful acquisition of developer SolarCity. The company’s new subsidiary, SolarCity, has announced that it has converted the entire island of Ta’u, which is located in American Samoa, into a solar energy generation hub. SolarCity has established a  massive microgrid on the island, which receives all of its power from the solar panels that have also been installed on the island. Island has become home to one of the…

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Tesla successfully acquires major solar energy developer SolarCity

Tesla has finalized its deal to acquire SolarCity Tesla Motors has successfully finalized its acquisition of SolarCity, a leading solar energy developer. Elon Musk, who chairs both Tesla and SolarCity, has been attracting attention to this deal for some time, claiming that it will be a major step forward for the solar energy sector in the United States. Shareholders approved of the deal by an overwhelming margin. The deal is valued at approximately $2 billion and it will allow Tesla to integrate SolarCity’s technology into its operations. Moreover, SolarCity will…

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Solar energy market poised for growth in 2017

Department of Energy has a favorable forecast for the US solar energy market The solar energy market in the United States may experience strong growth in 2017, according to the Department of Energy. While the recent election may have caused some concerns for clean power due to potential changes in energy policy, the solar energy market may not suffer as much as some had predicted. The Department of Energy expects solar capacity in the U.S. will grow alongside other forms of clean power, especially as new projects come online throughout…

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Wind energy is beginning to take over Texas

Solar and wind continue to see strong growth throughout Texas Solar and wind energy are taking over in Texas. These two forms of clean power are beginning to outpace conventional forms of energy in terms of electricity production, which could have major implications for the future of the state. Texas is already home to the largest wind energy market in the United States, and solar power is growing quickly in the state. As one of the nation’s largest oil and natural gas producers, the rise of clean energy in Texas…

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Florida voters have a chance to determine the future of solar energy

Rooftop solar faces a major decision in Florida Rooftop solar energy is at risk in Florida, and voters have a chance to determine its future. A new measure is on the ballot for Florida and, if approved, it will grant consumers the right to own or lease solar panels and other photovoltaic equipment. It would also prohibit utilities from charging solar customers more for the electricity they consume. Many of the state’s utilities are opposing the measure, hoping to keep hold of the increasingly competitive energy market in Florida. Utilities…

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