New solar power facility launched at Walt Disney World

The solar panels have been designed in the shape of Mickey Mouse ears. Duke Energy, the largest electric power holding company in the United States, has launched a new solar power facility at the Walt Disney World Resort in an effort to expand renewable energy in central Florida. What makes this particular solar facility so unique is that it has been designed in the shape of Disney’s iconic Mickey Mouse ears, which is fitting since the facility will be helping to provide power to the world-famous resort. The 5 MW…

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United States Treasury Department to investigate fraud in the solar energy sector

Federal agency will be looking into concerns regarding fraud in the solar space The United States Treasury Department has begun looking into potential fraud in the solar energy space. The matter involves the federal agency investigating the funding that solar panel manufacturers have received over the course of three years. Some lawmakers have requested that the agency provide them with updates concerting the investigation. The concern lies with the belief that some companies have inflated the market value of their products in order to gain access to more taxpayer money.…

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Detroit approves new solar energy project from DTE Energy

City council has approved a lease for DTE Energy The Detroit City Council has unanimously approved a lease for DTE Energy, one of Michigan’s utilities, that will allow the company to develop a 10 acre solar energy system. The system will be developed on vacant land owned by the city. The city council believes that the project will act as a catalyst to improve the neighborhood in which the system is being built. It may also create new job opportunities for locals, some of whom may benefit from experience working…

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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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US solar energy industry may be at risk due to tax credit cuts

Solar industry could lose thousands of jobs as a result of diminished subsidies The solar energy industry in the United States may soon see job cuts as a result of tax credits from the federal government expiring. The solar industry has already run into many problems in the country over the past few years, with several high-profile solar companies failing and closing down. The Solar Trade Association has surveyed some 200 solar companies, found that many jobs within the solar industry may be in danger if tax credits are not…

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Tax credit expiration may cause turbulence for the solar energy industry

US tax credit supporting solar energy is set to expire at the end of next year Solar energy may hit a bit of turbulence in the United States at the end of next year. While solar power has been receiving strong support from the private sector, the country’s government has also aided in the adoption of this form of clean power. The government offers a 30% investment tax credit for solar power, as well as other forms of renewable energy, but this tax credit is set to expire at the…

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Utilities see promise in solar energy projects

Solar industry begins to see more support from U.S. utilities The solar energy industry has been growing in the United States, and this form of clean power has begun drawing the attention of utilities throughout the country. The majority of total installed solar capacity in the U.S. is utility-scale, and this could cause some problems for utilities that attempt to balance the supply of electrical power with growing demand. Typically, utilities know how much energy this solar power systems will generate, which means that they have not been combative when…

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Solar energy set to hit a major milestone in the US

Solar power is growing aggressively in the residential sector Solar energy has been gaining ground in the United States. The country is quickly approaching a major milestone when it comes to solar power systems installed at homes. More than 1 million homes should have solar panels installed on their rooftops by February 2016, which highlights the aggressive growth that the solar sector has been seeing over the past year. Solar energy will still account for a relatively small portion of the country’s overall energy production, but may become a very…

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California regulators mull rules concerning solar energy in the state

Regulators are in discussions to determine what should be done with the state’s energy rules Utility regulators in California are working on ways to bring some balance to the growing solar energy industry. This form of renewable power has seen a surge in popularity throughout the state, with many homeowners looking to purchase and install rooftop solar panels and reduce their reliance on the state’s utilities. At the heart of the issue is net metering, which measures the amount of money rooftop solar energy systems potentially collect when compared to…

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Obama administration launches new initiatives to support solar energy

$120 million in initiatives launched in support of renewable energy The Obama administration has announced a series of initiatives worth approximately $120 million that aim to improve the renewable energy space. The majority of these initiatives will focus on supporting the Department of Energy, which is working to develop programs that bring solar energy to homes and businesses throughout the country. The federal government has taken a strong interest in clean technology and renewable energy in an effort to combat climate change and move away from fossil-fuels. Low cost energy…

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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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SolarCity aims to expand the US solar energy market

SolarCity intends to bring solar power to more homeowners and renters SolarCity, a company that has specialized in bringing solar energy to homeowners, is looking to expand the residential solar market. The company has been aggressively promoting its products and services, namely its leasing programs that can make it less expensive for homeowners to embrace solar power. Now, SolarCity may have found a way to engage millions of consumers that may be interested in taking advantage of solar energy and the financial benefits it may be able to offer. Renters…

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New plan aims to support solar energy in the United States

Obama outlines plan to foster further growth in the solar energy space President Obama has outlined a new plan that aims to expand the adoption of solar energy across the country. Solar energy has already been growing popular in the United States, but adoption remains relatively low among homeowners due to high costs. According to Rhone Resch, CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, the cost of solar power has been going down over the past six years. This may enable more consumers to make use of this form of…

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New initiative aims to promote solar energy adoption

Federal government wants to make solar power more accessible The Obama Administration has announced several new measures that are meant to expand access to solar energy. While the country’s solar capacity is growing quickly, many people still do not have access to this form of clean power. Cost is one of the most significant barriers preventing the adoption f solar power. The federal government has plans to mitigate this barrier and make it easier for a wider range of consumers to make use of solar energy. Community solar projects to…

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Solar energy is thriving in New York

New York shows aggressive support for solar power Solar energy in New York is growing quickly, according to a notice from the Governor’s office. The state has been working to develop an effective solar energy structure that will support its energy needs. New York’s strategy has been working well, as the state’s solar sector has seen triple digit growth over the past few years. This growth is expected to persist well into the future, especially as the cost of solar energy continues to decline over time. State’s solar capacity grew…

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Duke Energy invests in solar energy company REC Solar

Duke Energy to acquire a majority stake in REC Solar with $225 million investment Duke Energy, one of the largest utilities in the United States, has announced that it is acquiring a majority stake in REC Solar, a solar energy developer. The company will be investing some $225 million into commercial solar energy projects that have been developed by REC Solar. The funding is expected to help REC Solar introduce new pricing models for its solar power services to the commercial market, wherein solar energy is becoming a very attractive…

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