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El Paso Electric Company signs PPA for 50 MW-AC Macho Springs PV project in New Mexico

El Paso Electric Company (EPE, El Paso, Texas, U.S.) has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Element Power (London, U.K.) for the output of the company’s 50 MW-AC Macho Springs Solar Project in the U.S. state of New Mexico. … Continue reading

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U.S. Solar Jobs Face Bright Future, Wind Posts Flutter

 Job growth in the U.S. solar industry, fueled by falling panel prices, will outpace employment in wind energy, which faces the looming expiration of a federal credit, according to a report from CleanEdison Inc.  CleanEdison expects about 36,600 people will … Continue reading

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McCune Solar Works plans to assume Schott facility’s production

Activity could resume next year at the former Schott Solar facility. On Monday, McCune Solar Works LLC, a McCune Works Inc. company, said it is in final negotiations to assume the production of the solar Cycles is costs constantly does … Continue reading

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California Legislature passes bill capping permitting fees for rooftop PV

A bill placing limits on permitting fees that local governments can charge for rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) installations has passed both houses of the California Legislature and will now go to Governor Jerry Brown for approval. SB 1222 will limit … Continue reading

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Sapphire Energy’s Commercial Demonstration Algae-to-Energy Facility Now Operational

COLUMBUS, N.M., Aug. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Sapphire Energy, Inc., one of the world leaders in algae-based green crude oil production, today announced the first phase of its Green Crude Farm, the world’s first commercial demonstration algae-to-energy facility, is now … Continue reading

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Follow Germany’s Lead: Streamlined Permitting

Why is it that Germany, which has a much lower level of solar radiation than the United States, proportionally dwarfs the U.S. when it comes to solar installations? From Renewable Energy World: Follow Germany’s Lead: Streamlined Permitting

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How the Federal Budget Affects the Clean Energy Sector

The US Federal Budget delineates the Governmental priorities to guide the country, not only in the next calendar year, but also in the foreseeable future. Currently,two main plans for the Federal Budget are proposed that will set the course of … Continue reading

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Photovoltaic Systems Share Characteristics of “Real Property”

Photovoltaic (PV) systems may meet important criteria to be considered real property — a status that could make them eligible for easier financing — a new report by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, contends. via Renewable … Continue reading

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Sun Setting on Fossil Fuel Credits?

There may be little reason to hope the Rio+20 meeting in Brazil this week will lead to major global action against climate change. World leaders have skipped it. The draft agreement the delegates from 190 countries have written is rightly … Continue reading

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Smarter Grid Linking Solar Panels May Bypass Utilities

I doubt that electricity is fundamentally a wide-area networking service. At first glance, this statement appears absurd. Like telephony or the Internet, electricity enters The spread of distributed generation, however, calls into question the nature of the electricity business. Rooftop … Continue reading

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