Jan 19

Perry Should Focus on Clean Energy to Grow U.S. Economy and Cut Emissions

WASHINGTON (JANUARY 19, 2017)– Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will hold a hearing on the nomination of Gov. Rick Perry to be the Secretary of Energy. Following is a statement from Jennifer Layke, global director, Energy Program, World Resources Institute:  “In pursuing the nation’s top energy post, Rick Perry carries a …

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Jan 09

Good News for Homeowners with Main Line Sewer Problems

If you are having a problem with your main sewer line and believe it is time to replace it, you are likely to be dreading the cost. After all, the labor alone can be very expensive. You will need to have long trenches dug, so the sewer line can be removed segment by segment, and …

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Jan 09

Biorefinery Research

USDA Announces $2.9 Million Available for Biorefinery Research WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of $2.9 million in funding for research to improve biorefinery technologies. The Integrated Biorefinery Optimization program is coordinated and co-funded jointly between NIFA and the …

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Jan 09

2017 United States Solar Power Rankings

2017 United States Solar Power Rankings (click the image for a larger version) Welcome to our annual state rankings report Hey folks! 2016 was a hell of a year, huh? Nowhere was that statement more true than in the solar industry. We’ve been through the ringer this year, with some big victories and big defeats. …

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Jan 06

China is Leaving the U.S. Behind on Clean Energy Investment

by Joel Jaeger, Paul Joffe and Ranping Song – January 06, 2017 As 2017 begins, China is poised to leap ahead of the United States on clean energy to become the most important player in the global market. Last year, China increased its foreign investment in renewables by 60 percent to reach a record $32 …

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Jan 06

25 kW Solar PV System For School

Epiphany School Installs 25 kW Solar PV System through Partnership with Solect Energy DORCHESTER, MA – January 4, 2017 – Epiphany School, an independent, tuition-free middle school dedicated to serving children from economically disadvantaged families, has partnered with Solect Energy of Hopkinton, MA to install a 25 kilowatt (kW) solar energy system on the roof …

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Jan 05

Microgrid for Wine Operations in Napa

System marks the largest commercial microgrid system for a Napa Valley winery and in the entire PG&E utility service territory. RUTHERFORD, Calif. (October 19, 2016) – Alpha Omega, a family-owned winery in the Rutherford Bench area of Napa Valley, announced today that it has placed into operation a 400 kilowatt (kW) solar and 580 kilowatt-hour …

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Jan 05

As Clean Energy Grows, Electricity Markets Must Evolve

January 05, 2017 John Moore Part of NRDC’s Year-End Series Reviewing 2016 Energy Developments As 2016 fades away in the rear-view mirror, we reflect on a year of increasing tensions between the wholesale electricity markets – where utilities and other power suppliers purchase, sell, and trade energy to meet our energy needs – and our …

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Jan 04

Escondido Charter High School Goes Solar with Baker Electric

Escondido Charter High School will save more than $108,926 the first year with 25-year solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) from Baker Electric Solar.   SAN DIEGO, Calif., January 4, 2017 — Baker Electric Solar, a full-service solar company, recently designed and installed another successful commercial solar system, this time at Escondido Charter High School (ECHS). …

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Jan 03

Solar Lights for Those in Need

Bright Books Campaign from BrightBooks on Vimeo. A Good Story and Cause – The Bright Books Story At Bright Books, for every pair of journals purchased, we give one solar light to those in need. Our journals are high-quality, stylish and representative of the people we serve. You get 128 pages for notes and musings, …

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Dec 23

Solar eBook – Bill Walton

Bill Walton encourages us all: Power your house with solar for all the practical reasons—and for all the right reasons Read the riveting story about Bill Walton’s comeback from catastrophic spine collapse to become an unabashed solar evangelist. “When I was lying on that floor with my spine problem, I asked myself: ‘If you ever …

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Dec 20

Microgrid Opportunity

What Stands in the Way for 2017? December 20, 2016 By Elisa Wood Microgrid opportunity grew in 2016 and next year looks even better. But government policy isn’t keeping up with grassroots demand, said Randy Grass vice president at POWER Engineers. Randy Grass, POWER Engineers Grass, who manages the transmission and distribution (T&D) division for …

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Dec 16

Private Rooftop Solar Milestone  

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today announced the company will soon reach a milestone of 2,409 megawatts of installed private rooftop solar capacity on the energy grid, representing more than 275,000 solar customers in Northern and Central California. PG&E expects to reach this state-mandated limit for its current rooftop solar program this …

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Dec 14

3 Reasons President-Elect Donald Trump Won’t Kill the Solar Industry

Solar Industry Power in the USA On the campaign trail, Donald Trump made it clear that he favored coal and natural gas, wanted to kill energy regulations, and that he thought wind and solar power were too expensive. In fact, at a May 2016 press conference Trump said, “I know a lot about solar, the …

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Dec 13

Secretary Jewell Announces Milestones to Spur Renewable Energy and Transmission in the West

Cements partnership with State of California on onshore, offshore clean energy development; Approves two transmission lines to deliver energy across Southwest WASHINGTON – As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to cut carbon pollution and create clean energy jobs, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced new steps with Western states to encourage …

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Dec 13

Trump Continues Packing Cabinet

NRDC: Trump Continues Packing Cabinet with Polluter Allies by Naming Perry for Energy Department WASHINGTON (Dec. 13, 2016) – President-elect Trump today named former Texas Gov. Rick Perry as his Energy Department secretary. The following is a statement by Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council: “The cabinet choices become more absurd every …

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Dec 13

Secretary of Energy Should Embrace America’s Clean Energy Future

WASHINGTON (DECEMBER 13, 2016)– According to multiple media reports, President-elect Donald Trump will select Governor Rick Perry to lead the Department of Energy. Perry was governor of Texas from 2000 to 2015, and twice ran for president of the United States. As Secretary of Energy, he would lead the Department’s mission to “ensure America’s security …

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Dec 12

First U.S. Offshore Wind Project Goes Online

Offshore Wind Project – Rhode Island The nation’s first offshore wind project, located in Rhode Island in waters off Block Island, began generating electricity today, officially launching a clean energy technology that has the potential to power millions of U.S. homes and businesses while further bolstering America’s domestic wind energy industry . Rhea Suh, president …

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Dec 09

Upgrading Your Home With Qualified General Contractors

Remodeling a home is a large undertaking that requires planning, thought, inspiration, and a lot of practicality. It also requires a lot of skill and experience on the part of the homeowner and the general contractor who oversees the project. That’s why it’s so important for anyone considering a home remodel to look carefully before …

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Nov 23

Solar power could become cheaper and more widespread

Solar cells can be made with tin instead of lead, Warwick scientists find Breakthrough to make solar power cheaper and more commercially viable Solar power could be used in mobile phones, laptops and cars A breakthrough in solar power could make it cheaper and more commercially viable, thanks to research at the University of Warwick. …

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