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August 29 -- As part of the Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative, which aims to drive solar energy to be cost-competitive with other energy sources by 2020, Secretary Steven Chu announced today new investments totaling $10 million over five years for two university-led projects to advance innovative concentrating solar power (CSP) system technologies. >>View Article

August 30 -- The University of Colorado will receive $450,000 to accelerate breakthrough innovations that could lower costs of cost-competitive solar energy, the U.S. Department of Energy said Wednesday. >>View Article

Tuesday, 04 September 2012 10:16

Project Aims To Harness The Power Of Waves

September 4 -- About 15 years ago, this environmentally conscious state with a fir tree on its license plates began pushing the idea of making renewable energy from the ocean waves that bob and swell on the Pacific horizon. But then one of the first test-buoy generators, launched with great fanfare, promptly sank. It was not a good start. >>View article


October 12 -- Alabama Power Co. has reached a 20-year deal to purchase wind power from TradeWind Energy LLC.  The Birmingham-based utility will purchase 202 megawatts of power from the $300 million Buffalo Dunes Wind Project that will be built on 42,000 acres in rural Kansas.  The deal was approved by the Alabama Public Service Commission last month. >>View Article


December 5 -- You have the glowing snowflakes in Grants Pass, the shimmering ice skating rink in downtown Redmond and the bustle of nighttime shopping on Broadway in Seaside. These and 11 other festive community holiday lighting displays celebrate the season while illuminating the importance of renewable energy. >>View Article

January 9 -- Electric and hybrid vehicle sales rose 73% in the US in 2012, according to the research firm Mintel. That makes them the fastest-growing sector of the US auto industry, with around 440,000 hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric vehicles sold in 2012. >>View Article

Wednesday, 09 January 2013 16:39

In Minnesota, Solar Tops Clean Energy Agenda

January 9 -- This could be the year major solar legislation sees the light of day in Minnesota.  A Democratic sweep in November has clean energy advocates optimistic about their causes following two years of legislative control by conservative Republicans. >>View Article

January 8 -- After facing several challenges in 2012, including the demise of some high-profile solar energy firms, continued political inaction on climate change and energy policy, and concerns around smart grids/smart meters and consumer privacy, the U.S. clean energy industry is seeking to rebound in 2013. >>View Article

January 8 -- Data shared by Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) at the 2012 National Renewable Summit on RPS shows just how effective state Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) are in building out US clean energy capacity.  >>View Article

Tuesday, 15 January 2013 16:40

Crowd-Funding For Solar Power

January 15 -- For the first time in Minnesota, an electric power cooperative is offering its customers an alternative -- investing in a community-owned solar-power array, and getting credit for the output on their utility bills. >>View Article


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