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October 11 -- On Thursday Google announced its 13th investment in a clean energy project over a three year period — the clean energy from all of these projects, like solar and wind farms, is enough to power 500,000 (U.S.) homes and Google has put in over $1 billion into these ventures. This time, the project is a large solar panel farm that’s being built in the Imperial County in California, and Google is investing $103 million into it. When fully constructed the solar panel farm, called Mount Signal Solar, will provide 265.7 MW of power, or enough for 80,000 homes. Utility San Diego Gas & Electric will buy all of the power from the project, and the farm is owned and will be operated by Silver Ridge Power (previously called AES Solar).  >>View Article

October 9 -- Colorado's wind-power market and industry are posting strong performances in 2013, according to executives. There are plans for more than 600 megawatts of new wind farms by four Colorado utilities — a 26 percent increase in generation.  >>View Article

Wednesday, 09 October 2013 16:13

A Rebuttal To 'The True Cost Of Wind Power'

October 9 -- The opinion piece in the Ct Mirror by Marc Brown, formerly with the Koch brothers-funded Freedom Works and now the head of an anti-clean energy group that refuses to disclose its funding sources, relies heavily on debunked fossil fuel industry propaganda in its attacks on wind energy. First, Mr. Brown selectively refers to a small section of a 2009 report by the New England grid operator, without revealing that the report also found that deploying large amounts of wind energy would significantly reduce New England’s electricity prices. That finding was confirmed by a 2010 report for the New England grid operator that found obtaining 20 percent of the region’s electricity from wind would drive wholesale electricity prices down by more than 10 percent.  >>View Article

Wednesday, 09 October 2013 15:50

More Renewable Energy Is In Our Reach

October 9 -- It is time for Michigan to increase our use of renewable resources to generate our electricity. Michigan will meet our current renewable portfolio standard of 10% renewable energy for electrical generation by 2015. Now, the public process, the economics, and the science all support an increased renewable portfolio standard in Michigan. Obtaining 30% of our electricity from renewable sources is within our reach. >>View Article

Wednesday, 09 October 2013 15:34

Wind Energy A Significant Economic Driver In CO

October 9 -- With 4,000 people employed in 19 facilities plus more than $4 billion of capital investment in the state, the wind-energy industry is a significant economic driver in Colorado. At an event Tuesday in Denver, industry and community leaders discussed the growth potential and benefits associated with future investments. >>View Article

Tuesday, 08 October 2013 15:34

Solar Power Cuts Costs At SW Florida Schools

October 8 -- Estero High School flipped the switch Friday on a program that will bring the sun into classrooms as a teaching aid. The Lee County school is among 21 in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties using solar power to reduce energy costs and provide a learning opportunity as part of Florida Power & Light's Solar for Schools initiative. >>View Article

October 8 - Leading wind turbine blade manufacturer, LM Wind Power, ramps up capacity in its U.S. manufacturing base, adding more than 850 jobs to support increased volumes from major customers. LM Wind Power, the world’s leading supplier of blades for wind turbines, today announced that it has doubled its U.S. workforce in less than six months from 350 in April to a little more than 700 in August. >>View Article

October 8 -- A number of churches in Massachusetts have been installing solar panels on their roofs not just to lower energy costs but also to reduce their impact on the environment. >>View Article

Tuesday, 08 October 2013 15:03

Beer Goes Green With Solar Power

October 8 -- Solar-powered breweries are giving bar patrons and consumers one more reason to enjoy a tasty brew—the feeling they’re saving the planet, one sip at a time. Abita Brewing Company, just north of New Orleans, has announced the completion of its 85 KW solar photovoltaic (PV) system on the roof of its main warehouse. The brewery’s 340 solar panels installed by South Coast Solar are expected to offset 2,737,202 kilowatt hours of electrical usage, making it one of the largest commercial solar systems in the state of Louisiana, reports the Beer Street Journal. Abita Brewing Company’s new solar array is expected to offset 2,054 tons of carbon — the equivalent of planting 10,264 trees. >>View Article

October 8 -- The amount of electric cars sold in America is up over 447.95 percent over where it was at this time last year. Those are the latest numbers as reported by EVObsession, which also show that combined sales of all-electric cars and hybrids is up 30.11 percent. >>View Article


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