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July 29 -- Looking for a fun diversion on a sunny summer afternoon? If you live in Boston, check out the city’s online solar map, which shows the solar power projects, large and small, that have been installed throughout the city. You’ll be astonished, as I was, to see how many of your workaday neighbors have gone solar — and not just in the city’s urban hipster quarters. The Renew Boston website includes an interactive tool that lets you estimate how much solar potential is on your own roof, and how much money (not to mention greenhouse gas and toxic particulate matter) you could save by making the switch. >>View Article

A Renewed Push For Hydropower

July 29 -- For years, hydroelectric power development has languished under the burden of stereotype: Its potential is tapped out. It's detrimental to the environment. It's not "real" renewable energy. >>View Article

States Take A Shine To Solar Energy

July 26 -- The USA has tripled its solar-power-generating capacity since 2010 and increased it tenfold since 2007, according to a new report from the non-profit advocacy group Environment America. >>View Article

Wind, The 'Workhorse' Of Renewable Energy

July 26 -- When it comes to renewable energy, Californians hear a lot about solar power. Massive solar power plants are under construction in the desert and will soon be online. Solar panels adorn the roofs of a growing number of homes and commercial buildings. PG&E alone has 90,000 solar customers. Gov. Jerry Brown recently spoke at Intersolar, the solar trade show that met in San Francisco this month, and the state's solar industry lobby is increasingly influential. >>View Article

Iowa Farmer Asks Congress to Keep Renewable Fuel Standard

July 25 -- Pam Johnson, a farmer from Floyd, Ia., on Wednesday asked Congress to keep the controversial Renewable Fuel Standard, legislation that helped create and expand the biofuels industry.

Johnson, president of the National Corn Growers Association, told the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee told members of Congress that the standards have produced 300,000 jobs and cut gas prices by 89 cents a gallon. It also more than doubled the price of corn, a boon to Midwestern agriculture. >>View Article

Solar Sales Moving From Sofa to Websites to Speed Orders

July 25 -- U.S. solar companies are borrowing sales techniques from online retailers to make paying for power as easy as buying an airplane ticket.

The $3.5 billion U.S. residential solar industry is seeking to automate a sales process that often requires representatives to visit prospective customers’ homes. Websites now predict how much power a rooftop system will produce and let homeowners compare prices from multiple installers. >>View Article

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