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California Creates Most Clean Tech Jobs, Paying Investors

February 3 -- California’s bet on green energy is paying off, with clean technology companies creating more jobs and investing more money than competitors in any other state.

As Governor Jerry Brown pushes the nation’s largest state to wean itself from fossil fuels, that policy also is rewarding investors. Shares of California companies in the NYSE Bloomberg Americas Clean Energy Index will climb 96 percent in the next 12 months, compared with the 47 percent forecast for all U.S. members, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. >>View Article

Apple to Build $2B Solar-Powered "Command Center" Data Center at Arizona Factory Site

February 3 -- The question of what Apple plans to do with its factory in Mesa, Arizona, which it was going to lease to now-bankrupt former partner and sapphire glass maker GT Advanced Technologies, is now answered. On Monday Apple and the Governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey, announced that the iPhone giant plans to spend $2 billion building out a huge data center facility that will act as “a command center” for its global data center network. >>View Article

Can Sun and Wind Make More Salt Water Drinkable?

February 3 -- The oceans have long taunted those who thirst.

Records dating to A.D. 200 show that sailors boiled seawater and used sponges to absorb fresh water from the steam. Today, desalination is more sophisticated: multistage flash distillation, reverse osmosis, electrodialysis, and more. >>View Article

Power From the Sun: Investment in Solar Panels Pays Off for One Homeowner

February 3 -- While solar energy companies search for land to use for solar farms, some residents are working directly with power companies to provide solar power from their own yards.

Shelby resident David Roberts’ backyard contains 30 solar panels across three solar arrays, which supply his home with power on sunny days. The excess power supplied by his panels goes to Duke Energy. >> View Article

Don't Hobble Colorado Renewable Energy Rules

February 2 -- By just about every metric imaginable, Colorado's renewable energy standard has been a success.

It has created jobs in the wind and solar industries. It has provided additional income for rural landowners. It has reduced the reliance on fossil fuels for electricity generation at a reasonable cost. >>View Article

An Oasis in the Desert: Geothermal Energy and the Salton Sea

January 30 -- Washed up tilapia carcasses litter the pearly white shoreline. A carelessly placed sign reading “This Park is Closing Due to Budget Cuts” welcomes visitors to the Salton Sea State Recreation Area. It is the worst nightmare of every environmental agency. This is the state of affairs that the Salton Sea, a body of water stretching from Riverside to Imperial County, is faced with. In 2012, a rotten odor attributed to the decaying fish from the sea had people from southern California holding their breaths. Combined with rising salinity and falling water levels, the Salton Sea is confronted with its toxic fate: to drain out. >>View Article

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