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Solar Installations Surge On Lower Costs And Government Support

December 12 -- The number of solar installations grew strongly in the nation’s residential, commercial and utility sectors in the third quarter, largely as a result of falling costs, a federal investment tax credit and state programs that support renewable energies, the solar industry’s main trade group reported on Tuesday. >>View Article

Change In Wind Credit Would Boost Renewables Investment

December 12 -- A change to the text of a wind-power tax credit would increase investment in several types of renewable energy, industry groups told President Obama.  The groups say that while credits for their industries are locked in through 2013, altering the incentive’s language within the Senate Finance Committee’s tax package would boost investment for 2013. >>View Article

US Solar PV Installs 684MW In Q3, Looking for Huge Q4

December 11 -- GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA®) today released the U.S. Solar Market Insight: Third Quarter 2012. The report finds that the U.S. solar photovoltaics (PV) market installed 684 megawatts in the third quarter (Q3) of 2012, representing 44-percent growth over the same period last year. This quarter marked the third largest on record for the U.S. PV industry and raised the total installed capacity through the first three quarters of the year to 1,992 megawatts -- already surpassing 2011’s annual total of 1,885 megawatts. >>View Article

Pentagon’s Renewable-Energy Programs Should Conti

December 10 -- Lawmakers Tackling the National Defense Authorization Act are understandably focused on figuring out the dimensions of the president’s right to detain terrorism suspects and whether those suspects should be held in the mainland United States. But there’s another important issue that’s come under debate — the Defense Department’s investment in renewable-energy technologies. So far, the Pentagon’s biofuel efforts have survived two Senate challenges, which is good news for the Pentagon, the environment, and innovation. >>View Article

Koch Brothers Fund Bogus Studies To Kill Renewable Energy

December 10 -- You can say one thing about the Koch brothers: They don't let the facts get in their way.  Of course I'm talking about Charles G. and David H. Koch (above), the billionaire owners of Koch Industries, the oil, coal and natural gas conglomerate that's been dubbed the "kingpin of climate science denial." >>View Article

Government Investment In Clean Energy Is Important

December 10 -- Over the past 30 years, society has struggled with an energy dilemma: fossil fuels have been cheap and plentiful, but they pollute the air and water — and much of the world’s oil must be imported from unstable and often-unfriendly parts of the world. Renewable energy from solar and wind are very clean but very expensive — until recently. >>View Article

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