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U.S., Facing Drought, Wants More Clean Energy, Poll Says

August 17 -- Three out of four Americans think the U.S. needs “to start focusing more” on clean-energy sources like wind and solar that require less water than conventional power generation as the country faces its most widespread drought since 1956, according to a think-tank survey. >>View Article

Clean Energy Patents At Quarterly High

August 17 -- The Clean Energy Patent Growth Index (CEPGI), published quarterly by the Cleantech Groupat Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C. provides an indication of the trend of innovative activity in the Clean Energy sector from 2002 to the present.  Results from the Q1 2012 reveal the CEPGI to have a value of 694 granted U.S. patents, the highest quarter since tracking of the CEPGI began and up 154 over the first quarter of 2011. >>View Article

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces 106 Renewable Energy Projects

August 15 -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced 106 projects in 29 states, Guam and Puerto Rico have been selected for funding to make renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements. Money for the projects comes from the USDA Rural Development’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill. >>View Article

US Wind Power Hits 50 GW Milestone

August 13 -- The US has installed a total of 50 GW of wind energy capacity, according to the American Wind Energy Association – hitting the milestone as Congress works to extend the wind energy production tax credit, set to expire Dec. 31. >>View Article

Public-Private Partnership Brings Solar PV To Denver Affordable Housing

August 10 -- The Denver Housing Authority (DHA) intends to add more than 2.5-MW of solar power to 387 affordable single-family residences by next April, a project that brings together local private sector businesses and public sector organizations in a partnership and project that will add to the value of real estate and reduce electricity bills. >>View Article

Photovoltaic Manufacturers See Profit In Solar Leases Amid Market Upheaval

August 10 -- The biggest innovation in the solar industry in recent years has been financial rather than technological – letting homeowners lease photovoltaic panels and avoid the steep upfront capital cost of going solar. That has driven the pell-mell growth of solar installers like SolarCity, SunRun and Sungevity even through the depths of the Great Recession. >>View Article

Don't Unplug Success: Wind Hits Milestone Growth

August 9 -- This week, AWEA announced a significant milestone in the growth of home grown, renewable energy.   As a nation, we should be celebrating this as a moment of collective success brought about by innovation, hard work, and smart policies that are putting Americans back to work.  Sadly, the celebration may be a short one if Congress doesn't act swiftly when it returns in September to continue the Production Tax Credit (PTC), a key factor in wind power's startling expansion. >>View Article

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