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Solar Tech Converts Sunlight At Record-Breaking Rate

November 1 --  An out-of-the-lab solar-power system has successfully shown it can convert more than a third of the sun’s direct sunlight into electricity, a new record for a technology that focuses sunlight akin to the way school kids burn leaves and ants under magnifying glasses. >>View Article

Groups Help Veterans Find Renewable Energy Jobs In West TN

November 1 -- When a tour of duty is complete, transitioning back into the civilian workforce can be daunting. Now, thanks to a unique partnership between two regional non-profit organizations and USDA Rural Development (RD) finding jobs is going to be a little easier for veterans returning to West Tennessee. >>View Article

New York Manufacturer Goes Solar, To Save $50,000 Annually

October 30 -- A family-owned manufacturer located next to Yankee Stadium, GAL Manufacturing, has recently completed the construction of one of the city’s largest commercial rooftop solar arrays. The 237-kilowatt system was designed and installed by MC Solar Development, and SolarCity and is expected to save the company an estimated $50,000 a year on utility bills. >>View Article

U.S. Renewable Energy Usage Jumped In 2011, Coal Usage Fell

October 30 -- Americans used less energy in 2011 than in the previous year, due mainly to a shift to higher-efficiency energy technologies in the transportation and residential sectors, according to new energy flowcharts released by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Meanwhile, less coal was used, but more natural gas was consumed according to the most recent energy flow charts released. Wind power saw the biggest jump - from .92 quadrillion BTU, or quads, in 2010 up to 1.17 quads in 2011. Solar power usage, meanwhile, grew to 0.158 quads. >>View Article

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