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New Wind Farm Serves Western Co-ops

December 26 -- Over the next 20 years, Westminster, Colo.-based Tri-State will buy electricity from the just-completed Colorado Highlands Wind project. Brad Nebergall, Tri-State senior vice president, called it a “great opportunity." >>View Article

California Sets New Record For Winter Solar Power Generation

December 26 -- California just recently passed the milestone of 1 GW of solar power production (in August). And now it has just surpassed another milestone — it nearly reached that peak August generation level during the week of the Winter Solstice, which is the least-sunny time of the year, setting a new winter solar power generation record. >>View Article

Another Mega Solar Plant Nearing Approval In California

December 21 -- The Department of Interior on Thursday moved a step closer to approving what could be the world’s largest solar power plant, releasing the final environmental impact statement for the McCoy Solar facility, a proposed 750-megawatt photovoltaic plant in Riverside County. >>View Article

Obama Energy Chief Backs Effort To Encourage Renewable Investments

December 20 -- The Obama administration lent its support Wednesday to a congressional effort that would open a financing structure for renewable energy.  Energy Secretary Steven Chu called on Congress to approve legislation that would let investors utilize master limited partnerships for renewable energy, which he said would spur development.  >>View Article

New Solar Facility Looking To Hire 450

December 20 -- Soitec inaugurated its first North American solar manufacturing facility in Rancho Bernardo Wednesday. The facility will produce its concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) modules used in the company's fifth generation of CPV systems.  >>View Article

Defense Bill Preserves Military Biofuels Program

December 19 -- A House-Senate deal on defense legislation omits a GOP-backed plan to thwart military purchases of biofuels.  The Senate already had stripped restrictive language from its version of the defense authorization bill last month, making it differ from the House. House and Senate negotiators took cues from the Senate's version.  >>View Article


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