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Obama to Challenge Private Companies to Boost Solar Power Use

April 17 -- President Obama will challenge companies Thursday to expand their use of solar power, part of his ongoing effort to leverage the power of his office to achieve goals that have been stymied by Congress. The new initiative comes as the White House is hosting a Solar Summit aimed at highlighting successful efforts on the local level to speed the deployment of solar energy.

Although some large solar plants are coming online and it is the fastest-growing source of renewable energy in the United States, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, it accounts for roughly 1 percent of the nation’s electricity generation. >>View Article

U.S. Energy Dept Plans $4 Billion in Loan Aid for Renewable Energy

April 17 -- The U.S. Energy Department on Wednesday unveiled a plan for up to $4 billion in loan aid for renewable energy companies to help rejuvenate a program that faced harsh political attacks over past failures of federally subsidized projects.

The Obama administration's draft plan would provide loan guarantees for innovative projects that limit or avoid greenhouse gas emissions. >>View Article

New Wind, Solar Power Cheaper Than Nuclear Option, Study Shows

April 17 -- New wind and solar plants generate cheaper low-carbon electricity than the latest nuclear reactors, a study shows, indicating they will lead a global push for green energy.

Newly built wind and solar with natural-gas as a backup can make power a fifth cheaper than nuclear backed by gas, the study by consultant Prognos AG shows. Excluding the backup generation, renewables produce power 50 percent cheaper than nuclear, according to the study. Gas-fired power may be used when demand exceeds generation available from wind and solar. >>View Article

Solar Energy Jobs Growing Fast in Georgia

April 17 -- Georgia has the highest increase in the nation when it comes to solar-energy industry jobs, reports Savannah Morning News.

According to Rhone Resch, President of the Solar Energy Industries Association, Georgia has had a 225-percent increase in solar energy jobs, a result coming from a combination of prices and Georgia Power's program to add solar generating capacity. >>View Article

Clean Energy Investment Rises 9%, Led by Solar Power

April 16 -- Clean energy investment rose by 9 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier on surging demand for rooftop solar panels from the U.S. to Japan.

New investment in renewable power and energy efficiency rose to $47.7 billion in the first three months of the year from $43.6 billion, Bloomberg New Energy Finance said today in an e-mailed statement.  >>View Article

Meet the Pilots Behind the Sun-Powered Plane That Can 'Fly Forever'

April 16 -- Their CVs combined look like the envy of all bona fide air adventurers. Pioneering ultralight aircraft? Been there. Setting world records by circling the globe nonstop in a balloon? Done that. Commanding the first ever 24-hour flight on a plane powered just by the sun? Yep, you've guessed it.

And now, following 12 years of complex designs and intense training, aviation pioneers Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg are set to conquer new heights, taking up the challenge of the first solar flight around the globe. >>View Article

Todd Renard: Clean Energy is Investment For Future

April 16 -- An annual report tracking global investment in clean energy found for a second straight year that China has overtaken the United States as the leader.

The Pew Charitable Trusts recently released “Who’s Winning the Clean Energy Race?,” which found that clean energy investment worldwide declined 11 percent in 2013, and that the United States saw a 9 percent decline in investment to keep it firmly in second place. >>View Article

#IHeartRenewables Week - Celebrate Earth Day & Renewable Energy

April 16 -- It is the week before Earth Day (Tuesday, April 22) and we are asking American wind power supporters to share why they love wind energy on Twitter and Facebook.

Similar to our #iheartwind week a couple months back, we are asking supporters to use the #iheartrenewables hashtag to tell your followers, your friends, everyone why you love wind power in the spirit of celebrating Earth Day and all the successes wind power has achieved so far. >>View Article

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