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The Vast Potential For Renewable Energy in the American West

August 7 -- Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah—the “Four Corners” states plus their western neighbors—are home to some of the best renewable electricity potential in the country. These states have consistently sunny skies for solar power, wind-blown plains and deserts for turbines, and underground heat perfect for geothermal energy. They also have incredible potential for smaller-scale technologies like rooftop solar panels and energy efficiency improvements. >>View Article

GE Trains Wind Technicians Of The Future

August 8 -- Nacelles — each the size of a small bus — sit on the floor of General Electric Co.'s training facility here, holding the gears, generator and other equipment that create electric current out of wind. >>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

[Blog Post] U.S. Wind Power Now Equals 11 Nuke Plants: Study

August 9 -- Electricity generated by the doubling of the U.S.’s crop of giant wind turbines in the past four years now equals the output of 11 nuclear power plants, according to the American Wind Energy Association, a trade group representing manufacturers and developers. >>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

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

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

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