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Rankings: Top ten solar utilities in the U.S.

Posted by Industry News on May 1, 2014

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) has compiled a list of the top ten solar utilities in America in 2013. The rankings are based on how many new megawatts of solar utilities were built in 2013 and how many megawatts per customer were installed. The listed utilities accounted for 82 percent of all new solar capacity in 2013 with California’s Pacific Gas and Electric Company being the top new builder. Read more here and see the full list of rankings here.
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Mars Inc. invests in Texas wind farm: can produce enough energy make 13B Snickers bars.

Posted by Industry News on May 1, 2014

Mars Inc. the company that produces Snickers, M&Ms, Mars Bars and a host of other products has partnered with a Tokyo-based company to invest in a 200 MW Texas wind farm. The project is being jointly developed with BNB Renewable Energy and Sumitomo and will be operational in 2015. It will produce 800,000 megawatt-hours of energy - enough to make 13 billion Snickers bars.
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NRG Energy and MidAmerican Solar build world’s largest solar-panel power plant

Posted by Industry News on May 1, 2014

NRG Energy and MidAmerican Solar have teamed up to build the world’s largest solar-panel power plant between Yuma and Phoenix, Arizona. The 290 MW project - Agua Caliente, was built by AEE member FirstSolar and will send electricity to  San Francisco-based Pacific Gas and Electric under a 25-year contract. FirstSolar will also operate the plant. Read more here.
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Renewables accounted for 92 percent of new domestic electrical generating in the first quarter of 2014

Posted by Industry News on Apr 24, 2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects reports that renewables made up 92 percent of the 1,150 MW of new domestic electrical generating in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2014. Solar, wind and hydropower provided 84.5 percent of generating capacity in March alone. Read more here.
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SunPower and Google team up to develop $250 million solar lease program

Posted by Industry News on Apr 23, 2014

SunPower and Google have teamed up to create a $250 million program to finance residential solar leases for rooftop systems that use SunPower panels. SunPower brings $150 million to the table while Google brings the remaining $100,000. According to Chuck Boynton, SunPower CFO, the program will “help make solar accessible to more families.” Read more here.
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DOE announces $15 million program to help homes and businesses install affordable solar electricity

Posted by Industry News on Apr 22, 2014

The Department of Energy has announced a $15 million program - the Solar Market Pathways Program, to help communities develop multi-year solar plans to install affordable solar electricity for homes and businesses. This is part of the Administration’s goal to double renewable energy generation by 2020. Read more here.
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Google signs its biggest clean energy contract to date.

Posted by Industry News on Apr 22, 2014

Google has signed a deal with Iowa Power Company MidAmerican Energy to supply 407 MW of wind power to Google’s data center in Iowa. This will be the internet company’s biggest clean power contract yet. The deal also includes both direct energy generation from MidAmerican’s wind farms and MidAmerican’s renewable energy certificates from other wind projects. Read more here.
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The modern solar cell is 60 years old

Posted by Industry News on Apr 21, 2014

The modern solar cell has celebrated its 60th anniversary. In an email to GreenTech Media, John Perlin, author of Let It Shine: The 6,000-Year Story of Solar Energy explained that, "the silicon solar cell project got its start in early 1953 when Daryl Chapin began working on the problem of providing small amounts of intermittent power for remote, humid locations where dry cell batteries would degrade rapidly."
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New Retroficiency Study: NYC could save millions by raising thermostat one degree

Posted by Industry News on Apr 16, 2014

In its newly released findings, AEE member Retroficiency has shown that if the more than 30,000 commercial buildings in New York City adjusted their thermostats just one degree upward in summer and one degree lower in winter, they could save up to $145 million per year. This is one of the insights from Retroficiency’s Building Genome Project - a study that does high-level assessments of publicly available data in large portfolios. The project is aimed at providing policymakers, utilities and large ESCOs with a snapshot of what is possible using its analytics. It’s first project is the New York City study. Read more here.
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ComEd partners with Nest Labs and offers $140 rebates to customers

Posted by Industry News on Apr 14, 2014

Illinois Utility company Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) has partnered with automation company Nest Labs to offer $140 in rebates to  customers who purchase a Nest Learning Thermostat™ and participate in its demand response program. Additionally, from now through May 31, ComEd customers will receive a $100 rebate from ComEd for signing up to participate in ComEd’s Smart Ideas® AC Cycling Pilot that features Nest’s Rush Hour Rewards™, and an additional $40 rebate for participating in the pilot all summer. Read more here.
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