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Meet the Senate leaders who plan to gut the EPA and approve Keystone

Meet the Senate leaders who plan to gut the EPA and approve Keystone

We recently told you about the new fossil fuel–loving senators who were just elected, but they’re not the ones who’ll be causing the most trouble. The more tenured senators who’ll assume the Senate’s leadership posts are the ones you really need to watch out for — and they’re just as prone to silly science denial as the

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Solar – the greatest market opportunity world has seen

The head of one of the world’s leading solar PV manufacturers and developers, SunPower’s Tom Werner, predicts that solar will be a $US5 trillion industry within 20 years, and represents one of the greatest ever opportunities in the history of markets. “We’ve just scratched the surface of this opportunity,” Werner told analysts at the company’s

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Climate deal shines sun on Bay Area solar

Another day, another “historic” agreement reached between the United States and China, this one of considerable interest to the Bay Area’s solar power industry. Under the agreement reached Wednesday between President Obama and Chinese president Xi Jinping, the United States committed to cut greenhouse gas emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. China

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Wayne Stroessner: Don’t be fooled by utility rhetoric on solar power

On June 1, 2007, 7.2 kW of photovoltaic panels were installed on our residential rooftop. Seven years and four months later, the photovoltaic array has produced 54,133 kWh of electrical energy, saved our atmosphere from 92,024 pounds of carbon dioxide and prevented 12.5 tons of coal from being burned in We Energies’ coal plants. At

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Switzerland cuts feed-in tariff for photovoltaics

The Swiss Federal Council has passed a resolution cutting feed-in tariffs for photovoltaic power by between 12 and 23 percent. The alterations will be effective from 1 January 2015. Both feed-in remuneration at cost (Kostendeckende Einspeisevergütung – KEV) and the one-off payment for installations with an output below 30 kW are affected by the cuts.

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Renewables, Not Coal, Way Out Of Energy Poverty In Africa

Coal is “essential to meet the scale of Africa’s desperate need for electricity,” says Peabody Energy, the world’s biggest publicly traded coal company. However, a new analysis published by the Carbon Tracker Initiative (CTI) challenges these claims, finding instead that the falling costs of renewable power is the way out of energypoverty in Africa. It’s a

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Exclusive: Controversial U.S. energy loan program has wiped out losses

The controversial government program that funded failed solar company Solyndra, and became a lighting rod in the 2012 presidential election, is officially in the black. According to a report by the Department of Energy, interest payments to the government from projects funded by the Loan Programs Office were $810 million as of September – higher

The Jasper solar power plant in northern South Africa is now the continent’s largest.

Largest Solar Power Plant in Africa Flips the Switch

With seven of the world’s fastest growing economies located in Africa, it should not be a surprise that the continent’s energy demands will only surge in the coming decade. Hence plenty of opportunities exist for clean energy companies as investors worldwide realize Africa, with all of its risks, is a booming market. To that end, California-based Solar

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How Green Are Those Solar Panels, Really?

As the world seeks cleaner power, solar energy capacity has increased sixfold in the past five years. Yet manufacturing all those solar panels, a Tuesday report shows, can have environmental downsides. Fabricating the panels requires caustic chemicals such as sodium hydroxide and hydrofluoric acid, and the process uses water as well as electricity, the production

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Latinos shouldn’t be pawns in fight over rooftop solar power

The three largest utility companies in California – Pacific Gas and Electric, San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison – have been using Latinos and others who live in middle- and lower-income communities as pawns in a war against rooftop solar. Unfortunately, the longer their war continues, the more harm will come to

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Yingli powers Bolivia’s first solar power plant

Yingli Green Energy subsidiary Yingli Spain has supplied more than 5 MW of solar panels for Bolivia’s first solar power plant. Isotron, a subsidiary of Spanish energy company Isastur and a global PV project developer and engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services provider, installed more than 17,000 solar panels for the plant — Bolvia’s largest

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