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In late September, I traveled to Virginia’s Eastern Shore to join Governor Terry McAuliffe and other state and local officials for his announcement of the Commonwealth’s issuance of its first permit for a new 80 megawatt solar facility that will be constructed in Accomack County. Amazon Web Services (AWS) has partnered with Community Energy to build the new installation — Amazon Solar Farm US East — and the project is expected to more than quadruple the amount of solar energy currently installed in Virginia. In his announcement, Governor McAuliffe said: “The partnership between Community Energy and Amazon Web Services, which will result in the largest solar facility in the mid-Atlantic, is indicative of the types of opportunities that my Administration is working toward through our commitment to build a new Virginia economy.”

October 25 -- BrightSource Energy has landed $80 million in equity investments that will help the solar energy company expand its operations to new geographic territories.  The financing round for the developer of solar thermal equipment was led by France-based Alstom and San Bruno-based VantagePoint Capital Partners. >>View Article

August 21 -- Green bond sales are set for a record year as investors in clean-power and climate projects seek long-term gains from the securities. >>View Article

Thursday, 15 August 2013 14:46

Nuclear Wind

August 15 -- The Obama Administration is building the nation’s biggest wind farm to generate electricity to help … assemble the nation’s nuclear arsenal. >>View Article

August 14 -- Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is touting federal green energy loans that have drawn strong criticism from Republicans over the collapse of the solar panel company Solyndra. >>View Article

August 12 -- You can’t see the wind. But you sure can see the positive effects it’s having in Kansas and other states when it comes to producing electricity. >>View Article

Thursday, 08 August 2013 16:24

Reduce Risk, Increase Clean Energy

August 8 -- The Clean Energy and Bond Finance Initiative or CE+BFI ( just released a paper about the state and city level innovations in clean energy finance, especially the new creative uses of bonds to support clean energy. The CE+BFI is joint alliance of the Clean Energy Group and the Council of Development Finance Agencies, dedicated to expand the use of bond finance for clean energy through a national partnership of clean energy and public finance officials across the country. >>View Article

Tuesday, 20 August 2013 13:43

Business Leaders Believe In Clean Energy

August 20 -- Maryland has repeatedly shown leadership on climate change and the clean-energy solutions that will both tackle the problem and provide economic growth. In order to continue this leadership, Maryland faces an important choice: whether to take another step forward on clean energy and reap the economic and job-creation benefits, or to settle for less. Gov. Martin O'Malley made the call late last month for the state to make the step forward, and we applaud his leadership. >>View Article

July 22 -- As more and more Americans become aware of the critical need to combat global warming, one of our key weapons literally is blowing in the wind. >>View Article

July 22 -- Biofuel producers will invest as much as $69 billion to expand output during the next decade, driven in part by U.S. policies that increase blending of plant-based fuels into petroleum-based fuel, according to a report from Navigant Consulting Inc. (NCI) >>View Article

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