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February 4 -- Texas is tops among US states when it comes to installed wind power generation capacity, having added 1,826 megawatts (MW) in 2012 to bring its cumulative total to a whopping 12.212 gigawatts (GW), enough to power nearly 3 million average American homes, according to the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) latest industry report.  >>View Article

January 30 -- Construction has now begun on OCI Solar Power’s 400MW solar energy project located in San Antonio, Texas.The first phase, named Alamo I, is expected to be completed by the middle of 2013. >>View Article

January 29 --  An interesting fact seemed to go unnoticed in all the press around the Electric Reliability Council of Texas’s (ERCOT) Long Term System Assessment, a biennial report submitted to the Texas Legislature on “the need for increased transmission and generation capacity throughout the state of Texas.” ERCOT found that if you use updated wind and solar power characteristics like cost and actual output to reflect real world conditions, rather than the previously used 2006 assumed characteristics, wind and solar are more competitive than natural gas over the next 20 years. >>View Article

January 18 -- The United States government has been urged to provide greater policy stability for the renewables market, after a new report found global clean energy investment could total $1.9tr (£1.2tr) between 2012 and 2018.  >>View Article

December 31 -- A group of students from Stanford University have been working on a new type of vehicle that will be powered by alternative energy. While this is not a new concept in the realm of transportation, these students are not focusing on hydrogen fuel cells or lithium-ion batteries, both of which are currently exceedingly popular in the auto industry. Instead, these students have set their sights on solar energy to power their ambitious new vehicle.  >>View Article 

December 14 -- "SolarCity's innovation is simple and powerful—they allow customers to pay less for clean solar energy than they spend on utility bills," said Bob McCooey, senior vice president, NASDAQ OMX Corporate Client Group. "We are proud to welcome SolarCity to NASDAQ, which calls itself home to the world's most innovative and progressive companies." >>View Article

November 26 -- From a block away, the house was hardly visible, hidden by a dense stand of native mesquite and palo verde trees and tall clumps of prickly pear cactus. Close up, you could see the concrete block structure, built a half century ago when acres of citrus groves were broken into parcels and replaced by homes. >>View Article 

Friday, 16 November 2012 19:37

Parks Powered By Clean Energy

November 16 --  “St. Petersburg will use a $2.4 million federal grant to install solar panels at 18 of the city's parks and recreational sites," officials said Tuesday.The project, called Sunlit City Parks, will not only save the city energy costs but also serve as an education program about solar energy. >>View Article >>View Article

November 12 -- Just off a country road is a sight few people ever imagined in this corner of southeastern North Carolina.  Solar panels cover a 35-acre field that once produced corn, tobacco and other crops. When the sun shines, the panels generate enough electricity for hundreds of homes.  “I initially thought this was a pipe dream,” said farmer Billy Dean Hunt, recalling discussions with a solar company about using his cornfield for a sun farm. “But I started talking to them. They convinced me they would honor what they said. So I did it.” >>View Article 

November 6 -- States are continuing their role as major drivers of renewable energy development in the US, installing the most projects in a single year in 2011.  State clean energy funds - now in over 20 states - supported 32,734 projects in 2011, up 18% from 2010 and almost double that of 2009. >>View Article 

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