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November 1 -- It appears to be solar energy’s time to shine. Further solar energy development is supported by 92 percent of U.S. voters, according to a CleanEnergyAuthority.com article. The poll was conducted by Hart Research for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). >>View Article 

October 25 -- Billionaire hedge fund manager Tom Steyer says he will focus on pushing California toward an alternative energy future when he steps down from the company he founded, Farallon Capital. >>View Article

Tuesday, 23 October 2012 14:57

On The Way To 1 Million Solar Roofs In L.A.

October 23 --  Los Angeles homeowners have been signing up for rooftop solar power installations in droves — so much so that the overwhelming volume of applications threatened to overrun the program’s budget and prompted the LA Dept. of Water and Power’s (LADWP) to actually shut the program down for five months last year. Participants in the city’s Solar Incentive Program had 22 megawatts (MW) of rooftop solar power installed in the DWP’s 2011-2012 fiscal year, up from 9 MW the previous year and 5 MW in 2009-2010, Chris Clarke reports in a Rewire blog post. >>View Article

October 11 -- Last month, Stellar Energy announced the completion of a 960-kilowatt solar array built for Lightstorm Entertainment Inc., Mr.Cameron's production company. The array will allow filmmakers to rely exclusively on solar to power production of the Avatar sequels while offsetting over 1,034 metric tons of carbon dioxide, according to the California-based solar energy developer. >>View Article

Wednesday, 03 October 2012 12:10

US Military Support For Solar Energy

October 3 -- In a heated election season, many US voters see solar and renewable energy as a partisan debate. They shouldn’t. Case in point: the US military. The US Department of Defense, the world’s largest energy consumer, realized early on that renewables decrease US reliance on foreign oil and save taxpayers’ money. >>View Article

September 26 -- Southern Co.'s (SO) Georgia utility said Wednesday it plans to buy 210 megawatts of solar power by 2015. Southern's Georgia Power utility already has contracts for 61 megawatts of solar power, enough to serve about 7,600 homes, the utility said. >>View Article

Thursday, 27 September 2012 12:19

8,300 Solar Panels To Reduce Energy Costs

September 26 -- Two major local employers will install a total of more than 8,300 solar panels, making them the latest participants in the growing solar panel industry. Assurant Specialty Property is spending $7 million to put in more than 6,200 solar panels to save money on energy costs and as part of the company’s launch of a bundled insurance program for commercial-scale solar installations. >>View Article

Wednesday, 26 September 2012 11:39

Meet The Solar Seniors

September 24 -- Most people think that rooftop solar panels appeal to tech-savvy early adopters in their prime earning years. Enter the Solar Seniors: elderly residents drawn to solar power amid concerns about rising electricity bills. They’ve become one of the solar industry’s most powerful demographics. >>View Article

Monday, 17 September 2012 12:52

Idaho’s 1st Big Solar Plant To Be Built Soon

September 17 -- Idaho's first big solar electricity plant will likely soon begin construction, a rare bright spot for renewables in a state littered with canceled wind farms, regulatory uncertainty and low natural gas prices that have soured alternative power's financial appeal. >>View Article

Monday, 17 September 2012 12:49

Red States Equal Green Jobs

September 17 -- If you look at the growth of “green” jobs in the U.S., it’s hard to miss something interesting: Heavily Republican states are deeply involved in renewable energy development.That’s the observation from a report authored by Nancy Pfund and Michael Lazar of DBL Investors, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm. >>View Article

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