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Morocco unveils massive solar plant

Morocco unveils massive solar plant

OUARZAZATE, Morocco — Morocco’s King Mohammed VI unveiled one of the world’s biggest solar plants Thursday, taking advantage of the Sahara sunshine and a growing global push for renewable energy. The $3.9-billion project in the southern town of Ouarzazate, also known as Noor I, is the first phase of a project expected to provide 1.2 million Moroccans with power. Row ...

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NYC mayor wants to boost solar power capacity five-fold

solar panels in the city

NEW YORK — Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to increase the solar power capacity of city-owned buildings five-fold from what it is now, mayoral aides said Wednesday. The push comes as part of an ambitious plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the country’s most populous city by 80 percent by 2050. De Blasio plans to make the announcement in ...

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‘Dozens’ of bids to supply clean energy to MA, CT, RI

A request for hundreds of megawatts of renewable power to help Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island meet their clean energy goals yielded plenty of interest on Thursday. Katie Dykes, deputy energy commissioner in Connecticut, said “dozens” of proposals were submitted by the noon deadline on Thursday. She declined to identify a specific number of bids, and said they will be ...

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UN chief wants clean energy investments doubled by 2020

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. secretary-general on Wednesday challenged investors around the world to at least double their investments in clean energy by 2020, saying that “we must begin the shift away from fossil fuels immediately.” Ban Ki-moon told an investor summit on climate risk that increasing investment in clean energy is critical in following up on the landmark agreement ...

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Solar industry urges extension of New Mexico tax credit

SANTA FE, N.M. — Time may be running out for an extension of New Mexico’s rooftop solar tax credit as legislators weigh whether to forgo $5 million in annual state revenues to encourage more generation of solar energy by households, farms and small businesses. The current state tax credit offsets up to 10 percent, or $9,000, of costs for a ...

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SolarCity backing effort to take solar rate fight to voters

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Rooftop solar company SolarCity wants to take its fight over new solar rates to the voters. The company is supporting a petition expected to be filed Monday that could take power away from the energy regulators at the Nevada Public Utilities Commission. The measure could go to the ballot if supporters gather enough signatures. Nevada lawmakers ...

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Buyer beware: Solar power may be missing key ingredient

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Want to cut reliance on your fossil-fuel-burning utility, but don’t have space for solar panels? Easy, the sales pitch goes, buy a share in the new “community solar array” being built on the outskirts of town. But experts and regulators say there’s a catch. Some of the biggest marketers of such deals are stripping the “green” benefits ...

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US EPA chief touts clean energy amid pushback from states

PERRYSBURG, Ohio — The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says Ohio and other states that are pushing back against clean energy are missing a chance to add jobs. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy says moving toward solar and wind energy is good for the environment and the economy. McCarthy on Thursday toured a solar plant near Toledo where she ...

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Solar energy industry now employs more than O&G extraction

Workers in the solar energy industry now outnumber those in working in the oil and gas extraction sector. (Image: Walmart via Flickr)

The solar energy industry now employs more workers than the oil and gas extraction sector, reports CNN Money. Over the past five years, the number of domestic jobs in the solar industry has more than doubled. According to the Solar Foundation, a nonprofit group not funded by the industry, there were 35,000 jobs added to the sector last year, up ...

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Canadian company plans 10-megawatt solar farm in Oregon

BEND, Ore. (AP) — A Canadian renewable energy company is planning to create a solar farm in Oregon. The Bend Bulletin reports (http://bit.ly/1OxFYsP ) that Saturn Power Corp. of New Hamburg, Ontario, submitted a permit application to Deschutes County in November for a nearly 10-megawatt facility east near Redmond. The plant could potentially generate enough power for about 1,500 homes ...

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