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SolarCity gets new site list from Otsego

COOPERSTOWN — The initial frontrunner as the site for a proposed solar farm in Otsego County — a former gravel pit in Laurens — has been scratched and county officials and the project developer are now reviewing a new list of potential locations. The list of candidates has been turned over to SolarCity, the nation’s largest solar company, which would ...

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Solar fee is a lightning rod for Public Service Company plan

Public Service Company of New Mexico is expecting sharp opposition to its proposal to begin charging customers who install solar photovoltaic systems a monthly fee after January 2016 to help pay for maintenance and operation of the electric grid. Customers with solar PV continue to receive electricity from the grid when the sun doesn’t shine, and they need power from ...

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Community solar projects on the rise with announcement of new deal

Another day, another new solar energy deal for a Colorado company. Clean Energy Collective (CEC), a Colorado-based community solar company, announced today that it has paired up with First Solar Inc., the largest solar power panel manufacturer in the United States. As part of the deal, First Solar—based in Tempe, Arizona—will make an undisclosed investment in Clean Energy Collective, one ...

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CoorsTek to buy Japanese parts company Covalent Materials

High-tech ceramics maker CoorsTek Inc. has announced a deal in place to purchase Japanese semiconductor-parts company Covalent Materials Corp., according to the Denver Business Journal. CoorsTek is a technology development company that uses experienced engineers and manufacturing experts to develop next-generation, renewable energy products. The company also works in sectors such as transportation, information technology, health care, and defense. CoorsTek ...

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Colorado rejects Xcel’s Solar Connect plan

DENVER — Colorado has rejected a plan by Xcel Energy to create a premium solar energy program. The Colorado Public Utilities Commission on Monday rejected the plan to charge electricity customer a premium on their bills to support solar projects. The Denver Post reports that Xcel said its proposed Solar Connect program would enable those who can’t have solar panels on ...

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New York unveils latest solar power campaign

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently launched a new effort to make accessing solar energy easier and more affordable for communities across the state, according to a report by Buffalo Business First. Backed by the NY-Sun initiative, the new program called Community Solar NY, will support community projects known as Solarize campaigns. The campaigns will be organized locally and ...

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Clean energy out jobbing tar sands in Canada

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The Canadian clean energy sector has been booming. It has increased 37 percent from 2009 to 2013 according to a recent report by ThinkProgress.com. Clean Energy Canada recently released “Tracking the Energy Revolution,” which outlines what is considered a clean energy job and how many people are employed in the professions. It states that clean energy jobs employ 23,700 people, ...

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California energy brings in 70,000 jobs in 2015

Already providing 432,000 jobs in alternative energy, California is brining in another 70,000 jobs over the next year. Advanced Energy Economy Institute, a nonprofit cofounded by Tom Steyer, a billionaire environmental activist, reported the California projections. The report estimated that the Sacramento region already has 15,000 alternative energy jobs, the Bay Area has 104,500, the Inland Empire has 55,300 and ...

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New study anticipates rapid solar energy growth in Colorado

According to a new report just released by The Environment Colorado Research & Policy Center, Colorado should build on the recent growth in solar energy by setting a goal of obtaining at least 20 percent of its electricity from solar power by 2025. Colorado currently sits seventh in the nation in solar power generation. The report states that the United ...

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Energy spotlight: Sharon Pillar

Sharon Pillar is selling solar energy as a solution. It’s cheaper in the long run and better for the Earth, she says. It just needs some marketing. “We convince people to buy all sorts of things, but solar is an actual investment,” she said. “People see their neighbors doing solar and they want solar. I think that’s where we’re headed. ...

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