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Construction starts on southwestern Michigan solar project

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WATERVLIET TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Construction is starting on an Indiana Michigan Power solar power project in southwestern Michigan. The utility says an estimated 50,000 solar panels are planned for a 35-acre site in Berrien County’s Watervliet Township. A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled Wednesday afternoon. Plans call for it to generate enough electricity to power about 650 homes annually. Local ...

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Work beginning on one of Minnesota’s largest solar projects

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Work starts this week on one of Minnesota’s largest solar projects. The 62-megawatt solar center being built in Lyon County will generate enough electricity to power about 15,000 homes. The facility on 355 acres near Marshall will be owned and operated by Marshall Solar, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources in partnership with Xcel Energy. Xcel says ...

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Interest in solar power soaring while utility seeks rate cut

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Interest in solar power is soaring in Montana because of the state’s sunny skies and profit potential. But NorthWestern Energy, the largest public utility in Montana, is seeking a sharp cut in rates set by the Public Service Commission, the Great Falls Tribune reported. That could curb some of the enthusiasm. NorthWestern currently pays $66 per ...

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Solar-powered plane’s latest leg: Ohio to Pennsylvania

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A solar-powered airplane has taken off from the Ohio hometown of America aviation pioneers Wilbur and Orville Wright on the latest leg of its journey around the world. The Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 took off from Dayton International Airport just after 4 a.m. Wednesday with a destination of Lehigh Valley International Airport in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The flight ...

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Nevada panel takes first steps toward solar ‘grandfathering’

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada panel took a first step Wednesday toward securing more favorable rates for the state’s early-adopter rooftop customers — a concept that some lawmakers have said they support after outcry over a recent rate hike. Members of the Technical Advisory Committee on Distributed Generation and Storage voted to recommend that Nevada “grandfather” customers who applied ...

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Full DC appeals court to decide on Obama carbon-cutting plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The full appeals court in Washington will hear arguments in the legal fight over President Barack Obama’s plan to curtail greenhouse gas emissions, potentially accelerating the case’s path to the Supreme Court. The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued an order Monday scheduling oral arguments on the legality of the Clean ...

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Albuquerque delays decision on solar proposal

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Leaders in New Mexico’s largest city have put off a decision on whether to join dozens of other communities that have set goals to get more of their electricity from renewable resources, a movement that has swept cities from the U.S. and Canada to Germany. The Albuquerque City Council voted during an hours-long meeting Monday to ...

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Solar plane on global trip headed to Oklahoma from Arizona

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — A solar-powered airplane that landed in Arizona last week after a daylong flight from California is headed to Oklahoma next on the latest leg of its around-the-world journey. Project officials said Wednesday that the Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 is scheduled to take off from Phoenix Goodyear Airport at 3 a.m. PDT Thursday with a destination of ...

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New York invests in $220 million in clean energy projects

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is partnering with several private companies to invest up to $220 million in new clean energy and energy efficiency projects. The move, announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday, is part of the state’s effort to generate half of its electricity from renewable sources by the year 2030. Overall, the state plans to set ...

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Oakland University conference focuses on energy efficiency

ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) — A conference at Oakland University in Rochester will explore use of combined heat and power to boost energy efficiency by reducing waste. “Combined heat and power” is also known as cogeneration. Such systems produce electricity and useful thermal energy in one package. Backers say they avoid losses that happen when heat and power are generated separately. ...

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