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Solar Tour event showcases energy options

It was a chance to get a peek at some local homes — and other sorts of places — with solar energy and other types of environmentally friendly outfitting. The Solar Tour of Homes and Green Buildings took place on Saturday at locations in the city as well as in the suburbs and as far away as Lockport. When it ...

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Hartwick going green with electric car

In step with the university’s “go green” initiatives, Hartwick College has arranged for a more environmentally friendly way to transport students to and from its Pine Lake Campus, according to a recent media release. In August, the college purchased the all-electric vehicle 2015 Nissan Leaf to make the 16-mile round trip to and from the satellite campus between Davenport Center ...

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Otsego County eyes Laurens site for big solar farm

COOPERSTOWN — Otsego County’s government could soon be acquiring almost all of its power from a sprawling $6 million solar farm that would be sited at a former gravel pit off County Route 11 in Laurens, officials said Wednesday. “In essence, all the ground work has been laid,” said Ronald Feldstein, president of the Municipal Electric and Gas Alliance, a ...

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DEC slammed for short comment period for Covanta Niagara proposal

NIAGARA FALLS — The amount of time state environmental regulators have given the public to weigh in on Covanta Niagara’s plans to haul in New York City garbage by train falls short of what the opportunity should be, according to some community members. Covanta Niagara, a waste-to-energy facility that burns garbage to produce steam and electricity, has asked the Department ...

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Federal investigations of SolarCity lead GOP to attack Buffalo Billion

WASHINGTON — SolarCity, the solar energy systems installer that’s aiming to bring nearly 3,000 jobs to Western New York with the help of the state’s Buffalo Billion initiative, finds itself square in the middle of two political campaigns. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo touts the economic-development effort as a success story for Buffalo as he seeks re-election. Republicans, meanwhile, cite SolarCity ...

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Heavy bets on SolarCity, RiverBend not risk-free

New York State and the Cuomo administration are making a $750 million bet that SolarCity and its newly acquired solar panel technology will keep the solar energy system installer’s business growing rapidly and turn Buffalo into a hub for solar module manufacturing. There’s a lot at stake for the Buffalo Niagara region, too. If the plan succeeds as state officials ...

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Otsego County eyes Laurens site for big solar farm

COOPERSTOWN — Otsego County’s government could soon be acquiring almost all of its power from a sprawling $6 million solar farm that would be sited at a former gravel pit off County Route 11 in Laurens, officials said Wednesday. “In essence, all the ground work has been laid,” said Ronald Feldstein, president of the Municipal Electric and Gas Alliance, a ...

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Closing the skills gap for the jobs of today and the future

The RiverBend site in South Buffalo is supposed to be bustling in just 18 months with scientists doing research and laborers producing solar panels that will provide energy all over the country. Around the same time, area classrooms will come alive with students as young as 6 studying the most basic concepts of production and science. They will start with ...

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As SolarCity grows, where to put Soraa?

Where is Soraa’s factory going to go? With SolarCity’s massive solar panel factory now expected to fill the entire first phase of the RiverBend complex, New York State officials need to find a new home for Soraa Inc., a small company from Fremont, Calif., that is developing a line of LED, or light-emitting diode, lights that it touts as being ...

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Northeast continues to heat homes with natural gas despite national trend

Natural gas has long been the national preference for residential heating fuels, but electricity has taken the majority of the market share while hydrocarbon gases have been in decline, according to a recent report by the Energy Information Administration. A portion of the change can be attributed to population migrations to the Western and Southern regions of the country. The ...

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