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Category: Renewable Energy :: Solar
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Harnessing the sun 29.5.2016 Steamboat Pilot
From a hillside along Moffat County Road 177 in Craig, it is clear who the big energy player is in the region. In 2015, 2.1 million tons of coal were recovered from the Trapper Mine, where a dragline could be seen removing dirt from the underlying coal seam. At the $1.2 billion Craig Station power plant, sitting on 1,120 acres, the capacity exists to produce 1,303 megawatts of power at any time. That is enough to power more than 200,000 homes. The two operations dwarf what lies between them at the community solar garden — a 577-kilowatt system that sits on four acres. Given how much land the solar garden uses, it would need to be 9,033 acres to produce as much power as the neighboring power plant. “That hillside is only going to produce so much (coal),” Yampa Valley Electric Association foreman John Cromer said while walking through the solar garden. “We have a lot to gain by being a part of a facility like this.” It is evident that some residents do not like the idea of green energy being produced in ...
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Xcel Energy wants to rewrite your electricity bill 29.5.2016 Denver Post: Opinion
Xcel Energy wants to rewrite your electricity bill and change the way you pay for energy. The first step in that effort is now before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, one of at least five filings by the state’s largest utility.
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SunEdison junior creditors to conduct bankruptcy probe 22.5.2016 Denver Post: Business
Troubled solar power developer SunEdison Inc. has agreed to allow its unsecured creditors to take on the role of bankruptcy investigators, probing for grounds for potential lawsuits against directors, officers and others involved in its ...
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Mirrors blamed for fire at world's largest solar plant 20.5.2016 Denver Post: National News Headlines
PRIMM, Nev. (AP) — A small fire shut down a generating tower at the world's largest solar power plant, leaving the sprawling facility on the California-Nevada border operating at only a third of its capacity, authorities said.
Albuquerque weighs getting more solar power 17.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Albuquerque • New Mexico’s largest city could be joining dozens of other communities that have set goals to get more of their electricity from renewable resources in the coming years, a movement that has swept cities from the U.S. and Canada to Germany. The Albuquerque City Council will consider a resolution at Monday evening’s meeting that calls for getting at least 25 percent of the electricity used by city facilities from solar by 2025. The proposal highlights the city’s lofty ranking for ove...
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Can the feds save birds by allowing more to be killed? 16.5.2016 High Country News Most Recent
Fish and Wildlife Service hopes proposal will entice energy developers to obtain permits for eagle deaths.
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Obstacles remain when going solar 15.5.2016 Durango Herald
Southwest Colorado is bathed in sunshine, boasting more than 300 days of it per year and ranking near the top for photovoltaic solar potential. But when it comes to solar power generation in La Plata County, the sky is not the limit.As is the case across the country, several obstacles prevent solar energy from shining as brightly as it...
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Nanda: Giant steps toward energy justice 14.5.2016 Denver Post: Opinion
The first solar airplane attempting a round-the-world solar flight, Solar Impulse II, made the three-day leg from Honolulu to San Francisco in late April.
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Centerville church taps power of the sun to do more good on Earth 14.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
A Davis County church is getting some extra help from the heavens. Centerville’s Episcopal Church of the Resurrection now boasts 96 solar panels, supplying 47,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a year. That’s enough juice to virtually erase the congregation’s $8,500 annual power bill. And with those freed-up funds, the Rev. Lyn Z. Briggs, the church’s vicar, envisions being able to do even more to advance “God’s work.” “This is a means to our mission,” she said Friday. “We’re called to protect Go...
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Latest: New wind farm releases plan to mitigate bird deaths 13.5.2016 Current Issue
Renewable energy installations can cause thousands of bird deaths but have been slow to respond.
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Solar plane on global trip headed to Oklahoma from Arizona 12.5.2016 Denver Post: National News Headlines
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.
Rocky Mountain Power wants to sign Utah on to a multistate power grid that some fear could make California king 11.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Rocky Mountain Power believes it has finally found a way to get Utah customers the cheap renewable energy they’ve been asking for, but local leaders are concerned that the deal would give California authority over Utah and 10 other western states. The utility is exploring the creation of a regional grid management system that would redistribute electricity in 11 western U.S. states, a deal that Rocky Mountain Power says would lower customers’ costs and give them greater access to renewable energ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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San Jose Mercury News: Solar Impulse 2 inspires the world 6.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
San Jose Mercury News The remarkable flight by the Solar Impulse 2 pilots proves that the innovative spirit is thriving and that the world is just beginning to understand the potential for clean-energy technology. Who would have believed 10 years ago that a plane powered exclusively by the sun might be capable of circling the globe? The record-breaking plane touched down at Moffett Field just before midnight Saturday, completing the ninth leg of the trip from Hawaii in 62 hours. “It’s a priorit... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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GOP states benefiting from shift to wind and solar energy 6.5.2016 Headlines: All Headlines
If there's a War on Coal, it's increasingly clear which side is winning.Wind turbines and solar panels accounted for more than two-thirds of all new electric generation capacity added to the
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Shift to wind, solar energy benefits GOP states 6.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • If there’s a War on Coal, it’s increasingly clear which side is winning. Wind turbines and solar panels accounted for more than two-thirds of all new electric generation capacity added to the nation’s grid in 2015, according to a recent analysis by the U.S. Department of Energy. The remaining third was largely new power plants fueled by natural gas, which has become cheap and plentiful as a result of hydraulic fracturing. It was the second straight year U.S. investment in renewable ...
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Solar plane arrives in Arizona on latest leg of global trip 3.5.2016 Denver Post: National News Headlines
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — An airplane powered only by sunlight has arrived in a Phoenix suburb after completing the latest leg of its global trip.
Solar gardens grow slowly out West 25.4.2016 High Country News Most Recent
Legislative barriers to more widespread community solar remain, although some states are taking action.
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Renewable folks unfazed by SunEdison collapse 22.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Renewable energy companies sought to distance themselves from the collapse of SunEdison Inc., saying the biggest bankruptcy in the United States this year won’t impact them or the industry directly. The world’s biggest developer of clean-energy projects sought protection from creditors after racking up $16.1 billion of liabilities following a $3.1 billion expansion spree that spooked investors and industry partners. The bankruptcy says more about SunEdison’s “relentless pursuit of growth” than t...
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SunEdison files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection 21.4.2016 Denver Post: Business
Solar-energy company SunEdison Inc. on Thursday said it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, a dramatic move for a company whose market value stood at nearly $10 billion in ...
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A one-time star in solar energy, SunEdison seeks help 21.4.2016 Durango Herald
A rising star in the alternative energy sector, SunEdison has finally burned out
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