User: flenvcenter Topic: Energy-Regional
Category: Renewable Energy :: Solar
Last updated: Apr 19 2017 05:59 IST RSS 2.0
 
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How about turning a coal mine into a solar farm? 19.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Frankfort, Ky. • A former strip mine would be converted into a solar farm under a proposal announced Tuesday by an Appalachian coal company that says it wants to place hundreds of thousands of panels in the Kentucky mountains. The Berkeley Energy Group, EDF Renewable Energy and former Democratic state Auditor Adam Edelen said they are looking at two mountaintop removal sites just outside of Pikeville in the heart of Kentucky’s coal country. It’s the latest example of efforts to diversify the ene...
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When comparing solar array installers, NREL study finds bigger isn’t always better 18.4.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
When it comes to getting the best deal on a residential rooftop solar array, the size of the installer matters — but bigger isn't necessarily better, according to a study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden.
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Solar panels power Kentucky Coal Museum 7.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Frankfort, Ky. • Don’t look to the Kentucky Coal Museum to bring coal back. The museum is installing solar panels on its roof, part of a project aimed at lowering the energy costs of one of the city’s largest electric customers. It’s also a symbol of the state’s efforts to move away from coal as its primary energy source as more coal-fired power plants are replaced by natural gas. The state legislature recently lifted its decades-old ban on nuclear power. “It’s a little ironic or coincidental th...
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Trump boosts coal, China takes climate change lead 6.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • For years, cutting carbon emissions to stave off the worst impacts of climate change was routinely near the top of the agenda at talks between the leaders of the United States and China. Not anymore. As President Donald Trump hosts President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida this week, the world’s two largest economies and carbon polluters are taking dramatically divergent paths on climate policy. The Chinese government recently canceled construction of more than 100 ne...
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NREL could be hit hard by deep cuts to parent agency’s budget 3.4.2017 Denver Post: Business
Trump's budget calls for a half billion cut to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in the next five months. -- and the brunt of that pain could fall on the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden.
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Wheat Ridge Fruitdale Lofts to feature solar-powered electric car charging station 1.4.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
The charging station will be solar-powered, free to use and one of the first in Wheat Ridge
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This office helped drive down the cost of solar. Trump wants to cut it massively. 31.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
The Trump administration is aiming a half-billion-dollar cut at the main U.S. hub for renewable energy research — 25 percent of the agency’s budget, and that’s just for the final five months of this federal fiscal year. Even deeper cuts are expected to be sought for 2018 — a possibility that has alarmed researchers in clean energy and even some Republicans in Congress. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, or EERE, is a $2 billion branch of the Department of Energy. It is credite...
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Golden wants Rooney Road soccer fields to share space with solar garden, but needs voter OK first 29.3.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
The city of Golden wants to install a community solar garden at Rooney Road Sports Complex, but it will need to get permission first to borrow some sun from the soccer players who use the field.
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Week in review: March 24 24.3.2017 High Country News Most Recent
Keystone permit OK’d, Utah solar incentives rollback, and white nose in Texas; plus HCN reading recommendations.
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Southwestern utilities back down from rooftop solar fight 11.3.2017 High Country News Most Recent
Public support for rooftop solar has led to more moderate positions.
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RadioShack files for second bankruptcy in 2 years 9.3.2017 Denver Post: Business
RadioShack has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for the second time in just over two years, putting the future of the nearly 100-year-old electronics retailer in doubt.
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Colorado’s solar power capacity jumped in 2016 9.3.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
Colorado's solar power capacity shot up an impressive 70 percent in 2016, but the state still lost its top 10 ranking after U.S. solar capacity nearly doubled, according to the U.S. Solar Market Insight Report out Thursday.
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13 futuristic solar-powered modular houses headed to compete in Denver 6.3.2017 Denver Post: Business
The teams behind 13 solar-powered houses to be built near the Denver International Airport have eight months to figure out how to get their supplies to the city. But their designs are in and ready for everyone to see. Check out a slideshow of the designs.
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State, industry groups warn of solar energy phone scams 6.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Utah’s booming market for residential solar panels has attracted the attention of many — including some who seek to take advantage of people. Solar-related phone scams have become more common over the past two months, according to Julie Price, with the Utah Department of Commerce. Since the department issued its first release about a solar-related phone scam in January, the number of complaints has climbed into the double-digits. That first complaint prompted Commerce to issue a warning about te...
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Op-ed: Let HOA residents join fully in the solar revolution 4.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
As the manager of a Utah business, it’s very important to me that we do our part to help protect the health of our community. That’s one of the big reasons we at Mark Miller Subaru chose to invest in rooftop solar. As our Legislature discusses legislative solutions to our state’s most pressing problems, I am pleased to see that solar is on the agenda so that more Utah families and businesses can make the choice we made to invest in clean renewable energy. In 2015, we installed 675 solar panels ...
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Week in review: March 3 3.3.2017 High Country News Most Recent
Arizona’s solar fights, Nevada development and a jaguar spotting are among the stories grabbing HCN writers’ attention this week.
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Op-ed: Moab's all-renewable pledge is an act worth following 25.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Congratulations, Moab! Your City Council just voted to make you one of the first cities in the nation to run all of its domestic, commercial and government buildings on 100 percent renewable energy. With time, your resolution will help your community cut its total greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent. These are great goals, and necessary ones now that climate change is upon us. They’re also nearly identical to the goals passed by the Park City Council and our own Salt Lake City Council this pa...
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Nigerians starved of electricity turn to solar 21.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Johannesburg • The surprise was finding that people dependent on candles, batteries, kerosene and fuel for generators in countries without a secure supply of electricity spend more on power than solar options. The founders of Dutch company Lumos knew they could do better. In Nigeria, for the cost of powering a small generator for two hours they offer enough solar power to light a house, cool a room with a fan and charge cell phones for about eight hours. Customers can even watch TV for a few hou...
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Utah homeowner associations may be forced to allow solar panels 17.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Lawmakers on Friday advanced a controversial bill to require, in most circumstances, homeowner associations (HOAs) to allow solar panels. The Senate Transportation Committee voted unanimously to endorse SB154, and sent it to the full Senate for consideration. Its sponsor, Sen. Lincoln Fillmore, R-South Jordan, said the bill is a significant compromise from previous efforts, and gives HOAs more power to potentially ban solar panels. He said if an HOA already bans or restricts solar panels, those ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Rooftop solar tax credits will be phased-out under bill OK'd by House 14.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
The House voted Monday to phase out tax credits for Utahns installing rooftop solar energy systems over the next four years. Representatives approved the policy change 60-14 and sent HB23 to the Senate. Currently, Utahns may seek tax credits of up to $2,000 for installing a residential solar system. The bill would limit that to $1,600 beginning in 2018, then ratchet down the amount yearly by $400 until it reaches zero by Dec. 31, 2021. That comes after runaway growth in solar installations in 20...
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