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Ambitious Vermont having second thoughts on renewable energy

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Regulators in Vermont appear to be applying the brakes to the state’s renewable energy boom. Replying to a proposed rule issued by the Public Service Board earlier this month, renewable energy advocates say it will bar the state from reaching its goal of getting 90 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2050. The board’s ...

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Idaho Power eyes state’s first utility-owned solar plant

Idaho Power, solar power

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Power is looking to build the state’s first utility-owned solar power project. The company recently filed an application with the Idaho Public Utilities Commission seeking approval for its Community Solar Pilot Program. The proposed 500-kilowatt solar array would be built southeast of Boise and power about 1,000 homes and 500 businesses. The company in an ...

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Vegas Strip casino claims ‘largest’ US rooftop solar array

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas casino company is claiming the title of largest rooftop solar panel array at one of its Strip resorts. MGM Resorts International says adding 5,000 solar panels to a project unveiled in 2014 atop the Mandalay Bay Convention Center brings to 26,000 the number of collection panels covering 28 rooftop acres. The Las Vegas ...

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World Bank to back India’s solar power initiative

India, World Bank

NEW DELHI (AP) — The World Bank signed an agreement on Thursday with the Indian-led International Solar Alliance to boost solar energy in developing countries by mobilizing $1 trillion in investments by 2030. It said the agreement, signed by World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and Indian Power Minister Piyush Goyal, established the World Bank as a financial partner of ...

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North American leaders to pledge more reliance on renewables

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says the leaders of the United States, Canada and Mexico will pledge this week to rely on renewable energy to generate 50 percent of North America’s electrical power by 2025. That’s a big jump from last year’s 37 percent level. But Brian Deese, senior adviser to the president says it’s doable through greater efficiency ...

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Apparent conflicts of interest may dog Tesla-SolarCity deal

Elon Musk

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It’s a proposal that would unite two companies on shaky financial ground as they plow into relatively new markets. One makes electric cars, the other installs solar panels. There are few obvious synergies. Perhaps even more puzzling are the motives of Elon Musk, a polarizing billionaire who is the chairman and largest shareholder of both companies. ...

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Solar panel again stolen from New Mexico boy’s grave site

SAN ACACIA, N.M. (AP) — A solar panel placed at a grave site of a 5-year-old boy who was scared of the dark has been stolen for a second time. KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports (http://goo.gl/6VhUDm) that thieves recently took the solar panel from the resting place of Nico Chavez at the San Acacia Cemetery near Socorro. The solar panel powered ...

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Maui County reaches rooftop solar program limit

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WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Maui Electric Co. is holding off on approving new rooftop solar systems after announcing Wednesday that the county has reached the 5-megawatt limit for solar systems that can send power to its grid. Starting next week, residents on Maui, Lanai and Molokai who want to install new solar systems will have to buy batteries to hold ...

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NorthWestern allowed to negotiate solar power contracts

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — State regulators voted Thursday to allow NorthWestern Energy to temporarily negotiate contracts with companies that propose building solar energy projects in Montana, rather than paying the set rate that the utility complained was too high. “Our action today to protect NorthWestern Energy’s customers from unreasonably priced solar power is a compromise that still allows solar energy ...

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Shumlin signs renewable energy bill after long battle

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) — Four days after Vermont lawmakers passed a revised version of a renewable energy bill earlier vetoed by Gov. Peter Shumlin, the Democratic governor has signed the revised bill into law. Shumlin signed the bill Monday, saying it will help local communities and regional planning commissions have more of a say in the process of siting wind ...

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