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Solar-powered pilots’ globe-circling flight arrives in NYC

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NEW YORK (AP) — The pilots of a solar-powered airplane on a globe-circling voyage that began more than a year ago said their flight over the Statue of Liberty before landing in New York inspired them on their mission to promote a world free from reliance on fossil fuels. “Today, liberty is about finding and promoting renewable sources of power,” ...

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Global energy leaders look to nitty gritty of climate accord

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Energy leaders from countries that pump out 75 percent of the world’s climate-changing emissions talked Thursday on the nitty-gritty of putting last year’s Paris climate accord into action, including funding the needed global technology overhaul. The annual gathering of energy leaders representing 23 countries and the European Commission was one of their first since December, when ...

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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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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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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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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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Mirrors blamed for fire at world’s largest solar plant

PRIMM, Nev. (AP) — A small fire shut down a generating tower Thursday 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. Firefighters had to climb some 300 feet up a boiler tower at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California after fire ...

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Effort to cap surplus sale of solar, wind electricity nixed

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — One Pennsylvania state agency is rejecting a move by another to limit how much surplus electricity can be sold back to utilities from customer-owned solar panels or wind turbines. The Independent Regulatory Review Commission voted unanimously Thursday against the proposal by the Public Utility Commission, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports (http://bit.ly/1TrPr5r). That proposal would have capped the ...

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Nevada panel takes first steps toward solar ‘grandfathering’

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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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3 upstate NY colleges winners in $3 million energy contest

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Student-led teams from three upstate New York colleges have been awarded $1 million each for their proposals to harness renewable energy to power their campuses. The winners announced Monday are teams at Bard College, University at Buffalo and Broome Community College. The Bard project will spur installation of micro-hydroelectric power generators. The Buffalo team will install ...

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