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Walmart to double number of solar projects

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin Walmart will be doubling the number of on-site solar energy projects at its U.S. stores, with a number of its solar-powered stores already in the Inland Empire. Walmart is the number one commercial solar energy user in the United States, according to the Solar Energy Industry Association. The company has 240 solar installations ...

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Green energy jobs fall into the red


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media The number of jobs created by clean energy projects has fallen sharply compared to a year ago, thanks to the expiration of a series of tax breaks for clean energy companies. 5,600 new energy jobs were created in the first three months of 2014, compared to 12,000 in the first quarter of 2013, according ...

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Southern, Ted Turner acquire solar plant

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By Christopher Seward for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Southern Co. and former cable TV mogul Ted Turner have teamed up to acquire the largest solar power plant in New Mexico. Southern and Turner Renewable Energy said the Macho Springs Solar Facility. on 600 acres in Luna County, has been under construction since July 2013 and was scheduled to begin commercial operations ...

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Smart Roads, Smart Power: Solar Roadways is paving the way

By Marissa Hall | Shale Plays Media Wouldn’t it be crazy if your driveway generated enough energy to power your house, maybe even enough to sell back to the grid and make some extra cash? Such a radical idea must be something from a science fiction novel, right? Wrong. A company called Solar Roadways, created by Scott and Julie Brusaw, ...

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Solar shining after dark ages

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BY SAMMY FRETWELL COLUMBIA SC — South Carolina took what was considered a historic step Wednesday to change the state’s long-time resistance to solar power. The state House of Representatives voted 105-0 for a solar energy bill that is forecast to make sun-generated electricity more abundant in the Palmetto State. The compromise bill has support from South Carolina’s influential utilities ...

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The coming solar revolution

By John Deede, Shale Plays Media | Google+ Decreasing costs and increasing efficiency in solar panels and power storage may soon spell the end of traditional fossil fuel-generated electricity. The biggest problem confronting the solar industry has been how to store the power. When the sun is shining, photovoltaic solar panels are able to generate a surplus of electricity, but ...

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Assumptions point the way toward a sustainable future

By Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media In the never-ending quest for cost reduction and finding economic ways of generating the power necessary for our modern society, electricity is beginning to flow from sources other than the usual coal, natural gas and nuclear power generating facilities. As the dynamics of the power industry continue to change with the shifting landscape ...

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Unlocked secret of why lightning strikes: Scientists reveal high energy particles pumped out from the sun act as ‘pathway’ for bolts to hit the ground

By Ben Spencer | The Daily Mail, London It is said that lightning never strikes twice. But scientists have long been puzzled as to how lightning even strikes at all. The laws of physics mean it should require a huge electrical current – much bigger than that in a storm cloud – for a lightning bolt to reach the earth. Now ...

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U.S. solar experts say IRS tax proposal little help to big projects


WASHINGTON, May 13 (Reuters) – An attempt by the Obama administration to use tax breaks to boost solar energy businesses falls short of expectations among industry officials who were hoping to lure more investors for their projects, analysts and tax lawyers said on Tuesday. They said the proposal released on Friday by the Internal Revenue Service would do little to increase ...

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Bill to pause green-energy standards passes Ohio Senate


Dan Gearino for The Columbus Dispatch The Ohio Senate early today passed a two-year pause in annual increases in the state’s “green” energy standards, following days of negotiations with Gov. John Kasich’s office and in spite of adamant opposition. Senate Bill 310 passed 21-11. Senators did not finish debating the bill until after 1 a.m. The measure calls for a ...

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