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Solar plane pilots say trip was also test of human endurance

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — The two Swiss pilots taking turns to fly a solar-powered airplane around the world said Sunday the endeavor is not only a demonstration of the importance of renewable energy but also of the many challenges the human body can endure. Pilot Bertrand Piccard completed a risky, three-day flight across a great expanse of the Pacific ...

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Florida teen’s science project catches Obama’s eye

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — A 14-year-old Florida girl’s science project caught the eye of President Obama during the White House Science Fair. Hannah Herbst created an ocean-energy probe prototype. Last Wednesday, Obama stopped by her exhibit and pulled a string that showed electrical generation by a device using sea water. The design was inspired by her pen pal in ...

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Legislative committee reaches deal on solar power bill

BOSTON (AP) — A legislative committee has reached a deal on a bill designed to help shape the future of solar energy use in Massachusetts by making it easier to get credit for generating extra power from solar panels. Lawmakers have been debating proposed changes to the state’s net metering program, which allows homeowners, solar developers and municipal governments to ...

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Feds approve 287-megawatt solar plant in California desert

BAKER, Calif. (AP) — The federal government has approved plans to build a solar power plant in California’s Mojave Desert that could provide enough electricity for 86,000 homes. The Interior Department says approval was granted last week for the Soda Mountain Solar Project. The 287-megawatt plant would be built six miles southwest of Baker near Interstate 15, the highway that ...

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Solar farm developers target New York with lease offers

The Long Island Solar Farm (LISF) is a 32-megawatt solar photovoltaic power plant built through a collaboration including BP Solar, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), and the Department of Energy. (Image: Brookhaven National Laboratory via Flckr)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Less than a year after New York banned fracking, dashing the hopes of farmers who had hoped to reap royalties from natural gas leases, the commercial solar industry is courting landowners for energy production. Buoyed by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s renewable energy plan and the extension of the 30 percent federal tax credit in December, solar ...

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Company seeks to build non-combustion plant in Pennsylvania

COCHRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A renewable energy company is scrapping plans to build an electricity plant in Pennsylvania in favor of a non-combustion plant that would use waste tires. Crawford Renewable Energy had planned to build a 90-megawatt power plant about 75 miles north of Pittsburgh in Cochranton. But the company says the plant is “economically unfeasible” due to falling wholesale ...

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Giant pension fund buys stake in California solar plants

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The nation’s largest public pension fund is investing in solar power farms near Palm Springs. The California Public Employees’ Retirement System announced Wednesday that it has agreed to buy up to 25 percent of Desert Sunlight Investment Holdings, which owns two solar energy facilities in Southern California. CalPERS Chief Investment Officer Ted Eliopoulos says in a ...

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Vermont working on new rules to continue solar expansion

solar expansion in vermont

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont utility regulators are proposing new rules that will govern the installation and management of small, local electrical generation projects in the state for years to come. The rules proposed by the Public Service Board would govern the installation and management of small power projects, such as residential rooftop solar panels up to solar projects that ...

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US OKs offshore wind research facility off Virginia’s coast

Offshore wind energy farm. (Image: Håkan Dahlström via Flickr)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The development of offshore wind farms took another halting step forward Thursday with the federal approval of a research facility off Virginia’s coast to test wind turbines in a harsh open seas environment. The decision clears the way for the construction of two 6-megawatt turbines 27 miles off Virginia Beach on the outer continental shelf, Bureau ...

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