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Texas May Now Be Better Known for its Big Wind and Solar

Texas May Now Be Better Known for its Big Wind and Solar

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT for short, says that natural gas will comprise about half of the electric generation in the state — as it will in many states across the country — but that solar will make up 17 percent of the capacity mix by 2030, or between 14,000 and 17,000 megawatts.

Lamb Energy, Bethel Heights Vineyard Install Solar Power Systems, SAS Adds Second Solar Farm

While Lamb Energy has added a solar roof array to its headquarters in California, and Oregon’s Bethel Heights Vineyard has installed a solar-electric system, SAS has added a second solar farm at the company’s N.C. headquarters campus. Solar energy solutions provider Lamb Energy has installed a solar roof array using panels … Read more »

Intel’s Biggest Solar Site to Generate 1.5 MW Annually

Intel’s solar installations in Folsom, Calif., and Chandler, Ariz., part of the semiconductor manufacturer’s plan to build several solar projects in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Oregon, are now up and running. Combined, the solar projects, consisting of ground and roof-mounted solar electric facilities, are expected to generate about 2.8 … Read more »

Intel to Install 2.5 MW of Solar Power

Intel plans to install approximately 2.5 megawatts (MW) of new solar power projects at eight locations in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Oregon. The chip maker also increased its purchase of renewable energy credits (RECs) by 10 percent to more than 1.43 billion kilowatt hours — more than 51 percent … Read more »

Wal-Mart, Shop-Rite Complete Solar Installations

Retail chains including Wal-Mart and Shop-Rite continue to ramp up their solar installations in order to reduce energy use and lower their carbon emissions. Solar power systems may also find new homes on the rooftops of stripmalls. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has completed three more solar projects in California, bringing the … Read more »

From Sewage Plants to Overpasses, Solar Finding Unique Uses, Locations

Utilities and state departments are finding both unique uses and locations for solar-array projects as solar module makers like First Solar ramp up production to meet growing demand. Unlike California, Arizona or Mexico with lots of land, solar installers in New Jersey need to find creative ways to install arrays … Read more »

Fort Dix to Save $1.2M Annually with Solar, Energy Upgrades

Fort Dix to Save $1.2M Annually with Solar, Energy Upgrades

Honeywell has installed two solar arrays at Fort Dix, N.J., together with a variety of energy-efficient facility and infrastructure upgrades, to help the training and mobilization center for the U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard meet federal efficiency and renewable energy mandates. Fort Dix expects an energy savings of $1.2 … Read more »

Marketing Barriers Slow Adoption of Solar Power

Marketing Barriers Slow Adoption of Solar Power

A new report from the Clean Energy Group and SmartPower highlights several marketing initiatives across the U.S. that are driving growth and interest in solar power in several states. At the same time, the director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center suggests that more investment in research and development for low-carbon … Read more »

HSBC Meets Targets for Emissions, Waste and Energy

HSBC Meets Targets for Emissions, Waste and Energy

HSBC Holding plc, one of the world’s largest banking and financial services companies, says it has achieved several of its environmental performance goals in 2008 including reduction targets for energy, waste and carbon dioxide, according to its Sustainability Report 2008. In 2008, HSBC set new four-year targets for reducing energy … Read more »

China Combats Solar Downturn With Subsidy

The Chinese Ministry of Finance announced a new subsidy for solar installations that is expected to help the industry recover from recent price drops, according to Cleantech Group LLC. Aimed at relatively large installations of 50 kilowatts or greater, the cash grant of RMB 20 ($2.90) per watt would apply … Read more »

ICE Cold Storage Cuts Energy Costs 75% with Solar Power

In a dedication ceremony, Hamann Construction, Innovative Cold Storage Enterprises Inc. (ICE), San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), and SunPower Corp. have announced the completion of ICE II, ICE’s new solar-powered 134,511-square-foot cold storage building in San Diego, California. ICE expects to reduce its energy costs by more than 75 … Read more »

Con Edison Proposes 12 MW Solar Program

In step with the Obama Administration goal to reduce the country’s dependence on fossil fuels and to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, Con Edison of New York has filed a proposal with the Public Service Commission (PSC) for an 18-month solar energy pilot program, with the goal of generating 12 megawatts … Read more »

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