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Wells Fargo to Fund $100M in U.S. Solar Projects

Wells Fargo will invest more than $100 million by the end of 2011 to fund the development of solar photovoltaic power projects throughout the U.S. by GCL-Poly, a subsidiary GCL Solar Energy. These solar projects will target a variety of organizations from schools and municipalities to corporations and utilities. Wells … Read more »

Luke AFB to Build 17-MW Solar System

A 17-megawatt solar project planned at Luke Air Force Base is expected to provide power for a majority of the base by 2011, increasing the U.S. Department of Defense’s use of renewable energy in Arizona, reports The Arizona Republic. Luke AFB’s solar panel array is expected to be the largest … 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 »

Incentives for Solar Energy Projects Drive Interest

In an effort to boost solar installations for businesses and homes, SolarCity, a solar provider, and utility Xcel Energy have created two very different programs to increase the use of renewable energy. SolarCity has received $90 million in new funding from U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corp. (USBCDC) to finance commercial … Read more »

Edwards AFB 500-MW Solar Project is Largest in U.S.

Setting in motion the development of the largest solar project in North America, the United States Air Force has entered into a partnership with Fotowatio Renewable Ventures of San Francisco to lease part of the Edwards Air Force Base for a massive solar array with an estimated production capacity of … Read more »

No Sunny Skies for Two Solar Projects in Texas, California

Two major solar projects are at a standstill; one over contract renewals and the other due to environmental concerns. Meanwhile, New York lawmakers are making it easier for businesses and homeowners to install solar systems and makeenergy-efficiency improvements. NRG Energy’s plan to build Texas’ largest solar plant near its natural … Read more »

Arizona Solar Deal Falls Apart While Feds Give a Boost to Other Projects

As federal agencies get set to approve several renewable-energy projects, primarily in the western part of the country, a solar deal between Starwood Energy Group Global LLC and Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) falls apart. Starwood Energy Group Global LLC has ended its deal to provide power to Arizona Public … 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 »

Dell Cuts Power Use by 48M KWH, Saves $5.8M

Dell expects to save about $5.8 million a year as a result of energy-saving initiatives and building upgrades in its facilities worldwide. The computer maker expects to cuts its global power use by about 48 million kilowatt hours per year, which the company says is enough to power more than … Read more »

More Federal Incentives Needed to Drive Solar Growth

More Federal Incentives Needed to Drive Solar Growth

Although the United States has become one of the more aggressive nations in promoting renewable energy thanks in part to support from the Obama Administration, it is still lagging behind solar market leaders like Spain and Germany, according to a new report from Pike Research. A key finding reveals that … Read more »

Feds Put Solar Energy Projects on ‘Fast Track’

Pushing for rapid development of renewable energy on U.S. public lands, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and U.S. Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) have announced an initiative that will “fast-track” solar energy projects on Interior-managed lands that have significant solar energy potential with limited impact on wildlife, other natural resources … Read more »

Solar Energy Can Power 25% of the World’s Electricity Needs by 2050

Solar Energy Can Power 25% of the World’s Electricity Needs by 2050

Concentrated solar power (CSP), using hundreds of mirrors to concentrate the sun’s rays, could meet up to 7 percent of the world’s power needs by 2030 and 25 percent by 2050, according to a new joint report from Greenpeace International, the European Solar Thermal Electricity Association (ESTELA) and IEA SolarPACES. … Read more »