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Walmart has more solar capacity than 38 U.S. states

energynews Posted in Weather on Jan 14th, 2014 with

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Twice as much as Costco, the #2 commercial solar player The rapidly dropping price of solar power (see the graph below) is spurring many big companies to put panels on the roofs of their buildings. While that doesn’t cure all ills, it’s certainly better than getting electricity from dirty sources and wasting all that roof…

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REA: Mixed political messages are undermining green investor confidence

energynews Posted in Weather on Jan 8th, 2014 with

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| 31 October 2013, 8:00 Updated: 31 October 2013, 10:20 The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has warned that mixed political messages run the risk of undermining new jobs and investment in the UK’s renewable sector. Chief among the association’s concerns is the Prime Minister’s pledge to “roll back green regulations” as part of his ‘green…

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Doncaster Rovers installs 50kWp solar array at the Keepmoat Stadium

energynews Posted in Weather on Jan 4th, 2014 with

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| 30 October 2013, 11:44 Updated: 30 October 2013, 12:06 Doncaster Rovers has become the first football league club to install solar panels on its stadium, following the completion of a 50kWp solar array at the Keepmoat Stadium. Local solar installers, Eclipse Solar, oversaw the project, installing 200 Romag solar modules on the stadium’s roof….

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2013 to be Record Year for Offshore Wind

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Offshore wind power installations are on track to hit a seventh consecutive annual record in 2013. Developers added 1,080 megawatts of generating capacity in the first half of the year, expanding the world total by 20 percent in just six months. Fifteen countries host some 6,500 megawatts of offshore wind capacity. Before the year is…

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Lark Energy and Armstrong Energy partner to construct 30MW of solar farms

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| 29 October 2013, 13:06 Updated: 29 October 2013, 14:12 Solar developer Lark Energy has partnered with Armstrong Energy to develop and construct three solar farm projects totalling 30MW across Lincolnshire and Rutland. The three solar farms are a 5.7MW development in Bourne, Lincolnshire; 14MW solar farm in Burton Pedwardine, Lincolnshire and a 9MW array…

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Fallon: ‘Green levies review’ to include all renewable support

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| 31 October 2013, 11:17 Updated: 31 October 2013, 12:47 UK energy minister Michael Fallon has said that the coalition government is scrutinising all green levies, undermining the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s recent reassurance that renewable support is not being reviewed. During a meeting with the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), Fallon maintained that…

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Will Alberta’s tar sands create a Canadian “cancer alley”? Study finds high levels of carcinogens in air.

energynews Posted in Weather on Dec 30th, 2013 with

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Canadian tar sands are already considered the dirtiest oil on Earth. Far more wasteful than traditional oil, tar sands extraction is monumentally destructive. Plus, the oil sinks in water, instead of floating on the surface like traditional oil, so pipeline spills are potentially even more disastrous. Now we learn that not only is this energy…

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Lords narrowly reject energy decarbonisation target

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| 29 October 2013, 17:16 Updated: 29 October 2013, 18:30 A proposal to add an amendment to the Energy Bill that would force the government to set out a decarbonisation strategy next year has been defeated. Lord Oxburgh’s suggested amendment to include the setting of a decarbonisation milestone for 2030 was defeated by a margin…

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After Keystone XL, what’s next for the climate movement?

energynews Posted in Weather on Dec 24th, 2013 with

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In August, Bill McKibben wrote about why the climate movement should be leaderless. Instead, McKibben argued, the movement needed to function more like a distributed energy grid, with many people providing and dispersing the power, so it can be more fluid and nimble in the event of sudden changes. Today at Earth Island Journal (cross-posted…

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