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United States to fund South African solar power plant
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United States to fund South African solar power plant

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the United States' government development finance institution, said it has approved funding for a $400 million solar farm in South Africa as part of new energy projects in emerging markets. California-based SolarReserve and Saudi Arabia's ACWA Power will collaborate to build and operate the 100 megawatt solar plant in the Northern Cape province, said OPIC in a statement published last Thursday and seen by Reuters on Monday. [adinserter block="1"] The company said the initiative was part of President Barack Obama's $7 billion plan to "Power Africa". Launched in 2013, the plan aims to boost…
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North Carolina solar generation now exceeds 1 gigawatt
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North Carolina solar generation now exceeds 1 gigawatt

A North Carolina sustainable energy group announced solar power capacity in the state has passed 1 gigawatt of power and accounts for $1.6 billion in revenue. Solar has been a fantastic economic driver "Solar has been a fantastic economic driver in North Carolina's clean energy industry for the past several years, and reaching 1 gigawatt is the latest impressive milestone for this growing market," Robin Aldina, manager of energy research at the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association, said in an emailed statement. The NCSEA credits a strong climate of support for renewable and energy efficiency with stimulating the low-carbon sector…
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Is there work as a solar installer? Advocates say future is bright
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Is there work as a solar installer? Advocates say future is bright

Companies installing solar panels see payroll growth ahead, with or without subsidy help. Can the Southern Tier grow jobs with the sun? Advocates of solar power think so, and the handful of companies venturing into the emerging solar design and installation business say that's what they're doing. The number of solar-related jobs in the United States grew from about 25,000 in 2007 to 175,000 in 2014, according to estimates by the Solar Energy Industries Association and the Solar Foundation. [adinserter block="1"] And for every megawatt of new photovoltaic capacity installed, or about 120 houses worth, a solar-industry rule of thumb…
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Key Massachusetts senators open to compromise on financial credits for solar energy developers
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Key Massachusetts senators open to compromise on financial credits for solar energy developers

State Sen. Ben Downing, D-Pittsfield, the top Senator on energy policy, said today that he sees "a lot of common ground and room for movement" on the state's policy on solar subsidies, as competing proposals are pending before the state Legislature. [adinserter block="1"] One of the most urgent, and controversial, energy-related issues before the Legislature today is what to do about solar net metering. A cap on the financial credits given to solar energy developers for the energy they generate is currently stalling Massachusetts solar projects. Solar developers want the cap to be lifted immediately. Utilities worry that solar subsidies are raising…
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Maine town approves initial commercial solar rules
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Maine town approves initial commercial solar rules

The Winslow Town Council on Monday gave initial approval to an ordinance that would allow the construction of large-scale commercial solar farms in certain parts of town. A first read of the ordinance, which regulates large-scale principal solar energy systems, was overwhelmingly approved by the council. The council still needs to take a second and final vote on the ordinance at its October meeting. [adinserter block="1"] Town officials were encouraged to draft the regulations after being approached by Ranger Solar, a Yarmouth-based energy company interested in constructing a 10-20 megawatt power station on Heywood Road. If it moves forward, the 100-acre project…
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Ogdensburg solar projects could produce 90 percent of city’s municipal power
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Ogdensburg solar projects could produce 90 percent of city’s municipal power

A consortium project led by Jefferson-Lewis County BOCES could help Ogdensburg generate more than 90 percent of its municipal power with solar panels saving millions of dollars over the next 25 years. Ogdensburg recently agreed to participate in a solar project that would allow the city produce up to 2.2 MW of power with solar panels. [adinserter block="1"] A separate solar project that should be up a running October will produce 1.1 to 1.2 MW of solar power. Ogdensburg City manager John Pinkerton says the city’s total usage is 3.7 projects and if things go well the city could be…
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Ground Solar Arrays: Examining the Return on Investment
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Ground Solar Arrays: Examining the Return on Investment

You’ve likely heard of Brownfields and landfills being turned into solar farms as they have $0.00 value to ever be utilized for any other purpose. Likewise, with the subdivision market for land remaining weak and real estate development still far below pre-economic downturn levels, there is now an increased number of residential and commercial land owners now looking to solar as another profitable alternative use for their land. [adinserter block="1"] Ground arrays can range from 5kW to 30MW to 50MW and more, but for perspective, it takes approximately 5 acres to accommodate 1MW of solar. And the advantages of ground…
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