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U.S. Renewables ‘Swamped’ Natural Gas In Q1

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SI Staff on Apr 29, 2016

Setting a new lopsided quarterly record, U.S. renewable sources (i.e., wind, solar, biomass and hydropower) outpaced – in fact, swamped – natural gas by a factor of more than 70:1 for new electrical generating capacity placed in-service during the first [Read More]

California Utility-Scale Solar Beat Wind For First Time In 2015

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SI Staff on Apr 28, 2016

In 2015, energy from grid-connected, utility-scale solar plants surpassed that from wind power for the first time ever in California, according to an analysis from Vaisala. The environmental and industrial measurement company says California has been a national leader in [Read More]

Duke Energy Increases Renewables Target By 33%

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SI Staff on Apr 28, 2016

In an effort to accelerate its renewable energy growth, Duke Energy has raised its 2020 renewable energy goal by 33%, as the company now expects to own or purchase 8 GW of wind, solar and biomass capacity by 2020. According [Read More]

Mercom Expects ‘Impressive’ Solar Growth In The Face Of Market Troubles

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SI Staff on Apr 27, 2016

Global solar installations will increase 15% and reach 66.7 GW this year, with China, the U.S., Japan and India making up the top four solar markets, according to the latest forecast from Mercom Capital Group. The clean energy communications and [Read More]

U.S. SolSmart Program To Designate Top Solar Communities, Provide Assistance

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SI Staff on Apr 27, 2016

The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and The Solar Foundation (TSF) have launched the SolSmart designation program, a government-backed initiative to recognize leading solar cities and counties in the U.S. and empower new communities to advance through no-cost technical assistance. [Read More]

Nonprofit Files Lawsuit Against SunEdison Over Donations

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SI Staff on Apr 26, 2016

Troubled renewable energy company SunEdison is facing yet another lawsuit. On April 22, a day after SunEdison announced its bankruptcy filing, nonprofit solar installer GRID Alternatives filed a claim in Alameda County Superior Court seeking roughly $2 million in unfulfilled [Read More]

EDF Renewable Energy Announces Acquisition Of groSolar

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SI Staff on Apr 25, 2016

EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE) has acquired Global Resource Options Inc., dba groSolar, a privately owned company that provides development and turnkey engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of solar PV projects. Since its founding in 1998, Vermont-based groSolar has worked [Read More]

Retail Giant Macy’s Highlights Commitment To Solar Power

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SI Staff on Apr 22, 2016

Macy’s Inc. and SunPower Corp. are celebrating a decade-long partnership between the two companies that has resulted in SunPower systems installed at or planned for 71 Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s locations in 10 states, totaling approximately 39 MW. Fifty SunPower systems [Read More]

SunEdison Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

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SI Staff on Apr 21, 2016

With the giant renewable energy company facing financial and other troubles, the CEO says the filing is a “difficult but important step.”

Global Clean Energy Investment Drops In First Quarter

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SI Staff on Apr 19, 2016

Global clean energy investment in the first quarter of this year (Q1’16) was $53.1 billion, down 22% from $68.1 billion in Q4’15 and 12% below the $60.5 billion recorded in the equivalent quarter a year ago, according to a new [Read More]