Field patrols will soon have almost weightless solar blankets as well. These will be able to capture a once unthinkable 35pc of the sun's light as energy with thin membranes, a spin-off from technology used in satellites.
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Solar projects in the desert, geothermal power in the mountains and wind energy off the East Coast were cited as examples of progress from top U.S. officials and industry leaders during a green energy conference on Tuesday in Las Vegas.
SEIA and a coalition of renewable and environmental supporters are running an ad in the Las Vegas Review Journal, thanking Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and pledging to work with the Administration to promote the use of environmentally-responsible clean energy on public lands. View the ad.
California, whose green ambitions helped the solar and wind industries take root, is taking an essential next step by proposing a sharp rise in energy storage to better integrate renewable power with the rest of the grid.
Power from sun and wind fluctuates dramatically, so capturing it for later use makes the supply more predictable.
"We can't just rely on sunlight," Governor Jerry Brown told the Intersolar conference in San Francisco last month. "We've got to bottle the sunlight."
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The cost of going solar has dropped in New York by 44 percent over the past five years, a trend that's playing out across the country.
Solar energy has become one of the fastest growing industries in the nation, according to a report by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
It was up to 14 percent cheaper to install residential and commercial solar systems last year than it was in 2011, according to the report. Prices have dropped an average of up to 7 percent per year since 1998.
CPS Energy customers have benefited from the public utility's diversification of its power generation base. CPS rates routinely rank among the lowest in the country for large cities. That consistency is in large measure the result of wise decisions to expand the sources of energy generation.
Trish Hussey and Rita Leadem stretched a ribbon in front of a solar panel set up just outside the front door of the Freedom House Recovery Center on Thursday afternoon.
Gov. Deval Patrick has signed an energy bill that requires Massachusetts utilities to buy more of their electricity in competitively bid, long-term contracts with renewable energy providers.
When it comes to installing solar energy in Minnesota, advocates say, the path to going green is often snarled in red tape.
The Armpit of America. Dirty Jersey. Nearly every New Jerseyan is familiar with such jeers leveled at the Garden State. Yet in spite of the images - or smells - such terms may evoke, the Christie administration recently signed into law bipartisan legislation to support and maintain the solar incentive market that has made New Jersey the solar powerhouse of America. It is thoroughly encouraging to see bipartisan cooperation in Trenton continue to show support for a clean, renewable energy source - both for the sake of New Jersey and for the nation.