Businesses, advocates, and environmental groups joined together to applaud Gov. Andrew Cuomo for extending the successful NY-Sun Initiative to install ten times more solar power in New York State by 2023. Announced today in honor of Earth Week, the Governor’s bold expansion of the state’s landmark solar program will support thousands of jobs, lower solar costs and increase energy reliability for New Yorkers.
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Global investment in clean energy rose nearly 10% in the first quarter of 2014, to $47.7 billion, due mainly to strong investments in small-scale solar in countries like Japan and the U.S., Bloomberg New Energy Finance said April 16.
The White House announced new initiatives to support more solar development this week. But the Department of Energy’s inspector general cast a cloud, with a report slamming a $68 million loan guarantee gone wrong—shades of the Solyndra failure.
However, solar has actually been growing by leaps and bounds. It provides a little less than 1 percent of U.S. electricity— enough to light more than two million households. Other numbers sound even more impressive.
The Augusta Chronicle
Georgia’s 225-percent increase in jobs related to the solar-energy industry is the highest in the nation as it plays catch-up to other states.
The jump comes largely from a combination of prices and Georgia Power’s program to add solar-generating capacity, according to Rhone Resch, president of the Solar Energy Industries Association.
In celebration of Earth Day – and as a way to encourage the widespread use of non-polluting energy sources – The Climate Group and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) have teamed up to create a Facebook campaign designed to accelerate the adoption of solar energy in the United States.
In Massachusetts, the state with the nation’s eighth-highest electricity rates, the residential solar energy market is gathering momentum.
Driving a solar-powered go-kart he helped build, Naples High junior Jon Baker pumped his fist and yelled at his teammates as he buzzed around the track at 30 mph.
The planned 20-megawatt solar farm at Fort Bliss will comprise nearly 94,000 solar panels and could be ready by 2015, officials announced Friday.
The biggest news in solar power is the mainstreaming of distributed generation.
Nothing brings a surge of solar energy in Florida like the mild, sunny days of April.