When you step back and look at the country as a whole, the United States only generates just small fraction of its electricity from renewable energy sources -- about 10.4 percent in 2010, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
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Arizona ranks third in the nation in terms of solar system installation, according to the 2011 U.S. Solar Market Insight Report from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), Governor Jan Brewer announced March 22.
The San Luis Valley, already home to three solar power plants, could soon become the site of a sprawling 6,200-acre solar complex - a facility that would generate three times as much electricity as the other plants combined.
Tucked away just to the east of the on-post neighborhood it'll soon help power, four gravelly acres have been claimed by about 3,000 solar panels.
There is a bill that would limit the Arizona Corporation Commission's power to regulate renewable energy.
Comments on the supplemental draft programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) for solar energy development in Southwestern states.
The Commerce Department is scheduled to decide in a month whether Chinese solar panels should be subject to an import tariff, after fielding a complaint from domestic manufacturers that the Chinese are illegally subsidizing their solar export market. The department has not said how it will rule.
Solar energy is an alternative energy source that is moving into the mainstream and nothing proves this more than the Solar Decathlon. In these competitions, university students from around the world display family-friendly off-the-grid homes that they design and build themselves.
The people of California have plenty of reason to want to invest in solar power. Aside from its plentiful sunlight, the state boasts some of the country's most stunning natural landscapes. It also suffers from some of the worst air pollution in certain places, with the Rockies to the east trapping emissions in the region.
What's ahead for energy and environment issues in the wake of President Obama's State of the Union address last week?