The U.S. Department of Energy announced the launch of a new initiative today meant to strengthen American clean energy manufacturing and enhance U.S. competitiveness.
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The Senate and House passed a six-month funding bill to avert a government shutdown when the current continuing resolution expires March 27. The bill does not replace the sequestration, but does provide detailed appropriations for several departments.
Most of the attention may be focused on domestic oil and gas production, but it could be solar power that really helps the United States on its path to energy independence.
Battle lines are being drawn over whether Ohio should scrap its renewable energy standard, which requires power companies to generate a portion of their electricity from renewable sources such as solar and wind.
Apple’s massive solar panel and fuel cell farm are now live and providing clean power for its huge data center in Maiden, North Carolina. By the end of the year 60 percent of the power for the data center will come from these sources.
According to recent research by Sunrun and PV Solar Report, the California home solar market has grown by 80 percent this year. The report identifies increased solar adoption in more cities as one of the major reasons for the spike in statewide solar projects.
As summer beckons, it seems Americans are thinking more about the stifling cost of energy than about making tracks to the beach.
As states offer more and more renewable energy tax incentives, small businesses are seeking to take advantage of the situation by getting into the renewable energy business. But, depending on the business' location, the difference between each state's incentives can be dramatic.
Since the 2004 passage of Amendment 37, Colorado has created a vibrant solar energy market spurring nearly $1 billion in clean tech investment, deploying 200 megawatts of solar, and creating thousands of quality jobs at more than 400 Colorado solar companies.
The numbers don't lie - 2011 was a banner year for solar energy in America as consumers saw the cost of installing solar drop by 20 percent in just a single year.