After a first debate that mentioned infamous solar manufacturer Solyndra but offered little substantive energy policy discussion, President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made energy issues a central topic during their second debate on Tuesday night. Solar energy garnered several specific call-outs from both candidates.
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The FedEx Express arm of FedEx Corp. today broke ground on its largest solar panel project to date, which will be mounted on the rooftops of its three distribution facilities at Newark Liberty International Airport.
The price of solar panels continues to drop, making solar power more cost-effective for mainstream use
Solar power has long been known for its environmental benefits, but as the technology becomes more affordable, it's taken on mainstream use in homes, farms and businesses.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar officially announced last week that the Department of the Interior has designated 285,000 acres of public land for solar development on pre-sited zones in the Western states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah, as RenewableEnergyWorld.com reported in July.
Making electricity from the sun always appealed to Bruce Monson, an Air Force veteran who lives on a rolling farmstead southeast of Columbia. But when Monson looked to install solar panels on his property, he learned it would cost $22,000. Then he discovered an electric cooperative wanted to charge him $50 a month to connect the panels to a power line.
A solar energy array now working at Jefferson County International Airport makes the small airfield the only airport in the state with operational reliance on solar power.
As the federal government promotes energy efficiency but faces declining budgets, contractors are expecting a greater focus on contracts that reward them based on the energy savings they provide.
A frustrated state senator is taking his proposal to allow third parties to provide solar power to Georgia homes, businesses and other buildings to another committee on Thursday after he says the bill spent two weeks languishing on purpose.
DuPont, the global chemicals giant, has decided to focus on solar energy as one of the major areas of growth.
The creators of the iPad, iPhone, and iPod are going to be building America's largest end-user-owned, onsite solar array at their North Carolina data center.