Aurora, Colorado Mayor Steve Hogan and Congressman Mike Coffman joined executives from Walgreens, XCEL energy, and SolarCity Monday to cut the ribbon on a new solar system installed on a drug store in Aurora, Colorado. This is the first of 22 Colorado stores that will receive solar panels. Walgreens has installed solar systems on 134 stores nation-wide. The Colorado project is being built by SolarCity (NASDAQ:SCTY), a California based solar company.
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Despite the nation's newfound abundance of fossil fuels thanks to the so-called "Shale Gale," Americans still overwhelmingly support more development of alternative energy, according to a new poll.
For some residents, it’s the right thing to do for the environment. For others, it’s the promise of eventual utility-cost savings. Others like having an option for powering their homes.
More than 580 cadets squeezed into Arnold Auditorium March 27, to hear from four senior Army leaders on the subject of developing a more energy-informed culture.
The state is awarding $46 million to help finance 76 large-scale solar energy projects across New York.
ROCKFORD, Minn. -- David Schmidt has been intrigued by the idea of generating power from the sun for a long time, but he had never taken the next step.
In the cleantech sector, pretty much everyone knows the acronym RPS, for Renewable Portfolio Standards. Since the first RPS policy in the U.S., implemented in Iowa in the late 1990s, 30 states have passed similar policies to promote the installation of renewable energy projects and expedite penetration (overcoming the ambivalence or outright opposition of utilities) of renewable energy in electric power supply.
"For most of these states, they're looking at it for economic development and job creation," Ghassemi said, underscoring the reasons why solutions such as cost incentives and utility quotas haven't helped states like New Mexico catch up to California and New Jersey, an unlikely solar leader.
The big question for any homeowner considering installing solar power is a simple one: How quickly will the system pay for itself?
The short answer: It depends on where you live.
Residents here probably won't notice that their water and sewage treatment systems will soon be powered by fields of solar panels but a project to convert the plants is nearing completion.