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Green Energy News for 03-02-2012

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India`s panel price crash could spark solar revolution View Articles
Solar power has long had a reputation for being expensive, but the falling costs of making panels could change that
Obama boosts Mid-Atlantic offshore wind-farm plans View Articles
To help launch offshore wind power, the Obama administration said that it was moving forward to lease areas off the Mid-Atlantic coast.
Dominion Virginia Power Wants Wind Power In The Commonwealth View Articles
Dominion Virginia Power is interested in building up to 400 wind turbines in Atlantic waters in what could be a powerful message for a slowly emerging domestic source of clean energy.
Clean-Tech Industry Facing Lean Times After Solyndra View Articles
President Obama tours the headquarters of the Solyndra solar panel company in Freemont, Calif., on May 26, 2010.The company declared bankruptcy in August 2011.
Wisconsin regulators defend decision to suspend renewable energy funding View Articles
MADISON - Wisconsin regulators defended a decision Wednesday to suspend renewable energy funding from a popular utilities program, despite criticism from businesses that it damages the state`s renewable energy marketplace.
Offshore Wind One Step Closer to Reality in the Mid-Atlantic View Articles
Today the Obama administration moved forward with plans to develop the enormous offshore wind energy resources along the Mid-Atlantic coast, using a "Smart for the Start" approach designed to expedite the siting process while incorporating strong environmental protections.
Gunderson Health System Completes 5-MW Wind Project View Articles
Juhl Wind announced the official start-up and operation of the two-turbine, 4.95 megawatt (MW) GL Wind project for Gunderson Health System in Winona County, Minnesota. The GL Wind Project is a wind project that was developed specifically to address the energy demands of the Gunderson Health System. The GL Wind project is part of Gunderson Health`s Envision program, which seeks to develop a portfolio of innovative green energy projects.
Super Bowl XLVI Goes Green View Articles
Green Mountain Energy has been selected to supply green power for Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis, Indiana. Green Mountain Energy will supply 15,000 megawatt-hours of renewable energy certificates (RECs) for all six major Super Bowl facilities. The purchase is the equivalent to the electricity use for Lucas Oil Stadium, site of the Super Bowl, the Indiana Convention Center, site of the NFL Experience Football Theme Park, and all four of the major NFL hotels, including the NFL headquarters, the Super Bowl Media Center, and the AFC and NFC team hotels. The purchase comes from wind generated in North Dakota.
SRP Opens Community Solar Program to Businesses View Articles
Salt River Project (SRP) is opening its Community Solar program to business customers, allowing businesses to purchase solar power from the 20 megawatt Copper Crossing Solar Ranch, located in Florence, Arizona. The Copper Crossing Solar Ranch currently provides solar power for homes and schools, and about half of Copper Crossing`s generated solar power will be allocated for business customers. Beginning in February 2012, business customers will be able to purchase solar electricity through the Community Solar program at a fixed rate of 9.9 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh), over a 10 year period.
Ithaca Goes 100% Renewable View Articles
The City of Ithaca, New York signed a 2-year power purchase agreement with Integrys Energy Services to purchase 100 percent of the city`s electricity consumption from renewable energy sources. Beginning in January 2012, Ithaca will begin purchasing Green-e Energy certified renewable energy certificatess to match all of its electricity use.
Oregon Community Wind Farm Provides Green Power for Seattle View Articles
The 9-megawatt (MW) PaTu Wind Farm, a local wind farm located in Sherman County, Oregon has signed two long-term power purchase agreements to sell its renewable energy certificates (RECs) to OneEnergy Renewables and Seattle City Light. OneEnergy Renewables, a Seattle-based REC marketer, will purchase PaTu generated RECs through 2015. Seattle City Light, Seattle`s municipal utility, will begin purchasing PaTu RECs in 2016.
Breakthrough promises cheap biosolar energy View Articles
A bio-solar breakthrough to produce cheap and efficient energy by tapping the plant`s photosynthetic process has been achieved, claim scientists.
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mark Neumann got federal stimulus money View Articles
The leading tea party-backed Republican candidate running for Wisconsin`s open U.S. Senate seat who has also been a longtime critic of a federal stimulus program received more than $80,000 in stimulus grants for his own solar energy company.
DOE`s Untold Impact on Solar View Articles
The Obama Administration`s $60 billion Loan Guarantee Program (LGP) for renewable energy is considered a failure because of Solyndra, Beacon Power, and potential 2012 bankruptcies. What is not well known is that 75 percent of the program`s deployed funds went to relatively low risk power plants that will catapult the U.S. to a leadership role in the utility-scale solar sector. This is hardly the hallmark of a "failed program." The program is akin to Shakespeare`s King Henry V, who said as a delinquent Prince: "I`ll so offend as to make offense a skill, redeeming time when men think least I will."
Wind Power to the South: AEP Contracts to Lower Electricity Costs View Articles
In a series of deals the investor-owned utility says is good for consumers` wallets, American Electric Power subsidiary Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) recently signed long-term power purchase agreements for a total of 358.65 MW of capacity from wind projects in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.
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