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New solar installs beat wind and coal two years in a row

Solar accounted for 32% of the new electical generating capacity in the U.S. in 2014, beating out both wind and coal for the second year in a row, according to a new report.

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Sunny days: The world's biggest solar energy projects

More than a dozen solar energy projects -- each of which will generate more than 100 megawatts of energy -- are either being built or have been completed.

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First U.S. offshore wind farm moves ahead with $290M in financing

The Providence-based developer of Deepwater Wind, what will likely be the country's first offshore wind farm, has closed on more than $290 million in financing for a five-turbine demo of the renewable power source.

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HP preps IoT wares to tame energy beasts, like runaway air conditioners

On a hot day in the future, if you go to work and leave your home air conditioning on full blast, your power company may know you're away and turn it down for you.

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Ex-Facebook engineer launches startup to tackle server management

One of the founders of Facebook's Open Compute Project has launched a new company that aims to cut the cost of running data centers using "community-based analytics."

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How regulators and legislators make it harder for you to use solar power

While solar power is leading other sources for new electrical capacity, the distributed power movement, where homeowners and businesses deploy photovoltaic panels on site, is under assault by utilities and fossil fuel interests.

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Apple’s $850M solar plant rockets it to first place among U.S. corporations

Apple, which has been deploying solar power for years, this week announced another $850M investment, giving it capacity that will push it past Walmart as the largest corporate user of solar energy.

Apple's massive solar farm could power its entire California operations

Apple is investing in a solar plant in Northern California that will generate as much electricity as the company uses for all its operations in the state.

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Renewable energy costs expected to drop 40% in next few years

New data released from the International Renewable Energy Agency shows the price of solar-generated power will reach price parity or become less expensive than electricity generated by traditional methods in many countries.

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U.S. to impose big tariffs on China and Taiwan for dumping solar panels on market

The International Trade Commission has voted to uphold findings that the two countries intentionally saturated the market with cheap photovoltaic cells, undercutting competition and driving prices down.

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Solar industry jobs are growing at 20 times the national rate

In 2014, 31,000 new jobs were created in the solar industry, which accounts for nearly two percent of all new jobs created in the U.S. last year.

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Investment in renewable energy soars for first time in three years

Driven largely by oil price weakness, investments in renewable energy rocketed up 175% in 2014 compared to 2013; this year looks to be bright as well.

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Toyota's fuel-cell patent offer could kick-start a new era in the auto industry

Toyota's announcement that it will issue royalty-free licenses on its 5,680 patents concerning hydrogen fuel-cell technology isn't as sexy as Samsung's 4K TVs or LG's curved mobile phones, but it could have much more significance.

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Solar demand soars 16% this year

About 44 billion watts worth of solar cell technology was purchased in 2014 due to growth in Japan and the U.S. market.

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U.S. utilities face up to $48B revenue loss from solar, efficiency

A report from Accenture showed growth of distributed energy resources and energy efficiency measures could cause significant demand disruption and drive down utilities’ revenues in the U.S. and Europe.

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Ariz. power company plugs a data center directly into the high-voltage grid

The Salt River Project in Phoenix is building a data center at one of its power stations directly atop a high-voltage transmission line.

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Here's why hydrogen-fueled cars aren't little Hindenburgs

Hydrogen gas is 16 times lighter than air, ignites with just a tenth the energy required to combust a gasoline-air mixture and is stored in fuel tanks pressurized up to 10,000 psi. But hydrogen-fueled cars are unlikely to go up like...

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Rooftop solar electricity on pace to beat coal, oil

Rooftop solar power will reach grid parity in all 50 U.S. states in 2016, setting the scene for a dramatic increase in the uptake of household and commercial rooftop solar systems.

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