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Apple's U.S. facilities now get 100% of their power from renewables

In its annual environmental responsibility report, Apple notes that all of its U.S. offices and data centers -- and 87% of its global operations -- now run on renewable energy.

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Tesla to announce home and utility-scale batteries that offer energy independence

Tesla next week will announce two battery lines, one for households and another for utilities, that will store power from renewable sources, such as solar and wind, supplementing them when the sun goes down or the weather changes.

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Feds want to add 75K new solar power workers

The U.S. Department of Energy plans to increase its previous goal of training solar power workers, including veterans, by 50%.

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Start-up touts wireless charging from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth signals

Ossia today announced a wireless receiver chipset that works with existing mobile device antennas to draw power from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth transmissions.

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California leads nation in solar installations as world sees 14% increase

California became the first state this year to receive 5% of its power from utility solar, and while that number may seem small, it's likely an early indicator of growth elsewhere in the U.S.

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Researchers say low-cost, longer-life graphene light bulb coming this year

Researchers in the U.K. have created a lightbulb using graphene, a material that's 200 times stronger than steel and a million times thinner than human hair.

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China considering space-based solar power station

Chinese scientists say a solar power station in a geosynchronous orbit could supply a constant stream of electricity, avoiding the intermittent issues that come with nighttime back on Earth.

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SolarCity to build its own power grids

SolarCity, a solar panel installer, is offering to set up mini-power grids that include battery backup, which can be deployed by corporate campuses, military bases and even cities.

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Solar in California's urban areas could provide 5 times the power the state needs

The Golden State's commercial rooftops and other urban areas present plenty of opportunity for power generation through small- and utility-scale solar installations, according to a study in the journal Nature.

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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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