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NC has become a top solar energy state over past decade, report shows

“The Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center noted advancements in the use of energy storage and electric vehicles in the state, which it also ranked 13th for energy efficiency. North Carolina has increased solar energy production from one gigawatt hour in 2007 to 4,016 in 2016, per the report.” Originally published July 26, 2017.

Gulf of Mexico survey will explore potential of offshore wind

“The National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the US will conduct a survey to determine if the region can transform 50 years of offshore manufacturing and deployment expertise into a thriving offshore renewables industry. “Funded by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the project will examine the feasibility of potential offshore energy resources in the Gulf of Mexico.” Originally published on July 19, 2017.,gulf-of-mexico-survey-will-explore-potential-of-offshore-wind_48494.htm

New homes will now require solar panels in South Miami, a first in Florida

“Under the rules, new residential construction would require 175 square feet of solar panel to be installed per 1,000 square feet of sunlit roof area, or 2.75 kw per 1,000 square feet of living space, whichever is less.” Originally published on July 18, 2017.

Green Power EMC, Silicon Ranch announce new solar projects

“Tucker, Ga.-based Green Power EMC and Silicon Ranch Corp. announced an agreement Tuesday to build four solar projects in South Georgia, which will provide enough energy to power more than 35,000 EMC households annually.” Originally published on June 20, 2017.

Corporate Clean Energy: Not Just for Google and Apple Anymore

“Some of the first companies in the U.S. to commit to buying clean energy were internet giants, including Google and Apple, which were worried about the massive energy needs of their data centers in coal country. But today, more and more companies across a number of sectors are opting to buy renewables and are increasingly doing smaller deals.” Originally published June 16, 2017.

Clean, renewable energy coming to Fort Myers, for free

“Solar panels on top of canopies and blue-colored “trees” will provide clean, renewable energy at no cost to the city, and the electricity generated will benefit everyone.” Originally published June 19, 2017.

More Corporations Are Turning to Utilities to Source Renewable Energy

“Through RE100, 90 companies have committed to 100 percent renewable power. Clean energy and greenhouse-gas reduction targets are now the norm for Fortune 500 and Fortune 100 companies. The World Wildlife Fund and Ceres’ Power Forward 3.0 report shows that almost half of the Fortune 500 and a majority of the Fortune 100 now have climate and energy targets.” Originally published on May 23, [ MORE » ]

Plant Vogtle: Georgia’s nuclear ‘renaissance’ now a financial quagmire

“Years behind schedule, billions over budget, and with a key contractor’s bankruptcy clouding its future, the troubled Vogtle project near Augusta is fast becoming Exhibit A for why no U.S. utility before Atlanta-based Southern [Company] had tried building a new reactor in 30-plus years.” Originally published May 19, 2017.

U.S. Department of Agriculture loans $13 million to state electric cooperatives

“The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a $13 million loan to Santee Electric and six other South Carolina electric cooperatives helping to secure energy efficiency upgrade funding.” Originally published May 16, 2017.

MLGW awarded solar-generation project

“A solar array generating enough power for some 240 households will be installed at Nike Inc.’s logistics facility in Frayser as part of an initiative involving the Tennessee Valley Authority, Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division and a Nashville-based firm, officials announced Tuesday.” Originally published on May 9, 2017.