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The lonely energy projects left behind by the clean energy evolution

As clean energy evolves into a major industry, pioneering but no longer competitive energy projects act as a reminder of how fast technology is changing. Ultra low cost solar panels and lithium ion batteries are remaking how homeowners, businesses and utilities use energy. But dramatically cheaper prices for these technologies in recent years also means that other early innovations once seen as the future are now far less competitive. The result: A number of one-of-a-kind experimental energy projects that may be the first and last of their kinds. Read More →

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Solar Star, Largest PV Power Plant in the World, Now Operational

BHE Renewables’ 579 MW Solar Star project in Antelope Valley, Calif. went fully on-line on June 19th, allowing it to claim the title of the largest operational solar project on the planet. All three of the world’s largest photovoltaic solar plants are now located in California—Solar Star narrowly edges out the 550 MW Topaz Solar project in San Luis Obispo County and the 550 MW and the 550-megawatt Desert Sunlight project in Riverside for the title. Read More →

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High-Tech Solar Projects Fail to Deliver

Some costly high-tech solar power projects aren’t living up to promises their backers made about how much electricity they could generate. Solar-thermal technology, which uses mirrors to capture the sun’s rays, was once heralded as the advance that would overtake old fashioned solar panel farms. But a series of missteps and technical difficulties threatens to make newfangled solar-thermal technology obsolete. Read More →

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Forget Desert Solar Farms: We Can Get More Than Enough Solar Energy From Cities

Solar plants keep getting bigger: The new Topaz Solar Farm, in a remote part of southern California, sprawls over an area about a third of the size of Manhattan. In February, another solar farm of roughly the same size—with 9 million solar panels—opened in the Mojave Desert. Later this year, an even larger project will open in Antelope Valley. Read More →

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5 of the World’s Biggest Solar Energy Plants

By Hailey Robinson, Tech.co In March 2015, the United Nations Energy Programme (UNEP) released a report on the state of Read More →

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California Climate Policy Changing Latino Lives for the Better

By Orson Aguilar; Executive Director, The Greenlining Institute Something amazing is starting in California, and it’s changing Latino lives for Read More →

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California Is First State With 5% of Its Electricity From Solar

By Tom Huddleston Jr., Fortune California’s big push into clean energy is seeing results as the state became the first Read More →

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Solar Could Meet California Energy Demand Three to Five Times Over

A new study in the journal Nature Climate Change finds that the amount of energy that could be generated from solar equipment constructed on and around existing infrastructure in California would exceed the state’s demand by up to five times. Read More →

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BLM evaluating another big California project in crowded desert solar zone

The Bureau of Land Management announced that it will begin the permitting process for First Solar Inc.’s Desert Quartzite Solar Read More →

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The World’s Largest Solar Energy Projects

Solar power is among the technologies leading the energy market in new deployments. In the U.S. last year, 36% of all new electric capacity came from solar, and the cost to deploy it has dropped more than 63% since 2010. Corporations are taking note. Read More →

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