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PG&E deploys its first Tesla Powerpack battery storage station

PG&E has announced its first lithium-ion battery substation with 500KW of capacity, which the utility said will it balance power supply and demand during peak hours.

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U.S. solar growth blows away previous records

The solar market in 2016 grew 95% over the previous year, which for the first time made photovoltaic power the top source of new electricity-generating capacity on an annual basis.

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UPS to spend $18M to install 26,000 new solar panels

The shipping giant today announced it will expand its solar energy capacity by 26,000 solar panels, or an additional 18 megawatts of power.

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N.C. wind farm goes live despite legislators' claims it's a national security threat

A North Carolina wind farm that will power Amazon's data centers in Virginia went live on Thursday, even though state legislators asked President Trump to nix the project over concerns that it would jeopardize national security.

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Renewables missing from Trump's energy plan

The White House published its "America First" energy plan this week, and notably missing from it was any mention of renewable energy.

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Report: 1 in 50 new U.S. jobs came from solar last year

The latest National Solar Jobs Census shows that solar industry job growth outpaced the overall U.S. economy 17-fold last year.

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Mingis on Tech: Floating solar panels, a VR update -- and Tom Brady?

Our tech trio takes a look at the latest in solar tech -- panels being installed on water -- checks in on the state of VR and offers kudos to the new Super Bowl champs.

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Floating solar panel market to be worth $2.7B in 2025

The rising cost of real estate along with a favorable regulatory climate is expected to push solar panels out to sea and onto landlocked water bodies over the next decade.

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5 tech battles facing Trump

Major battles loom between the tech industry and the Trump administration over issues including climate change, air quality, support for federal research and trade policy.

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The world's largest battery storage substation is now live

In December, Southern California and Tesla quietly went live with an 80MWh battery power storage facility for Southern California Edison that can power 2,500 households or charge 1,000 Tesla vehicles daily.

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N.Y. okays largest U.S. offshore wind farm off Long Island

The South Fork Wind Farm will be the second offshore wind farm in America -- and the largest, with 90 megawatts of capacity when completed off the east and of Long Island.

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Apple to build 200MW solar farm to power data center

Apple announced a joint venture with NV Energy to build a 200-megawatt solar farm to power its Nevada data center.

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U.S. solar industry passes oil, coal and gas for job creation

In 2016, the solar workforce in the U.S. increased by 25% to 374,000 employees, compared to 187,117 electrical generation jobs in the coal, gas and oil industries.

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Energy storage will increase 40-fold in developing countries

Over the next decade, energy storage capacity through batteries and other stationary technology in developing economies is expected to increase from 2GW to 80GW.

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Greenpeace’s naughty and nice list of the most – and least – green tech vendors

Environmental advocacy group Greenpeace is out with its latest report card judging internet companies on use of renewable energy and while Apple, Google and Facebook continue to score the highest marks, the market’s leading IaaS...

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Solar power is becoming the cheapest form of new electricity

Unsubsidized solar power is beginning to outcompete coal and natural gas -- and new projects in emerging markets cost less to build than wind turbines.

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California mandates energy-efficiency standards for computers

California has become the first state in the U.S. to mandate energy-efficiency standards for a variety of computers including notebooks, desktops, workstations besides plain monitors.

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Nearly half of residential distributed solar power is owned by private companies

About 44% of all solar power that's installed on residential rooftops, known as distributed solar capacity, is owned by private businesses, such as SolarCity or Vivint Solar, according to new government data.

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