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Indian power giant proposes 4 GW solar goal

Indian power giant proposes 4 GW solar goal 30. September 2015 Applications & Installations, Global PV markets, Industry & Suppliers By:  Ian Clover Neyveli Lignite Corporation NLC , which relies on lignite and coal to deliver power to India, has ventured into the world of solar PV; 10 MW array first step towards 4 GW installation goal, chairman says.

Want to see local homes with solar energy? Tours set for Saturday

The Illinois Solar Energy Association is holding a statewide Solar Tour, which is scheduled to include a handful of locations in Madison and St. Clair counties.People will be able to see how homes and businesses use solar, wind and geothermal systems to become energy independent.The tour will allow people to learn how the systems reduce monthly energy bills, reduce carbon emissions and what tax credits and financial incentives are available, the solar energy association said.Most of the open hou...

Austin welcomes first all-solar community

AUSTIN KXAN — The Colorado Crossing neighborhood in southeast Austin is getting a major green upgrade. Executives from home-building company Lennar, will join local elected leaders – including Rep. Eddie Rodriguez – and officials from Austin Energy to celebrate the opening of Austin’s first all-solar community. This was made possible by changes implemented Jan. 1 to Austin Energy’s renewable energy policies. Every home in the community comes standard with a rooftop ...

North Carolina Passes 1 GW Of Installed Solar

North Carolina Passes 1 GW Of Installed Solar September 30th, 2015 by Joshua S Hill  Originally published on Solar Love North Carolina has surpassed 1 GW of installed solar capacity, the fourth US state to do so, according to the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association. The North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association NCSEA , a local nonprofit dedicated to promoting North Carolinasrenewable energy industry, announced the milestone in a press release PDF last week, having reached 1.04...

Zimbabwe Launches Solar Energy Policy

HARARE Zimbabwe's government has launched a solar energy campaign as it battles to find a solution to its perennial power shortages.  Through increased use of solar, the government hopes to cut residential power usage by 40 percent.   Energy Minister Samuel Undenge announced the policy Wednesday, a week after state power utility Zesa restricted most homes to six hours of electricity per day. Much of Zimbabwe's power comes from the Lake Kariba hydro plant.  The lake's...

PhotonGrill is a portable, inflatable solar grill that fits in a backpack

Regardless of who you are or where you come from, I think we can all agree that the concept of a completely solar-powered grill is something that carries an undeniable appeal. Armed with one of these bad boys, you can cook anything from burgers to bundt cake, all with little more than the power of the sun. No propane, no lighter fluid, no ridiculous charcoal chimneys — just you, some mirrors, and that big ball of burning gas at the center of our solar system. The only downside? Unfortunate...

Is it time to ditch the solar subsidy?

The potential loss of a federal tax credit for installing solar may be the competitive driver that the solar industry needs to achieve parity with current retail energy rates, according to Dickon Pinner, head of renewables at McKinsey & Company. That’s a fairly contrarian view considering that the solar industry insists that the tax credit is critical for keeping costs low enough that customers continue buying their products. Companies also argue that it lets them grow large enough to ...

Niagara Co. Lawmakers have solar savings plan

NIAGARA COUNTY, N.Y. -- Niagara County is a step closer to generating power with the use of solar energy arrays.Niagara County lawmakers unanimously backed contract talks with a solar energy producer. The resolution that passed will authorize the county administration to move forward with drafting a contractual agreement with Buffalo-based Solar Liberty Energy Systems, Inc.This will allow construction on county lands. Construction of three arrays on properties can refuse, water, and sewer distri...

Solar energy firm receives record fine for automated nuisance calls

A green energy company which plagued consumers with millions of nuisance phone calls offering free solar panels has received a record fine from a Government watchdog for deliberately and recklessly breaching marketing regulations. Home Energy & Lifestyle Management Ltd Helms , based in Glasgow, has been slapped with a £200,000 fine by the Information Commissioners Office ICO after pestering householders with millions of automated calls on an industrial scale. An ICO investigation foun...

SolarCity CEO: The path to 1 million solar customers will take

Despite the solar industry’s dramatic growth in the U.S., it’s still surprisingly difficult to sell solar panels to homeowners. Why? SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive explained at Fortune’s Brainstorm E conference on Tuesday that one of his biggest challenges is educating potential customers about solar’s value. SolarCity offers customers solar panels on their rooftops at little or no cost, and then bills them for electricity at a lower rate than they can get from their local uti...