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Texas lags behind California — and other states — in solar jobs

February 18th, 2014

A new report by the Solar Foundation shows California continuing to surge ahead with jobs in the sector, while other states, including Texas, lag behind.

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Australia: A potential solar revolution that could liberate whole suburbs from grid dependence

October 24th, 2013

Did you know that 1 in 8 houses in Australia is powered by solar? That puts the country down under, far over most nations. And now whole towns are talking about “distributed” power, or local control, that could further help communities save. It’s an instruction manual for where the U.S. could go.

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This why utilities and solar companies are in fight over rates

October 8th, 2013

Sunlight is free, but if you use it to make electricity your power company wants you to pay them. Utilities say customers with rooftop solar systems aren’t paying their fair share for their use of the power grid.

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DOE Secretary Moniz explains the “all of the above” energy plan and defends natural gas fracking

August 29th, 2013

In his first major policy address since taking over at the Department of Energy, Dr. Ernest J. Moniz sought to explain the administration’s “all of the above” energy plan and answered critics who accuse Obama supporting natural gas development despite concerns that fracking contaminates air and water.

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Germany goes full speed ahead with alternative energy

June 14th, 2013

Germany is taking a big leap toward clean energy and away from the pollution created by fossil fuels. More than the U.S., or any nation, the country has committed to wind and solar power.

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Will your university divest from fossil fuels?

January 23rd, 2013

Concerned about the heavy toll that carbon pollution is taking on the planet, students across the US are petitioning their colleges to divest from fossil fuels….By clicking on the link to their school, students are connected either to a petition they can sign, or a website for their campus group working for fossil fuel divestment.

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Dreaming of a green vacation? Try using FlipKey

January 17th, 2013

Come mid-January, who isn’t dreaming of a tropical vacation?…We’re talking about solar-powered, LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), foliage-roofed homes in popular vacation spots from Taos to Thailand, the Caribbean to the Mediterranean, Vermont to California.
You can find these gems at a new service called FlipKey, which sorts its properties

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College teams use spinach, coal waste and worms (but not together) for sustainability inventions

April 26th, 2012

College students looking for ways to make the world more sustainable found ways to use manure, coal byproducts, rice hulls and even spinach to save energy or create needed products from waste materials.

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Frito-Lay gets to ‘near net zero’ at manufacturing facility

October 5th, 2011

Frito-Lay North America says it has completed its most ambitious environmental sustainability project to-date, announcing that its Casa Grande, Ariz., facility has reached “near net zero.” The company said its goal was to transform an existing facility so that it would be as far “off the grid” as possible and run primarily on renewable energy sources and recycled water, while producing nearly zero landfill waste.

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New Ford Focus Electric buyers will get solar power option

August 10th, 2011

Ford will offer customers a rooftop solar system with its new Focus Electric that goes on sale later this year. Ford said its “Drive Green for Life” option will provide buyers with enough clean, renewable energy to offset the electricity used to charge the vehicle.

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U.S. venture capital investment in cleantech jumps 54%

May 2nd, 2011

U.S. venture capital investment in cleantech companies increased by 54 percent to $1.14 billion in Q1 2011 from $743.3 million in Q1 2010, according to an Ernst & Young LLP analysis based on data from Dow Jones VentureSource.

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Oregon’s Blumenauer gets it right on oil subsidies

March 1st, 2011

Remember President Barack Obama’s State of the Union pledge a mere month ago to end needless and expensive taxpayer subsidies for Big Oil?

Sounded good, right? Take back some of that largesse to these mature, hugely profitable companies to fund clean, new energy sources like wind and solar so we can build and maintain a new power base right here in job-needy America.

House Democrats followed through on that idea, voting today on a bill to end those subsidies that are enriching the richest corporations in the world.

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