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Solar Industry Jump-Starts a Revival in California

OAKLAND, Calif. — Back in 2009, when Danny Kennedy was looking for office space for the fast-growing solar services company he had co-founded, his venture capital investors recommended setting up shop in one of the “Twitterville kinds of areas” south of Market Street in San Francisco.There, social media and peer-to-peer pioneers like Foursquare, Yelp, Airbnb [...]

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States Brace for Utilities, Solar Advocates Clash

Abita Brewing Co. in Louisiana installed a rooftop solar system last fall to power its brew house. The growing popularity of solar energy is worrying some utility companies. (AP)Someone is installing a solar power system in the U.S. every four minutes. Generous state and federal tax credits for hooking up solar panels on roofs or [...]

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California Solar Power Tower Greeted with Fanfare, Doubts about Future

IVANPAH DRY LAKE, Calif./LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - One of the world's largest solar projects, which uses heat from the sun to generate power in California, opened on Thursday but may be the last of its kind in The Golden State.Sprawling across 3,500 acres in the Mojave desert near the California-Nevada border, the $2.2 billion Ivanpah [...]

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U.S. Solar Jobs Grow 20% to More Than 142,000 Last Year

U.S. Solar companies added 20 percent more jobs in the 12 months through November, the biggest climb since an industry-funded group began its survey four year ago. The survey of more than 15,000 employers found 23,682 jobs were added, with installation accounting for about half of the industry’s 142,698 workers, the nonprofit Solar Foundation concluded in [...]

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India to build world's largest solar power plant

(Photo: Amit Dave / Reuters)India has pledged to build the world’s most powerful solar plant. With a nominal capacity of 4,000 megawatts, comparable to that of four full-size nuclear reactors, the ‘ultra mega' project will be more than ten times larger than any other solar project built so far, and it will spread over 77 [...]

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