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$600 billion a year for oil

Billionaire oilman T. Boone Pickens is sinking billions of dollars into a new wind farm in Texas, reports CNN this week. He says America can’t keep spending “$600 billion a year for oil.” CNN’s Ali Velshi talked with the oil legend, whose wind farm is likely to become the biggest in the world, producing enough…

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Teaching our Youth About Solar Energy

Scott Gordon, Sales Manager for HelioPower, is once again reaching out to the younger generation! His passion for sustainable energy, and all things “green,” moves beyond his post at the solar power integration firm. He regularly teaches environmental topics to youth in the Orange County area. This summer he is helping young teens to learn…

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May 20- National Day of Action on Clean Energy

Today is the National Day of Action on Clean Energy. In an effort to get American citizens to push the stalemate on Capitol Hill to an extension on clean energy tax incentives, over 100 advocacy groups have banded together to make a difference. From our friends at Vote Solar: “At a time when we should…

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Sustainability for competitive advantage

Chris Laszlo is the author of “Sustainable Value; How the World’s Leading Companies are Doing Well by Doing Good,” (Stanford University Press, 2008). In his San Francisco Chronicle article this week, entitled “Sustainability for competitive advantage,” he espouses taking sustainability measures. Far from being a cost to society and business, sustainability is emerging as a…

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Congress must side with renewable energy tax credits

Media Update the San Francisco Chronicle, reporter Peter Darbee in his “Congress must side with renewable energy tax credits” On Feb. 27, the House of Representatives passed a timely measure to prevent the expiration of these tax credits at the end of this year. On April 10, after several failed tries, the Senate finally passed…

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“Monster” Solar Power System, First Under Riverside Program

Riverside, Calif. – A new 14.6 kilowatt solar system activated this week in the City of Riverside will be the first non-residential solar system to take advantage of a recently approved solar rebate program for Riverside Public Utilities’ business customers. The system was installed on the roof of Monster Media Inc., a digital imaging technology…

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Green Energy Experts Speak to Congress

Energy from renewable sources has the potential to provide 50 percent to 60 percent of U.S. power needs by 2030 if policies are put in place to support the growing technologies, industry and environmental experts said Tuesday. Representatives from the wind, solar, geothermal, hydropower and biomass sectors said Congress must extend tax credits, set minimum…

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What do Solar Power Industry Insiders Think?

What do solar power industry insiders think of the chances of the Federal ITC being extended this year? Check out this poll at the Solar Power Conference and Expo home page: How confident are you that the US federal investment tax credit will receive a long-term extension before it expires? Proceeds from the Solar Power…

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“Dumb as We Wanna Be,” A Look at Our U.S. Energy Policy

New York Times Op-Ed Columnist, Thomas L. Friedman, took a hard look at the U.S. energy policy and summed up his thoughts today in “Dumb as We Wanna Be.” Some excerpts: It is great to see that we finally have some national unity on energy policy. Unfortunately, the unifying idea is so ridiculous, so unworthy…

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How many roofs to be energy independent? Just 0.5%

According to the Department of Energy, solar panels could, if placed on about 0.5% of America’s mainland landmass, provide for all of our current electricity needs. Clean-energy fever is being fuelled by three things: high oil prices, fears over energy security and a growing concern about global warming. The provision of energy, the industry’s cheerleaders…

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Tax-credit stalemate imperils green energy industry

From the media…In today’s San Jose Mercury News by reporter, Matt Nauman: “Tax-credit stalemate imperils green energy industry.” Two lobby groups, the American Wind Energy Association and the Solar Energy Industries Association put the potential job loss if the credits aren’t renewed at 116,000 U.S. jobs. In testimony given earlier this year, Applied Materials’ Blair…

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