On his tour today of the photovoltaic array at Nellis Air Force Base, President Obama saw first-hand how solar energy is being used to generate clean electricity supplies – including 25% of the base’s total power. Located in Las Vegas, NV, the Nellis Air Force Base solar array generates more than 30 million kilowatt-hours (kWh)…

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Environment & Energy Daily, Darren Samuelsohn, reporting:  House Energy Commerce Committee voted 33-25 tonight to pass sweeping legislation that would overhaul U.S. energy and global warming policy. Democrats largely held together in support of the 946-page bill shaped over several months of closed-door negotiations and nearly 40 hours of debate this week. Only one Republican…

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Among amendments added to the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES) of 2009, H.R. 2454, yesterday is important legislation for the solar power industry.  Yesterday’s votes at the House Energy and Commerce Committee markup of global warming and energy legislation included an amendment passed which ”gives states the ability to adopt ‘feed-in tariffs’ for…

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Source: WASHINGTON (Reuters) Feb. 12 For Full Story: U.S. economic stimulus to boost renewable energy WASHINGTON (Reuters) – After weeks of debate, Democratic leaders in House of Representatives and the Senate have reached an agreement on an economic stimulus package that would pump billions of dollars into “smart grid” projects and renewable energy. The $789…

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From New York Times Op Ed Columnist, Thomas L. Friedman, this weekend came his comparison to energy policy creation after the ’73 oil embargo between Denmark and the U.S, and the results of each countries policies: Frankly, when you compare how America has responded to the 1973 oil shock and how Denmark has responded, we…

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This week we saw the debate over solar tax credits bring into focus support of off shore drilling for oil versus support of clean energy technologies. But will offshore drilling really bring the price of gas down? Time Magazine weighed in on this question in its piece, “Will More Drilling Mean Cheaper Gas?” “Even if…

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Reuters reports July 30, that the clean energy credit legislature failed this vote, “but is not dead.” Although the tax legislation stalled on Wednesday, it is not dead. The bill can be brought to a vote again, and Reid said he is open to negotiating with Republicans to get the bill passed. For the full…

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Breaking news from SEIA, Wednesday, July 30: Solar Energy Industries Association president Rhone Resch released the following statement after the Senate failed to pass a cloture motion on S. 3335, the Jobs, Energy, Families and Disaster Relief Act, which included provisions to extend the solar investment tax credit for eight years. The motion failed by…

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Today from Renewable Energy World: A vote could come as early as this week in the U.S. Senate on a bill introduced by Senate Tax Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) containing a one-year renewable energy production tax credit (PTC) extension and a small wind turbine investment tax credit.…

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From Solar Nation today… Solar Investment Tax Credit Bill Introduced by Senate Finance Committee …and this one might actually pass! As the train that will carry senators and representatives home for the summer vac. gets ready to chug out of Union Station, we think there may be light at the end of the railroad tunnel;…

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News on the solar power front likely to give a statewide boost to the installation of solar panels to generate electricity comes in from the Los Angeles Times today. Reporter, Margot Roosevelt, reports on the progressive new law in “California adopts innovative solar loan law.” Left-leaning Berkeley and right-leaning Palm Desert are unlikely bedfellows, but…

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From today’s Sacramento News & Review, reporter John Motsinger offers up an in-depth review of the upcoming November green energy proposition, “California ballot: Betting on Big Solar – Utilities and enviros team up against Proposition 7.” We all get it. The glaciers are melting. The sea is rising. Natural disasters are becoming more frequent and…

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