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UK installed more solar power than any other European country in 2014 28.4.2015 Guardian: Environment

But solar trade body warns that installation rates across the continent have fallen sharply as governments cut subsidies, reports BusinessGreen

The UK installed more new solar power capacity than any other European country last year and is on track to retain its top-ranking position this year, due to a rush to complete projects ahead of deep cuts to subsidies at the start of this month.

However, the strong performance from the UK comes in the midst of a challenging period for the European solar sector.

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Expats try phones, social apps to connect to quake-hit Nepal 27.4.2015 AP Top News
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- After the earthquake hit Nepal, Prem Raja Mahat spent a sleepless night at his Baltimore home, trying again and again to reach his son, who was visiting friends and family back in Mahat's home country....
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In crafting energy policy, remember the 'Minnesota Way' 27.4.2015 MinnPost
CC/Flickr/Michael from Minnesota The Next Generation Energy Initiative — proposed in 2007 by Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty and passed on an overwhelmingly bipartisan basis — spurred development of clean, renewable sources such as wind and solar at very competitive costs. With the Legislature under split-party control, conversations about several big issues are likely to get contentious before the 2015 session comes to a close, but things don’t have to work that way. In the case of energy policy, Minnesota has become a national and global leader, not because of knockdown, drag-out fights, but because of our history of policymakers from both parties coming together with diverse stakeholders to work diligently together on energy issues, often negotiating to the highest common denominator, rather than the lowest. Mike Bull Amid often heated debate at the Capitol, it’s easy to forget that Republicans and Democrats collaborated on initiatives like the Metropolitan Emissions Reduction Project (enacted in 2001 ...
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Frustrated expats try phones, social apps to connect with loved ones in quake-hit Nepal 27.4.2015 Star Tribune: World
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Solar farm generates dazzling returns 27.4.2015 BBC: Business
How to make money from sunlight
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NASA gathers scientists to help find life beyond Earth 25.4.2015 LA Times: Science
The search for life beyond our solar system is about to get a boost of brain power. 
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Weekend trends sunnier, 60s return next week 25.4.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Minnesota winters are a long haul event. It seems like we're never really "safe" until June. But this spring has come well ahead of last year. Farmers are in the fields a month earlier than last year. The April numbers tell the tale.
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Chicago to return residents to ComEd 24.4.2015 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Little more than two years ago, Chicago became the largest city to ditch its traditional electricity supplier, Commonwealth Edison, and venture into the marketplace in search of better deals for its ...
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Chicago returns residents to ComEd 24.4.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Little more than two years ago, Chicago became the largest city to ditch its traditional electricity supplier, Commonwealth Edison, and venture into the marketplace in search of better deals for its ...
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Want the Latest Science News? Here’s Who to Follow 24.4.2015 Wired Top Stories
If you want to follow the latest science news, may we suggest following people who make their living following ...
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Alliant Energy Corp. proposes $750 million gas-fired plant near Beloit 24.4.2015 Star Tribune: Business
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Great-grandmother goes solar in Plymouth, calls it her birthday gift to the future 24.4.2015 Star Tribune: Local
An array of solar panels was installed last week on the roof of Alice Ellison's home, and the retired educator is also talking the panels up.
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Tesla extending its battery technology to home, business use 23.4.2015 LA Times: Top News
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There's A Fight Brewing Over Who Profits From Solar Power 23.4.2015 Mother Jones
In the ongoing wars over solar energy, one power company is consistently painted as the archetypal, mustache-twirling nemesis of clean electricity: Arizona Public Service. So you might be surprised to learn that this same company is about to become a big new producer of rooftop solar power. APS is an unlikely solar patron: In the summer of 2013, the Phoenix-area utility launched a campaign to weaken Arizona's net metering rule, which requires utilities to buy the extra solar power their customers generate and provides a major incentive for homeowners to install rooftop panels. A few months later, APS admitted giving cash to two nonprofits that ran an anti-solar ad blitz in the state. Early this year, the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting revealed that a letter criticizing the solar industry's business practices, sent by members of Congress to federal regulators, was originally authored by an employee of APS . And a couple weeks ago, APS asked state regulators to let the company quadruple the ...
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Tesla Isn’t an Automaker. It’s a Battery Company 23.4.2015 Wired Top Stories
Tesla isn't a car company. It's a battery company that happens to make electric ...
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Competing budget plans for economic development, energy regulation show depth of differences 23.4.2015 Star Tribune: Business
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CO2 Emissions Growth Takes a Bite Out of Apple's Sustainability Claims 22.4.2015 Truthout.com
(Image: Lauren Walker / Truthout ) Apple recently announced that it had spent $848 million on a 25-year purchase of solar power from First Solar in California. The deal makes Apple's US operations 100 percent powered by renewable energy, and is the largest solar deal on record. The company also announced in February a $1.8 billion plan for the construction and operation of two data centers in Ireland and Denmark that will provide renewably powered Apple data to its European customers, just as it already does for those in the United States. And on April 16, Apple announced a partnership with SunPower to build two solar plants in China, to power its corporate and retail facilities in the region. According to its 2015 Environmental Responsibility Report, Apple has avoided about 750,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions since 2011 with its various energy-saving measures. In the midst of a climate crisis fueled by the burning of fossil fuels, these are undeniably good moves. As such, Apple is deservedly ...
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Green Energy Job Growth Outpaces Losses in Coal Industry 22.4.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Washington - Far more jobs have been created in wind and solar in recent years than lost in the collapse of the coal industry, and renewable energy is poised for record growth in the United States this year. "I started this company in 2009 and I have seen tremendous growth since then," said John Billingsley, CEO of  Tri-Global Energy  in Dallas. Billingsley built his business on wind energy, which generated more than 10 percent of the electricity in Texas last year. He said he is hiring more workers to expand into solar power as well. Researchers at Duke University, using data from renewable energy trade associations, estimate  in a new study  published in the journal Energy Policy that more than 79,000 direct and spinoff jobs were created from wind and solar electricity generation between 2008 and 2012. That compares with an estimate of about 49,530 coal industry job losses, according to the study. While natural gas was the biggest winner in creating jobs for electricity generation, with almost 95,000 ...
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SolarCity raises $1 billion, will steer businesses toward solar 22.4.2015 SFGate: Business & Technology
In February, the company announced a $750 million fund to cover the up-front costs of installing solar arrays on homes, with $300 million coming from Google. SolarCity typically leases solar arrays to its customers, who then pay monthly rather than buying the equipment outright — a model that helped revolutionize the solar industry. The new fund will pay not only for solar panels but also, in some cases, for batteries to store the energy. SolarCity has been experimenting with pairing solar panels and battery packs in homes and businesses, using lithium-ion battery packs from Tesla Motors. “In some cases, it’s more cost-effective to install solar and storage instead of solar by itself,” said Jonathan Bass, the company’s vice president of communications.
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Is this super jumbo plane the future of flight? 22.4.2015 CNN: Top Stories
Designer and aviation enthusiast Oscar Vinals is slightly addicted to crafting concept planes.
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