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Bay Area solar firms take dim view of Arizona utility’s move 25.10.2014 SFGate: Business & Technology
In Arizona, the state’s largest utility has proposed leasing rooftops from its residential customers, installing solar arrays and paying the homeowners $30 a month in return. If approved by state regulators, the plan would place Arizona Public Service in direct competition with Bay Area companies such as Sungevity, Sunrun and SolarCity that already lease panels to homeowners. Washington state legislators this year rejected a bill that would have given utilities exclusive rights to lease panels to their customers. The bill, which solar companies worry may return in the next session, said that “If an electric utility offers a leased energy program, no other entity may offer leases to the utility’s customers.” With the number of rooftop solar installations rising at breakneck speed, utilities have begun to fear a future in which more and more customers generate their own energy, leaving others to bear the cost of maintaining the electrical grid. The APS plan would treat solar panels the same way, with ...
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Xcel signs deal to construct three large solar projects near Minnesota cities 25.10.2014 Star Tribune: Business
The utility said the project could reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 7 million tons.
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Mackintosh Academy students in Littleton win grant for solar panels 25.10.2014 Denver Post: Local
Mackintosh Academy in Littleton was recently awarded a grant for about $96,000 to purchase and install solar panels for its campus, thanks to the work of a group of sixth ...
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U of M moving toward 'cost of attendance' for athletes 24.10.2014 MinnPost
They’d get more if they had a union . John Shipley at the PiPress reports , “With NCAA cost-of-attendance legislation on the fast track, the University of Minnesota is gearing up to offer the extra money to as many of its athletes as will be allowed. ‘We plan to include every sport,’ deputy director of athletics Beth Goetz said Thursday. That's not an inexpensive proposition, although it should cost Minnesota less than most of its peers in the Power 5 conferences. The average gap between a Minnesota scholarship and what would cover the full cost of attending the U is $2,194 a year, according to figures compiled by the NCAA.” The state has announced a $162 million program to fund roughly 4000 affordable housing units. James Walsh at the Strib says , “The money is the most ever awarded by Minnesota Housing, the former Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, and will go toward 78 rental and home ownership projects providing nearly 4,000 housing units. In all, projects in 33 cities, including the Twin Cities, ...
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Beating Climate Change by Retooling the Economy: The Story Begins in Navajo Country 24.10.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Solar panels in the Nevada desert. (Photo: jsmoorman ) Do you want media that's accountable to YOU, not to advertisers or billionaire sponsors? Invest in independent media - donate to Truthout today! This story is part of the Climate in Our Hands collaboration between Truthout and YES! Magazine. “I grew up without running water,” Nichole Alex, a young woman from Dilkon, Ariz., says in a video released by the activist group Black Mesa Water Coalition . Alex grew up on the Navajo reservation in the rural Black Mesa region of Arizona, where for decades a controversial coal mine emptied the region’s aquifer, leaving local wells dry. “I grew up traveling 20 miles to gather water,” Alex continues. “That’s not fair, that my community is being sacrificed to power the valley here.” In 1970, the Peabody Coal Company began mining on the reservation. Although tribal members were initially enthusiastic about the jobs the mine would provide, over time the relationship grew rocky. The company built a coal slurry ...
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Marks & Spencer builds UKs largest rooftop solar panel network 24.10.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Around 24,000 panels will top its vast Castle Donington centre in bid to generate half of its electricity from renewable sources

Marks & Spencer is building the UKs largest array of rooftop solar panels on its distribution centre in Castle Donington.

Spread across 900,000 sq ft with more than 24,000 photovoltaic panels, the system will generate nearly enough energy in daylight hours to power the distribution centre which handles all the goods M&S sells via its online store.

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Solar flare knocks out some radio temporarily 24.10.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
Federal forecasters say a brief but strong solar flare Wednesday morning temporarily blacked out a few radio communication systems before weakening.
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Science Graphic of the Week: Spectacular, Twisted Solar Eruption 24.10.2014 Wired Top Stories
Like many stars, the sun is prone to sudden outbursts. Erupting from the star’s surface, these events sometimes sling globs of charged particles and sun-stuff in Earth’s direction. If they’re powerful enough, these coronal mass ejections can produce geomagnetic storms that damage satellites and disrupt power grids. Though we’ve known about such eruptions for centuries ...
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Solar flare knocks out some radio temporarily 23.10.2014 Seattle Times: Nation & World
Federal forecasters say a brief but strong solar flare Wednesday morning temporarily blacked out a few radio communication systems before weakening.
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3M encourages employees to make solar leap 23.10.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Business
3M is offering employees significant discounts on solar panels for their homes.
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Federal Center in Lakewood saves millions through green initiatives 23.10.2014 Headlines: All Headlines
The General Services Administration is increasingly focused on environmental innovation while also saving taxpayer dollars, and the 624-acre Federal Center in Lakewood has become a testing ground for sustainable technologies.
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3M offers workers solar energy perk 22.10.2014 Pioneer Press: Most Viewed

Expanding the notion of corporate benefits beyond discounted health club memberships and low insurance rates, 3M is among a group of major companies set to offer employees access to cheaper solar systems for the home.

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Forecasters: Brief, strong solar flare has slight effect on some radio systems, then weakens 22.10.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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At 3M, solar power becomes an employee benefit 22.10.2014 Star Tribune: Business
The Maplewood company joined Cisco and Kimberly-Clark in a new, innovative program.
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Take it from us in India: the world needs renewables, not more Australian exported coal | Debi Goenka 22.10.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
Carmichaels coal will be exported to India from Queensland. But Indias clean energy industry is already booming we dont need your coal Here are little known facts about coal: its use is responsible for 400,000 premature deaths per year globally, and many more illnesses. In India, coal contributes to between 80,000 to 115,000 premature deaths and 20m new asthma cases annually. It is also responsible for around 40% of the greenhouse gas emissions that are dramatically changing the worlds climate and impoverishing millions of people. This, however, did not stop Tony Abbott from glossing over these costs when he declared recently that coal is good for humanity , nor did it stop environment minister Greg Hunt from saying that coal will lift millions in the developing world out of energy ...
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N. America treated to partial solar eclipse Thurs. 21.10.2014 AP National
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- North Americans, get set for the fourth and final eclipse of the year....
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What It Could Be Like to Live on Mars 21.10.2014 Wired Top Stories
Plans Courtesy of Blue Planet Research Bryan Christie Design I'd always wanted to visit Mars. Instead I got Hawaii. There, about 8,200 feet above sea level on Mauna Loa, sits a geodesically domed habitat for testing crew psychology and technologies for boldly going. I did a four-month tour at the NASA-funded HI-SEAS—that's Hawaii Space Exploration ...
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Are solar farms really hitting British food production? 21.10.2014 Guardian: Environment

Environment secretary Liz Truss has cut solar farms subsidies saying they harm food production, but most UK solar farms successfully produce food as well. Karl Mathiesen investigates.

Let us know your thoughts. Post in the comments below, follow Karl Mathiesens Facebook page, email karl.mathiesen.freelance@guardian.co.uk or tweet@karlmathiesen

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Drought and climate change in the Horn of Africa require responsibility and resilience 21.10.2014 MinnPost
While Ebola occupies the world’s attention, a humanitarian crisis is quickly unfolding in Somalia. In August, the Somali federal government declared famine in several regions. The rain necessary for food arrived a month late and was brief in duration. Drought grips much of the country, leaving nearly 3 million Somalis at risk for food insecurity. In conflict areas, over a million people remain displaced from their homes. UNICEF estimates that 200,000 children could die by the end of the year if no action is taken. The Horn of Africa is considered one of the poorest regions in the world, and ongoing droughts continue to plague this region. The 2011-2012 drought and famine was the worst to hit the region in 25 years, and claimed 260,000 lives. Half of the lives lost were children under the age of 5. The United Nations estimates that 16 million people in the Horn of Africa are in urgent need of food and other humanitarian assistance today. If climate change continues at the same rate, East Africa’s food ...
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Natural gas expansion not enough to slow climate change 20.10.2014 New Kerala: Technology
Washington, Oct 20 : In a new study, scientists have found that natural gas alone was not enough to slow the growth of global greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.
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