SOLAR SPRING COMES TO THE US, AND MORE

SOLAR SPRING COMES TO THE US, AND MORE

The solar seeds sown by the US Dept of Energy in the southwest are starting to grow: Arizona’s Agua Caliente, the world’s largest photovoltaic plant,and backed by DOE, is now fully online, while 2 more solar plants back by DOE should be running by the end of 2015. This comes within months of two other plants completed and running in California.

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US power utilities investment in solar boomed once again in 2013, and renewable clean energy, much of it solar, accounted for 80% of newly installed power capacity in the US from October 2013 through March 2014.

In New York, the solar industry got a $1 billion boost; Hawaii’s largest utility wasordered to help customers install more rooftop solar.

Solar jobs are growing 10 times faster than the national average of other sectors, while federal solar initiatives have resulted in the cost of solar installation decreasing solidly since 2011.

New technological advances continue to make solar rooftop installation safer and faster; a Spanish solar plant has demonstrated the ability to supply power day and night, thanks to a new award-winning design that uses molten salts for storing energy until needed.

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Around the world, nonprofits are bringing solar power to developing countries, improving health care, education and agriculture. More and more islands areadopting solar power, with one making it their only source of power.

Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here. This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is this year!) so please, spread the word. It’s our way of telling Congress that a strong clean energy voting bloc is out there. This is how YOU can make a difference. For more on Climate Change, check out my weekly column at the HuffingtonPost, Climate Change This Week Find this interesting? Please re-post it!

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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