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More U.S. Jobs in Solar Power Than Fossil Fuels

Posted on: Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

For the first time, the number of U.S. jobs in solar energy has overtaken those in oil and natural gas extraction, says a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). In the U.S., solar employment grew 22 per cent, 12 times faster than job creation in the U.S. economy.

PSC Reports Increased Use in Consumer Renewable Energy Systems

Posted on: Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Consumer confidence in generating and using renewables continued to increase, according to electric utility reports filed with the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC). In 2015, customer-owned renewable energy totaled 11,626 interconnections, up from 8,571 in 2014, an increase of 36 percent. Statewide, electric generation capacity from renewable energy systems reached 107,545 kilowatts (kW), an approximate […]

Renewable Energy Is Soaring. Are We Ready?

Posted on: Friday, June 24th, 2016

Renewable energy is growing worldwide, with a six-fold increase in non-hydro renewables over the last decade from 85 GW to 657 GW.

Solar Plane Touches Down in Oklahoma

Posted on: Friday, June 24th, 2016

The Solar Impulse 2 on May 12 touched down in Tulsa, Okla., after an 18-hour flight from Phoenix, Ariz.

Germany Achieves Milestone – Renewables Supply Nearly 100 Percent Energy for a Day

Posted on: Friday, June 24th, 2016

Clean power supplied almost all of Germany’s power demand for the first time on Sunday, marking a milestone for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s “Energiewende” policy to boost renewables while phasing out nuclear and fossil fuels.

FIU and FPL Unveil One-Of-A-Kind Solar Research Facility

Posted on: Friday, June 24th, 2016

FIU and Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) today unveiled a new commercial-scale solar installation at FIU’s College of Engineering and Computing – the only solar research facility of its kind that FPL has installed at a Florida university. The 1.4-megawatt solar array is comprised of more than 4,400 solar panels on canopy-like structures that […]

Bold Plan for Solar-Powered Babcock Ranch Development, Stalled By Recession, Hits Restart Button

Posted on: Friday, June 24th, 2016

A bold plan to build a new town in southwest Florida designed to run on solar power — sidelined by the recession a decade ago — hit the restart button Friday morning with a celebratory event announcing Babcock Ranch is back in business.

San Francisco just became the first big US city to require solar panels on new buildings

Posted on: Friday, June 24th, 2016

San Francisco may be known for its fog, but the city wants to turn the sunny days it does get into power for its buildings.

Duke Energy’s Mickey-Shaped Solar Farm Reaches Commercial Operation

Posted on: Friday, June 24th, 2016

A new Mickey Mouse inspired solar farm at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista Florida is now part of the resort’s growing environmental stewardship program.

UCF floats solar power, given limited land space

Posted on: Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Electricity and water might seem like a risky mix but combining them at University of Central Florida could alter solar business and power a football stadium. A group of five mechanical engineering students has constructed a raft as a platform for solar panels. It floats on a retention pond near the school’s nearly decade-old stadium […]