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Some See Garbage, Others See an Opportunity: Installing Solar on Landfills
- by News Desk
Green Mountain Power just broke ground on a 2-MW photovoltaic plant in Rutland, Vermont. While some other large PV systems planned for the area have met with strong opposition (some residents worry large, ground-mount solar arrays will be an eyesore on the state’s pastoral landscape), this project seems to be welcomed with open arms. Why? It’s being built on a 9.5 acre closed landfill.

Blackstone’s Vivint Plans $371 Million IPO as Solar Demand Rises
- by News Desk
Vivint Solar, the rooftop power producer owned by Blackstone Group LP, is seeking to raise as much as $371 million from its initial public offering.

US Navy, DOE, USDA Award $210 Million to Three Companies for Drop-in Biofuels
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In Washington, the Department of Defense has awarded $210 million under the Defense Production Act to Emerald Biofuels, Fulcrum Biofuels and Red Rock Bio towards the construction of biorefineries that produce cost-competitive, drop-in military biofuels.

Canadian Solar Joins China Solar Financing Club
- by News Desk
Canadian Solar*has joined a growing field of Chinese solar panel makers entering the risky business of speculative development in China, with its launch of a new locally-based fund for solar power construction. The move follows the establishment of self-financed vehicles for similar speculative construction by rivals*Trina,*Yingli*and wind power eq

New Research Improves on Earlier Bird-Killing Turbine Studies
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The first-ever study using data from modern wind farms throughout North America finds that avian mortality among most species of small passerines (birds) may be biologically insignificant.

Transforming the Transportation Industry with Renewable Energy
- by News Desk
When you think of green energy, are solar and wind power the first things that come to mind? Perhaps you think of hydropower, geothermal or biofuels instead. While regenerative braking has steadily gained traction in terms of adoption, the average person probably does not even rank it in the top 10 of green energy approaches, nor are most people likely to immediately think about green energy in mass transportation, a notoriously energy-intensive industry. However, regenerative braking in transportation is a renewable energy solution that helps make the world a bit greener and deserves greater attention for the benefits it can deliver.

REC Solar Breaks 28 MW Installed Capacity in Hawaii
- by News Desk
Six new solar energy installations at two notable Hawaiian landmarks are ramping up the stakes in a race that may bring the 50th state to number one status where U.S. solar deployment is concerned.

US Court Decision a Loss for Wind, but Boon for Storage?
- by News Desk
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit rejected a claim by Chicago-based Exelon that its Texas Panhandle wind farms are entitled to favorable pricing. The wind farms sell power to Southwestern Public Service Company, an Xcel Energy subsidiary.

Solving the Sub-1-MW Solar Financing Gap
- by News Desk
The middle market, particularly projects in the 50-kW to 200-kW range, pose challenges to all financiers, including us. So, what do we do when developer partners call us to finance projects in this range, or any other deals under 1 MW? It has been our experience that we can solve their financing gap with two strategies: Portfolio-ize*(If you are an

Building a Viable Solar Marketplace in Nigeria
- by News Desk
In countries where there are established markets for alternative and renewable energy sources, economic and financial inducements such as feed in tariffs, tax incentives, net metering and self supply schemes have significantly driven market activities in the new energy sector and provided enabling environments for individuals, businesses and the go

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