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Editorial: Congress should extend the tax credit for solar energy installations

Solar energy is becoming increasingly important as a way for homeowners and businesses to lower their electricity costs while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions. An essential element in the growth of this renewable energy source is a federal tax credit that is due to run out. It may be too much to ask, given the current political atmosphere, but Congress ...

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Group rallies for power plan

Enjoy your Popsicle while you can. That, in a cool nutshell, was the message of Environment Colorado’s Thursday morning rally on the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo. Members of the Denver-based group were handing out Popsicles to passers-by while trumping the benefits of the recently instituted federal Clean Power Plan. This “Beat the Heat” campaign stressed that rising temperatures around ...

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New solar array has its day

The sun was shining on a gathering of business and government leaders Thursday as they turned over dirt east of the Comanche Generating Station and celebrated renewable energy’s bright future in Pueblo. Construction work on the massive, 120-megawatt Comanche Solar project already is underway but the event memorialized the start of a project that will bring the largest solar array ...

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Google and solar panels

Thanks to Google, people all over the U.S., including the Appalachia region, will be able to see if solar power is worth it. On Monday, Google launched its newest and early version of what the company is calling Project Sunroof. While only in the beginning stages, Project Sunroof is currently only available in two California regions and in Boston. However, ...

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Jewell: ‘We can’t switch to renewables overnight’

As manager of roughly a fifth of the nation’s land and much of its natural resources, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell says she tries to balance competing interests “in a smart way.” Though President Barack Obama has embraced renewable energy and is attempting to curb carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants, his administration has also allowed new oil rigs ...

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Solar is having a great year, except on Wall Street

LOS ANGELES – By almost any measure, the U.S. solar market is on fire. Installations of solar panels are expected to soar by a third this year, the price of solar power is now cheap enough to compete neck and neck with gas and coal-fired power in places like California, and the fledgling industry received a vote of confidence last ...

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