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Pierre paves way for $2 million solar panel project

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The Pierre City Commission has paved the way for what officials say will be the biggest solar energy project in South Dakota. It also will be the first solar energy project for Missouri River Energy Services, which provides nearly half of the city’s power. The city will lease 5 acres of land to a Minnesota-based company ...

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Coal vs. renewables: GOP states benefiting from shift to wind and solar energy

WASHINGTON (AP) — If there’s a War on Coal, it’s increasingly clear which side is winning. Wind turbines and solar panels accounted for more than two-thirds of all new electric generation capacity added to the nation’s grid in 2015, according to a recent analysis by the U.S. Department of Energy. The remaining third was largely new power plants fueled by ...

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$8M NY energy competition planned for local communities

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is holding a contest to see which local communities can create the best plans for local, independent energy networks designed to keep the lights on during natural disasters. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that the state will award up to $1 million to eight winners who submit the best plans for community microgrids. ...

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Utilities unveil largest solar power plant in Kentucky

BURGIN, Ky. (AP) — Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities have unveiled the state’s largest solar facility. Multiple news outlets report that the companies showcased the solar plant Tuesday at the E.W. Brown Generating Station near Burgin. The complex features a hydroelectric plant, three coal-fired generating units and seven natural gas-fired combustion turbines. Utilities CEO Paul W. Thompson says ...

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Major solar energy project operational in western Michigan

Major solar energy project operational in western Michigan

ALLENDALE, Mich. (AP) — A major solar energy project is up and running in western Michigan. WOOD-TV reports 11,000 solar panels are installed on 17 acres south of Grand Valley State University’s main campus in Allendale. Consumers Energy and Grand Valley State held a groundbreaking for the Solar Gardens project in October. The 3-megawatt site can generate electricity to serve ...

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