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Federal solar energy program could save U.S. $50 billion per year by 2050

US Solar Targets Could Save Americans $20 Billion Annually By 2050 (via Clean Technica) Solar energy could supply one-third of all electricity demand in the Western US by 2050 while and massively cutting emissions – if the Department of Energy’s (DOE) SunShot Initiative succeeds. Researchers made the bold prediction in…

Canadians protest wind power subsidies over environmental concerns

Hundreds of Canadians demonstrated on Tuesday calling for an end to subsidies for wind power, saying noise from colossal turbines is making some people sick and driving down rural property prices. Organizers told AFP about 800 farmers and other rural residents rallied outside a clean energy forum in downtown Toronto…

Obama defends energy policy amid high gas prices

BOULDER CITY, Nevada — President Barack Obama launched a bold defense of his energy policy Wednesday, fending off an election year onslaught by Republican foes who blame him for high gas prices. “As long as I’m president, we will not walk away from the promise of clean energy,” Obama said…

Solar power station in Spain works at night

FUENTES DE ANDALUCIA, Spain — A unique thermosolar power station in southern Spain can shrug off cloudy days: energy stored when the sun shines lets it produce electricity even during the night. The Gemasolar station, up and running since last May, stands out in the plains of Andalusia. From the…

Engineer invents floating solar panels

Rays of the winter sun bounce off gleaming mirrors on the tiny lake of Colignola in Italy, where engineers have built a cost-effective prototype for floating, rotating solar panels. “You are standing on a photovoltaic floating plant which tracks the sun, it’s the first platform of its kind in the world!” said Marco…

‘Artificial leaf’ eyed as holy grail in energy research

Turbo-charging photosynthesis – by which plants and bacteria turn sunlight into food and energy — in an “artificial leaf” could yield a vast commercial power source, scientists said. Photosynthesis is”unfortunately not very efficient,” Anne Jones, assistant professor and biochemist at Arizona State University, told the American Association for the Advancement of Science meetingin Vancouver this…

Romney: Entrepreneurs should just ask parents for money

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney suggested to a group of business people in Michigan on Thursday that entrepreneurs should ask their parents for money instead of using loans from the federal government. In a speech to the Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce, the former Massachusetts governor blasted the Obama…

Google ramps up investment in solar energy

Google on Tuesday ramped up its investment in clean energy by backing the construction of solar panels that will feed electricity to California’s power grid. The Internet giant announced that it is pumping $94 million intoRecurrent Energy projects near the state’s capitol of Sacramento, raising its investments in Earth-friendly power generation to $915 million. “We believe…

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