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Tour of sustainable buildings this weekend

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Sustainable living and renewable energy options have become trendy in today’s society. And in Colorado Springs, people interested in lowering their energy bills can tour 15 net-zero homes, houses and businesses, as well as view the 6-megawatt solar array at the Air Force Academy at Saturday’s Pike’s Peak Tour of Sustainable Buildings. The tour is essentially… Continue Reading Tour of sustainable buildings this weekend

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A new solar company that aims to make solar available to the masses will host an informative question and answer session at Sonterra Grill, 28 S. Tejon St., this evening at 5:30 p.m. SunShare plans to build a community solar garden, which will allow people to lease for a 20-year term solar panels and get… Continue Reading Solar Garden founders to host Q&A happy hour at Sonterra Grill

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Feds approve loan guarantee for Colo. solar plant

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The U.S. Energy Department says it has finalized a $90.6 million loan guarantee for the construction of a solar generation project in southern Colorado. Charlotte-based Cogentrix plans to build the 30-megawatt facility near Alamosa. The Department of Energy said Friday that it would be one of the first utility-scale, high concentration photovoltaic generation facilities in… Continue Reading Feds approve loan guarantee for Colo. solar plant

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The U.S. solar power market grew a record 67 percent last year, making it the fastest growing energy sector, USA Today reported today. Solar market share jumped from $3.6 billion in 2009 to $6.0 billion in 2010, apparently helped by federal tax credits and declining technology costs. Colorado was among the top 10 states for… Continue Reading U.S. solar market grew 67% last year

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Solar industry opposes cutting incentives

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Members of Colorado’s solar industry say plans by Xcel Energy to cut incentives for solar arrays will devastate the industry. Utility customers who install small solar arrays on their property receive two types of incentives – a rebate and renewable energy credit – for a combined $2.35 per watt. Xcel Energy said Wednesday the combined… Continue Reading Solar industry opposes cutting incentives

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A solar panel manufacturer is moving ahead with plans for major expansions in Indiana and Colorado after gaining approval of a $400 million federal loan. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced Tuesday that the agency had completed the loan deal with Loveland, Colo.-based Abound Solar that President Barack Obama announced in July. Abound Solar CEO Tom… Continue Reading Solar panel maker gets federal loan for Colo. expansion

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Air Force breaking ground on solar installation

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The U.S. Air Force Academy will break ground Monday on a 6-megawatt solar installation. The switch to solar is expected to save the Academy $500,000 a year in electricity costs. The $18.3 million project was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and is another step in the Air Force NetZero initiative to generate all electricity needs… Continue Reading Air Force breaking ground on solar installation

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Here comes the sun: White House to go solar

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Solar power is coming to President Barack Obama’s house. The most famous residence in the United States, which has already boosted its green credentials by planting a vegetable garden, plans to install solar panels atop the White House’s living quarters. The solar panels are to be installed by early 2011, and will heat water for… Continue Reading Here comes the sun: White House to go solar

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