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Time Warner Cable Invests in Communities with Solar Deployments

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We’re pleased to share that our Go Green commitment is beginning to reach beyond the walls of our business and help create renewable energy for communities that we serve. For the past couple years, TWC has invested in solar deployments in Southern California, North Carolina, and Hawaii. In the last year, we have amplified our commitment with partnerships that will generate over 13 megawatts (MW) of solar power. Just to give you an idea of how much 13 MW actually is, it’s equal to powering over 600 homes in one year.

Walt Disney World Gets a Mickey Mouse Solar Panel Boost

A project on the outskirts of the Disney theme park bears the ubiquitous Disney branding, and should be operational soon.
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The 20-acre site near World Drive in Central Florida, built by Duke Energy, includes almost 50,000 panels, producing about 5 megawatts of power, and will serve Reedy Creek Improvement District, the power provider to Walt Disney World.

The Orlando Sentinel offers more details:

"Disney World already buys some power from Duke. It has used a little bit of solar power here and there, including at a theater at Epcot’s Universe of Energy exhibit, and in water-heating systems in a wardrobe facility and at the Animal Nutrition Center.

Warren Buffet’s Clinical View of Renewable Energy

Warren Buffet has been slammed by the media lately for waging an outrageous war on solar. But a recent shareholder letter reveals that his perspective on renewables is purely clinical and unflinchingly focused on the bottom line.
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Warren Buffet’s company, Berkshire Hathaway, has been the focus of an embroiled battle against solar in Nevada. One of its portfolio holdings, NV Energy, has been accused of colluding with the Public Utility Commission and Governor Sandoval to terminate net metering, effectively killing the residential solar rooftop industry in the State.

Tim Dickinson: Sunshine State In The Dark

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Think about the sunniest states in the U.S.  Florida, the place that calls itself “the sunshine state” is sure to come to mind. Indeed, the solar industry considers Florida to be the state with the third greatest rooftop solar potential in the country. So the place must be almost totally off the grid at this point, right? Well, no.

Power Your Jobsite Cordless Tools with this DIY Solar Charging Station

The key is to skip the inverter and power directly from 12-volt batteries.
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Phase 1: Standardize Your Cordless Tools

An 83-Year-Old Beach House Gets a Deep Energy Retrofit

Incorporating new and reclaimed materials, this Beach House has been restored for maximum comfort with a minimal carbon footprint.
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This 1932 home overlooks Truesdale Lake in Westchester County, NY. Once a popular gathering place, the structure had fallen into disrepair. Incorporating new and reclaimed materials, architect and builder Sylvain Côté has fully restored The Beach House for maximum comfort with a minimal carbon footprint. Completed in 2014, The Beach House is Energy Star Certified, with a HERS rating of 30 and LEED Platinum Certification of 90.

Solar Update: Did Nevada’s Governor Steal the Sunshine?

Nevada’s Public Utility Commission decisively put the kibosh on solar by capping net metering, imposing higher fees, and reducing credits for solar-powered homes and businesses.
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The Nevada Public Utility Commission (PUC), in conjunction with Governor Brian Sandoval and the State Legislature, approved new rules last month that cap net metering credits and impose monthly fees on solar rooftop systems, dramatically reducing the financial benefit of solar and negatively affecting approximately 18,000 existing solar customers.

The Dawn of a New Era

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The Dawn of a New Era: Solar in the Tar Sands

By Melina Laboucan-Massimo

Little Buffalo, a town of 500 people in Alberta, is at the forefront of multiple environmental justice battles: it has been polluted by oil spills and damaged by tar sands mining, but it is also pushing to move beyond fossil fuels and towards renewable energy. In particular, the Lubicon Cree people are fighting back against extractive industries and demanding that solar energy power their nation.

Get Answers to Your Questions About Going Solar

SunPower Answers Common Questions About Solar Panels
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If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to save money on your electricity bills and/or lead a more green life, you might consider switching to a renewable energy such as emission-free solar power.

Passive Solar and Earth-Bermed Homes Have a Chance This Time Around

Some energy-saving ideas from the 1970s are much more viable now, thanks to new products and systems.
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Often, good ideas, simply because they've been around for a while, are assumed to be less effective, or even obsolete. But many of the energy-saving principles of the solar homes of the Carter era actually have the potential to work even better today. That's because insulating techniques, window glazings, and even window coverings have improved dramatically.

These techniques are not limited to new home construction. They apply whether you are starting from scratch on a new site, adding an addition, or dropping a modular home onto your lot.

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