One Of The World’s Largest Solar Energy Farms Is Now Open In California

Think Progress: One Of The World’s Largest Solar Energy Farms Is Now Open In California The largest solar farm on […]


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One Of The World’s Largest Solar Energy Farms Is Now Open In California

The largest solar farm on American federal public land was dedicated on Monday in California’s Riverside County desert, a project the state hopes will help it meet its ambitious renewable energy goals.

The Desert Sunlight Solar Farm — a 550-megawatt farm that is also one of the largest solar plants in the world — began operating in December 2014, but Monday marked the day it was officially dedicated by U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. Jewell said the project can provide enough energy to power more than 160,000 average California homes every year — a huge help for the state in meeting its goal to increase its renewable electricity use to 50 percent by 2030.
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The Guardian
Minister’s claims that solar panels harm UK food security are false

Documents from environment secretary Liz Truss’s own department reveal they lack any data to back up claims used to justify removal of subsidies from farm land with solar panels.

Liz Truss told farmers last October that they would no longer receive agricultural subsidies for land that had solar power on, saying the “ugly” panels were “a blight on the countryside and villages” and were pushing production of meat and produce overseas.
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GreenTech Media
Which Residential Solar Firms Have Raised the Most Tax Equity?

Tax equity has been the primary way to finance solar projects in America. But it has sometimes proven difficult. There are a limited number of entities with enough tax liability to invest large pools of money.

Concerns over a tax equity bottleneck helped spur the creation of new financial tools, such as securitization and YieldCos. But it’s not as though tax equity is in such short supply that companies are struggling to raise money.
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BBC News Africa
Is the sun rising on an African solar revolution?

Is the sun the answer to Africa’s energy problems? Analysts believe solar power could be the world’s largest source of power by 2050. Deep in northern Kenya, above Napuu Village, there is only the brightest of full moons to light the way.

You can hear the chatter as villagers sit around open fires but with the nearest mains power station more than 200km (124 miles) away, there is nothing else to light up the village.
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