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NRG spinoff buys into giant California solar farm

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A spinoff of NRG Energy is buying 25 percent interest in the massive new Desert Sunlight Solar Farm in southern California for $285 million.
In this Wednesday, May 13, 2015 photo, Henry Plange, a power generation engineer, checks temperatures of solar panels at the Space Coast Next Generation Solar Center, in Merritt Island, Fla. Industry experts rank Florida third in the nation in rooftop solar energy potential but 13th in the amount of solar energy generated. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Solar as fastest growing U.S. power source rivals shale boom

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Solar power capacity in the U.S. has jumped 20-fold since 2008 as companies including Apple Inc. use it to reduce their carbon footprint. Rooftop panels are sprouting on homes from suburban New York to Phoenix, driven by suppliers such as SolarCity Corp. and NRG Energy Inc.
Categories: Shale, Solar
In this Wednesday, May 13, 2015 photo, Henry Plange, a power generation engineer, checks temperatures of solar panels at the Space Coast Next Generation Solar Center, in Merritt Island, Fla. Industry experts rank Florida third in the nation in rooftop solar energy potential but 13th in the amount of solar energy generated. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

‘Sunshine State’ or not, Florida badly behind on solar power

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The state’s rules favoring utilities have made unlikely allies of groups like the Sierra Club and the tea party, who view the lack of consumer choice as harmful to the environment and an infringement on personal freedom.
Categories: Electricity, Solar
(Sam Hodgson/Bloomberg)

Guest commentary: America’s new and improved energy mix

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Demand for alternative energy sources is untethered from oil and natural gas prices, the writers argue.
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Citigroup says renewables will continue upward trajectory, even as crude tumbles

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Oil generates about 5 percent of global electricity and doesn’t generally compete directly with wind and solar power, Citigroup researchers said.
( Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle )

Industry study ranks Texas 10th in solar capacity

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Texas is the 10th-ranked state for U.S. solar capacity, according to a study published Thursday by the Solar Energy Industries Association, a trade group.
( Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle )

Texas solar jobs increasing

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The number of Texans working in the solar industry increased last year by more than 2,800, a sign that the industry is making headwinds in the Lone Star State.
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Veteran lobbyist to lead to lead new NRG Home business

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NRG Energy has tapped veteran Washington lobbyist Steve McBee to lead its newly-created NRG Home division.
(Sam Hodgson/Bloomberg)

Commentary: Solar to be leading source of electricity by 2050?

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Schneider Electric’s CMO, Chris Hummel, pondered whether the IEA’s claim that solar energy could be the leading source of electricity by 2050 was achievable. Matt Smith’s initial reaction was hum-dee-dum…not a chance! Then he thought about it and grabbed his research shovel and started digging.
Categories: Solar, Technology
( Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle )

Houston nonprofit banking on solar

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Officials at the nonprofit say the savings from going solar will be redirected back into its mission.