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Indianapolis program boosting low-income solar power access

Dec. 15, 2019 10:35 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A new program is starting that aims to have the homes of up to 20 low and middle-income Indianapolis families running on solar power free of charge by the end of 2020. The program, a partnership between the city of Indianapolis and the national nonprofit Solar United Neighbors, will...

Large Southern California solar project gets green light

Dec. 11, 2019 10:48 AM EST

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Officials have approved plans for a large solar energy facility in unincorporated desert communities of inland Southern California despite opposition from some residents. The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday denied an appeal by opponents of the project on...

Climate scientists try to cut their own carbon footprints

Dec. 8, 2019 3:02 PM EST

For years, Kim Cobb was the Indiana Jones of climate science. The Georgia Tech professor flew to the caves of Borneo to study ancient and current climate conditions. She jetted to a remote South Pacific island to see the effects of warming on coral. Add to that flights to Paris, Rome, Vancouver and elsewhere. All...

Michigan power customers with own solar panels on the rise

Dec. 7, 2019 9:39 AM EST

LANSING, Mich (AP) — The number of people installing solar panels or other renewable energy to generate their own electricity continues to rise in Michigan. The Public Service Commission reported that the installations increased by nearly 57% in 2018. Participation in the state's net metering program has...

Renewable energy groups push NY to put a price on carbon

Dec. 5, 2019 4:49 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Renewable energy groups are pushing New York to help meet its ambitious climate change goals by charging electric generators for the carbon pollution they create. Putting a price on carbon will help New York meets its aggressive goal of 70% of its electricity coming from wind, solar and...

China’s climate paradox: A leader in coal and clean energy

Dec. 2, 2019 7:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As world leaders gather in Spain to discuss how to slow the warming of the planet, a spotlight falls on China — the top emitter of greenhouse gases. China burns about half the coal used globally each year. Between 2000 and 2018, its annual carbon emissions nearly tripled, and it...

UVA and William & Mary hope to be carbon neutral by 2030

Dec. 2, 2019 8:49 AM EST

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The University of Virginia and William & Mary are the latest schools to announce plans to become carbon neutral. The schools announced their goals Monday in a statement that said they hope to produce zero net greenhouse gas emissions. UVA and William & Mary said they...

Cranberry farmers want to build solar panels over their bogs

Nov. 27, 2019 5:55 AM EST

CARVER, Mass. (AP) — Plummeting cranberry prices and the country's ongoing trade wars have America's cranberry industry eyeing a possible new savior: solar power. Some cranberry farmers in Massachusetts, the nation's second largest grower after Wisconsin, are proposing to build solar panels above the bogs...

China says it has met its carbon reduction goal early

Nov. 27, 2019 2:49 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China has realized its 2020 target for reducing carbon emissions ahead of schedule, the ecology and environment ministry reported Wednesday. The ministry said China’s CO2 emissions per unit of GDP had fallen last year by 4% from a year earlier to stand at 45.8% less than in 2005. Vice...

Regulators deny rate hike to fund solar project

Nov. 22, 2019 4:11 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An electricity rate hike that would have funded a solar farm in southern Ohio was denied by state regulators Thursday.  The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio voted to deny the application saying American Electric Power hadn't proven a need for the 400-megawatt Highland County...