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Solar News Blitz!

Posted on Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 at 10:51 am by Solar Energy USA
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The following article contains a recap of solar power news for the week of April 10th, 2012:

FedEx Electrifies It’s Logistics

FedEx has been researching savings with electric vehicles since 2008, and currently has a fleet of Electric Vehicles (EVs) in use in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. More recently, FedEx, Columbia University, and General Electric teamed up to do a study on the cost of operating alternative fuel vehicles compared to gasoline burning vehicles. FedEx’s current EVs cost two to three times as much as traditional delivery vans, although the company estimates that its operational costs per mile are 75 percent lower than those powered by gas (click here to watch a video on the story).

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Solar Energy Association President Says US Will Generate 10% Of Electricity Via Solar By 2020

“The U.S. remains the innovative center of the solar industry worldwide,” says Rhone Resch, the Solar Energy Industries Association’s president. He says the U.S. will make the most advanced solar components and post double-digit annual growth. He expects solar power, which now produces less than 1% of U.S. electricity, to generate 10% by 2020. Newly installed solar panels produced 109% more electricity nationwide last year than in 2010, reaching a record 1,855 megawatts, as the price of these panels plummeted by more than 50% according to a recent report today by the SEIA.

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Idaho Ranks First Among US States With Most Renewable Energy Production

The United States only generates a small fraction of its electricity from renewable energy sources — about 10.4 percent in 2010, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. That’s the entire contribution of hydropower, wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, and the other assorted green forms of energy.  While this number is small, it is growing, and more states are looking to renewables for cleaner forms of power. Idaho is the top US state in terms of renewable electricity usage with 84.6 percent of the state’s total power coming from renewable sources in 2010.

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New York Saves Millions Thanks To Solar Power

New York City has tripled its production of solar power by completing the installation of panels on 10 city-owned buildings, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a recent statement. The 10 projects increase the city’s total solar production to 648 kilowatts (kW). The city is also installing a solar energy system on the top of the transit building at Coney Island with the intention of using sun power to heat water that is used to clean train cars. The solar thermal project is estimated to save New York City $7.5 million a year in energy costs.

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4,620 Solar Panels Power New Jersey IKEA Store

On Tuesday IKEA announced it had officially fired up the 1MW (megawatt) solar array atop it’s store in Paramus, New Jersey. The 132,000 square foot solar array uses 4,620 solar panels which will provide IKEA with some 1,359,100 kWh worth of solar power each year. With the completion of this solar installation IKEA now has 17 solar powered retail stores in the U.S. with 20 more solar installations planned for the near future to help the Swedish home furnishing retailer reach it’s goal of 85% total energy use generated through solar power.

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