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Chicago commits to 100% renewable energy by 2025

Mayor Lightfoot made a commitment to purchase renewable energy for all city facilities and operations by 2025.

SEIA and environmental groups comment on proposed changes to Community Reinvestment Act

In May federal banking regulators proposed sweeping changes, which include shoring up the underserved against climate disasters, but SEIA and environmental groups asked them to go further in financing renewables to benefit LMI communities.

The role of seasonal demand in an all-electric scenario

Peak solar production does not coincide with peak heating demand, and a team of researchers determined that meeting this demand with renewables alone will require massive deployment of renewables on top of existing fossil generation.

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DOE aims for wide adoption of the latest energy efficiency codes for new buildings

Energy efficient buildings, which are part of a least-cost strategy for 100% renewables, are being promoted through a $225 million program designed to accelerate adoption of the latest building energy codes by states and cities.

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California governor sets goal of 3 million climate-ready homes, 6 million heat pumps by 2030

The new targets for climate-resilient housing were announced as part of a letter to the California Air Resources Board, which focuses on the implementation and acceleration of California’s climate goals.

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Industrial process for ‘mobile’ solar module recycling

German company Flaxres has developed an industrial process to recycle PV modules, and has begun operating a pilot facility at its new site where 10 tons of solar modules can be recycled daily. Flaxres plans to make equipment based on this facility available to international customers.

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Qcells to secure solar glass from Canada for its US manufacturing operation

Canadian Premium Sand and Hanwha sign agreement for patterned solar glass manufactured in Manitoba.

Solar project makes use of idle capped landfill in New Jersey

A 2.3 MW solar facility is now producing clean energy on otherwise unused land.

50 States of Solar Incentives: Maryland

A historically solar-friendly state, Maryland’s capacity addition projections in the next few years are underwhelming, despite a suite of supportive policies and grants throughout the state.

Pittsburgh Airport solar microgrid saved $1 million in energy costs

In one year, Pittsburgh Airport’s microgrid saved so much in energy costs that it’s considering doubling the size of the installation.

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