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Here comes the sun: US solar power market hits all-time high

By Matt Weiser, Guardian

Guardian article

The US solar industry expects to install 14.5 gigawatts of solar power in 2016, a 94% increase over the record 7.5 gigawatts last year, according to a new market report by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association. Revenues from solar installations also increased 21% from 2014 to more than $22bn in 2015. For the first time, more solar systems came online than natural gas power plants – the top source of electricity in the US – in 2015, as measured in megawatts, said Justin Baca, vice president of markets and research at the Solar Energy Industries Association. This year, new solar is expected to surpass installations of all other sources, said the US Energy Information Administration. Continue reading. 

Photograph: Eric Kruzewski for the Guardian

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Report: Solar Energy in California Has Grown Dramatically Over 5 Years. Morning Consult.
Solar energy generation in California increased 1,378 percent between 2009 and 2014, according to a report released by the California-oriented policy group Next 10 on Wednesday.
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Growing Renewable Energy Resources To Farm With Fewer Fossil Fuels

Greg Brummond of Craig, Nebraska, now powers half his corn and soybean farm with solar energy. (Photo by Brian Seifferlein, Harvest Public Media)

Greg Brummond of Craig, Nebraska, now powers half his corn and soybean farm with solar energy. (Photo by Brian Seifferlein, Harvest Public Media)

By Grant Gerlock, Harvest Public Media

Down the hill [on Greg Brummond’s farm in Craig, Nebraska] is an old, red and white shed that was going unused, until Brummond installed a brand-new 10-kilowatt solar array on top. The system now delivers about half of the farm’s electricity. “We’ve got 36 panels down there,” Brummond said pointing to the rows of black panels on the shed’s white steel roof. “It just made sense to utilize something we have and not just keep pulling electricity off of the
grid” . . . Once the panels are paid for, Brummond expects to cut thousands each year from electric bills. But he says another reason for going solar is to stop relying so much on fossil fuels.

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Harvest Public Media and Inside Energy are reporting on how energy fuels our food systemFood production consumes about a fifth of the U.S. energy supply. Some farmers are trying to cut back on the coal and gas used to grow our food. 

Spring Deadline for Rural Energy for America (REAP) Grants