Mass. officials hail 1st solar-powered train stop

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Associated Press
November 15th, 2010

Massachusetts officials are breaking ground on the state's first all-solar powered commuter rail train station near Boston's Fenway Park.

The $13.5 million overhaul of the Yawkey commuter rail stop will extend the station's platforms. It also will more than double the number of times trains along the Worcester and Framingham line that can use the station from 17 stops per day to 40.

The station will also feature a solar array that designers say will produce more than enough power to serve the it.

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Solar jobs census ranks Wisconsin fifth in nation

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Thomas Content
Journal Sentinel
November 12th, 2010

Wisconsin's leadership in installing solar power compared with other Midwest states has made this source of alternative energy a bright spot on the employment front.

That's the finding of the National Solar Jobs Census report, which ranks fifth in the nation in the number of jobs linked to solar energy.

The census was conducted by The Solar Foundation and Green LMI Consulting with technical assistance from Cornell University.

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Biden: Congress should extend Treasury cash grants for renewable projects

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Richard W. Caperton
Climate Progress
November 10th, 2010

Yesterday, Vice President Joe Biden joined a growing number of voices in calling for Congress to extend the Treasury cash grant program. This show of support from the Obama administration is timely and reflects the recognition that some stimulus programs should last into the future. CAP’s Richard W. Caperton has the story.

The Treasury cash grant program, also called “Section 1603”, provides a cash grant to a renewable energy developer in lieu of a tax credit. Historically, project developers have earned a tax credit based on the size of their investment in renewable energy. These developers rarely have profits and don’t owe any taxes, so they would sell the credits to a “tax equity partner”. In the recent financial crisis, these tax equity partners – typically large financial institutions – disappeared, and developers were left holding tax credits they couldn’t use.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the “stimulus bill”) fixed this problem by offering developers the ability to either claim the tax credit or receive a cash grant for the same amount as the credit. Not surprisingly, this has been hugely popular, and Treasury has disbursed more than $5 billion in grants since the program began.

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Reno 2020 - Jobs: Can region be Silicon Valley of renewables?

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Reno Gazette Journal
Jason Hidalgo
November 9th, 2010

On a 235-mile stretch of desert between Ely and Las Vegas, the groundwork is being laid for a project that could very well tip the scales of Nevada's economic future.

Once finished, the One Nevada Transmission Line will provide a 500-kilovolt link between the northern and southern parts of the state. More importantly, the line also would serve as a conduit to what some now view as the lifeblood of the Silver State's future: clean, renewable energy.

With California alone needing to meet 30 percent of its energy demands through renewables by 2020, Nevada is looking at a tremendous market for its green energy, said Tom Clark, a renewable energy lobbyist.

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Solar Sales Training for Women

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Renewable Energy World
November 8th, 2010

The Obama Administration says “green” jobs are a solution to grow our economy. The federal government has invested in developing and commercializing solar technology to create jobs by making renewable energy more affordable. A domestic investment in solar is cheaper than our children fighting in multiple wars funded by taxes and dirty energy.

A 2009 survey of women’s attitudes toward renewable energy and energy conservation found that women overwhelmingly support green energy initiatives. 89% felt that solar and wind would play an important part in our country’s future and 97% reported taking measures at home to conserve energy. However, women looking for solar jobs often lack interest in labor intensive jobs. In fact, women constitute less than 3% of occupations such as construction workers, electricians, and HVAC installers.

Solar sales does not require ladder climbing to help property owners make a buying decision. Women with some solar, financial & technology sales training will have the skills to educate others about the benefits of solar energy at home and work.

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