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Renewable energy industry news roundup: Aug. 30-Sept. 6, 2015

In recent renewable energy news, America’s largest solar provider has teamed up with a large financial institution to make solar energy more readily available to the masses, building owners are realizing the financial importance of energy efficiency, and non-profits and for-profits are forming coalitions to address renewables.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: Aug. 30-Sept. 6, 2015

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Researchers find new way to harvest sunlight for energy

Rice University researchers have demonstrated an efficient new way to capture the energy from sunlight and convert it into clean, renewable energy by splitting water molecules.

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SolarCity Corp creates a new fund for $400M solar projects

SolarCity Corp, America’s largest solar provider, has created a fund to finance solar projects worth millions of dollars – covering the costs of solar equipment and installation and allowing homeowners to pay less for power.

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Energy efficiency: building owners increasingly “get it”

It’s expensive to operate an office building! Energy efficiency cuts operational costs and makes for a happier, greener work environment.

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Nest unveils its third-generation thermostat amid increasing competition

New features of this smart thermostat include the shutdown of heating systems if the Protect senses carbon monoxide and the powering of the Nest Cam when placed into “away” mode. It runs energy diagnostics twice annually.

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Colorado solar: three counties team up for a group solar and EV buy

The “Deal of 2015 for Residential Rooftop Solar” allowed residents in Adams, Denver and Boulder counties to purchase or lease residential solar systems for their homes.

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How a green business group is transforming the way utilities sell renewables

Four non-governmental, non-profit organizations have teamed up with corporate partners to create The Corporate Renewables Partnership.

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