Renewable energy industry news roundup: August 8–14, 2016

Renewable energy news roundup: August 8–14, 2016

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Wind turbine vendor Vestas takes its spot as top dog in a new report, Apple expands its renewable energy efforts to new data centers in Ireland, and solar manufacturers change up their growth strategies. Read about this and more in this week's renewable energy industry news roundup.

Vestas Takes In 670 MW Of Wind Turbine Orders In August So Far

Danish wind energy manufacturer Vestas has had an impressive August so far, taking in 670 MW worth of orders in the first eleven days of the month, while also being labeled the world's leading global wind turbine vendor in Navigant Research's latest Leaderboard Report. Vestas has followed that up with two new orders announced in just the last couple of days.

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Apple Gets The Greenlight For Data Center in Ireland Powered by Renewables

U.S. tech giant Apple has been given the go-ahead to develop a data center in the west of Ireland that will be powered by 30 MW of renewables. National planners approved the first phase in Athenry this week. The company is expected to power phase one of the project with onshore wind.

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Solar Manufacturers Pivot Away From Big U.S. Utility Plants

The top two U.S. solar manufacturers are shifting away from the biggest domestic market because utilities aren't signing as many deals to buy electricity from their giant power plants. SunPower Corp. the No. 2 U.S. panel maker, said Tuesday it's turning its attention to rooftop power, while First Solar Inc., the biggest producer, now expects more of its growth to come from selling panels to other companies.

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For Cities Transitioning to Clean Energy, it's not Just About Climate Change

Cities are leading the charge on the country's transition to clean energy, driven by concerns that range from air pollution to the need to create jobs, according to a new report from the Sierra Club. Cities produce more than 60 percent of the world's carbon dioxide emissions, according to a United Nations report, which makes urban zones a key point of leveraging fighting global warming. But addressing climate change is often not the reason that cities accelerate their push to clean energy, according to the Sierra Club. San Diego, for example, cited the expansion of its tech sector as a key factor, while leaders in Aspen, Colorado are concerned about how climate change is affecting their local economy.

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