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Renewable energy industry news roundup: Dec. 20, 2015–Jan. 10, 2016

2015 ended with some big news for the renewable energy industry both in the United States and around the world. Cities on the west coast tackled climate change, wind energy set a new record in the U.S. and Congressional tax credits help forecast a great 2016.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: Dec. 20, 2015–Jan. 10, 2016

Renewable energy growth soars in 2015

Renewable energy in 2015 provided more than five percent of the nation’s electricity for the first time.

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Dubai plans $7.3 billion in renewable energy tenders

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority stated that it will float tenders worth $7.35 billion to set up renewable energy projects.

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Five U.S. “Green Wall” cities tackle climate change with new pledge

Mayors from five cities representing three west coast states joined together in a pledge for “bold” action on climate change, creating a virtual “green wall” along the Pacific.

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Wind energy sets new record in the U.S.

Wind energy has set a new electrical generation record in the United States, now producing 70 GW of electrical power.

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Costa Rica achieved 99 percent renewable energy in 2015

Costa Rica has shown the world what is possible in 2015 by achieving 99 percent renewable energy generation. The nation is ahead of its renewable energy targets and goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2021.

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Renewables boom expected in 2016 thanks to Congressional tax credit

The U.S. solar and wind power industries marked the holidays with heightened spirits after receiving, from a divided Congress, multiyear extensions of coveted renewable energy tax credits.

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Wind energy output at record highs in Scotland

Scotland’s renewable energy output reached record levels in 2015, as wind turbines produced enough energy to meet the average electricity needs of 97 percent of Scottish homes.

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Egypt announces $6B in renewable energy investments

Egypt is offering an investment opportunity of at least $6 billion to 2018 in the renewable energy sector including wind and solar under the feed-in-tariff scheme, said a major investment bank ahead of the World Future Energy Summit (WFES).

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Solar Energy Businessman Invited to State of the Union

On Tuesday, Mark Davis will join first lady Michelle Obama in the president's guest box as the president delivers his final State of the Union address to Congress. Davis is a local businessman helping low-income residents find ways to install solar panels on their homes.

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Solar Surges Past Wind, Hydropower as California’s Top Renewable Energy Source

Data compiled from daily reports by the state’s major grid manager indicate that in 2015, solar became the No. 1 source of renewable energy in California.

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