Renewable energy industry news roundup: July 25–31, 2016

Renewable energy news roundup: July 25–31, 2016

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The nation's first offshore wind farm is in the final stages of construction, a $27 million project in the Port of Los Angeles will bring clean energy to marine terminal operations, and Alliant Energy Corp. has plans to expand Iowa's wind power. Read these stories and more in this week's renewable energy news roundup.

First Offshore Wind Farm in U.S. Begins Final Construction Phase

The U.S.'s first offshore wind farm, located three miles southeast of Block Island, Rhode Island, and east of Long Island, New York, is celebrating the final stages of construction. The 30 MW wind farm has potential to supply all of Block Island with clean power and this week, Deepwater Wind will begin installing turbine towers and blades to complete the project.

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Port of Los Angeles unveils $27 million Solar+Storage Microgrid Project

The Port of Los Angeles and Pash Stevedoring & Terminals L.P. are launching a $27 million project, the Green Omni Terminal Demonstration Project, which will feature a 1 MW rooftop solar installation and a 2.6 MW battery storage system. The Port of Los Angeles is currently the busiest gateway for commerce in America and with the new project, will soon be leading global shipping toward a sustainable future with clean energy solutions.

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Alliant plans to invest $1 billion to expand Iowa wind power

Alliant Energy Corp. plans to spend $1 billion over the next five years to expand wind power in Iowa by as much as 500 MW. The utility company currently serves four Midwestern states and with approval will enlarge its Whispering Willow Wind Farm and build additional developments in Iowa. This project is part of a bigger initiative to reduce Alliant's carbon emissions 40 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.

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Washington, D.C., Approves 50 Percent Renewable Electricity By 2032 Target

A new bill approved by Washington, D.C., legislature commits the district to reach 50 percent renewable electricity by 2032, and additionally has plans to slash electric bills of 100,000 low-income D.C. households in a program called Solar For All. The bill will quadruple jobs in D.C.'s solar industry, create more affordable energy and healthier air for residents.

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