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Renewable energy industry news roundup: June 14-June 21, 2015

Renewable energy industry news roundup: June 14-June 21, 2015

This week in renewable energy news, a major player in solar power systems makes a big first investment, two U.S. states explore solar energy, and scientists make strides in renewable energy sourcing and storage.

App from IRENA brings renewable energy data straight to you

Smartphone users can now access the most reliable data on global renewable energy potential, for free, thanks to an application launched today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

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Renewable energy gets support from Pope Francis

Pope Francis has called for the worldwide development of renewable energy sources and adequate energy storage technologies in order to drastically reduce fossil fuel consumption and the related emissions from carbon dioxide and other polluting gases.

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Ren21 Global Status Report says renewable energy growth stronger than fossil fuels

More economies are turning to renewable energy to meet their power needs with a record 135 gigawatts of capacity added last year, according to a study by Paris-based clean energy advocacy group Ren21.

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Video: Scientists develop two devices that get power from evaporation

When evaporation energy is scaled up, the researchers predict, it could one day produce electricity from giant floating power generators that sit on bays or reservoirs, or from huge rotating machines akin to wind turbines that sit above water

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Solar power project brings renewable energy jobs to Baltimore

Grid Alternatives is kicking off a pilot community resiliency project in the neighborhood. Solar power and cool roofs are being installed in 10 homes and a community center.

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"Solarize RI" campaign brings renewable energy opportunities to state

According to a release from the RI Office of Energy Resources, both Tiverton and Little Compton adopted solar community campaigns and overall, 55 homeowners and businesses went solar – doubling the amount of solar energy in the two towns.

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SolarCity to make community solar investment in Minnesota

SolarCity Corp., the nation’s largest installer of residential solar ¬panels, says it will invest $200 million in Minnesota to build its first community solar gardens, and hopes to sell much of their electric output to apartment dwellers who have been left out of the rooftop solar market.

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Chemists create technology that could change solar energy storage

A new technology developed by chemists at UCLA is capable of storing solar energy for up to several weeks—an advance that could change the way scientists think about designing solar cells.

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