Renewable energy industry news roundup: September 19–25, 2016

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SEIA launches a first-of-its-kind recycling program for solar PV waste, the city of Los Angeles takes steps toward running on 100 percent renewable energy, and Elon Musk announces the unveiling of Tesla's new solar rooftop product. Read these stories and more in this week's renewable energy news roundup.

SEIA Launches National Solar PV Recycling Program

Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has recently launched a first-of-its-kind national solar photovoltaic (PV) recycling program. The new program will choose Preferred Recycling Partners to offer cost-effective recycling options to SEIA members to ensure PV waste — including PV panels — is properly disposed of and kept out of landfills. An educational portal will also be offered to participating members to provide more information about PV recycling and increase interest in waste management initiatives.

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Los Angeles Takes 'Enormous Step' Toward 100 Percent Renewables

The Los Angeles City Council has unanimously approved a measure that instructs the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to chart a path to 100 percent clean energy in the city. The vote makes L.A. the largest city in the country to explore a 100% clean energy mandate. With this vote, LADWP will now convene a collaborative working group to identify investments and priorities for making the transition to renewable energy.

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Amazon to Develop Its Largest Wind Farm to Date

Amazon has announced the development of the Amazon Wind Farm Texas, a new 253 MW wind farm that will be the company's largest wind project to date. The new wind farm continues a growing portfolio of wind and solar farms developed by Amazon to power its data centers and operations around the United States, and the world. Amazon Web Services (AWS), the company's data services arm, has committed to achieving 100 percent renewable energy usage for its global infrastructure footprint.

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Elon Musk Plans to Unveil New Solar Roof Next Month

Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently announced that his company, along with SolarCity, expects to unveil a "solar roof" on October 28, a product described during the company's second quarter earnings call this summer. Musk said the solar roofs would be integrated with the Tesla's Powerwall 2.0 battery and a Tesla charger. Tesla, and the power industry as a whole, has been increasingly focused on the concept of linking rooftop storage with residential storage. In June, Tesla moved to purchase the largest installer in the country, SolarCity.

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