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Coal Heavy Georgia Power to Add More Solar Power to the Mix

Georgia Power isn't exactly known for its use of renewable energy resources. In fact, given that the utility meets about 75 percent of its power supply with coal, you could plausibly argue the Southern Company subsidiary is known for the opposite.

Nevertheless, more solar energy projects in Georgia may soon be on their way. As relayed by PV Tech, Georgia Power is looking for about one megawatt (MW) worth of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects to be built within its service territory:

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5 Reasons Solar Power Beats the Pants Off Coal

Posted by Adam Sewall In Thursday, April 7 2011 under: Solar PV Panels, Coal

Looking at the following chart, it's pretty clear we get way more of our electricity from coal than we do from solar power. I mean, solar doesn't even show up when compared to the Goliath that is coal:

Crazy, huh?

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Where Does Our Electricity Come From?

Posted by Adam Sewall In Tuesday, March 15 2011 under: Natural Gas, Coal, Nuclear Power, Energy Policy

With the on-going calamity in Japan and phrases like "nuclear meltdown" and "radiation sickness" in headlines, it's to be expected that people discuss with renewed attention the risks and benefits of nuclear energy. At very least, it's helpful to stop and take a moment to think about where our electricity comes from.

Here in the U.S., we get about one-fifth of our electricity from nuclear power. Coal is still king, representing nearly half of total electricity generation, nationwide. Natural gas is number two, used to meet about a quarter of our demand.

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China Announces New Solar Energy Subsidies

Posted by Adam Sewall In Friday, December 3 2010 under: Solar Energy Incentives, international solar, china, Kyoto Protocol, Coal

Late yesterday, China announced a new raft of energy subsidies meant to bolster the country's growing solar energy sector.

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U.S. Used Less Energy, More Renewables in 2009

Posted by Annie Lindseth In Thursday, August 26 2010 under: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, wind, Coal, Energy Policy, Wind Energy

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on Monday released a report explaining that energy use in the United States declined last year, and the role of renewable energy in our production mix is increasing. We've highlighted some major points from the technical report. To start, take a look at this helpful (but complex!) diagram on how we produce and use energy:

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