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Environmentalists split over wildlife and solar

By Victoria Schlesinger

Mother Jones reporter Kiera Butler searches for desert tortoises in the Mojave Desert where huge solar projects are planned for construction later this year. She asks the question, “Could solar-energy projects destroy the very ecosystems they’re meant to save from climate change?”
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DOE grants millions to Bay Area solar companies

By Victoria Schlesinger

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory announced it is investing $7 million in four solar energy companies, three of which are in the Bay Area. The PV Technology Incubator program aims to make new technologies available as soon as possible. Of particular note is San Jose-based Solexant, a company developing a thin film solar material...
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Solar waste recycling: Can the industry stay green?

By Erica Gies

Clean-tech firms seek to reuse a variety of rare, potentially toxic materials. New businesses emerge as manufacturers prepare for modules' end of life.
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