Solar panels on the white house, who’s responsible for building the largest solar panel project in Europe, and are Tennessee and North & South Carolina residences going to see higher energy bills this winter?
Well it looks like solar power is going to become a part of the White House’s energy plan. At the 2010 GreenGov Emposium, yesterday, DOE Secretary Steven Chu and Council of Environmental Quality (CEQ) Chair Nancy Sutley announced that solar panels and a solar water heater are going to be installed of the roof of the White House Residence sometime soon. The announcement comes exactly one year after President Obama’s Executive Order which called on the Federal Government to lead by example by finding ways to generate clean energy and reduce greenhouse gases.
Sticking with more solar news, SunEdison has announced the plans that it has received approval from First Reserve to build the largest solar power plant in Europe. The 70 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic (PV) power plant project will cost more than $380 million and be built near the town of Rovigo, Italy. The new solar plant is expected to create enough energy to power more than 16,000 homes and save 40,000 tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.
Energy customers in North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee should expected to see lower heating costs this winter. This report comes from Piedmont Natural gas projections which were released earlier this week. According to their annual forecast, PNG expects that homeowners should see a 5-25 percent drop in energy costs over the course of the entire winter.
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