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Sempra Acquires 78-MW Wind Project in Minnesota

LCG, April 24, 2015-Sempra U.S. Gas & Power yesterday announced that it has acquired the Black Oak Getty wind project in Sterns County, Minnesota from Geronimo Energy, LLC, a wind and solar energy developer. Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2016, and the project is expected be in commercial operation late next year.

Dominion Announces Plans to Close All Ash Ponds in Virginia

LCG, April 21, 2015--Dominion Virginia Power recently announced plans to close all of the ash ponds at its Virginia power stations in compliance with standards established by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) new Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) rules. Coal ash is the substance remaining after coal is burned to generate electricity. Under the EPA rules, fly ash has been determined to be a non-hazardous material.

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DOE Offers Loan Guarantee to Solyndra Inc for New PV Manufacturing Plant

LCG, March 23, 2009--The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced Friday that it will provide a $535 million loan guarantee to Solyndra Inc, to build a commercial scale facility to manufacture solar photovoltaic (PV) panels that employ a novel, cylindrical design for installation on flat roofs.

The loan guarantee is designed to address nearly three quarters of the project costs. The targeted output of PV panels for the new manufacturing plant is 500 MW per year. Construction is scheduled to start at the end of 2009, with panel production commencing in late 2010 or early 2011, assuming the loan and related conditions are accepted.

DOE Secretary Steven Chu stated,"This investment is part of President Obama's aggressive strategy to put Americans back to work and reduce our dependence on foreign oil by developing clean, renewable sources of energy."

Solyndra's panels use thin-film technology and cylindrical modules that are designed to receive sunlight across a 360-degree surface and convert direct, diffuse and reflected sunlight into power.



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