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2017 WRISE Honors Announced at WINDPOWER 2017

Stephanie Kushner of Broadwind, Emily Williams of Edison Energy powered by Altenex and Michael Arquin of KidWind honored by WRISE

The winners of the Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (formerly WoWE) Awards were announced at the annual luncheon held at AWEA's WINDPOWER 2017 Conference in Anaheim, CA. The awards put the spotlight on professionals at the pinnacle of the industry as well as on the up-and-coming next generation of leaders. All three winners provide examples of achievement, creativity and courage.

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U.S. Solar Market Has Record-Breaking Year, Total Market Poised to Triple in Next Five Years

Surge in utility-scale projects made solar top source of new power capacity in 2016; growth seen in dozens of states as prices continue to fall, dropping to all-time lows

The U.S. solar market had its biggest year ever in 2016, nearly doubling its previous record and adding more electric generating capacity than any other source of energy for the first time ever.

Over the next five years, the cumulative U.S. solar market is expected to nearly triple in size, even as a slight dip is expected in 2017. GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) announced these historic figures today in the U.S. Solar Market Insight 2016 Year-in-Review report.

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USDA Announces Funding to Improve Rural Electric Infrastructure in Nine States

Projects are being financed in Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas

Rural Development Acting Deputy Under Secretary Roger Glendenning announced that USDA is making loans to electric cooperatives that will help continue to deliver safe, reliable and affordable electricity to rural residents, business and institutions in nine states.

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SFI Community Grants Feature Collaboration from 50 Different Groups Spanning North America

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) announced 11 community grants that will advance the quality of life in communities across North America. SFI is bringing together a diverse range of people from 50 organizations to support community engagement projects that put SFI at the intersection of sustainable forestry, responsible procurement and thriving communities. SFI engages local communities through a variety of initiatives including youth outreach, supporting Indigenous values, forest education programs, and green building projects for low-income families.

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Heartland Institute Publishes New Study of Air Quality and Frac Sand Mining

Editor's note: The Heartland Institute is a conservative think tank funded by large oil companies. We believe that our readers deserve to hear both sides of the environmental conversation. We normally don't place a disclaimer when posting their news. We trust our readers to see through their mostly unprofessional comments. However, due to the nature of this post, Southeast Green wants our readers to understand the companies who are behind the think tank so you understand the who paid for the study. The post is unedited. If you would like to see a copy of the email, please contact us.

Frac sand mining is a contentious issue in many communities. You may already have heard that sand mining is an “unregulated industry.” Your neighbors and friends may be especially worried about the impact of sand mining on air quality. The new and final paper in a six-part series addressing frac sand mining released by The Heartland Institute, titled Air Quality and Industrial Sand (Frac Sand) Mining, thoughtfully addresses those concerns.

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