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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces $130 Million Available for Foundational Agricultural Research, Education and Extension

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that $130 million in funding is available for research, education, and extension projects to support sustainable, productive and economically viable plant and animal production systems, including certified organic production. This funding is available through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Foundational Program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and administered by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).


SolarCity Launches Solar Loan Program in 14 States

Now it's possible for many customers to pay less for solar than they pay for utility power and receive thousands in tax credits; Fixed payment options to start around $50/month1

SolarCity has unveiled a new solar loan program—available in 14 states –that will allow many customers to immediately pay less for solar each month than they previously paid for utility bills and pocket thousands in additional dollars from applicable tax credits. The company has leveraged its installation volume—SolarCity installed more residential solar in 2015 than the next 50 competitors combined—to negotiate extremely favorable terms on behalf of its customers.


NREL to Lead New Consortium to Improve Reliability and Performance of Solar Modules

The goal of the DuraMat Consortium is to develop durable photovoltaic module materials to provide reliable, low-cost solar electricity

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in partnership with Sandia National Laboratories, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, will form a new consortium intended to accelerate the development of module materials for photovoltaics (PV) and lower the cost of electricity generated by solar power.


Carrier Introduces Newly Designed WeatherExpert® Light Commercial Rooftops Now with Variable Air Volume


Carrier has released its newly designed variable air volume (VAV) WeatherExpertTM 48/50LC 6- to 23-ton packaged rooftop units; adding yet another comfort solution to the popular product line. Carrier, the world’s leader in high technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions, is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp.


CEA Releases Comprehensive Solar Incentive Analysis; Highlights Importance of Pro-Solar, Pro-Grid, Pro-Consumer Policies


As part of Consumer Energy Alliance's (CEA) Solar Energy Future campaign, the organization today released a new report, "Incentivizing Solar Energy: An In-Depth Analysis of U.S. Solar Incentives," that provides a comprehensive quantification of solar incentives available for U.S. energy consumers. The report analyzes the cost for a typical solar facility in 15 states and details the federal, state, and local incentives available for rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV). No previous analysis has ever quantified this data.


Heartland Institute: Will the National Academy of Sciences Allow EPA to Get Away with Murder?

On August 24, Heartland Institute Policy Advisor John Dale Dunn, M.D., J.D., testified before a special committee of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences on scientific misconduct by the Environmental Protection Agency. According to Dr. Dunn and others who testified, EPA has been sponsoring experiments on human subjects involving exposures to small particle air pollution that EPA has declared publicly and repeatedly to be toxic, lethal, and carcinogenic.


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