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Facebook Expanding Renewables Footprint With Big Solar

Facebook Inc. is buying a huge amount of clean power across the U.S. and Ireland to support its operations.

The social-media giant -- already one of the world’s biggest corporate consumers of renewable energy -- signed contracts to buy 806 megawatts of additional solar and wind power, the company said. The contracts support eight projects in Utah, Ohio, Illinois, Tennessee, and Ireland, and involve several different developers, including Brookfield Renewable Partners LP, D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments and Apex Clean Energy.

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Paperwork Filed for 119 Proposed Turbine Sites

A proposed wind turbine project is moving forward after Apex Clean Energy filed with the Federal Aviation Administration 119 possible locations for turbines in Morgan County. Apex Clean Energy spokeswoman Helen Humphreys said the 119 sites were submitted for approval. The FAA will review the sites for obstruction, a step that must take place prior to the county’s review of the project.

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‘There’s a heartiness to it.’ It’s All About the Ingredients at this New State College Eatery

Since Roots Natural Kitchen opened this summer on East Beaver Avenue, more people in downtown State College are getting used to creating and eating custom bowls, owner and founder Alberto Namnum said. The new healthy dining option specializing in hearty, flavorful grain and salad bowls is located at 270 E. Beaver Ave. and is Roots Natural Kitchen’s sixth restaurant.

The brand found its start in Charlottesville, Virginia, where there are two other locations, and it boasts outposts in Pittsburgh; Newark, Delaware; and Richmond, Virginia.

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Common House Chattanooga Redefines Social Club in Southside

On Thursday, January 23rd, founders Derek Sieg and Ben Pfinsgraff announced the development of Common House Chattanooga with a tour through the old, historic YMCA building in Southside for their Chattanooga neighbors. Virginian businessmen Sieg and Pfinsgraff are co-founders of Common House, a modern take on social clubs with houses already in Charlottesville, VA, soon-to-be Richmond, VA, and now right here in Chattanooga.

Common House describes itself as “an inclusive space designed to bring people together through vibrant shared experiences. It's more than just a membership, the house is a place to play, dine, work, and discover — an opportunity to form new connections and create a new kind of community.”

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C3 Changes Name to Broaden Reach

A local nonprofit devoted to reducing carbon emissions in Central Virginia is changing its name in an effort to reach more people.
The organization is still known as C3, which used to stand for Charlottesville Climate Collaborative. Now, it stands for Community Climate Collaborative. C3's Executive Director Susan Kruse says changing the name to reflect the momentum in climate action makes sense since the organization has already been working in Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

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Harnessing the Wind

Arizona’s largest wind energy project, the Chevelon Butte Wind Farm, is expected to have turbine blades spinning in a remote area south of Winslow by the end of 2021, and power the region with an estimated $8 million in indirect economic benefits during the construction phase.

sPower, a Salt Lake City-based renewable energy developer, received unanimous approval to move forward on the project from both Coconino and Navajo counties and the Arizona Corporation Commission, which company officials say is a rare feat for any wind farm, much less one of this size. This came just weeks before APS announced its goal to deliver 100% clean, carbon-free electricity to customers by 2050.

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Orsted Rides Out Bumps in the Road With Record 2019

The world’s largest offshore wind developer reported better-than-expected results for 2019 due to a jump in its generation figures. Ørsted's onshore and offshore wind earnings were up 30 percent compared to 2018, helped in no small part by the commissioning of the 1,218-megawatt Hornsea 1 offshore project in the U.K. Operating profit (EBITDA) was up 17 percent for the year compared to 2018, rising to 17.5 billion Danish krone ($2.58 billion), compared to company guidance of DKK 16 billion to 17 billion.

Total installed renewable generation capacity increased to 9.9 gigawatts, 6.8 gigawatts of it offshore wind. Overall, the company has 14.8 gigawatts of offshore wind commissioned, under construction or awarded.

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