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Tesla's latest earnings report barely mentions the company's South Buffalo solar factory.

Solar array near Bryce Canyon Nat'l Park
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Several local institutions and local governments are teaming up to reduce the effects of climate change. As WBFO's Chris Caya the partners are planning to dramatically cut their use of fossil fuels. 

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Erie County is being urged to get into an energy conservation loan program, making loans to businesses and owner-occupied multiple unit housing.

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Cattaraugus County is continuing its aggressive move into solar energy, with a solar farm planned for an unused section of the Nuclear Fuel Services complex in West Valley.


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Renewable energy supporters from across the state spoke out Tuesday asking Governor Cuomo to give solar projects back the option net metering.

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A plan for a large solar panel array on Grand Island drew some strong opposition Monday night during a Town Board meeting, including a threat to throw lawyers at the board if it approves the plan.
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Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said Monday that New York State, which has set a goal of fifty percent solar energy usage by the year 2030, has expanded its solar energy by 1000 percent since 2011. She joined a group of educators and renewable energy advocates at McKinley High School to make the announcement.


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Could solar energy reduce costs in economically-challenged neighborhoods? That is what National Grid is looking to find out.

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Wheatfield is the latest community to introduce a bill that would impose new regulations on solar energy.

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Between New York state spending $750 million dollars on a new solar panel factory in South Buffalo, SolarCity's financial struggles, and this week's expected shareholders vote on a proposed merger with Tesla, there has been a lot of speculation lately about Solar City's long term viability. But other local players in the industry are bullish on the future of solar regardless of what happens to the heavily subsidized company.

Money doesn’t grow on trees, but going green could save homeowners a few bucks. The group PUSH Green is holding an educational event Thursday night to inform residents about the cost efficiency of solar energy.

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A pool of state funds is being made available for conversions to solar energy.

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A local group that promotes affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization has a voice at the Paris climate conference.

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Western New York is becoming greener, thanks to an Albany-based company. Monolith Solar Associates is set to break ground for a Niagara County solar farm that will feature 1,944 solar panels on November 2.

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A new mission could be coming to the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. As part of President Obama's recently announced initiative to advance solar deployment and energy efficiency, the base could become a training site for veterans seeking a career in the growing field.

The State of New York has purchased the remaining 96 acres of what's known as the RiverBend site from the City of Buffalo for future development. 

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Energy from the sun is now being used to help operate a Niagara County convenience store.