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Former steel mill covered in solar panels shines new light on Pittsburgh

By Billy Ludt Abandoned steel mills are a common sight in the Rust Belt region. Communities formed around these factories as the steel industry boomed, employing thousands of people at a time, but many suffered economic collapse and began shuttering in the 1970s. These buildings are difficult to redevelop because of their scale and corrosion from …

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New solar-powered LEDs to light the way along popular South Park walking trail

By TONY LARUSSA In a few weeks, strolling down a popular pedestrian trail in South Park will no longer just be a daytime affair. Work has begun on a project to illuminate a roughly 2-mile portion of the trail running along Corrigan Drive between Library and Brownsville roads with 122 energy-efficient solar-powered lights. Allegheny County …

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Solar street lighting is a unique opportunity for sustainable recovery

By Claire Phillips This article is sponsored by Signify. In response to the economic fallout from COVID-19, the European Union has formulated a major recovery plan for the continent with a key focus on adapting to the digital age and investing in cleaner and more resilient technologies for the future. In the U.S., the 2021 American Jobs …

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Africa’s Solar Street Lights Offer Glimmer of Potential

By Marianne Dhenin Jinja City in Uganda is the latest city in sub-Saharan Africa to embrace the cost savings and environmental benefits of solar-powered street illumination. In 2016, on the northern shore of Lake Victoria, Jinja City sat in darkness. The city, the second-largest in Uganda, had run up an overdue power bill of 1.3 …

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A $90 Million Solar Farm Makes University of Queensland 100% Renewable

By Ed Kennedy The University of Queensland (UQ) in Australia has laid claim to a renewable energy first. Not just first in the state of Queensland, or the nation of Australia—but reportedly first in the world. Since the opening of the US$90 million (AU$ 125 million) 64MW Warwick Solar Farm, UQ is held to be the …

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