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Happy 50th birthday to Chez Panisse, the Berkeley restaurant that launched farm-to-fork eating

When a small restaurant called Chez Panisse opened its doors 50 years ago in Berkeley, California, it wasn’t obvious that it would change how Americans thought about eating. The first menu on Aug. 28, 1971, was pâté baked in pastry, duck with olives, a salad and an almond tart, served for a fixed price of US$3.95. There were too many waiters and not enough utensils. But this seemingly quirky…
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LG to stop manufacturing solar panels, cites industry ‘uncertainties’

LG ElectronicsFollow @EngelsAngle LG Electronics said it will stop manufacturing solar panels following a decision by the company’s board of directors on Feb. 22. A news release said the decision was due to “uncertainties in the global solar panel business” that include price competition and the rising cost of materials. LG’s solar panel business will close by June 30…
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New York Bight offshore wind auction enters second day with bids totaling $1.5 billion

On Wednesday, Feb. 23, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will hold an offshore wind energy lease auction for 480,000 acres in the New York Bight area off New York and New Jersey.Follow @EngelsAngle The New York Bight offshore wind lease auction is already the most successful in U.S. history. And it isn’t over. After one day and 21 rounds of live bidding, the combined price…
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Heliogen sets up concentrated solar facility in California

Heliogen has begun setup at a new manufacturing facility in Long Beach, California (Courtesy: Heliogen)Follow @EngelsAngle Concentrated solar energy system manufacturing Heliogen has begun to set up a production facility in Long Beach, California.Heliogen has begun setup at a new manufacturing facility in Long Beach, California (Courtesy: Heliogen)The company said on Feb. 22 that its 90,000…
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NREL app speeds solar permitting process, study finds

An automated platform from NREL cuts an average of 12 business days from the rooftop solar permitting process.(Courtesy: Ricardo Gomez Angel/Unsplash)Follow @EngelsAngle Nobody likes to wait. And in rooftop solar, every added day spent waiting for a permit cuts into profit margins and sours the customer experience. These so-called soft costs can be a backbreaker. The National Renewable Energy…
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