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Solar restrictions are gaining traction as the stakes for addressing climate change keep getting higher. Construction of more renewable energy is a key part of the country's plans to cut heat-trapping pollution and avoid the worst damage from extreme weather in the decades ahead. Ryan Kellman/NPR hide caption

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Electrical workers check solar panels at a photovoltaic power station built in a fishpond in Haian in China's eastern Jiangsu province. STR/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Computer Models Of Civilization Offer Routes To Ending Global Warming

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Julie Bishop raises the Katahdin breed of sheep, which have hair rather than wool. Dan Charles/NPR hide caption

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How To Have Your Solar Farm And Keep Your Regular Farm, Too

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The Monastery of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Washington, D.C. is the new host of a 151 kW community solar garden. The panels will provide roughly 50 nearby households with green energy. Mhari Shaw/NPR hide caption

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T.K. Thorne says the $20 monthly solar fee she pays to Alabama Power will double the time it will take to pay off her rooftop solar system. Julia Simon for NPR hide caption

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To Some Solar Users, Power Company Fees Are An Unfair Charge

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Farmer Kevin Sullivan put solar panels on a portion of his property in Suffield, Conn. Patrick Skahill/WNPR hide caption

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For New England Farmers Looking To Make Ends Meet, The Sun Provides A Harvest

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Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval plans to sign a bill will let homeowners with solar panels sell excess electricity to their utility at retail rates, his office says. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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A work crew for the Pittsburgh company Energy Independent Solutions installs solar panels at a community building in Millvale, Pa. Reid Frazier/The Allegheny Front hide caption

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As Coal Jobs Decline, Solar Sector Shines

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K.K. DuVivier stands by a smart meter that sends electricity back to her utility, Xcel Energy. The Denver home gets credits from Xcel for power that's added back to the grid. Grace Hood/Colorado Public Radio hide caption

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As Rooftop Solar Challenges Utilities, One Aims For A Compromise

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Kevin Butt, Toyota's regional environmental sustainability director, at a facility that uses methane to generate clean electricity to help run Toyota's auto plant in central Kentucky. Jennifer Ludden/NPR hide caption

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Big Business Pushes Coal-Friendly Kentucky To Embrace Renewables

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Judith Ausah (left) and Evelyn Sewodey create solar panels at the Lady Volta Vocational Center for Electricity and Solar Power in Ghana. "At first, I thought it was man's work," says Ausah, whose 2-month-old daughter stays in the school nursery. "But I came here and saw that, yes, women can do it." Ginanne Brownell/For NPR hide caption

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About a quarter of California's electricity comes from renewable sources, like this wind farm outside San Diego. Lauren Sommer/KQED hide caption

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Renewable Energy Sector Remains Optimistic Amid Trump Policy Outlook

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Eric Frumin (right) stands in front of his solar panels on the roof of his Brooklyn home alongside architect David Cunningham (left) and AeonSolar's Allen Frishman (center). Courtesy of Eric Frumin hide caption

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SolarReserve's Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Plant, located near Tonopah, Nev., features an array of 10,347 mirrors arranged in a circle 1.75 miles across. A 640-foot-tall tower glows when the sun's energy is concentrated and directed to the top. SolarReserve hide caption

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Solar And Wind Energy May Be Nice, But How Can We Store It?

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Nevada Solar Power Business Struggles To Keep The Lights On

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The Noor I Concentrated Solar Power plant, shown on Thursday, is the first phase of a large solar thermal power plant that is intended to supply more than a million Moroccans with electricity. Fadel Senna/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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