SOLAR: South Korean company Qcells launches production at a Georgia complex that it says will build enough solar panels to generate 5.1 gigawatts of power yearly — almost 40% of existing U.S. solar panel capacity. (ABC News)






TECHNOLOGY: The U.S. Navy is funding a North Carolina company’s effort to develop tethered airborne wind generators, which could be useful in remote areas. (Coastal Review)


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Mason has worked as a journalist since 2001, covering Appalachian communities and the issues that affect them. He compiles the Southeast Energy News digest. Mason previously worked as a wildlife biologist before moving into journalism by freelancing at Coast Weekly in Monterey, California, before taking an internship in 2001 at High Country News. He wrote for the Enterprise Mountaineer in western North Carolina and the Roanoke Times in western Virginia before going freelance in 2012. His work has appeared in Southerly, Daily Yonder, Mother Jones, Huffington Post, WVPB’s Inside Appalachia and elsewhere. Mason was born and raised in Clifton Forge, Virginia, and now lives with his family and a small herd of goats in Floyd County, Virginia.