Published on March 14th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan1
Cuba Gets Its Largest Solar Array; Gamesa Hits Capacity Installation & Turbine Output Records; Clean Energy Witch-Hunter Accused of Bribery (Clean Links)
March 14th, 2012 by Zachary Shahan
1. Cuba has just received its largest solar power array. “The 1,200 panel solar power system will generate clean electricity for the military fitness center at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay.” The solar power system was installed by Tampa-based solar contractor Solar Source. [Source: Solar Source]
2. Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), the chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee and the lead investigator of the Solyndra bankruptcy, “has been accused by Republican political rival James Jett of using intermediaries to bribe him to stay out of a challenge.” As a result, the Checks and Balances Project has sent a letter to energy committee chair Fred Upton (R-MI) asking that Stearns be requested to step down from his role on the Oversight and Investigations Committee as he is being investigated by the FBI. [Source: Think Progress]
3. Gamesa announced this week that it “installed a record 3,308 MW of new capacity in 2011, 27.8% more than in 2010.” 87% of those installations were outside of its home country of Spain. Installations were in 22 countries on 5 continents. Gamesa’s worldwide market share in this sector rose 1.6% to 8% of the market, the fourth most in the world. Vestas remained in first place (12.7% of market share) but dropped 2%. China’s Sinovel and Goldwind came in third and fourth. This 2011 installation record “tops the company’s former annual installation record of 3,134 MW, registered in 2008, and lifts the total installed in the last 17 years to 24,138 MW.” [Source: Gamesa]
4. Gamesa’s G10X-4.5 MW wind turbine prototype achieved a new Spanish wind turbine output record this week, “104.6 MWh, or 23.24 equivalent hours producing at nominal capacity (96.85% of the day), surpassing the previous record of 98.5 MWh set in January.” The record was achieved on Sunday (so, if you’re in Europe, I guess that would actually be “last week” — something I haven’t gotten used to here). “The Alaiz machine is the second G10X-4.5 MW prototype Gamesa has erected in Spain with the aim of achieving the highest possible levels of availability, energy efficiency and network codes for this turbine system from day one. The first prototype is installed at the R&D wind farm in Jaulín, Zaragoza.” [Source: Gamesa]
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