1. Solar power systems to be installed at 15 Kaua’i schools in Hawaii. “The Hawaii state Department of Education is working to significantly reduce the cost of school operations and, as a first step, has awarded a Power Purchase Agreement contract to install photovoltaic systems at 15 Kaua’i schools,” Solarbuzz reports. “Under the agreement, the installation of the PVs at the schools will be completed at no cost to the state.”
2. Solar-powered charging stations for I-GO EVs at Chicago transit stop approved. As a follow-up to my post on Chicago’s new, nation-leading solar-powered electric vehicle charging station project, here’s some more news from I-GO: “The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has approved the installation of an I-GO Car Sharing solar-powered charging station for two electric vehicles at the park and ride lot adjacent to the Brown Line Kimball El station. This is the first solar-powered charging station announced on CTA property.”
3. Iberdrola begins work on 1st wind farm in Asturias. Spanish wind leader Iberdrola continues its good, clean wind energy work: “IBERDROLA has started to build what will be its first wind farm in the Principality of Asturias, the El Candal facility, with an installed capacity of 38 megawatts (MW).”
4. SolarCity helping to put solar on multi-family affordable housing in DC. SolarCity, William C. Smith + Co., a local real estate development and management firm, and the D.C. Housing Authority announced “completion of a 429-panel, 103-kilowatt solar power installation on a new affordable housing complex within Sheridan Station, a major redevelopment project in the district’s reemerging Ward 8 community” on Monday.
5. Duke Energy buys two Arizona solar farms. “Duke Energy now owns two large-scale solar farms in Arizona – the company’s first in the American West,” Duke Energy reported on Monday. “Duke Energy Renewables, a commercial business unit of Duke Energy, purchased the Ajo Solar Project and Bagdad Solar Project from Recurrent Energy in August. Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) will buy all of the output from both solar farms from Duke Energy Renewables under the terms of two 25-year power purchase agreements. (APS originally signed these agreements with Recurrent Energy.)”
6. TATA moves forward on 25-MW solar project. “Tata Power, India’s largest private power company, which is developing a 25 MW solar photovoltaic power project at Mithapur, Gujarat, under the state’s Solar Power Policy 2009, through its subsidiary, Tata Power Renewable Energy, announced the completion of the signing of financing agreements” on Tuesday.
7. Siemens planning a £210-million wind turbine factory in Hull, England. “Proposed factory, built by Associated British Ports, is set to create 700 jobs manufacturing 6MW turbines,” Business Green notes.
8. Marine Scotland identifies 15 new areas for offshore Scottish wind farms. “The new areas could support a further 10 Gigawatts of development and are additional to the plans already in place for 10 Gigawatts of offshore wind around Scotland,” Argyll News reports.
9. Tuscola County township unanimously approves 63-turbine offshore wind farm. “Before a standing-room-only audience of about 130 people Monday night, leaders of this Tuscola County township approved — with conditions — a plan to build 63 electricity-producing wind turbines,” MLive reports. “The Gilford Township Planning Commission voted 4 to 0 — with member Kent A. Houghtaling abstaining — to grant a special-use permit to Florida-based NextEra Energy, which proposes a $250 million Tuscola Bay Wind Energy Park.”
10. Kimberly-Clark distribution center receives one of the largest solar rooftops in U.S. “Expanding on the 100 kilowatt solar array installed in 2009, the 4.9 megawatt (DC), or 3.5 megawatt (AC), solar installation now covers 350,000 square feet of roof space,” Kimberly-Clark notes. “The renewable energy generated from this rooftop solar array will produce up to 6.6 million kilowatt-hours of clean energy per year, will offset approximately 4,500 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent annually, and provide enough electricity to power approximately 925 average Southern California homes a year.”
11. Soitec purchases manufacturing facility in San Diego to locally produce CPV modules for the U.S. renewable energy market. “Soitec (Euronext), a world leader in generating and manufacturing revolutionary semiconductor materials for the electronics and energy industries, has purchased a manufacturing facility in Rancho Bernardo, Calif., within San Diego City limits, and will soon begin fitting the factory to produce its concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) modules for the U.S. renewable-energy market,” Soitec reports. “The site, acquired from Sony Electronics Inc., will enable a manufacturing capacity of 200 megawatts (MW) of Soitec’s fifth generation Concentrix™ CPV modules and with future expansion to double the capacity to 400 MW per year. This major project for Soitec represents an investment of more than $150-million and will create 450 on-site jobs ─ including employees for the joint venture ─ in the City of San Diego and more than 1,000 indirect jobs at full capacity (200 MW).”
12. Kohl’s Department Stores piloting electric vehicle charging stations at 33 stores. “Each participating Kohl’s store will have one to four parking spaces reserved for EV drivers to charge at no cost while they shop,” a news release by Kohl’s announced on Thursday. “Charging stations can be activated by EV drivers in various ways including radio frequency identification (RFID) cards available at Kohl’s customer service desk and via phone numbers provided on the charging stations.” Kohl’s is partnering with ECOtality and Coulomb Technologies “on the installation of these charging stations and as a participant in their respective EV infrastructure pilot programs funded partially through the U.S. Department of Energy.” ECOtality announced on Thursday “that it would install Blink® Pedestal electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at 14 Kohl’s locations nationwide.”