More solar, wind, and other green/electricity news for your reading pleasure:
In an ideal world our homes would be so well insulated that our bodies and appliances would produce enough heat to keep us warm in winter. Of course life is never ideal, and the chances are you don’t live in a passivhaus. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of what you’ve got!
The Kauaʻi Island Utility Cooperative in Hawai’i has signed a PPA with SolarCity for a dispatchable solar PV storage system.
The US Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has signed a first-ever memorandum of understanding with China’s State Grid Energy Research Institute.
Southern California Edison has launched a Request for Offers in an attempt to acquire 100 MW of renewable energy capacity.
Production at a 1 GW solar PV inverter manufacturing facility has begun in Saudi Arabia. The inverter will be the first component to comply with the local production norms.
One of the world’s leading silicon wafer producers, XI’AN LONGi Silicon Materials Corp, has expressed intentions to set up a manufacturing unit in India.
Silicor Materials is a 9-year-old California company that makes the silicon used to produce solar panels. Silicon requires a lot of power to manufacture, so the cost of energy is an important factor in producing silicon profitably.
ConEdison has announced that it has acquired 50% interest in the 335 MW Panoche Valley Solar Farm, located in Central California, from RET Capital.
Arizona Public Service has offered to withdraw its request to increase the grid-access charge for residential solar customers, claiming that opponents have turned the issue into “political theater.”
How much will I save each month by putting solar panels on my roof? What’s the payback period for my system? How long is my e? These are questions even the greenest consumers are likely to ask, and they are at the core of new efforts to enhance consumer protections in the solar industry.
France plans to reduce the share in nuclear from 75 to 50% of power supply. But donât hold your breath; it is unlikely as German automotive firms producing clean cars. Recent comments by the country’s Environmental Minister Ségolène Royal show how politically confused the issue is. Media reports about her comments hardly help clear up the matter.
The extreme heatwave this summer has put additional pressure on the Polish power system. Energy planners and policy makers in the country should no longer just be worried about power outages in winter, argues Michal Olszewski. Summer heat could be just as disruptive.
Morgan Stanley says rooftop solar is impacting value of network operators, as falling demand reduced the need to spend on poles and wire upgrades.
Greens leader Richard di Natale has unveiled a policy proposing a levy on coal miners to pay for mine site rehabilitation and retraining of workers.
Beyond Zero Emissions report finds Australia’s renewable energy industry could generate $370 billion worth of jobs over next 10 years using current technology.
Tony Abbott rejected rooftop solar as too expensive to clean and a security risk. New PM Malcolm Turnbull already has solar, but will he say it is good for humanity?