Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 6 August 2013

AGL lights up Outback economies with biggest solar energy project in the southern hemisphere
August 01, 2013 - ENERGY giant AGL is set to launch the largest solar power project in the southern hemisphere after successfully locking in extra funding.

The $450 million scheme to build two solar plants is now expected to start next year, creating about 450 jobs.

The project, which involves construction of solar projects in NSW's Broken Hill and Nyngan, will be supported by $170 million from the Federal Government's Australian Renewable Energy Agency. read more>>>

Shifting global investments to clean energy
Jul. 31, 2013 - When President Barack Obama announced the country's first national climate strategy, many people wondered what it would mean across the nation. Yet, the strategy may carry even more significant implications overseas. The plan restricts U.S. government funding for most international coal projects. This policy could significantly affect energy producers and public and private investors around the globe.

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China plans to spend $275 billion to cut air pollution
Jul. 26, 2013 - China will spend $275 billion to tackle air pollution over the next five years, highlighting how the issue has become a priority for the leadership.

The amount is more than the total economic output of Hong Kong last year and underlines how the government is eager to bring about a visible improvement in China's bad air, which has caused discontent among its citizens and tarnished the country's image abroad.

The China Daily reported Thursday that the plan targets Beijing, the neighboring port city of Tianjin and densely populated Hebei province, which surrounds them. read more>>>

Mexico making waves in PV in Latin America
Jul. 31, 2013 - The 30MW Martifer Solar Aura PV plant will be completed in August, making Mexico a potential rival to Chile’s dominance of the PV market in Latin America.

The Aura plant, being developed by Martifer solar and Gauss Energía, will be providing power to Mexico’s national utility, the Comisión Federal de electricidad (CFE), and will use Suntech modules. It is one of several large scale plants underway in Mexico, including a 20MW plant for Ford.

Mexico is seen as an exciting market for PV due to the high rates of DNI/GHI and opportunities for off-grid, distributed PV and utility-scale. However, with only one national utility, much relies on their transmission capacity and policy environment to ensure PV flourishes. read more>>>

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Future power generation could further endanger water supplies
Jul. 30, 2013 - A new study by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) suggests that the power industry's draw on already strained water supplies could be dramatically lowered by replacing aging power plants using water-smart options such as renewable energy and through efficiency measures.

The study, Water-Smart Power: Strengthening the U.S. Electricity System in a Warming World, warns that continuing down a business-as-usual path will place a heavy burden on the nation's overly-taxed water resources.

'Making low-carbon, water-smart choices is a high-stakes effort.

Customers can own solar via Seattle Aquarium
August 1, 2013 - In a new project development, Seattle City Light will install the largest solar array at any West Coast aquarium as part of the utility's Community Solar and Green Up programs this fall.

The 49 kW project will cover much of the south side of the Seattle Aquarium's roof with most of the panels will produce electricity on behalf of City Light customers who want to buy solar power through the utility's Community Solar program. The rest of the panels are being installed as a demonstration project through the utility's voluntary Green Up renewable energy program with the electricity produced assisting with powering Aquarium operations. read more>>>

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AIA Approves Continuing Education Credit For Green Globes Course
July 31, 2013 - The Green Building Initiative (GBI) has announced that the new Green Globes® training course was approved by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for continuing education credit. AIA members need 18 Learning Units per year, 12 of which must be for Health/Safety/Welfare (HSW).

To receive credit, users must watch “Green Globes for New Construction,” a free the webinar on green building certification. This course is intended for design and construction professionals interested in green building rating systems. read more>>>

India poised to lead global green building movement
31st Jul 2013 - Adding a major impetus to the Green Building Movement in India which is being spearheaded by CII's Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), the Jawaharlal Nehru Bhawan of the Ministry of External Affairs, has become the first government Office building in New Delhi to be awarded with IGBC's LEED India- New Construction (NC) Gold Rating.

Dr. Prem C Jain, Chairman, IGBC and Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII presented the prestigious CII-IGBC Green Building Plaque and Certificate to Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai at a special programme organised at Jawaharlal Nehru Bhawan. read more>>>

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SolarWorld Extends All-American Solar Financing Program to Six More States
FreedomTM Plan, only all-American solar financing program, now available not only in California but also in Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts and New Jersey

31 July 2013 - HILLSBORO, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- SolarWorld, the largest U.S. solar manufacturer for more than 35 years, has extended its popular FreedomPlan, the solar industry’s only financing program dedicated to high-quality, American-made solar panels and racking, to six additional U.S. states. The program is now available to residential solar customers not only in California but also in Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts and New Jersey. It is designed for homeowners seeking freedom from rising utility costs and foreign energy sources by replacing a portion of their electricity bill with a low monthly solar-power payment. read more>>>

Can microgrids provide smooth renewable power integration and backup?
01 August 2013 - Microgrids could provide a way to sustain power during disasters and allow isolated regions to tap into renewable energy sources in a sustainable way. Joyce Laird talks to ABB's smart grid expert Brad Luyster.

When natural disasters create power outages anywhere in the world, it has a devastating impact on the local economy and lives. Power restoration can takes weeks to months. In some regions of the world there is no option other than diesel to generate energy. read more>>>

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