Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 2 July 2014

Tata Power Solar commissions India’s largest solar power project
19 June 2014 - Indian solar EPC contractor Tata Power Solar has successfully commissioned a 50 MW solar photovoltaic project in Rajgarh, Madhya Pradesh for NTPC.

The project is part of Tata Power Solar’s strategy to expand their renewable energy portfolio to 1,000MW by 2017 and is the largest Indian solar project to use domestically manufactured solar modules. It covers over 240 acres of land and is expected to generate enough power to supply 90,000 households per year, offsetting approximately 73,000 tonnes of CO2 in the first year. read more>>>

Companies merge, tout 'Made in Europe' PV panels
11 June 2014 - The Lithuania-based companies BOD Group, ViaSolis and Baltic Solar Energy have merged and under the new corporate name "SoliTek" are now producing completely European made poly-crystalline solar cells, glass-glass PV modules and complete PV system solutions.

SoliTek’s factory is the first factory for solar cells and PV modules newly built in Europe since 2008, said Singulus Technologies AG in a press release. The company had completed the cell production line in the fourth quarter of 2013.

The company says this facility is the first factory worldwide to use a specific PIB rim sealing for the production of the innovative, only 5 mm thick glass-glass PV modules. read more>>>

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More canal-top solar power projects for Gujarat
25.06.2014 - In April 2012, Gujarat state commissioned the world's first 1 MW canal-top solar PV power project atop the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited (SSNNL) canal at the village of Chandrasen in the Mehsana District. It was carried out under the former state Chief Minister and current Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, and cost around INR 175 billion (approximately € 2.2 billion). The installation is expected to generate 1.6 million kWh annually. In addition to an increased yield due to the cooling effect of the water underneath, the project also has another important effect: The shade prevents the evaporation of 9 million litres of water annually. The most important benefit, however, is that it makes full use of the area available above the canal and eliminates the need to purchase an expensive land area of 4.5 acres. read more>>>

Amazing Pop-Up Solar Power Station Delivers Energy Anywhere it's Needed
06/24/14 - Ecosphere Technologies’ latest product combines several of our very favorite things in one easy-to-transport package: shipping containers, off-the-grid solar power, and clean drinking water generation. With their new Ecos PowerCube, the company can deliver a shipping-container-sized, self-sustaining solar power station by air, sea, rail or road to anywhere in the world it is needed.

According to the Ecosphere Technologies‘ website, the “Ecos PowerCube® is the world’s largest, mobile, solar-powered generator. It runs on high power photovoltaic panels that extend from its container combined with an easy to set up wind turbine. read more>>>

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Construction Market in Asia-Pacific Cities Set to Thrive as Buildings Go Green and Smart, Finds Frost & Sullivan
Malaysia, June 23, 2014 /Nassau News Live/ – Urbanization and the need for sustainable buildings will drive growth in the Asia-Pacific building construction market despite the soaring property prices. Green buildings that include smart features to ensure energy-efficiency are likely to attract the highest interest. Market participants, however, must find ways to capitalize on this potential in an extremely competitive market, where buyers are more inclined to purchase buildings that are constructed by established property developers.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Building Construction Market in Asia-Pacific, finds that the market earned revenues of US$494.49 billion in 2013 and estimates this to reach US$750.00 billion in 2018. The Southeast Asia region will offer highest scope for market expansion due to its burgeoning population, increasing urbanization, and economic growth in countries such as Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia. read more>>>

Green Power Purchases 20MW Georgia Solar Project
June 23, 2014 - Green Power EMC, the renewable energy supplier for 38 Georgia Electric Membership Corporations (EMCs), has reached an agreement to purchase the full output of a new 20 megawatt (MW) solar project planned for construction in Hazlehurst, Georgia. The solar farm will cover nearly 135 acres, and feature 87,000 ground-mounted solar modules.

Under an agreement with owner-operator Silicon Ranch Corporation, Green Power EMC will receive all the energy produced by the solar project over a 25-year period. Construction is scheduled to begin this year, and the facility will be ready to produce electricity in late 2015. read more>>>

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DTE customers to see lifetime savings of $4.5B from energy efficiency programs
June 24, 2014 - Customers who participated in DTE Energy's energy efficiency programs in 2013 collectively saved $512 million last year. Those programs will continue to pay off in lifetime savings of more than $4.5 billion, according to the company.

Launched in 2009, the energy efficiency programs include appliance recycling, in-home energy audits, low-income weatherization assistance, and rebates and discounts on energy-efficient light bulbs and appliances, and programmable thermostats.

"More than 200,000 of our customers took control of their energy use through these programs and saved millions of dollars as a result," said Irene Dimitry, DTE Energy vice president of marketing and renewables. "There's no doubt that our energy efficiency programs are not only saving energy, but helping our customers save money." read more>>>

Reducing Energy's Water Footprint, Driving a Sustainable Energy Future
Jun. 16, 2014 - Water is an essential natural resource that impacts all aspects of life: Clean and abundant supplies of water are vital for supporting the production of food, public health, industrial and energy development, and a healthy environment. Water is an integral part of energy extraction, production, and generation. It is used directly in hydroelectric power generation and is used extensively for thermoelectric power plant cooling and emissions control. Water is also used for energy resource extraction such as gas shale fracking and development, biofuels production, coal and uranium mining and processing, as well as for oil and natural gas refining and energy resource transportation.

Historically, energy infrastructures around the world were commonly developed within a context of unconstrained water resource availability. read more>>>

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Africa closer to green economy: UN
June 24, 2014 - The African continent is nearer to achieving a green economy status compared to other continents because it is closer to nature, the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) said on Tuesday.

UNEP Chief of Economics and Trade Branch Steven Stone told a media briefing in Nairobi the continent lacks huge investments in fossil based industries.

"So even as Africa grows, it should not lose the link," Stone said on the sidelines of the first ever UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) in Nairobi. read more>>>

MA town meets 100 percent of its municipal power needs with renewable energy
June 25, 2014 - A solar installation built on a former 29-acre municipal landfill that has since been capped and covered with soil in the town of Scituate, Massachusetts has been chosen from a pool of 21 finalists to receive a 2014 "Photovoltaic Project of Distinction" award from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA).

The 3 MW, 12.5-acre "Scituate Solar I" project makes Scituate the first town in the United States to operate 100 percent of its city-owned facilities with renewable energy. The project features 10,560 polysilicon panels and includes design and engineering considerations that maintain the integrity of the sensitive landfill cap. An online monitoring system that measures the project's real-time and cumulative energy output is accessible to teachers, students and the general public.

Scituate Solar is expected to produce 3.825 million kilowatt-hours per year and save the town $200,000 a year from net metering. read more>>>

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