February 19 Energy News

February 19, 2015

Science and Technology:

¶ Imergy Power Systems announced a new, mega-sized version of their vanadium flow battery technology. The EPS250 series will deliver up to 250 kW of power with a 1 MWh capacity. The company claims it can deliver power for a levelized cost as low as $300 per kWh, making it competitive with lithium-ion. [ExtremeTech]

World:

¶ Turkey is now aiming to get at least 30% of its electricity requirements via renewable energy sources by the year 2023, based on figures put forward in the country’s National Renewable Energy Action Plan. Of this target, the country is reportedly aiming for at least 5 GW worth to be via solar PV projects. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The UAE has inaugurated a solar photovoltaic micro grid project to bring clean energy to some of Fiji’s outer islands. Built by Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, the clean energy project is the third financed by the UAE’s $50 million Pacific Partnership Fund, through the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development. [Trade Arabia]

¶ Egypt is looking to add 4.3 GW of solar capacity as it targets a total boost of 8-GW in the next 10 years. The government said the extra power is needed to meet the needs of the nation’s expanding economy and it expects to start signing deals for PV projects at the Egypt Economic Development Conference in March. [reNews]

¶ ITM Power PLC on Wednesday said it has successfully delivered the power-to-gas PEM electrolyser system it sold to German power company RWE Deutschland AG within ten weeks of receiving the order. The system is the third rapid-response power-to-gas energy storage system ITM installed in Germany. [London South East]

¶ A new hydroelectric dam, set to be built on the River Allt Coire Chaorach, near Crianlarich, is set to be yet another instalment that will help push Scotland to the 100% renewable energy mark by 2020. The £8.5 million investment is set to generate up to eight GWh of electricity per year, also creating jobs and growth. [Click Green]

¶ Japan has relied heavily on fossil fuels since shutdown of the country’s nuclear fleet following the Fukushima Disaster. In 2013, more than 86% of Japan’s generation mix was composed of fossil fuels. With no nuclear plants online since 2013, the Japanese government anticipates starting a few up in 2015. [PennEnergy]

¶ The UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs was informed by the CAP Direct Payments Team that solar farms do not have a “serious” impact on the UK’s agricultural output. This information came ahead of its controversial decision to remove CAP payments for solar farms. [Greentech Media]

¶ Jordan’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources is collaborating with the Ministry of Islamic Affairs to implement plans to power all of the country’s mosques with solar energy by the end of 2015. Mosques currently pay as much as $1,400 a month for the air-conditioning and lighting. [Global Construction Review]

US:

¶ An NRG Energy subsidiary, NRG Renew, will join Kaiser Permanente, a major US health provider serving over 9 million people, in creating one of the top three on-site commercial solar portfolios among all US companies. The California project will also be one of the world’s largest vehicle-parking solar projects. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Last week, Rolling Stone published a blockbuster climate change article complete with the incendiary title, “The Pentagon & Climate Change: How Deniers Put National Security at Risk.” Now, the US Navy has posted a response with a forceful declaration of support for the Rolling Stone article. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Origin Energy provided further details of its impending major push into the domestic solar market. It expects rooftop solar to grow five-fold over the next 15 years, with battery storage coming also. It will install and maintain rooftop solar systems, and charge the homeowner a fee to use the solar electricity. [RenewEconomy]

¶ SunEdison Inc, the world’s largest renewable energy development company, announced the successful start of operation of the Regulus solar facility in Kern County, California. The 81.6 MW(DC) facility expected to provide almost $184 million in revenue to local businesses, governments and households. [SCVNEWS.com]

¶ PSEG Solar Source joined with El Paso Electric and juwi solar to formally dedicate the PSEG El Paso Solar Center. The 13-MW facility is El Paso’s largest, producing enough renewable energy to power more than 3,800 homes. PSEG Solar Source currently has 10 facilities in operation, totaling 109.7 MW. [PennEnergy]

¶ Green Mountain Power announced that for a third year, thanks to power generation at its Kingdom Community Wind Farm, five Northeast Kingdom Towns will receive Good Neighbor Fund payments. This year, GMP will distribute more than $188,000, an increase of $62,000 over last year. [vtdigger.org]

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