June 3 Energy News

June 3, 2015

World:

¶ Lights flick on across a sleepy hamlet in Kenya, thanks to the efforts of more than 200 Maasai women at the frontline of a solar power revolution. Trained in solar panel installation, they use donkeys to haul their solar wares from home to home in the remote region, giving families their first access to clean and reliable power. [TODAYonline]

Massai village in Ngorongoro, Tanzania. Photo by David Berkowitz. Wikimedia Commons.  

Massai village in Tanzania. Photo by David Berkowitz. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ Tokyo-based firm Juwi Shizen Energy started construction of a 25-MW solar park in Hirono, Japan, to be put online in the spring of 2016. This is the biggest engineering, procurement, and construction deal in Japan for the joint venture between German developer Juwi AG and Japanese firm Shizen Energy Inc. [SeeNews Renewables]

¶ A report, Under the Rug: How Governments and International Institutions Are Hiding Billions in Support to the Coal Industry, reveals that governments and financing organisations have funnelled more than $73 billion into coal-related projects over the last 8 years. Much of the support is for export financing. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Power for All is a global campaign dedicated to promoting the fastest, most cost-effective, and most sustainable approach to universal energy access. It claims that access to distributed, democratized, and renewable energy can be delivered twice as fast and at 10% of the cost of the top-down, centralized model. [CleanTechnica]

¶ ACME Cleantech Solutions, a renewable energy developer in India, has commissioned 100 MW of solar PV plants in the state of Rajasthan in the country’s Northwest. There will be a total of five plants of 20 MW each. The power generated from the projects will supply the state through a 132-kV line. [PV-Tech]

¶ China is the world’s largest hydro power producer and is expected to share its technology with the world despite challenges at home, according to the China Economic Weekly. The magazine says China’s installed hydropower capacity of 300 GW led the world and accounted for 27% of global capacity in 2014. [WantChinaTimes]

¶ ReFood has completed a multi-million pound development project to expand an anaerobic digestion facility in Yorkshire. The project has almost doubled the capacity of the facility which is now capable of processing 160,000 tonnes of food waste. It will generate enough electricity for more than 12,000 homes. [Thorne Gazette]

Reffod digester at Ings Road, Bentley, Yorkshire

Reffod digester at Ings Road, Bentley, Yorkshire.

US:

¶ Making it easier and more affordable to install rooftop solar systems, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has signed into law the Solar Power Free Market Financing Act. The legislation is considered a victory for both property rights supporters and solar advocates, and has applause from the solar industry. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum says he loves Pope Francis, but he wants the pontiff to stop talking about climate change. He says the pope should “leave science to the scientists.” The pope, who has a master’s degree in chemistry, is becoming increasingly vocal about climate change. [Huffington Post]

¶ A new low in California’s worsening drought was reached Monday when state officials reported that the state’s snowpack is gone. This was inevitable as a measurement two months ago said it was at 5% of normal. Despite the dire water measurement, power supplies are basically unaffected. [Natural Gas Intelligence]

¶ US developer Wind Quarry proposes to install 45 2.3-MW Siemens turbines at the 103-MW Willow Creek project in western South Dakota, the developer said in an application to the state Public Utilities Commission. The project area encompasses about 40,000 acres of private ranch land in Butte County. [reNews]

¶ Customer costs will continue to mount for the construction of two nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle, even if regulators reject cost overruns, Georgia Power Co executives testified on Tuesday. The utility had acknowledged in February that construction is over budget and 18 months behind schedule. [McDuffie Mirror]

¶ South Carolina Electric & Gas Co is asking for a nearly 3% rate increase due to overruns in the cost of building two new nuclear reactors. South Carolina media outlets report the increase, if approved by state regulators, would first appear on the bills of the utility’s almost 700,000 customers in November. [Aiken Standard]

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