June 14 Energy News

June 14, 2015

Science and Technology:

¶ Solar Impulse is waiting for a weather window to fly from Japan to Hawaii, making it the longest and most dangerous journey ever on sun powered solo airplane. The seventh leg of the plane’s trip around the world, from Nanjing to Honolulu, was cut short because of weather, so the plane landed in Japan. [TechFrag]

Solar Impulse 2

Solar Impulse 2

¶ A report by The Brattle Group for the Advanced Energy Economy Institute says high penetration of renewable generation is not only technically feasible but are already being managed without compromising reliability of electric power service. This supports higher usage of renewable energy. [Windpower Engineering]


¶ The countries that are the biggest polluters have offered different solutions, each using its own timeframe and accounting method, for the UN climate plan. Early analyses by climate researchers show the combined impact falls short of the sharp cuts in emissions required to keep global warming in check. [The Sentinel]

¶ China has approached Bangladesh with a proposal to build waste-based power plants to utilise potentials of the renewable energy sector in the country. The group making the proposal has already completed power plants that generate coal and fuel from garbage with a combined output of 30 MW. [DhakaTribune]

¶ The Chinese Government is going to launch a 50-MW solar powered project in Garissa County, Kenya. Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Liu Xianfa says the project will help provide opportunities such as jobs for the youth who are vulnerable to terror extremism in the largely marginalized county. [Capital FM Kenya]

¶ Google is in talks to invest tens of millions of dollars in the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project, under construction on 40,000 acres in Kenya, slated to be the largest in sub-Saharan Africa. Scheduled for completion in 2017, the project is expected to deliver about 20% of all the electricity produced in Kenya. [AFKInsider]

View of Lake Turkana, Kenya. Photo by Doron. GNU Free Documentation License. Wikimedia Commons.

View of Lake Turkana, Kenya. Photo by Doron. GNU Free Documentation License. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ The government of India has launched an insurance pool to the tune of 1,500 crore rupees ($234,668,000) which is mandatory under the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act in a bid to offset financial burden of foreign nuclear suppliers. Several projects that have been held up may now move forward. [The Hans India]


¶ OCI Solar Power LLC, based in San Antonio, Texas, announced that it had started construction on the 110-MW Alamo 6 solar photovoltaic plant located in Pecos County, Texas. Once constructed, this will be the largest PV plant in Texas and one of the largest dual-axis solar projects in the world. [solarserver.com]

¶ sPower, of Salt Lake City, Utah, announced that it has successfully secured 20-year power purchase agreements for three new solar PV projects in California. The three PV facilities will be completed and generating solar power in 2016. Together, they will generate enough solar power for more than 2,500 homes. [solarserver.com]

¶ As reported earlier, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association is buying the entire 76-MW output of the Twin Buttes II Wind Project. It is also fighting to preserve a supply source for a coal-fired power plant in Craig, Colorado, and awaits a decision from a federal judge. [Casper Star-Tribune Online]

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