June 28 Energy News

June 28, 2015


¶ “Solar Power Pros And Cons: Is Solar Power Worth It?” – If it were a disease, we’d have a full-blown epidemic. From $0-down leases to $0-down solar loans, there are easy ways to go solar these days. Even your grandmother can do it. But what are the actual pros and cons of solar power these days? [PlanetSave.com]


¶ “Activism fomented by Koch brothers turns against them” – The Koch brothers’ political machine, Freedom Partners, says it will raise and spend $889 million pushing conservative causes in the 2016 presidential election. An emerging champion against the Koch brothers is Tea Party activist Debbie Dooley. [Sydney Morning Herald]


¶ Japan’s SoftBank Corp, together with Bharti Enterprises and Taiwan’s Foxconn, will invest about $20 billion over the next 10 years to generate 20,000 MW of solar power and manufacture solar power equipment in India. The new company intends to participate in the 2015-16 round of solar tenders. [South Asian Link]

¶ Scottish ministers will hold an emergency summit with the green energy sector next month, after the UK Government announced it was to axe a subsidy scheme for onshore wind farms. Industry leader Scottish Renewables has warned the move could put up to £3 billion of investment in Scotland at risk. [stv.tv]

¶ In Ontario, Orillia Power is looking to construct at least three new generating stations. One of them is a hydro-electric project nearby. The other two are projects in other parts of Ontario, and for these it would enter into a joint venture with Shaman Power to form a new company, Bawitik Power. [Orillia Packet & Times]

¶ Wind energy in Mexico is expected to see annual investment of $2 billion during the next 25 years, becoming the most important sector in the country’s energy industry by 2033. Mexican power sector investments are projected to total $159 billion by 2040, and almost a third of it will be spent on wind power. [Mexico News Daily]

Turbinas eólicas en el Parque Eólico La Venta. Photo by Laloixx. Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Wikimedia Commons.

Turbinas eólicas en el Parque Eólico La Venta. Photo by Laloixx. Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ The single largest rooftop solar power plant in the world is being set up at Amritsar in Punjab to generate 7.2 MW of power, the Punjab Energy Development Agency Director said. At a meeting of the Association of Renewable Energy Agencies States, he said the plant is spread over in an area of 30 acres. [Times of India]

¶ Europe is likely to get over half of its electricity from renewable sources by the end of the next decade if EU countries meet their climate pledges, a draft commission paper leaked to The Guardian says. Currently, renewable power sources supply about a quarter of the electricity in Europe. [domain-B]

¶ Proposals for a 30-acre solar power farm in Little Dunmow, Essex, are being studied by Uttlesford District Council. If approved, it could generate 5 MW, enough to power 1,450 typical family homes and save 2,640 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions a year. (Little Dunmow has about 950 homes.) [Herts and Essex Observer]

¶ Germany’s oldest remaining nuclear reactor has been shut down, part of a move initiated four years ago to switch off all its nuclear plants by 2022. Bavaria’s environment ministry said Sunday that the Grafenrheinfeld reactor in the southern German state was taken offline as scheduled overnight. [Chicago Daily Herald]


¶ In its second year, the Waste to Wisdom project, in northern California, seeks the best methods to process and transport leftover wood material from timber cuts for use in renewable energy plants. Combining timber operations and biomass would be more efficient and less disruptive to the land. [Eureka Times Standard]

¶ Raciel Juarez founded Texas Green Solar and Wind Solutions, one of the first renewable energy companies in the Rio Grande Valley, nearly a decade ago. He says the first challenge he faced was not the lack of sun, but few local incentives. Now he worries that in 2016, the federal incentives for solar may disappear. [Valley morning Star]

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