July 12 Energy News

July 12, 2015

Opinion:

¶ “Renewable Energy Is Looking for This Game Changer” Time of use rates will increase the value renewable energy and energy storage can provide to the grid. Rates and policies are also how utilities (driven by Koch funding) are attempting to fight off solar. There are good and bad signs in California. [Motley Fool]

A solar installation at the Mascone Center in San Fransisco, built by Sunpower. Image source: Sunpower.

A solar installation on the roof of the Mascone Center in San Fransisco, built by Sunpower. Image source: Sunpower.

World:

¶ The global solar industry has seen exponential growth in recent years, and that’s expected to continue. After hitting about 178 GW of capacity by the end of 2014, global solar PV capacity is expected to hit 200 GW shortly. BSW-Solar expects the global solar PV capacity to reach 400 GW within four years. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The Australian government has ordered the Clean Energy Finance Corporation not to make any future investments in wind power, instead focussing on emerging technologies, the trade minister confirmed. The finance minister and treasurer bypassed the environment minister in issuing the directive. [The Guardian]

¶ It has emerged that the Abbott government is puting a stop to solar investments other than the largest industrial-scale projects. It opened up another front in its war on renewable energy by pulling the plug on investments in the most common form of alternative energy, rooftop and small-scale solar. [The Guardian]

¶ The solar energy industry accused the Australian government of hypocrisy over a decision to ban the $10 billion (Aus) Clean Energy Finance Corporation from investing in wind power or roof-top solar. The government ordered the corporation to avoid projects the private sector can handle. [The Australian Financial Review]

¶ SunEdison has been showing great interest in the Indian market. In recent times, the company announced several deals helping the Indian government reach its target of 175 GW of renewable capacity by 2022. The company has significantly expanded its footprint in the Indian wind energy market. [Greentech Lead]

Field and wind turbines in India. Courtesy of Vestas. Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. Wikimedia Commons.

Field and wind turbines in India. Courtesy of Vestas. Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ Germany and the United Nations have expressed willingness to help Pakistan address challenges of climate change. Talking to Radio Pakistan, the German Ambassador and the Director of the UN Information Center in Pakistan said Pakistan can mitigate problems by focusing on renewable sources of energy. [Business Recorder]

¶ While South Africans bemoan regular electricity load shedding‚ a new report points out that the current power crisis in sub-Saharan Africa offers a huge investment opportunity. The report from McKinsey and Company points out that the region is incredibly rich in potential power-generation capacity. [Times LIVE]

¶ Kenya is a model investment destination and a model for the rest of Africa, Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, declared on Saturday. The comments came after he led a group of investors in talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta. They explored how to make the most of Kenya’s abundant potential. [Capital FM Kenya]

¶ Barring last-minute glitches, nuclear power will again become a part of Japan’s energy mix after two years off. Technicians at the Sendai-1 reactor on the south-western coast of Kyushu completed refueling operations on July 10. After final “pre-use” inspections, the reactor is expected to go online in September. [Anadolu Agency]

¶ Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller on Thursday broke ground for the construction of the first utility-scale solar energy power plant in Jamaica, which, upon completion, will be the largest such facility in the Caribbean. The 20-MW photovoltaic facility should be connected to the national grid by June 2016.[Stabroek News]

US:

¶ A Stratham-based alternative energy company hopes to change New Hampshire’s status as a solar energy laggard. NHSolarGarden.com is working on building solar arrays all over the state that would create more solar energy in the state than all thecurrent solar energy projects combined. [Foster’s Daily Democrat]

¶ Wisconsin regulators have given a go-ahead to resume work on part of a high-voltage power line connecting Minnesota and Wisconsin put on hold over concerns about protected bird species. Work can resume outside the habitat area, but the utilities need to submit a new plan for where they live. [The Courier Life News]

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