September 3 Energy News

September 3, 2015

World:

¶ The solar industry has launched its fight to stop the changes in the UK’s renewable incentives, by launching an e-petition. It must garner 10,000 signatures before it is taken seriously by government. The petition calls for ‘urgently review’ of changes to the Feed in Tariff. [reNews]

Image: Saxley solar farm in Hampshire (Solarcentury)

Image: Saxley solar farm in Hampshire (Solarcentury)

¶ Inox Wind Director announced that his company received an order to set up a 100-MW wind project in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. With this order, the company now has a pipeline of 1.25 GW, about a 30% share in the country’s wind energy market. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Iceland is luring business with renewable energy. Emerging from financial isolation, Iceland is making a name for itself in the business of data centres, warehouses consuming enormous amounts of energy to store the information of 3.2 billion internet users. [The Rakyat Post]

¶ Canadian Solar has announced that it has won five solar PV projects totaling 185 MW in Pirapora, a municipality in the state in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Canadian Solar will sell the electricity to a Brazilian government entity for about $84.0/MWh. [Your Renewable News]

¶ Renewables are spreading across the developing world, opening markets with a reputation for convenience and plunging costs. That challenges the traditional selling point for coal, which has used the same points as the basis of its appeal. [Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ Solar power generation contributed to about 10% of peak summer power supplies of Japan’s nine major utilities, equivalent to more than 10 nuclear reactors. Solar power supplied only 2% of annual needs, but it came at peak demand time. [Economic Times]

US:

¶ Generation of electricity from utility-scale solar projects in the United States during June 2015 was 31 times what it was in June 2005, and now accounts for roughly half a percent of all US electricity production, according to the US Energy Information Administration. [CleanTechnica]

Growth in solar generation in the US. EIA graphic.

Growth in solar generation in the US. EIA graphic.

¶ The US energy storage market deployed 40.7 MW worth of storage in the second quarter this year, its best quarter in two and a half years, according to GTM Research’s latest report, US Energy Storage Monitor. It is the largest amount since the fourth quarter of 2012. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Colorado’s Attorney General announced that the state will join others in a lawsuit challenging the US EPA’s Clean Power Plan. An EPA spokesperson responded by pointing out the plan’s history of development through years, saying it is legally and technically sound. [The Colorado Statesman]

¶ Many people are looking for ways to save a little extra money where ever they can, especially on the energy bill. Wind energy is prevalent in Iowa, but solar energy is growing in popularity. Solar energy is growing in popularity in agriculture, commercial and residential areas. [KTIV]

¶ FuelCell Energy, Inc revealed that it has been selected for a cost-share carbon capture project by the US DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy. The project, with an outlay of $23.7 million, will be sponsored by the National Energy Technology Laboratory. [Nasdaq]

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