September 15 Energy News

September 15, 2015

World:

¶ Costa Rica, Afghanistan, China, India and Albania are all embracing renewable energy sources. Five experts give their opinions on their futures. Costa Rica is well on its way to becoming the first developing country to have 100% renewable electricity. Hydro, wind and geothermal resources provide 98% of the power already. [The Guardian]

Afghanistan’s upland areas have decent wind potential and its rivers can be harvested by small-scale hydro plants. Photograph: Martin Wright

Afghanistan’s upland areas have decent wind potential and its rivers can be harvested by small-scale hydro plants. Photograph: Martin Wright

¶ The opening event for the K2 Wind project in southwestern Ontario took place on September 3. K2 Wind is expected to provide enough power each year for about 100,000 Ontario homes. The commissioning of K2 Wind also renders Canada one of only seven countries in the world to surpass 10 GW of installed wind energy capacity. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Malcolm Turnbull has replaced climate change doubter and coal industry booster Tony Abbott as Australian Prime Minister. This means that one of the world’s least enthusiastic backers of a new climate treaty has just been removed from the global stage. While Abbot’s views were not aligned with mainstream science, Turnbull’s are. [Mashable]

¶ Wind power in France has reached the 10,000 MW grid-connected capacity milestone, renewable energy association Syndicat des Energies Renouvelables says. Power from wind turbines installed in the country will be sufficient to supply over 6 million households or the entire population of the Ile-de-France region. [SeeNews Renewables]

Alstom turbines in France. (c) Alstom.

Alstom turbines in France. (c) Alstom.

¶ The Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose airport in Kolkata, India will have a utility-scale solar power project of 15 to 20 MW capacity. The project will cover over 55 acres and would meet 60% of the airport’s power needs. The project will be able to meet the entire daytime demand of the airport, with power coming from the grid at night. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Vestas is to supply 12 V100 2.0-MW turbines for HydroChina’s Phu Lac wind farm in the Tuy Phong district of southeastern Vietnam. The deal, which will be the largest Vestas-supplied wind park in Vietnam, includes a five-year AOM 4000 service contract and a Scada system for data-driven monitoring and preventive maintenance. [reNews]

¶ An Irish university has scooped €800,000 in EU Horizon 2020 funding to help improve the performance of Scottish developer Aquamarine Power’s Oyster wave energy converter. The project will see researchers at the Centre for Ocean Energy Research at Maynooth University in County Kildare develop automated for the device. [reNews]

Aquamarine's Oyster wave energy device (Aquamarine)

Aquamarine’s Oyster wave energy device (Aquamarine)

US:

¶ Second quarter data from the Energy Information Administration and the Solar Energy Industries Association came out this week and distributed solar continues its surging growth. Over 650 MW of new distributed solar capacity was grid connected between April and June. That is 10% of new power plant capacity in the country. [CleanTechnica]

¶ With a new 7.5-MW solar energy farm located on the city’s former Tequesquite Landfill now operational, Riverside, California’s solar generation has soared past the 20-MW mark, five years ahead of schedule. SunPower built the system as part of acompetitively priced 25-year power purchase agreement. [Your Renewable News]

¶ A church in Gastonia, North Carolina wants to turn a large tract of land it has into a solar farm. Enerparc, a renewable energy firm based in California, has applied for a state permit to build a 5-MW solar project. The company has secured an option to lease about 35 acres from Generation Church and install roughly 22,000 PV panels. [Gaston Gazette]

¶ Sempra US Gas & Power LP says it expects to begin construction of the 100-MW Mesquite Solar 2 plant in Arizona this autumn. The development is part of the company’s Mesquite Solar project, the 150-MW first phase of which was completed in 2013. With all three phases finalised by late 2016, the complex will total 400 MW. [SeeNews Renewables]

Solar PV plant. eatured Image: Gilles Paire/Shutterstock.com

Solar PV plant. eatured Image: Gilles Paire/Shutterstock.com

¶ Growth in Vermont’s clean energy jobs is projected to double in the next six to 12 months after a year of outperforming other job sectors, according to a new state report. The growth has generated economic benefits in the form of more jobs and in plummeting utility costs, according to Governor Peter Shumlin, speaking in Williston. [BurlingtonFreePress.com]

¶ A proposal to convert turkey droppings into electricity in Clinton would be first in North Carolina to turn the bird waste into an energy-rich gas rather than burning the dung as a fuel. Prestage AgEnergy proposed a facility last week to generate steam for its own use and electricity for Duke Energy Progress, using turkey droppings. [News & Observer]

¶ Santa Rosa, California, is taking part in an innovative energy efficiency project that aims to improve the resiliency of the power grid. It will park a massive Tesla battery pack outside a wastewater treatment plant. The project is expected both to reduce energy costs at the sewage plant and to sell surplus electricity to the grid. [Santa Rosa Press Democrat]

¶ Hearings began on a proposal to close the Indian Point nuclear plant for part of each summer to protect fish during spawning season. About 30 witnesses are expected to testify. The Department of Environmental Conservation estimates that Indian Point’s water system kills more than 1 billion fish, eggs and larvae every year. [Times Herald-Record]

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