June 29 Energy News

June 29, 2016

World:

¶ India’s National Hydro Power Corporation has announced plans to set up a 600 MW floating solar project at one of its largest hydro power complexes. Media reports say that the company will set up the solar project at the 1,960 MW Koyna hydro power project. [CleanTechnica]

The Koyna Dam in Maharashtra, India. Photo by Nichalp. CC BY-SA 2.5. Wikimedia Commons.

The Koyna Dam in Maharashtra, India. Photo by Nichalp.
CC BY-SA 2.5. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ The Jamaican Minister for Science, Energy, and Technology recently told the country’s legislature that the government will allocate 150 MW of renewable energy capacity this year. The minister said that 50 MW of capacity will be based on waste-to-energy technology. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The London Array has reliably powered 500,000 homes. Originally leased a second area in the hope of doubling the size of the farm, but this second phase was cancelled due to concerns about the welfare of the red-throated diver, a seabird that spends winter in the area. [The Guardian]

One of the London Array’s two substations. Photograph: Pedro Alvarez for the Observer

One of the London Array’s two substations.
Photograph: Pedro Alvarez for the Observer

¶ According to GlobalData’s latest report, the global installed capacity of solar PV will increase from 271.4 GW in 2016 at a compound annual growth rate of 13.1% to 756.1 GW in 2025. Unsurprisingly, China is expected to remain the world leader in PV installations. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Harith General Partners and Africa Finance Corporation have announced they are merging their power sector assets. Their joint portfolio will supply energy to over 30 million people in 10 African countries and will have a gross operational capacity of 1,575 MW. [reNews]

Kenya’s Lake Turkana Wind Power Project (ltwp.co.ke)

Kenya’s Lake Turkana Wind Power Project (ltwp.co.ke)

¶ Siemens, one of the few firms to openly back a Remain vote, will not make new investments in the UK until its relationship with Europe becomes clearer. A £310-million manufacturing hub in Hull that employs 1,000 people will not be affected by the decision. [The Guardian]

¶ A canal-top solar power project of 1 MW capacity at a cost of ₹8 crore ($1.7 million) will be coming up on Losari Main Canal in rural West Godavari, India. The project is already generating power and people from 10 villages are getting uninterrupted quality power from it. [Deccan Chronicle]

Canal-top solar power project

Canal-top solar power project

¶ MAKE Consulting expects 255 GW of wind power to be installed and 263 GW commissioned in China between 2016 and 2025. China’s central government introduced multiple policies over the last year to support growth in wind power and other renewables. [North American Windpower]

US:

¶ The first batch of GE 6-MW Haliade 150 turbine blades for use at the 30-MW Block Island offshore wind farm in the US have arrived at the ProvPort facility in Providence. The project will feature five of the GE turbines and will be the first offshore wind farm in the US. [reNews]

Construction at the Block Island wind farm site (Deepwater Wind)

Construction at the Block Island wind farm site (Deepwater Wind)

¶ Vermont’s largest utility is also the first utility in the country to sell Tesla home batteries to its customers, betting that this could be the way of the future. It is doing this both for the homeowner’s private use and for the utility to draw on as a source of electricity. [WBUR]

¶ US coal generation fell slightly in April to 72.2 GWh, down 0.1 GWh from March and down 18.5% from the same month a year ago. Overall, coal accounted for 24.6% of April generation compared to 34.1% from natural gas, 21.3% from nuclear and 19.8% from renewables. [Platts]

¶ After a daylong public hearing, the State Lands Commission in California voted to extend PG&E’s lease of the power plant land for the next nine years without an environmental impact report on the promise that the utility would not extend its license to operate the nuclear plant. [FOX40]

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