March 12 Energy News

March 12, 2017


¶ India’s solar generating capacity saw a multi-fold surge, as it crossed the 10,000 MW mark on March 10, 2017. It stood at 2,650 MW in mid 2014. Crossing the 10-GW milestone is a stepping stone to a goal of 100 GW solar power capacity by 2022. India is to bring its overall renewable energy generating capacity to 175 GW by 2022. [The Dollar Business]

Tracking solar system

¶ Tesla’s Elon Musk may have put large scale battery storage on the national agenda with his offer to solve South Australia’s power crisis for free if he did not deliver a large system with 100 days of signing a contract. Both the Prime Minister and South Australia’s Premier are looking for more details on the offer. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ A meeting this month will look at whether Guelph, Ontario, should join 1,000 communities worldwide that have declared their intent to have 100% renewable energy by 2050. The venue has been changed to meet the registration demand. Solar power generation in Guelph, with a demand of 300 MW, has already reached 11 MW. []

Rooftop solar system in Guelph

¶ Thousands of citizens took to the streets in Taiwan demanding that nuclear plants close and that citizens be allowed to be involved in decisions on radioactive waste storage. Over 60 anti-nuclear groups rallied in the anti-nuclear demonstrations, and they advocated moving toward adopting more sustainable forms of energy. []

¶ The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is to provide a financial injection aimed at developing the Greek renewable energy sector. EBRD is to provide €300 million ($318 million) in funding for renewable energy projects in Greece, aimed at mobilizing investment and commercial financing. [Power Engineering International]

Lake Plastira dam (Dim Philos, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ Former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi repeated his call for Japan’s complete departure from nuclear energy as the country marked the sixth anniversary of the Fukushima Disaster. “Nuclear power plants will become a negative legacy for future generations,” Koizumi said at an event organized by a civic group in Sapporo. [The Mainichi]

¶ The South African government lost the country’s first climate change lawsuit. The high court ruled against its plans for a coal-fired power station, the latest in a rising tide of international climate litigation. EarthLife Africa challenged the government’s approval of the proposed Thabametsi coal-fired power station. [Yahoo News]

Cooling towers in fog at Cape Town (Reuters)


¶ EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s phones have been ringing off the hook since he questioned the link between human activity and climate change. The calls to Pruitt’s main line, 202-564-4700, reached such a high volume by Friday that agency officials created an impromptu call center, according to three agency employees. [Salt Lake Tribune]

¶ When it comes to the adoption of solar power, K-12 schools across the US are leading the way. While less than one percent of all US homes, businesses, and government agencies rely on solar energy, the 3,700 schools around the country with solar installed represent nearly three percent of the all of K-12 schools in the country. [Times of San Diego]

California school parking lot (Courtesy Alta Energy)

¶ Kansas Electric Power Cooperative Inc built Prairie Sky Solar, a 1-MW solar facility near Andover. Mark Barbee, KEPCo’s vice president of engineering, explained that the solar system will not cause energy rates to increase because costs of solar power have declined. He said it “gave us the experience and gets us exposure to solar.” [Topeka Capital Journal]

¶ Colorado energy provider Holy Cross Energy is planning its largest solar-power project. The company, which provides electricity for much of the Roaring Fork Valley and most of Eagle County, issued a request for proposals for a solar generation facility that could provide enough renewable energy to power about 600 homes. [Aspen Daily News]

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