Archive for March 19th, 2019

March 19 Energy News

March 19, 2019

World:

¶ “Germany Renewables Share Jumped To 72.4% Last Week” • It seems to be something of a trend. In the tenth week of the year, Germany got 65% of its electricity from renewable resources. In the eleventh week, the figure rose to 67.6%. In the twelfth week, Germany the figure hit 72.4%, not including 10.9% from nuclear power. [RenewEconomy]

Wind farm (Photo: Karsten Würth, Unsplash)

¶ “Wind Farms Of Enefit Green Produced A Record Amount Of Electricity In February” • The wind farms of Enefit Green, a renewable energy company in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, produced a total of 124 GWh of electricity in February. This is ten times more than a year ago and 30% more than the previous month. [Compelo]

¶ “In Germany, Consumers Embrace A Shift To Home Batteries” • In growing numbers, homeowners in Germany are installing batteries to store solar power. As prices for energy storage systems drop, they are adopting a green vision: a solar panel on every roof, an EV in every garage, and a battery in every basement. [Yale Environment 360]

PV system on a German home (Enerix image)

¶ “Private Companies Appeal To Political Parties To Put Renewable Energy In Poll Manifestos” • On behalf of Clean Energy Access Network, a total of 160 private companies and NGOs have made an appeal to all Indian political parties to include decentralized renewable energy solutions in their manifestos for the general elections. [Prateek kapoor]

¶ “Wind Generated 35% Of British Electricity Last Week” • Wind energy accounted for 35.6% of Great Britain’s electricity generation for the week running March 8 to March 14, beating out all other generation sources. Further, offshore wind provided 21.4% of Great Britain’s electricity, beating out nuclear energy, which provided 21.3% [CleanTechnica]

Turbine of the Walney Extension

¶ “Norwegian Outfit Moots Subsidy-Free Mega-Farm” • Norsk Vind Energi has submitted plans to the Norwegian authorities for a 1500-MW onshore wind farm that would be built without subsidies. The company would start construction of the Hordavind project in 2023, if the plans are approved by the Norwegian authorities. [reNEWS]

¶ “First Australian Solar Farm In Antarctica Opens At Casey Research Station” • The first Australian solar farm in Antarctica is being switched on at Casey research station. Australian Antarctic Division’s director said the 105 solar panels of the system will provide 30 kW of energy, about 10% of the station’s total demand over a year. [Australian Antarctic Division]

Solar array in Antarctica (Photo: Doreen McCurdy)

¶ “Toyota’s Altona Site To Become Hydrogen Production And Refuelling Center” • Toyota and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency will kick in A$7.4 million ($52.5 million) to transform part of the carmaker’s decommissioned car manufacturing site in Altona, Victoria, into a hydrogen production and refuelling site. [The Guardian]

¶ “Sri Lanka To Develop 28 Small Solar Power Projects” • Sri Lanka will develop 28 small solar power projects in its north-central and eastern regions. The tariff for power generated from these projects has been set at Rs12.84 to Rs15.93/kWh (7.2¢ to 8.9¢/kWh). Sri Lanka wants to install 200 MW of solar projects by 2020 and 1,000 MW by 2025. [Mercom India]

Small solar project

US:

¶ “Maine Renews Net Metering As Lawmakers Prep New Clean Energy, Utility Reform Bills” • Maine lawmakers passed a bill to eliminate gross metering in the state and reestablish net metering for solar customers. Gov Janet Mills is thought to be likely to sign it. Other legislating to boost the state’s renewable energy is coming. [Utility Dive]

¶ “New Community Solar Project In Hartland, Vermont Converts Brownfield To Brightfield” • Long View Forest Inc and Encore Renewable Energy announced that they commissioned a 745-kW community solar array in Hartland, Vermont. The project is on a 28-acre “brownfield” property formerly used as a saw mill and lumber treatment facility. [EIN News]

Project in Hartland, Vermont

¶ “California Sets A New Solar Output Record – And It Isn’t Even Spring Yet” • California continues to break new ground in terms of integrating higher levels of solar, even when no one expects it. Data from the California Independent System Operator shows that on March 16 solar output peaked at 10,765 MW around 2:45 PM local time. [pv magazine USA]

¶ “Plans Announced For $150 Million Solar Farm In Michigan” • Calhoun County, Michigan will soon be home to a $150 million solar farm with a maximum capacity of 149 MW. The River Fork Solar Project will be handled by New York-based energy company Ranger Power. It will encompass between 750 and 1,000 acres of land. [Energy Manager Today]

Solar system

¶ “Puerto Rico Is On Its Way To 100% Renewable Electricity” • A bill to mandate that the Puerto Rico’s electric system move to 100% renewable energy by 2050 has been passed in the Puerto Rico Senate. It is now being sent to the House for reconciliation, the last stop before it is expected to be signed by Governor Rosselló. [pv magazine USA]

¶ “Nebraska Floods Inundate Military Bases, Cut Off Nuclear Plant” • Flooding in Nebraska and Iowa has cut roads to the Cooper nuclear power plant. The floodwater forced the operators of the Cooper nuclear plant to fly in staff and supplies by helicopter. Much of Offutt Air Force Base is flooded, as are many communities. [Thomson Reuters Foundation]

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