June 22 Energy News

June 22, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Latin America’s Potential Green Hydrogen Economy” • The Covid-19 pandemic and crisis has led to increasing calls to redouble efforts toward an energy transition that would help the world reduce CO₂ emissions. For many countries of the Latin American region, clean hydrogen markets can be a key part of the economic recovery. [Inter Press Service]

Providencia Solar in El Salvador (Edgardo Ayala | IPS)

Science and Technology:

¶ “MIT Study Explains Why Climate Change Will Make Some Mediterranean Countries Drier” • Researchers at MIT, along with colleagues at Université Mohamed VI Polytechnique in Morocco, published a study in the Journal of Climate on the connection between a warming climate and reduced rainfall in northwest Africa and in the Middle East. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Lightyear Research Vehicles (Including Tesla Model 3) Test Out New Solar Technology” • Dutch tech company Lightyear is testing two EVs, a Tesla Model 3 and a VW Crafter LCV, in conjunction with a new type of solar technology for its own EV, the Lightyear One. They aim to demonstrate the added value of integrated solar cells on vehicles. [CleanTechnica]

Lightyear One at home

¶ “Europe’s Thinking Shifts On Supporting Renewables As Part Of Green Recovery Package” • The EU’s plans for a €1.85 trillion ($2.08 trillion) coronavirus recovery package may not support big renewable energy projects in the way that was expected. The possibility of a 15-GW EU renewable tender has not survived pushback by vested interests. [Greentech Media]

¶ “Simec Atlantis Secures 12-MW French Tidal Lease” • The Prefecture de la Manche approved the transfer of a lease to develop a 12-MW tidal power project to a newly set up marine energy development company, Normandie Hydroliennes. The long-term goal is to harness up to 3 GW of power from areas of the Channel. [reNEWS]

Tidal turbine (Simec Atlantis image)

¶ “Africa50 Joins Investors To Power The World’s Largest Solar Park” • Thirty international infrastructure developers are to invest in Egypt’s 1.5-GW Benban solar park, which will be the largest in the world upon completion. The 37-square-kilometer solar park will have over seven million PV panels, with funding of $4 billion. [ESI Africa]

¶ “A Look At Tanzania’s First Wind Farm” • The Mwenga project, the first wind farm in Tanzania, is complete, as installation and testing works were finalized in May. The 2.4-MW project got a $1.2 million loan from the UK Government-funded Renewable Energy Performance Platform, though the efforts of energy investment firm Camco. [Power Technology]

Mwenga project (Camco image)

¶ “Sunny Side Up: Poland’s Solar Energy Output Soars” • The expected solar energy output of Poland is to peak at 8 GW by 2025 and possibly place the country in the EU’s top 10, according to the latest report by the Renewable Energy Institute. At the end of 2019, Poland’s solar power output was a mere 1.3 GW, but by June it had grown to nearly 2 GW. [The First News]

¶ “Dutch Do Danish Deal To Hit Clean Power Target” • The Netherlands agreed to pay Denmark €100 million as part of a deal to allow the Dutch government to declare at least 8 TWh of Danish surplus renewable power on its books, in an effort to meet its EU target. The Netherlands is one of the worst countries for hitting benchmarks for 2020. [EURACTIV]

Dutch wind farm (Shutterstock photo)

¶ “Engineers Say Technology Roadmap Should Focus On Cheap Renewables, Energy Storage” • The Australian government’s proposed technology roadmap props up gas and refuses to rule out coal or small modular nuclear reactors. The Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering responded with a call for commitment to renewable energy. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Blockades Lifted, Operations Resume At OIL’S Baghjan Wells” • Oil India Limited said most of its wells in Assam’s Baghjan, which were shut due to protests by locals over a fire at a gas well after a days-long blowout, have resumed operations following a meeting with a representative body of residents mediated by the Tinsukia district administration. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Oil fire in Assam

US:

¶ “Tesla Claims Lowest Prices For Rooftop Solar” • In a blog post, Tesla introduced changes to its rooftop solar business that it says will allow it to offer the lowest prices on residential systems. Note that the post makes no mention of the company’s vaunted Solar Roof. It is all about rooftop systems that use conventional solar panels and racking systems. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Santa Monica To Pilot Zero Emissions Delivery Zones” • The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator chose Santa Monica’s main business district for the pilot for the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator’s new Neighborhood Zero Emissions Delivery Zone. LACI and Santa Monica are interested in assessing a broad range of technologies. [CleanTechnica]

Los Angeles traffic (Jeff Turner | flickr, CC BY 2.0)

¶ “Your Home Battery Can Be Part Of A Virtual Power Plant In California” • With solar power and batteries your house stays alive with power, even if the grid goes down, but there are other advantages of such systems. Sunrun and Southern California Edison are partnering to create one of the country’s largest virtual power plants. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Big Rivers To Buy Energy From Solar Farm” • Big Rivers Electric Corp has plans to purchase solar power from a 1,700 acre solar farm that will be built in Henderson County, Kentucky. Geronimo Energy, based in Bloomington, Minnesota, is to start building the 160-MW solar farm in 2022, and it is expected to go online in 2023. [messenger-inquirer]

Have an enjoyably salubrious day.

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