September 4 Energy News

September 4, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “How Does The Tesla Solar Roof Stack Up To A Traditional Solar System After 6 Months?” • Earlier this year, Tesla activated our Tesla Solar Roof system with two Powerwalls in the garage for storage. After 6 months of playing with the system, I’m excited to look at the pros and cons of the system and see if I would do it all over again. [CleanTechnica]

Our new home (Credit: Chuck Field for CleanTechnica)

Science and Technology:

¶ “The Wind Turbines That Stand Up To The World’s Worst Storms” • Challenergy, a Tokyo-based start-up, has designed and built a wind turbine specifically for typhoon-prone areas. For Atsushi Shimizu, founder and chief executive of Challenergy, the ideal places for these robust wind turbines are where reliable electricity is scarce. [BBC]

World:

¶ “Summer 2020’S Arctic Wildfires Set New Emission Records” • Arctic wildfires are setting records for CO₂ emissions, according to scientists at the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service. Based on data from the CAMS’ Global Fire Assimilation System, they estimate that CO₂ emissions from Arctic fires have increased by more than a third, compared to 2019. [CNN]

Arctic wildfire (Yevgeny Sofroneyev | TASS | Getty Images)

¶ “Renault Zoe Van And Kangoo ZE Buyers In UK Get ‘Free’ Home Charging Wallbox” • If you buy a new Renault Zoe Van or Renault Kangoo ZE in the UK, you get a nice little bonus – a home charging wallbox worth £450. You have to order this month for the deal, though. You also have to get the vehicle(s) through Renault Contract Hire. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “CN To Buy 50 Lion Electric Trucks” • The Lion Electric Co has had more than its fair share of orders in the early electric truck market, and this week it notched a big one. The large Canadian transport company CN signed a memorandum of understanding with Lion Electric to buy 50 of its zero-emission, fully electric trucks. [CleanTechnica]

Lion Electric Co electric truck

¶ “Germany Tells Elon Musk That Tesla Will Get Government Support For Giga Berlin” • Reuters reported that Elon Musk met with Germany’s economy minister, Peter Altmaier, who told him that Germany will help in whatever way is needed to help get Giga Berlin running as fast as possible. Other officials have also offered support.  [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Victoria Calls For 600 MW Of New Renewables To Lift Its Economy” • Victoria is turning to renewables to help drive its economic recovery from Covid-19. Lily D’Ambrosio, Minister for Energy, the Environment, and Climate Change, will test industry interest and capacity for 600 MW of new solar, wind and other renewable energy projects. [EcoGeneration]

Putting  up a turbine mast

¶ “China’s Energy Giants Tiptoe Into Renewables” • China’s state energy producers PetroChina, Sinopec, and CNOOC outlined initiatives to develop hydrogen and wind power after their earnings slumped along with the oil price in the first half of the year. But they are being cautious, and their renewables projects could take years to materialize. [Nasdaq]

¶ “Apple Invests In Aussie Renewable Energy Projects” • In an exclusive interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Apple VP of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, Lisa Jackson, said the tech giant was preparing to invest more in renewable energy in Australia in “the very near future.” Apple is committed to be 100% carbon neutral in 2030. [ChannelNews]

Wind turbines in twilight (Screen Shot)

US:

¶ “BYD Is Selected For California Purchasing Contract” • BYD is a global leader in electric bus sales. It has sold more electric buses in the US than any other company. Despite being a Chinese company, it has a factory in California. California has selected BYD as one of the companies that can participate in California’s purchase contract. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Vermont Solar Expands State’s Pollinator Habitat” • Bee the Change, a Middlebury-based REV Member, teamed up with REV Member Green Lantern Solar to install its twentieth pollinator-friendly solar field on a 4.5 acre site in New Haven, Vermont. The site will soon host many species of plants that attract pollinator insects and beneficial bird species. [Green Energy Times]

Solar panels and bees (Mike Kiernan at Bee the Change)

¶ “Sunrun, SunPower, Engie, And Others Launch ‘Local Energy For All’ Campaign In USA” • Rooftop solar power has come down in price tremendously in the past decade, as they had for decades before. Solar panels were about nine times as expensive in 2006 as in 2019. Now, solar companies are pushing to make it cheap enough for everyone. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “New renewable energy resource provided to Sioux Center” • Sioux Center, Iowa, has added a new renewable energy resource added to its power supply with the dedication of a hydroelectric generating stationt. Missouri River Energy Services, the Sioux Center Municipal Utilities energy partner dedicated the project on September 2. [KCAU 9]

Hydro dam (Courtesy of the City of Sioux Center)

¶ “100-MW Ventura Energy Storage On The Way To Helping California Grid” • Construction has begun for the 100-MW, 400-MWh Ventura Energy Storage battery, near Oxnard, California. With the capacity to serve 80,000 Southern California Edison customers, the project will provide critically-needed reliability services for the grid. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Utah Co-Op Wants To Build 12 Small Nuclear Reactors In Idaho” • Now that the NRC has approved the design for NuScale’s small nuclear reactor, a Utah energy cooperative wants to build 12 of them in Idaho. The Utah Taxpayers Association has come out against the plan, saying costs will soar as they have current reactors. [The Daily Herald]

Have an amazingly beautiful day.

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