Renewables

Enel Expands Solar Footprint

Enel Green Power (EGP) has broken ground on a new solar power plant in South Africa. The facility will have a total installed capacity of 82.5 MW and when operational will generate more than 150 GWh per year, enough to power 48,000 South African households and eliminating more than 138,000 tonnes of CO2. The energy…

Scots Bullish on Renewable Energy

According to polls taken ahead of the upcoming General Election in May, nearly 80 percent of Scottish adults want the next UK government to continue supporting the development of renewable energy. In addition, approximately two-thirds of the survey participants want policies that help cut emissions and tackle climate change. Scottish Renewables’ director of policy Jenny…

Energy Summit to Focus on Renewable Energy Storage

Washington State University (WSU) will host an energy summit on April 2 that focuses on storage technologies as it pertains to incorporating renewable energy into the electric power grid. WSU will use the occasion to dedicate Avista’s Energy Storage Project, which will be tested in a real-world setting at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories. Washington Governor Jay…

PG&E is Largest Solar Utility in the US

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) recently connected the 150,000th solar customer to its electric grid. In 2014, the California utility connected more than 45,000 new rooftop solar customers and added approximately 326 MW of installed solar power, generating enough energy to service more than 70,000 homes. This year PG&E connecting approximately four thousand new solar customers…

Another Potential Benefit of Electric Vehicles

Researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) and China’s Hunan University have found that electric vehicles (EV) emit significantly less heat than autos with combustion engines and believe that adopting EVs could help cool major urban areas such as Beijing that suffer from the urban heat island effect, which can raise temperatures within cities as much…

DOE Report Bullish on Wind Power

A new report from the United States Department of Energy (DOE) concludes that between technological advancements driving projected cost reductions and continued siting and transmission development, wind power can be economically deployed to provide renewable power in all 50 states. The report also stressed the importance of wind in the US’s energy portfolio and outlines…

SunEdison Buys Energy Storage Company as Renewables Strategy

Missouri-based solar panel maker SunEdison has purchased Solar Grid Storage, enabling the company to offer battery storage systems with solar and wind projects. The sales price was not disclosed. SunEdison general manager Tim Derrick says the this acquisition gives his company the capability “to pair energy storage with solar and wind projects, thereby creating more…

Iberdrola Chairman Says Renewables Need Supportive Regulatory Framework

Iberdrola chairman Ignacio Galán says the promise of renewables will only be achieved with the right regulatory framework. Speaking at the University of Strathclyde, Galán urged European governments including the UK, to adopt robust market-based frameworks to encourage more investment in renewables, and thus deliver reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Galán notes, “A strong market…

California Utility to Offer Customers Total Solar Power Option

California State regulators have approved a Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) plan to offer electric customers a clean energy program that will provide up to 100 percent solar power for a modest monthly premium. The utility expects to start enrolling customers in late 2015. Under a separate program option, customers will be able to…

Duke Energy to Build Solar Facility for Marine Corps Base

Duke Energy (DEP) is collaborating with the United States Department of the Navy (DON) on a 13-megawatt (AC), 80 acre solar facility being built at the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. The facility will be owned and operated by Duke Energy Progress (DEP) and is expected to be operational in 2015. Duke…