New Southern Energy Installs First Commercial Floating Solar Farm in Africa

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The floating solar system is the first commercially operational system to be installed in Africa and, at 60 kWp, it is by far the largest.

The solution includes, an internal AC reticulation upgrade and consolidation of connection points, installation of a backup generator to run the internal grid in the event of power outages, a 534 kWp ground mounted solar system, a 60 kWp floating solar system and provision for infrastructure to allow for battery system to be included during phase two to take the site completely off-grid. Continue reading “New Southern Energy Installs First Commercial Floating Solar Farm in Africa”

Houston introduces legislation aimed at securing a future for forestry

Progressive Conservative leader Tim Houston introduced legislation last week, that he said aims to ensure the forest industry continues to thrive in Nova Scotia.

The Forestry Industry Sustainability Act calls on the Liberal government to strike a task force of stakeholders and experts to chart a path toward a sustainable forestry industry.

“It’s time to get the politicians out of the way. Liberal mismanagement has thousands of families worried about their livelihoods,” Houston said. “This legislation will bring the right people together to give forestry families certainty and peace of mind.”

The task force, led by a conciliator, would make a recommendation, no later than June 30, 2019, on a workable path to a thriving forestry industry in Nova Scotia.

With the deadline for the closure of Boat Harbour approaching in January 2020, people in the forestry industry have indicated that there could be significant financial impact if Northern Pulp has to close even temporarily while a new treatment is constructed. Continue reading “Houston introduces legislation aimed at securing a future for forestry”

Renewable energy to replace fossil fuels as UK’s main power source for first time in history, government says

New strategy could see third of British electricity coming from offshore wind by 2030

A new government deal with industry could see nearly a third of British electricity generated by offshore wind farms by 2030.

If successful, officials say the plan would see more electricity being generated by renewables than fossil fuels for the first time in UK history, with 70 per cent coming from low-carbon sources.

Currently offshore wind provides just 7 per cent of British power, but this would be boosted to 30 per cent by the end of the next decade.

Not everyone is convinced by the announcement, with some environmentalists warning renewables would have to be scaled up even further as the nation’s nuclear ambitions floundered.

According to the government, its promised green power “revolution” would bring 27,000 jobs to the energy sector. Continue reading “Renewable energy to replace fossil fuels as UK’s main power source for first time in history, government says”

Global Oil Plows Billions Into Solar & Energy Storage

Global oil companies are plowing billions of dollars per year into solar and into energy storage, as more nations seek to switch their energy sources away from fossil fuels. In only 5 out of 15 acquisition deals done in solar over the past two years, over $8 billion was spent, according to an analysis by Mercom Capital Group.

Similarly, out of 7 funding deals by oil companies over the past two years, more than $240 million was provided to solar companies, Mercom calculates.

For battery storage investments, 6 acquisition deals were reported during the past two years, without values, Mercom says. During the same time period, 7 funding deals were done, involving nearly $133 million, Mercom says. Continue reading “Global Oil Plows Billions Into Solar & Energy Storage”

Decentralized Renewable Energy–Focused European Super Grid Is Least Cost Option

New research from Finland’s Lappeenranta University of Technology has revealed that a cross-border European super grid based on decentralized renewable energy supply is the least cost option to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement while also addressing significant obstacles for a functional European Energy Union.

The Lappeenranta University of Technology has for a long time now been studying the idea of 100% renewable energy powered super grids spanning large swathes of the planet. To name just a few, the University has already published results which highlight the potential case for a 100% Russia & Central Asia by 2030; a 100% South America by 2030; a 100% Iran & Middle East by 2030; India by 2050; and its biggest accomplishment, a successful model of a 100% renewable energy planetary system. And in November 2017, on the sidelines of the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP23 in Bonn, Germany, LUT researchers showed how a 100% renewable electricity grid is more cost-effective than the current fossil fuel-reliant system. Continue reading “Decentralized Renewable Energy–Focused European Super Grid Is Least Cost Option”

Renewable energy growth in USA to continue in 2019, says Deloitte

According to Deloitte, the fundamental drivers of renewable energy growth last year are likely to continue this year in the US.

Deloitte’s report – ‘2019 renewable energy industry outlook’ – informed that 2018 was a resilient year in the US. It gained ground in spite of uncertainty regarding the federal tax reform legislation’s effects. A series of new import tariffs added to the uncertainty.

Utility-scale output from solar and wind energy represented 8% of America’s electricity mix through Q3 of 2018. This was one percentage point up on Q3 2017.
Renewable energy growth – three trends…

The authors of the report see three trends coming into clearer focus.

These three trends, which will probably shape renewable energy growth this year, include:

-Policies that help boost renewable energy growth.
-Growing interest from investors in the sector.
-Technological advances that boost solar and wind energy’s value to the grid, customers, and asset owners.

Continue reading “Renewable energy growth in USA to continue in 2019, says Deloitte”

Wind industry hires senior Iowa state legislator to advance policy in the “American Wind Belt”

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The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has announced it has hired Navy veteran Jeff Danielson as AWEA’s Central Region Director to lead state policy advocacy efforts across Midwestern and Plains states.
Wind industry hires senior Iowa state legislator to advance policy in the “American Wind Belt”
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Jeff Danielson will lead AWEA’s Central Region state policy programme after 15 years in the Iowa State Senate and 25 years as a firefighter. In his new role, Danielson will advocate for pro-growth policies to help wind power expand and meet strong consumer demand for clean energy. Prior to joining AWEA, Danielson served for 15 years as an Iowa State Senator, representing Hudson, Cedar Falls and Waterloo in Black Hawk County, and worked as both a career professional firefighter with the City of Cedar Falls and an adjunct professor of public policy at the University of Northern Iowa. Before that, Danielson served in the US Navy for six years. He will begin work for AWEA on February 25th. Continue reading “Wind industry hires senior Iowa state legislator to advance policy in the “American Wind Belt””

Renewable energy will be world’s main power source by 2040, says BP

Renewable energy sources will be the world’s main source of power within two decades and are establishing a foothold in the global energy system faster than any fuel in history, according to BP.

The UK-based oil company said wind, solar and other renewables will account for about 30% of the world’s electricity supplies by 2040, up from 25% in BP’s 2040 estimates last year, and about 10% today.

In regions such as Europe, the figure will be as high as 50% by 2040. The speed of growth was without parallel, the company said in its annual energy outlook.

While oil took almost 45 years to go from 1% of global energy to 10%, and gas took more than 50 years, renewables are expected to do so within 25 years in the report’s central scenario.

In the event of a faster switch to a low carbon economy, that period comes down to just 15 years, which BP said would be “literally off the charts” relative to historical shifts. Continue reading “Renewable energy will be world’s main power source by 2040, says BP”

The 11 EU states that have already met their 2020 renewable energy targets

Almost half of the European Union’s (EU) 28 member states have already hit, or are close to hitting, their 2020 renewable energy targets.

But despite this, there has been a gradual slow-down in the rate of renewable energy use across the EU, and some member states have a lot of ground to make up this year.

Those that are already top of the class are: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Italy, Hungary, Lithuania, Romania and Sweden. Hot on their heels are Austria, Greece and Latvia, who look certain to hit their targets. Continue reading “The 11 EU states that have already met their 2020 renewable energy targets”

Chicago sets goal for 100 percent clean, renewable energy by 2035

Chicago recently became one of the nation’s biggest cities to make a public commitment to achieving 100 percent renewable energy. The city aims to hit its target by 2035.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the city’s goals last week as part of Resilient Chicago, an all-encompassing roadmap for urban resilience.

With the announcement, Chicago joins the list of 100 Resilient Cities, an organization dedicated to helping cities become “more resilient” to “physical, social, and economic challenges.” Cities all over the world have joined the group. Continue reading “Chicago sets goal for 100 percent clean, renewable energy by 2035”