Germany renewables share jumped to to 72.4% last week

A year ago, Germany set itself a target of securing 65 per cent of its electricity needs from renewable energy sources by 2030 – one of the more ambitious renewable energy targets anywhere in the world, but one that is still well short of the 100 per cent many experts believe is not only necessary, but possible in Germany.

Possible may be underselling it, however, if the last few weeks of electricity generation in Germany are anything to go by.

A week ago, RenewEconomy editor Giles Parkinson reported that Germany had sourced nearly 65 per cent of its electricity generation from renewables for the week finishing March 3 – “week 10”, according to the parlance of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (Fraunhofer ISE), from whom the data has been sourced. Continue reading “Germany renewables share jumped to to 72.4% last week”

Florida announces largest community solar programme in the US

If Florida Power & Light Company’s proposal is approved, the programme will more than double the amount of community solar currently in the US.

Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) is proposing a new community solar programme that would offer FPL customers the opportunity to directly participate in Florida’s transformation to a world leader in solar energy. Continue reading “Florida announces largest community solar programme in the US”

Could HS2 provide green energy to homes?

Engineers developing the HS2 super-hub at Old Oak Common in London are proposing plans to tap heat from the brakes of trains to heat water and power central heating.

Engineers developing the £1.3bn HS2 rail super-hub in the UK are proposing plans that could provide green energy to several hundred new homes.

The plans involve recycling heat generated by the engines and brakes of trains approaching and departing Old Oak Common in north west London to heat water and power central heating of up to 500 new homes that could be built nearby. Continue reading “Could HS2 provide green energy to homes?”

Wales’ 100% renewable energy challenge

Wales could meet 100% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2035, under an “ambitious” new plan set out by policy experts.

It urges Welsh Government to allocate more of its budget to green energy.

The Institute of Welsh Affairs (IWA) predicts 20,150 jobs could be supported annually if the target is achieved.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said Wales was making good progress and the IWA provided a “welcome insight” into what the future could look like.

The 10-point plan is the culmination of three years of research by IWA, and will be presented to an audience of politicians and industry figures in Cardiff. Continue reading “Wales’ 100% renewable energy challenge”

Southwest States Make Large Strides on Renewable Energy Targets

The Southwest became the center of U.S. climate action yesterday, as New Mexico lawmakers voted to decarbonize their state’s electric grid and Nevada’s governor announced his support for bills to expand renewable energy and enshrine carbon reduction targets in law.

The developments represented a striking shift for American climate efforts. Climate policy, long dominated at the state level by California and a handful of Northeastern states, had stagnated in Nevada and New Mexico until recently.

Now the pair of Southwestern states are poised to take far-reaching efforts to curb emissions, delivering climate hawks one of their most significant wins since President Trump took office two years ago. Continue reading “Southwest States Make Large Strides on Renewable Energy Targets”

San Francisco Municipal Utility To Focus On 100% Renewable Energy & Job Creation

Creative destruction is one of the fundamental principals of capitalism. In theory, when a business no longer serves the needs of the marketplace, it will be destroyed and replaced by one that does. That’s pretty much what officials in San Francisco have in mind as they contemplate what will replace Pacific Gas & Electric after it filed for bankruptcy in January.

“We need to take advantage of this opportunity because the crisis of climate change is a crisis,” San Francisco Supervisor Hillary Ronen said during a recent hearing. “We really need to take it to the next level, and that next level is a complete build out so that we are providing 100 percent renewable energy to all of our customers.” Continue reading “San Francisco Municipal Utility To Focus On 100% Renewable Energy & Job Creation”

Joint Effort on Solar Power and Storage Aims at 100% Renewable Electricity in Denmark

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Better Energy, Denmark’s leading provider of large-scale megawatt solar parks, has begun a long-term collaboration with the Danish energy storage consulting firm Hybrid Greentech. This partnership will develop new technical concepts to stabilize electricity supplies from solar cell parks. By improving energy storage, energy producers can improve the quality and stability of the electricity supply, earn higher prices on the electricity markets, and improve the overall profitability of the facilities.

“The people at Hybrid Greentech have technical competencies that contribute to our development of energy storage in interaction with our energy technologies. Hybrid Greentech fits in well, and we are sure they will be a strong a strong partner,” said Mikkel Dau Jacobsen, Executive Vice President, Technology and Solutions, Better Energy.

Better Energy has solar power projects in Denmark, the Netherlands, the UK, Germany, Poland and Ukraine, with a total capacity of 229 MWp / 380GWh. Continue reading “Joint Effort on Solar Power and Storage Aims at 100% Renewable Electricity in Denmark”

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”

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”