Solar Impulse, the zero-fuel airplane, has flown the first leg across the continental US in its attempt to fly around the world. It left Mountain View, California, at dawn on Monday and landed 16 hours later in Goodyear, Arizona. It was the 10th leg of its round the world quest. [BBC]
A pre-dawn take-off for Solar Impulse from Moffett Airfield. Solar Impulse photo.
Two Indian states have commissioned canal-top solar power projects, according to reports. Two projects with a total installed capacity of 5 MW were commissioned by the Punjab government. Andhra Pradesh commissioned a 400-kW project supplying power to five villages. [CleanTechnica]
Solar power in New Hampshire cleared a major hurdle Monday after Governor Maggie Hassan signed a bill into law that doubles the state cap for net metering from 50 MW to 100 MW. Net metering is an incentive that lets people sell their excess solar energy back into the grid. [Concord Monitor]
Lawmakers in Massachusetts are drafting a bill that would jump-start the offshore wind industry. The energy bill is expected to require utilities to purchase power from offshore wind farms, according to Representative Thomas Golden, a Democrat, whose party controls the legislature. [Bloomberg]
Oklahoma is the latest state to get into the game on community solar. Tri-County Electric Co-op, headquartered in Hooker, dedicated the first community solar project in the state on April 26. TCEC members pay a one-time subscription fee of $340 per share to buy into the project. [Electric Co-op Today]
Tour the beautiful, new apartment complex that Revision Energy recently outfitted with a 47-kilowatt solar array! Grand opening will be held on Friday, May 6th. ReVision employees will be on hand to answer questions and guide participants. Light refreshments provided.
Schedule: 10am Grand Opening
10:30am Program Begins
11am Building and Apartment Tours
One Meeting Place Drive
Guests will be able to tour the building and see several apartments, as well as hear from local and regional leaders on the importance of developing affordable housing for New Hampshire residents. One Meeting Place was designed by Burnell Johnson Architects of Manchester and built by Cheshire Builders of Swanzey.
Avesta Housing, a nonprofit organization, acquired Four Meeting Place and Six Meeting Place and developed One Meeting Place in 2015. The Meeting Place development has 97 affordable one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. One Meeting Place has 39 units of non-age-restricted affordable housing. In addition, Meeting Place residents benefit from Avesta Housing’s service-enriched housing through the assignment of a resident service coordinator.
One Meeting Place has environmentally-conscious design features such as energy-producing photovoltaic solar panels on the roof, an energy-efficient mini-split heating and cooling system and a well-insulated building envelope. The solar panels are expected to generate more than 180,000 kWh of energy annually.
Scheduled speakers at the grand opening celebration will be Avesta Housing President & CEO Dana Totman, New Hampshire Housing Executive Director Dean Christon, Northern New England Housing Investment Fund President Bill Shanahan, Exeter Town Manager Russell Dean and a resident of One Meeting Place.
Legislators, professional planners, and transportation stakeholders from the Southern New Hampshire Region will be coming together for the first of nine state-wide events to discuss multimodal transportation options and complete streets.
The group will meet at the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce on May 6, 2016 at 9:30 AM and begin the event with a brief presentation on Complete Street’s ability to increase economic vitality, safety, and public health. Following the presentation, participants will be able to experience Manchester’s transportation options via a tour guided by local transportation and planning professionals.
Participants will be able to decide which type of transportation option they would like to experience. One group will have the option to ride Manchester’s Green Dash bus accompanied by a short walk to experience first-hand how Manchester’s public transit fits into the City’s transportation network. The second group will have the option to ride their bikes on a 5-6 mile loop around the Queen City. After the guided tours each group will have the opportunity to share their on-the-road experiences and discuss how encouraging complete streets would impact transportation options in the City.
Please RSVP to Sylvia at SNHPC, svonaulock(at)snhpc.org or call 669-4664. Additional information can be found online as well as by contacting Rebecca Harris at RLHarris(at)TransportNH.org.
Morgan Curtis ’14, Youth delegate to COP21 in Paris
David Goodrich ’74, Former Director, UN Global Climate Observing System, NOAA
David Goodrich ’74 finished a career in climate science and rode from Delaware to Oregon in 2011. Four years later, Morgan Curtis ’14 set off on a 6 month storytelling journey to COP21, the UN Climate Conference. The climate advocates, who graduated 40 years apart, now work together as part of Dartmouth Alumni for Climate Action. They will share stories and lessons from their journeys, how climate change plays into current political problems, and the role of phasing out fossil fuels in building a just and stable future.
This is the final event in the 2015-16 Big Problem, Bold Solutions: Leading Us Out of the Climate Crisis series.
“Tesla Model 3 Is Changing Auto History” • In its first week alone, the Tesla had amassed, “about $14 billion in implied future sales, making this the single biggest one-week launch of any product ever.” And it’s growing. Last week, Tesla had almost 400,000 orders for the Model 3. [CleanTechnica]
Tesla Model 3
The price per barrel of global benchmark Brent Crude ended April just above $47. Since dipping briefly below $30 in January, it has risen by nearly two-thirds. That sounds a lot. And it is. But it’s worth remembering that the price is still down by 30% on this time last year, and 60% on June 2014. [BBC News]
Canadian company CMX Renewable Energy Inc has sought a license to build a 150-MW solar plant in the central Vietnamese province of Ninh Thuan at an estimated cost of $150 million, news website Dau Tu reported. Around 1% of the plant’s output would be provided free to locals. [Thanh Nien Daily]
Dubai’s tender for the right to build the 800-MW phase III of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar complex has attracted a bid of just $29.90 (€26) per MWh. The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority is now evaluating a total of five bids. The winner is to be announced in June. [SeeNews Renewables]
After almost 12 years of political gridlock and stiff opposition from competitors, San Francisco’s green energy program, CleanPowerSF, began operating on Sunday. CleanPowerSF is now able to deliver electricity to more than 7,800 residences and businesses. [San Francisco Chronicle]
Global wind power installations are estimated to more than double in the next five years according to a new study, which also spotlights the record global wind growth in 2015, led by China and Germany. Prices continue to decrease and renewable energy is a priority for many countries. [The Climate Group]
Greentech Media notes that an average gross cost of a solar energy system in Texas is the lowest in the country, down to $3.21 per watt, while the national average cost is $3.69 per watt. This is based on data in EnergySage’s Second Solar Marketplace Intel Report. [CleanTechnica]
The Republican and Democratic presidential contests have been unusually competitive, with strong challengers and less dominant front-runners than years past. The presidential hopefuls all have made statements on coal. Some have put forward detailed policies. [Casper Star-Tribune Online]
India will achieve the target of 10,500 MW new solar power capacity in the current fiscal, the New and Renewable Energy Minister said. He said, “The way things are progressing in solar energy sector, we will definitely achieve our target. Solar energy is economically viable.” [IndUS Business Journal]
Running around the clock for two weeks, ACWA Power’s 50-MW Bokpoort project is an example of Concentrated Solar Power, the solar that can be called on day or night. Because when it has integrated thermal energy storage in molten salts, it is dispatchable solar. [CleanTechnica]
A 36-inch natural gas pipeline 30 miles east of Pittsburgh exploded. One man got burns as he ran for his life. Towering trees were reduced to blackened poles and siding melted off buildings. A quarter-mile evacuation zone was established. The cause is unknown. [Staunton News Leader]
A burned out house after a natural gas explosion in Salem Township, Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy recently reported that the country added 6,937 MW of grid-connected renewable energy capacity during FY 2015–16. The target for the year was 4,460 MW. Additionally, 176 MW of distributed renewable energy capacity was added. [CleanTechnica]
At present, 47% of conservative Republicans now believe climate change is happening. That’s according to a national survey released this week by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication. [CNN]
ExxonMobil reported a 63% slide in first quarter profits following low crude oil prices and weak refining margins. It reported a profit of $1.8 billion, a sharp decline from $4.94 billion for the same period last year and its lowest quarterly profit since 1999. Rival Chevron suffered losses. [BBC]
If Nebraska switches from coal to wind energy, it would save the state almost two billion gallons of water a year, according to the Center for Rural Affairs. Nebraska currently ranks fourth in the nation for wind energy potential and 13th for solar power potential, but relies heavily on coal. [HPPR]
BOSTON – Clean diesel grants aimed at cleaning up old diesel engines have greatly improved public health by cutting harmful pollution that causes premature deaths, asthma attacks, and missed school and workdays, according to a new report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Since its start in 2008, the Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) program has significantly improved air quality for communities across the country by retrofitting and replacing older diesel engines.
Diesel exhaust significantly contributes to the formation of dangerous soot and smog and is likely to increase the risk of cancer. Nationally, DERA program funding has helped clean up approximately 335,200 tons of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and 14,700 tons of particulate matter (PM), which are linked to a range of respiratory ailments and premature death. The program has also saved 450 million gallons of fuel and prevented 4.8 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions – equivalent to the annual CO2 emissions from more than 900,000 cars. EPA estimates that clean diesel funding generates up to $13 of public health benefit for every $1 spent on diesel projects.
In New England, EPA estimates that since the beginning of the DERA program in 2008, DERA-funded projects across Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine have resulted in cumulative lifetime emissions reductions of approximately 20,000 tons of nitrogen oxides and 750 tons of particulate matter.
“Our work to clean up diesel emissions through our investments in cleaner school buses, trucks, trains, and other heavy equipment is making a visible difference by providing cleaner, healthier air in communities that need it most,” said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA’s New England office. “Clean air and good health go hand-in-hand. EPA is very proud that DERA projects provide New Englanders with cleaner air while also cutting the pollution that fuels climate change.”
Operating throughout our transportation infrastructure today, over 10 million older diesel engines — the nation’s “legacy fleet” — built before 2008, need to be replaced or repowered to reduce air pollutants. While some of these will be retired over time, many will remain in use, polluting America’s air for the next 20 years. DERA grants and rebates are gradually replacing legacy engines with cleaner diesel engines. Priority is given to fleets in regions with disproportionate amounts of diesel pollution, such as those near ports and rail yards.
One recent recipient of DERA funding was the Massachusetts Port Authority, awarded $333,185 in 2015 to fund the repower of 5 rubber-tired gantry cranes used to load drayage trucks at the Conley Container Terminal in Boston. The grant will allow Massport to replace five older, Tier III diesel engines with current EPA Tier-4F certified diesel engines. Once completed, the project is expected to reduce annual emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx), particulate matter (PM), and carbon dioxide (CO2) by an estimated 7.62 tons, 0.06 tons and 155.4 tons, respectively. The grant will cover up to 25 percent of the labor and equipment costs of each of the new crane engines.
Additionally, the DERA program awarded $925,000 to school systems and school bus service providers across the New England states. These funds were used to encourage the early replacement of 46 older school buses by offering $15,000 to $25,000 towards the purchase of with newer, less polluting, buses.
This third report to Congress presents the final results from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and covers fiscal years 2009-2011. It also estimates the impacts from grants funded in fiscal years 2011-2013.
Additional report highlights include:
18,900 tons of hydrocarbon emissions prevented
4,836,100 tons of carbon dioxide emissions prevented
450 million gallons of fuel saved
Public Health Benefits
Up to $12.6 billion in monetized health benefits
Up to 1,700 fewer premature deaths
Although not quantified in the report, NOx and PM reductions also prevent asthma attacks, sick days, and emergency room visits
642 grants funded
$570 million funds awarded
73,000 vehicles or engines retrofitted or replaced
81% of projects targeted to areas with air quality challenges
May 4-15, 2016: A global wave of mass actions will target the world’s most dangerous fossil fuel projects, in order to keep coal, oil and gas in the ground and accelerate the just transition to 100% renewable energy. Northeast region is meeting in Albany on May 14th at 9am. Visit https://breakfree2016.org/.