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September 6 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • In 2011, Chinese manufacturers accounted for 63% of all PV production worldwide. A detailed analysis of costs associated with PV production shows that the main contributors to that country’s lower PV prices are economies of scale and well-developed supply chains — not cheap labor. [MIT News]

World:

  • President Obama and leaders from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden said they share the goal of reaching a binding global climate agreement by 2015, noting that taking action on climate change, domestically and internationally, “requires mobilizing scaled up climate finance.” [Environment News Service]
  • In a recent announcement, the Ethiopian Ministry of Water and Energy claimed that around 13,200 solar systems have been installed in rural Ethiopia over the past nine months. These systems are based on distributed power technology as there is no grid connectivity in those areas. [CleanTechnica]
  • Chile continues to grow more attractive to solar developers. The new renewable energy portfolio standard requires utilities to get 20% of their energy from “non-traditional” renewable sources by 2020. That is in addition to the 40% they already get from hydro. [Clean Energy Authority]
  • German automaker Volkswagen’s Mexican unit has signed a 20-year agreement with Mexico Power Group to buy 130 MW of output from the planned La Bufa wind farm. The $360m La Bufa plant, sited in the Mexican state of Zacatecas, will have a total capacity of 180 MW. [Recharge]
  • Wind energy records were broken in four Australian states in August, as the Coalition gears up to place the wind power industry under greater scrutiny should it win power on Saturday. South Australia derived 38% of its power from the wind last month, well above its previous record of 31%. [The Guardian]

US:

  • It looks like more trouble is looming ahead for communities that host fracking operations. Two new studies have linked fracking-related operations to earthquakes in Texas and Ohio, and a recently settled lawsuit in Arkansas indicates that swarms of tiny earthquakes can damage structures. [CleanTechnica]
  • America added 976 MW of new PV capacity in the second quarter of 2013, according to the NPD Solarbuzz North America PV Markets Quarterly report. Rising demand across the country pushing installed capacity in the second quarter of 2013 up 24% compared to the first quarter of 2012. [CleanTechnica]
  • The US power grid, which is in three distinct parts, appears to be on the verge of becoming unified to a degree, so at least some power will be free to flow as the market dictates. And that could have particularly positive implications for generators of renewable power. [Greentech Media]

 

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