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November 25 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • Nordex is boosting its Generation Delta wind turbine platform with the addition of the low-wind N131/3000. The 3 MW unit is designed for IEC-3 locations and can derive up to 28.6% more yield, for high efficiency combined with low sound power levels. [reNews]
  • Improvement in battery technology and new laws make it possible for Germans to get government support for the installation of stationary battery storage with new PV installations. [Solar Novus Today]

World:

  • The UK is ending international financing for coal projects except in exceptional circumstances. This follows similar actions by the US, Nordic Countries, the World Bank, and the European Investment Bank. [CleanTechnica]
  • Lack of certainty in renewable energy policy is holding institutional investors back, according to an Ernst & Young survey. Of the 75 major pension and insurance funds surveyed, 61% have no current renewable energy infrastructure investment. [FTSE Global Markets]
  • Vestas has launched “Wind for Prosperity” to help bring affordable electricity to energy-poor, wind-rich rural communities by combining factory-refurbished wind turbines with advanced diesel power generation for remote mini-grids. [reNews]
  • The UK’s first floating wind farm is set to be located off the Scottish coast, in Buchan Deep, approximately 20-30 km off Peterhead, Aberdeenshire. The project comprises five, 6 MW floating turbines operating in waters over 100 meters deep. [Your Renewable News]
  • A report by Green Energy Markets shows Australians installed more than 1 GW of solar panels last year, with 13% of homes now having them, but during the past year, installations have dropped 22% as a result of winding down of rebates and incentives. [Energy Matters]
  • Wind power output in Ireland reached record levels, according to the Irish Wind Energy Association. The new record of 1,564 MW, enough to power over one million Irish homes, was recorded on November 20. [Today’s Energy Solutions]
  • Spanish car manufacturer SEAT has taken the lead in solar power generation, installing the biggest solar panel array in the automotive industry, with a staggering 53,000 panels now fitted at its Martorell manufacturing plant. [TheGreenCarWebsite.co.uk]

US:

  • The DOEs National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released its 128-page 2012 Renewable Energy Data Book, providing data on renewable energy. Renewable energy now supplies 12.4 % of US demand, and 23% worldwide (4,892 TWh). [Energy Matters]
  • Nebraska is rated third among the states for its wind-energy potential. And yet a year ago, it ranked only 26th for its actual wind-energy production. Several people familiar with wind energy in Nebraska say this is because of one anti-wind, anti-solar person. [Midwest Energy News]
  • SolarCity, guided by Elon Musk has just become the first of its kind to offer bonds backed by rooftop solar panels. This innovation will allow solar manufacturers and distributors to become energy companies, selling solar power as a service. [Triple Pundit]

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