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February 3 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Consultation is the key to curing wind turbine syndrome” Wind turbine syndrome is a symptom of a community that feels it has lost control. It has very little to do with wind farms and ‘infrasound’. [ABC Online]
  • “No Matter How You Count Them, Fossil Fuel Subsidies Are As High As Ever” New analysis by the Worldwatch Institute says estimates range from $523 billion to over $1.9 trillion, depending on what is considered a “subsidy” and how they are tallied. [De Smog Blog]

Science and Technology:

  • The MiniSun12H, developed by the NGO SunLife, is an affordable, durable, solar-powered light capable of providing 12 hours of light from 8 hours of charging. At just $5, it is cost-competitive with a kerosene lantern, and it never needs fuel. [CleanTechnica]

World:

  • Nearly 500 MW worth of new renewable energy feed-in tariff project applications were received by Ontario’s energy regulator in the five-and-a-half week time period when the FiT window of opportunity was last open. [CleanTechnica]
  • Spain’s National Association of Photovoltaic Energy Producers is demanding that central authorities in Madrid hold a consultative national referendum about the chosen energy model for the country. [pv magazine]
  • The Japanese region of Fukushima, left devastated by the 2011 nuclear disaster, has said it will aim to be 100% dependent on renewable energy by 2040. The region already has an offshore wind farm, which was developed following the disaster. [Blue & Green Tomorrow]

US:

  •  A study from UC Boulder Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research says the global warming we are seeing is outside any kind of known natural variability, and it has to be due to increased greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. [Energy Collective]
  • Minnesotans interested in saving money and the planet can look to an incentive program administered by the Minnesota Department of Commerce that will offer rebates to Minnesota residents and businesses who install solar thermal or PV systems. [Morris Sun Tribune]
  • Admirals Bank, a leading national provider of residential renewable energy financing, recently agreed to participate in the Solarize Durham [NC] initiative to offer interested homeowners loan products to subsidize residential solar systems and installations. [Virtual-Strategy Magazine]

 

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