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March 5 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “3 Models That Could Help Utilities Make Money From Solar Energy” Kristian Hanelt, senior vice president for renewable capital markets at Clean Power Finance, laid out three possible business models for utilities to profit from distributed solar. [Energy Collective]

World:

  • Despite some uncertainties last year over the status of large-scale PV in Kenya, the country’s director of renewable energy, Isaac Kiva, has revealed that 25 projects totalling 750MW are now being advanced. [PV-Tech]
  • The Canadian Wind Energy Association is pleased that the Speech from the Throne delivered yesterday signals the Government of Alberta’s commitment to developing an Alternative and Renewable Energy Framework. [Your Industry News]
  • China has become the world’s biggest investor in the global trillion-dollar renewable energy market. In doing so, it has helped pull down the capital cost of renewables to the point they are competitive with existing sources, says industry analyst Ethan Zindler. [Vancouver Sun]
  • A report sponsored by the Government of Canada concludes that there will likely be a substantial shortage of qualified workers that threatens the high growth potential of the renewables industry, unless a national HR strategy is immediately implemented. [AltEnergyMag]
  • Installed capacity of PVs in the Americas will climb from 13.1 GW in 2013 to 138.8 GW by 2030, says a new report from U.K.-based research and consulting firm GlobalData. The increase represents a compounded annual growth rate of 15%. [Solar Industry]
  • In China, wind power is leaving nuclear behind. Electricity output from China’s wind farms exceeded that from its nuclear plants for the first time in 2012, by a narrow margin. Then in 2013, wind pulled away-outdoing nuclear by 22%. [InvestorIdeas.com]

US:

  • Citing the advantage of adding more solar energy at a lower customer cost, Xcel Energy submitted to state regulators a plan to add up to 150 MW of large-scale solar resources in its Upper Midwest service territory by the end of 2016. [PennEnergy]
  • US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz says he expects wind, solar and other renewables to make up 30% to 40% of the country’s energy mix by 2030. He says of nuclear power in the US, “the long term trajectory remains quite uncertain.”[WBUR]
  • NRG Solar and The Boeing Company started construction on Dandan, Guam’s first solar power plant. Dandan will generate 25 MW, enough clean energy to power 10,000 homes and offset consumption of almost 2 million barrels of fuel oil and diesel. [RenewablesBiz]
  • A report by the World Business Academy that details negative health trends in the area surrounding the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant in San Luis Obispo County was released Monday. It supports the idea that there is an increased risk of cancer. [Cal Coast News]
  • Energy efficiency retrofits carried out in 16 cities across 8 Southeast US states from 2010-2013 created a 387% return on investment, according to a recent report from the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance. [CleanTechnica]

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