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April 24 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “So You Want Solar Power, Do You?” You want solar power? These guys seem unlikely to provide it. (Cartoon found on Facebook—thanks to Greenpeace UK.) [PlanetSave.com]

World:

  • Kenya’s economy could be boosted by as much as $45 billion by the year 2030 with a switch to a ‘green’ economy, according to a new joint study from the UN Environment Programme and the Government of Kenya. [CleanTechnica]
  • The UK’s Conservative party has promised communities that they will have the power to block onshore wind farms if they win the general election in 2015. The energy minister will also announce that the local veto power will be installed within six months of the Tories taking office. [International Business Times UK]
  • Funding renewable projects with Indian government-backed green bonds could lower the cost of clean power by as much as 25%, according to a study. Green bonds are sold by the government, with the proceeds loaned to wind and  solar farm developers. [Bloomberg]
  • British electricity producer Drax said it had started legal proceedings against the government over a decision not to support the conversion of one of its coal-burning units to biomass under a new subsidy scheme. [Business Spectator]
  • China will allow private investment in 80 projects spanning the energy, information and infrastructure sectors as part of reforms to increase privatisation. The 80 involve solar energy, hydro power, wind power, and oil and gas pipelines, previously state monopolies. [Business Spectator]
  • Scientists at Berkeley University have come up with an alternative to a gigantic  power project in Sarawak. Instead of building mega-dams, the government can on small-scale energy sources for increasing rural electrification and developing rural areas. [Scoop.co.nz]
  • According to analysis, new wind and solar can provide power at up to 50% lower cost  than new nuclear and carbon capture and storage. A reliable generation system of wind, and solar with gas as backup is 20% cheaper than a system of new nuclear power combined with gas. [Energy Matters]

US:

  • On April 18th, the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls celebrated the completion of two major renewable energy projects, making it the first university in North America to generate all of its own electricity and heat on campus. [inhabitat]
  • A bill being considered at the Hawaiian legislature could allow apartment and condo dwellers to invest in a solar complex elsewhere. Under the proposed plan, they would buy their own panels, located on a roof or solar farm, and the energy would be credited to their electric bill. [khon2.com]
  • Consolidated Edison encourages customers to consider using the sun to generate electricity. The utility is installing a solar array at its landmark office tower in Manhattan. The 200-panel system will generate 40 KW of renewable power. [Renewable Energy Focus]
  • The US EPA’s Green Power Partnership has released a new list of the top 100 organizations that use electricity from renewable sources, such as solar and wind power. Intel is at the top, meeting 100% of its electricity load with renewable resources. [Solar Industry]
  • The Obama administration announced $15 million in funding late last week under a new Solar Market Pathways program that’s designed to bolster shared or community solar programs and local funding initiatives. [GreenBiz.com]
  • Exelon announced it hit its 2020 climate goals 7 years early. It reduced or avoided more than 18 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions in 2013, surpassing its goal of eliminating 17.5 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year by 2020. [NorthcentralPa.com]

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