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April 26 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Rooftop Solar — Are The Grids Really Needed?” Being offgrid in the outback makes economic sense, but the bigger question for network operators around the world is whether those in more populated areas, even in the cities, will look to adopt similar measures. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

  • Minnesota based Skajaquoda has developed a portable wind turbine power station it calls Trinity. Trinity is a 12” cylinder that can charge any USB based device, such as your smartphone or tablet. It has a 15 W generator with a built in battery that holds 15,000 mAh. [Paste Magazine]

World:

  • The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has announced plans to invest $109 billion to produce 41 GW of solar energy by 2032, which is almost 30% of its expected total energy requirement. Solar PVs will account for 16 GW of that, and concentrating solar for the remaining 26 GW.[AME Info]
  • Driven by an energy-hungry population and unstable oil prices, countries in the Gulf and the wider MENA region are investing in various green energy options, with a focus on in solar energy. [Gulf Business News]
  • UK Power Networks is installing a giant battery farm to supply electricity at peak times. Leighton Buzzard will have the capacity to discharge up to 10 MWh into the local distribution network at a rate of up to 6 MW. [Peninsula On-line]

US:

  • The board of directors of the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation on Monday approved a total of $173,709 in grants from the state Renewable Energy Fund for 25 solar electric and five solar hot water installations around the state. [The Providence Journal]
  • In yet another signal that era of fossil fuels is drawing to a close, a jury has just awarded a whopping $3 million to a Texas family for health and property impacts linked to a nearby Aruba Petroleum fracking operation. [CleanTechnica]
  • GE Energy Financial Services announced it has exceeded $10 billion in renewable energy investment commitments worldwide to become one of the industry’s leading investors. The projects avoid greenhouse gases equivalent to the annual car emissions in Massachusetts. [Today’s Energy Solutions]
  • In 18 state capitals across the country, legislators are debating proposals to roll back environmental rules, prodded by industry and advocacy groups eager to curtail regulations aimed at curbing greenhouse gases. Nevertheless, the fossil fuel groups are losing. [Washington Post]
  • Electric cooperatives are embracing solar energy—and the White House is taking notice. Representatives of seven co-ops recently attended the White House Solar Summit. The event was held to honor what the administration called “cross-sector leadership on solar.” [Electric Co-op Today]
  • A proposed project under development by Southwest Renewable Resources aims to develop a unique biomass fuel production facility and up to 25 MW of bioenergy capacity in South Sioux City, Neb. [Biomass Magazine]
  • After being vetoed by Maine Governor Paul LePage, a law, “An Act to Support Solar Energy Development in Maine,” was enacted by legislative override. It passed the Senate unanimously and the House with a 103-39 vote. [Mainebiz Daily]

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