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May 17 Green Energy News

World:

  • Germany’s state incentives for solar storage systems are entering their second year. Since the program was launched last May, around 4,000 solar batteries have been received low-interest loans totaling roughly €66 million and subsidies exceeding €10 million. [Renewable Energy Magazine]
  • Last year Japan invested more than any other country in solar energy.  In 2013, 6.7 GW of solar capacity was approved for the feed-in-tariff scheme. Almost half of this was utility-scale solar. This year, it will be over 10 GW, with more than half of this being utility-scale solar. [CleanTechnica]
  • Aberdeen-based Pilot Offshore Renewables aims to moor eight floating wind turbines ten miles off the Kincardineshire coast of Scotland. This would be the world’s first floating wind farm. Semi-submersible platforms would cut construction and installation costs. [Scotsman]
  • The International Energy Agency says solar energy – a combination of solar PV and concentrated solar thermal with storage – is likely to become the dominant source of energy across the world, accounting for more than 27% of all electricity produced by 2050. [CleanTechnica]
  • Consent has been granted for 51 MW wind farm in Ewe Hill, Scotland. When complete, the 22-turbine wind farm will power the equivalent of approximately 24,000 homes. The Ewe Hill project represents a £65 million investment by developer ScottishPower Renewables. [Renewable Energy Focus]

US:

  • Connecticut recently began a new program aimed at boosting EV sales though the somewhat unconventional approach of incentivizing the dealers themselves, rather than the customers. This will help motivate dealers to put more effort into selling EVs. [CleanTechnica]
  • Power Company of Wyoming has submitted an application to construct and operate the up to 3 GW Chokecherry and Sierra Madre wind project in Carbon County. The project will feature 1000 wind turbines. [reNews]
  • Dartmouth, Massachusetts (population 34,032) has a total of 177 solar projects with the capacity to produce 26.7 MW of energy. Net metering credits and taxes from six large solar farms are projected to be at about $1.18 million for fiscal year 2016. [SouthCoastToday.com]
  • Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley vetoed a 13-month moratorium on building wind turbines within 56 miles of the US Naval Air Station Patuxent River, saying the bill is unnecessary and would send a chilling message to renewable energy developers. [El Paso Inc.]
  • An energy tax incentive bill, which failed to clear a procedural vote in the Senate May 15, may be revived. Largest among the energy tax credits in was an extension of the production tax credit of 2.3 ¢/kWh for generating new renewable electric power. [Bloomberg BNA]
  • The California Senate is expected to debate a bill to require energy retail sellers and local publicly owned electric utilities to use more geothermal energy. By 2024, utilities would need to get 500 MW from geothermal power plants. [The Desert Sun]

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