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May 18 Green Energy News

Tea and Turbines:

  • Elaine McGonnal, 55, moved to her current home five years ago to enjoy views over one of the largest wind farms in the UK. She says she loves nothing more than sitting in her back garden with a cup of tea, watching turbines turning. [allmediascotland.com]
  • A landmark hydro scheme that illuminated a Scottish stately home when electric power was in its infancy is being brought back into service. Now, the pioneering Victorian scheme has helped a botanical garden near Peebles become the greenest in the UK. [Scotsman]

World:

  • European cross-border energy infrastructure projects are to receive a boost, with the European Commission allocating €750 million to finance key energy schemes. The Ukraine crisis is cited as an impetus to upgrade infrastructure and connections. [Prague Post]
  • Welspun Renewables Energy Private Limited, India’s leading renewable energy generator commissions Karanataka state’s largest solar project with a capacity of 19 MW (DC) implemented as two projects of 8 MW (DC) and 11 MW (DC). [PR.com]
  • Leading utility AGL Energy has called for the scrapping of Australian government support for rooftop solar PV, and has indicated the renewable energy target should also be diluted or deferred because it would be impossible to meet the current target in the current timeframe. [RenewEconomy]
  • While Indonesia struggles to fuel its fast-growing economy, people on the island of Sumba are harnessing power from the sun, wind, rivers and even pig dung in a bid to go 100% renewable by 2025. [Business Recorder]
  • In Jordan, the National Society for Consumer Protection urged Jordanians to turn to solar energy to meet their electricity needs in the form of government-financed small- and medium-sized enterprises. [Zawya]

US:

  • Vermont Technical College will launch a bachelor’s degree program in renewable energy this fall. David Blittersdorf, renewable energy entrepreneur and president and CEO of Williston-based AllEarth Renewables, has committed $120,000 to support the new program. [Valley News]
  • The Pasadena Housing Department partnered with nonprofit company GRID Alternatives to help low-income households enhance their energy efficiency. One result is that solar power from PVs is available to more people. [Pasadena Star-News]
  • In Texas, use of wind, solar and other renewable energy sources increased 12% in 2013, according to an Electric Reliability Council of Texas report. Renewable energy produced 38.1 million megawatt hours of power in 2013 compared to just 33.9 million MWh in 2013. [Dallas Business Journal]

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