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July 2 Green Energy News

World:

  • South Africa just crossed 500 MW in installed solar capacity, entering the list of top 10 countries in terms of solar power capacity. The milestone was reached after four utility-scale solar power projects were commissioned in South Africa in May this year. [CleanTechnica]
  • India’s plans for a major ramp-up in solar power are on hold after a proposal to impose anti-dumping duties on equipment from overseas has led developers to say proposed projects would become unprofitable. [Wall Street Journal]
  • The UK has installed 1.47 GW of solar PVs so far in 2014, according to the latest report from solar market analyst, NPD Solarbuzz. This is more than the estimated the record 1.2 GW of solar installed in the UK throughout all of 2013. [Solar Power Portal]
  • As Prime Minister Tony Abbott again attacked renewables for their presumed impact on consumer bills, wholesale energy prices in Queensland have slumped to unprecedented lows as rooftop solar continues to boom in that state. [RenewEconomy]
  • Two Norwegian state-controlled energy companies are in line to receive £1.6 billion in subsidies from UK consumers, after deciding to invest £1.5 billion in building a wind farm off the coast of Norfolk. [Telegraph.co.uk]
  • Bloomberg New Energy Finance foresee that by 2030 the world’s power mix will have transformed to one with over half from zero-emission energy sources, saying, “Economics – rather than policy – will increasingly drive the uptake of renewable technologies.” [Business Spectator]
  • New independent renewable projects in Scotland have seen a 50% increase in a year, and now produce enough energy to power one million homes, according to a new report. More than £66 million was invested in independent schemes. [Scotsman]
  • President Hassan Rouhani’s government has quintupled its spending on solar power projects in the last year. While being good for the environment, the panels also offer rural Iran steady power amid uncertainty over the country’s contested nuclear program. [Greenfield Daily Reporter]
  • The German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern generates 120% of its electricity from renewable sources, according to a new publication. Reportedly, there are over 1600 wind turbines in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, which is also a top tourist destination. [CleanTechnica]
  • EU member states are not obliged to pay renewable energy subsidies to foreign suppliers, the European Court of Justice has decided in a case involving Sweden. EU member states that limit supports to within their borders do not need to overhaul their renewable energy policy. [E&T magazine]

US:

  • After studying production data from 65,000 wells from 31 different unconventional shale rock formations in 2012, geologist David Hughes predicted big trouble ahead for North America’s unconventional hydrocarbon revolution. [Resilience]
  • Quad County Corn Processors beat DuPont and Poet to produce the state’s first-ever gallon of commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol. The Iowa company plans to quickly scale-up so that it’s producing about 2 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol a year. [DesMoinesRegister.com]
  • The Department of Energy issued a $150 million loan guarantee to support construction of the Cape Wind offshore wind energy project. Cape Wind is to have a capacity of more than 360 MW of clean energy off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. [Utility Products]

 

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