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July 4 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • Two important studies recently released on the economic costs of climate change show us the very high costs of continuing on our current carbon pollution trajectory. One is from the Risky Business Project, the other from top climate economists Simon Dietz and Nicholas Stern. [Energy Collective]
  • The EPA has just given the thumbs-up to a genetically modified bacterium from the company Joule, which brings us one giant step closer to next generation biofuels made from sunlight and carbon dioxide. [CleanTechnica]
  • Aston Martin recently announced a partnership with the Hanergy Global Solar Power & Applications Group that will fit solar panels on the roof of the Vantage GTE racing in the World Endurance Championship. [SmartMeters]

World:

  • Northern Ireland has confirmed support levels for small-scale wind energy projects will remain unchanged until at least 2017. The decision follows a year-long review by Northern Ireland’s Department of Enterprise, Trade, and Investment. [reNews]
  • A 50 MW solar PV project, led by India’s National Hydro Power Corporation, is to be constructed in the southern state of Kerala and floated on one of its lakes. The project is expected to cost $64-72 million and the first pilot is scheduled to begin work in October. [Blue & Green Tomorrow]
  • Canadian Solar Inc. has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Canadian Solar Solutions Inc., has entered into an Engineering, Procurement and Construction contract with Kinston Solar LP for the construction of 140 MW solar PV farm located in Ontario, Canada. [CleanTechnica]
  • In the UK, onsite generation of power through renewable sources, including solar PV and anaerobic digestion, has increased by more than 25%, with the manufacturing sector leading the way. There have been 38 new schemes commissioned since last year. [Greenwise Business]

US:

  • The US DOE announced a new $4 billion loan guarantee program to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. The program is geared specifically for projects that avoid, reduce or store greenhouse gases and prevent their release into the atmosphere. [FuelFix]
  • The US DOE has included energy storage projects in a $4 billion loan guarantee programme announced yesterday. The programme is intended to help support new renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in the US that help to mitigate greenhouse gases. [PV-Tech Storage]
  • Historically, distributed generation has largely been limited to a handful of progressive states. But as solar power gains presence and storage prices go down, microgrids are expanding into new territory. [Energy Collective]
  • The leading residential solar installer in the US, SolarCity Corp., along with privately held SunRun Inc., has filed a lawsuit against Arizona Department of Revenue as the state decided to impose property tax over leased solar panels. [NASDAQ]
  • North Dakota regulators have given a green light to Infinity Wind Power’s 110-MW Sunflower project. The state Public Service Commission voted unanimously to issue a certificate of site compatibility for the up to 59-turbine scheme in Stark and Morton counties. [reNews]

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