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July 8 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Solar has won. Even if coal were free to burn, power stations couldn’t compete” As early as 2018, solar could be economically viable to power big cities. By 2040 over half of all electricity may be generated in the same place it’s used. Centralised, coal-fired power is over. [The Guardian]
  • “Here’s why the forecast for microgrids looks this sunny” If current policy, technology and pricing trends are any indication, the conditions are clearly in place to facilitate mainstream adoption of microgrids. [GreenBiz.com]

World:

  • Deutsche Bank AG plans to lend about $1 billion for Japan solar projects, joining Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in funding cleaner energy as the government struggles to restart nuclear power plants after the Fukushima disaster. [Businessweek]
  • DCH Solargiga, a subsidiary of Chinese solar module manufacturer Solargiga, has signed an agreement to install 200 MW of solar power capacity in Ghana. The agreement was signed with the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority. [CleanTechnica]
  • Increased generation capacity, high wind speeds, and low electricity demand has pushed the share of electricity generated from renewable energy sources to 19.4% in the UK during the first quarter of 2014, a substantial increase from 12.4% a year earlier. [CleanTechnica]
  • Farmers, businesses and communities across Cambridgeshire have now invested more than £57 million in renewable energy projects such as wind turbines and rooftop solar installations. They produce 223 MW, enough to  power over 146,000 households. [Cambridge News]
  • One thing that might get lost amidst the headlines on renewable energy is the fact the coal power is increasing, too. It was the world’s fastest growing fossil fuel last year, according to British Petroleum’s annual energy review. [CleanTechnica]
  • Indian coal-based power plants are struggling to keep up with daily demand and almost have of them only have enough stocks to last a week, the minister of state for power, coal and new and renewable energy said Monday. [MINING.com]
  • BNRG Renewables, an Irish-based solar energy group, has raised €918,000 via crowdfunding to refinance two solar farms in Kent, England, each with a capacity of 249 kW, enough to power 82 homes. [Siliconrepublic.com]
  • The build-out of PV projects planned under South Africa’s flagship renewable energy programme continues with the completion of the 40 MW Linde project in the Northern Cape province. The project is the second utility-scale plant built by Norway’s Scatec Solar. [PV-Tech]

US:

  • ET Solar Energy Corp, a leading smart energy solutions provider, announced that its high efficiency PV modules will power six utility scale projects throughout the state of North Carolina, with a combined capacity of 24.5 MW. [AZoCleantech]
  • EDF Renewable Energy announced today that the 161-MW Spinning Spur II Wind Project in Texas has reached commercial operation. The company further announced the close of structured equity financing from GE Energy Financial Services and MUFG Union Bank. [AZoCleantech]
  • The Kauai Island Utility Cooperative. a local Hawaiian cooperative utility, is surging toward 40% renewable energy in the next year, with a third of that total from customer-generated solar. Half its daytime energy will come from solar arrays by the end of 2015. [CleanTechnica]
  • Maine’s two largest utilities have agreed to jointly develop electric transmission projects to enhance the strength and capacity of the state’s bulk power grid and improve access for new generation resources. [IT Business Net]

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