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August 5 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • A team of researchers led by Newcastle University has produced an all-in-one Biofuel Micro Trigeneration prototype system fueled by unprocessed plant oils that provides combined cooling, heating, and electrical power. This first-generation system is designed for use in homes. [Gizmag]

World:

  • SolarReserve is bringing 20 MW of utility-scale solar power to El Salvador’s Acajutla plant, while advancing its share of the Latin American solar market. The Santa Monica, California–based company won El Salvador’s first ever utility-scale solar tender. [CleanTechnica]
  • Cape Town, South Africa, will be a new base of US solar panel manufacturer Jinko Solar, as the firm announced that it will be opening a R80 million ($7.5 million) 120 MW solar photovoltaic module production facility in the city. [htxt.africa]
  • Beijing will stop using coal and close coal-fired power plants and other coal facilities in six of its capital districts by 2020. With pollution in Beijing reaching levels more than double levels considered hazardous, the country is increasingly installing clean wind and solar power. [NEWS.com.au]
  • India will provide low-cost loans and grants to set up solar power parks across the country to host as much as 20 gigawatts of capacity, about 10 times what it has built to date. The parks will host large plants ranging between 500 MW to 1,000 MW that will be connected to the grid. [eco-business.com]
  • As Australia’s federal government commits to a future dependent on the nation’s vast coal resource, two of the countries upon which this shaky economic plan is most dependent – India and China – look to be closing the door on the heavy polluting fossil fuel. [RenewEconomy]
  • France is set to cut fossil fuel use and ramp up renewable energy generation after passing a long-awaited energy and climate law last week. The law sets targets to reduce consumption of fossil fuels 30% by 2030 and get 32% of energy from renewable sources. [Responding to Climate Change]

US:

  • Mississippi Power will convert from coal to natural gas or retire several units at plants in south Mississippi and Greene County, Alabama, as part of an agreement to end litigation over construction of a coal-fired power plant in Kemper County. [Greenfield Daily Reporter]
  • Three members of the Massachusetts Global Warming Solutions Act Implementation Advisory Committee resigned and criticized the administration’s support of a bill that could lead to the construction of a natural gas pipeline across the state. [Platts]
  • Green groups say the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to weaken radiation standards at nuclear power plants would triple the likelihood of people in surrounding communities developing cancer. [The Hill]

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