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August 9 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Flaw and Order: How Brookings Got Its Analysis of Wind and Solar Costs So Wrong” A paper from the Brookings Institution, claiming that wind and solar were our most expensive electric resources was wrong. Why? It was based on badly obsolete data. [Greentech Media]

World:

  • Germany already boasts over 7,000 home solar plus energy storage systems, and some analysts suggest the US could see similar growth once Tesla’s much-touted battery “Gigafactory” starts producing at scale. [Scientific American]
  • A day after Chinese state media reported that Beijing is set to ban the use and trade of coal in its inner districts, Xinhua has now reported that the head of the National Energy Administration has said that China is aiming to install 13 GW worth of solar PV power in 2014. [CleanTechnica]
  • Gamesa, one of the world’s largest wind energy companies, has announced that it has installed a total of 30 GW worth of wind power with the completion of one of the eight turbines being installed at the Tornio wind farm in Finland. [CleanTechnica]
  • South Australia’s wind farms produced enough electricity to meet a record 43 per cent of the state’s power needs during July, and on occasions during the month provided all the state’s electricity needs. [RenewEconomy]
  • Vice-President Namadi Sambo has said that Nigeria would fully utilise its abundant renewable energy resources to enhance electricity supply across the country. He particularly mentioned solar energy, which Nigeria has in abundance. [Nigerian Tribune]

US:

  • Massive algae blooms on Lake Erie have robbed Toledo of clean drinking water, and boiling water with blue-green algae toxins just concentrates the poison. The causes include loss of wetlands, crumbling infrastructure, invasive species, and climate change. [Energy Collective]
  • Residential solar provider Sungevity, Inc, headquartered in Oakland, CA, has announced that it has expanded its solar services into New Mexico and Vermont. Sungevity was ranked the third most productive residential solar installer in America, by a GTM Research report. [CleanTechnica]
  • In Springfield, Missouri, City Utilities held a dedication ceremony for a 40-acre solar farm northeast of the city that officials say can power approximately 900 homes each year. The site will produce 4.95 MW, making it the largest solar farm in the state. [KSMU Radio]
  • Wyoming’s Industrial Siting Council voted 7-0 to approve a proposal for a 1,000-turbine wind farm. During the two-day public hearing, no one spoke against the project. The nearly $5 billion project could produce up to 3,000 MW, or 10 million MWh annually, with 114 permanent jobs. [Casper Star-Tribune Online]

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