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September 5 Green Energy News

World:

  • The number of Australian houses adding rooftop solar continues to surprise the network operators, with another 2,794 systems of 5 kW or less added during the month of August. The total new capacity is 11.5 MW. [CleanTechnica]
  • A new research paper from Lux predicts the solar industry should grow 75% by 2019. The Asia Pacific region is expected lead the world, in terms of expansion, throughout this period, and more than 50% of demand will come from this region. [CleanTechnica]
  • This week the Indian court system handed down three landmark energy rulings. While an ultimate decision still looms, the combined weight of these initial rulings reaffirms one thing — it’s time to diversify away from coal. [Energy Collective]
  • The South African government’s plan to bring more power into the national grid through procurement from independent power producers has a hit a technical obstacle. The state utility cannot connect projects of all successful bidders until the grid is strengthened. [BDlive]
  • UK offshore wind farm capacity is set to hit 11 GW and attract £4.6 billion of investment by the end of the decade, according to a new report from GlobalData. This growth means the US would have 36% of global offshore capacity. Current capacity is 3.7 GW. [Business Green]
  • A report published by Bridge To India in association with Tata Power Solar states that India has the potential to install 145 GW of solar power capacity across various project sizes by 2024. The considers covers plant sizes from 1 kW to 3 GW. [CleanTechnica]
  • German federal state Mecklenburg-Vorpommern produced enough power from renewable sources last year to satisfy its entire demand, a direct consequence of the country’s ambitious shift toward green power and away from nuclear. [Reuters]
  • An estimated 600,000 cubic km of water under Glasgow, Scotland is accessible in abandoned mines. A pilot project has been using the water to heat apartments for ten years. The water is drawn, its heat extracted, and it is returned to the mines where it absorbs heat from the earth. [Business Reporter]
  • Australia’s Senate voted to repeal the 2006 Energy Efficiency Opportunities Act, ending the country’s Energy Efficiency Opportunities Program. This is intended to save industries $16.6 million. The Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association welcomed the vote. [Platts]

US:

  • A report from the US DOE estimated that the 54 GW of offshore wind could reduce the national annual electricity production costs by approximately $7.68 billion by 2030. This corresponds to approximately $41 per MWh of offshore wind added to the grid. [Power Online]
  • The city of Burlington, Vermont now owns or has enough contracts with renewable energy facilities to provide 100% of the city’s electric needs, as the city’s municipal electric utility has completed the $16.3 million purchase of the 7.4-MW Winooski One Hydroelectric Facility. [Barre Montpelier Times Argus]
  • New York Governor Cuomo today announced the rollout of “K-Solar,” a landmark program under the $1 billion “NY-Sun” initiative, to help public school districts throughout New York lower their energy costs with clean, local power. [Niagara Frontier Publications]
  • OCI Solar Power recently completed the Alamo 4 solar farm in Brackettville, Texas that will generate 39 MW. The project has more than 150,000 solar panels on 600 acres of privately-owned land. Some 550 workers were involved during construction. [San Antonio Business Journal]
  • Ohio University has launched a solar-powered micro-grid pilot project that will allow a small group of property owners to generate, store, and distribute their own electricity instead of depending on a large utility like American Electric Power. [WOSU]

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