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September 10 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • The world has more groundwater that is salty than fresh and drinkable. For example, 60% of India is underlain by salty water −and much of that has no electric grid to run conventional desalination plants. Sun-powered desalination could deliver clean water for off-grid villages. [ScienceDaily]
  • The global shift to a world powered predominately by decentralised renewable energy is happening, whether we are ready for it or not. This is the main takeaway message from the latest report from the International Renewable Energy Agency. [RenewEconomy]

World:

  • The construction of two of the world’s largest floating solar plants is set to begin in late September in Japan. Plans have begun to build a series of floating solar plants that combined will have a generating capacity of 60 MW. [Chinatopix]
  • Swiss power company ABB has signed an $800 million (£497 million) contract to install a 100-mile cable under the Moray Firth to link up north-east Scotland’s power network. The cable will be equipped to transmit 1.2 GW of renewable energy into the grid by 2030. [Herald Scotland]
  • Iran’s Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian said that a wind power plant will be established with a generation capacity of 100 MW in Khaf region of Khorasan Razavi province, in northeastern Iran, by the end of the current year, according to Iran’s IRNA news agency. [Trend.az]

US:

  • New figures from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s Q2 2014 U.S. Solar Market Insight report show that the US installed 1,133 MW of new solar PV capacity in the second quarter, pushing the cumulative operating capacity for solar power to 15.9 GW. [CleanTechnica]
  • Commissioners, utilities, and stakeholders in South Carolina are ironing out details of a solar law that enables third-party leasing and contemplates the state’s investor owned-utilities utilities installing 300 MW of renewable energy by 2021, up from about 8 MW currently. [Energy Collective]
  • Maryland-based Enviva LP is investing $214 million in the two mills to make wood pellets to be shipped to customers in Europe from Wilmington, North Carolina. The pellets are made from pulverized chips, using low-value leftovers from the harvest of sawmill timber. [The State]
  • Six months after the landmark installation of two power-producing wind turbines at Honda Transmission Mfg. of America, Inc., the turbines are producing 6.3% more renewable, low emissions electrical power than was originally anticipated. [MFRTech]
  • A new factory producing cellulosic ethanol has just opened its doors in Iowa. Instead of using corn to produce the ethanol, the $275 million factory will use farm waste from left over corn stalks, husks, corn cobs, and leaves. It is expected to produce 25 million gallons per year. [OilPrice.com]
  • Dakota Power Community Wind, led by a group of South Dakota landowners, is planning a wind farm of up to 1,000 MW. The project would supply power to the Rock Island Clean Line, a 500-mile line designed to transfer up to 3,500 MW to Chicago and eastern states by 2017. [Sioux Falls Argus Leader]
  • Construction has begun on a $1 billion solar power generating station in the Mojave Desert that officials say will produce 250 MW, enough electricity to power about 80,000 California homes, when it is completed in 2016. [PennEnergy]

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