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September 11 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “This Revolution Is Not Being Televised” This new quiet revolution doesn’t show up in magazines or the nightly news, though it should. But like all revolutions, it is about power – in this case, electricity. [Huffington Post]
  • “Wind energy keeps costs low and improves reliability” Congress must extend the renewable Production Tax Credit and Investment Tax Credit as soon as possible, to provide wind power the critical policy stability Congress has given to other energy sources for the last 100 years. [The Hill]

Science and Technology:

  • A group of Australian solar power experts known as the Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium has been working on printable solar cells over the past seven years. And they’re finally just about ready to hit the market. [ScienceAlert]

World:

  • Carlos Jericho Petilla is the Secretary of Energy for the Philippines. He recently explained that rooftop solar panels are now cheaper than coal there. The explanation is simple, and appeared in a publication of the Philippine Department of Energy. [CleanTechnica]
  • Market research firm IHS has confirmed that there are currently 132 GW worth of solar PV projects at various stages of development around the world, with almost half of that residing in the US and China. China’s share is small compared to that of the US, however. [CleanTechnica]
  • According to Lux Research, the solar industry is expected to grow at an annual rate of 8.3% worldwide – from 37.5 GW in 2013 to 65.6 GW in 2019. Emerging trade disputes involving China, as well as global policies, still cast a shadow over short-term prospects. [Energy Collective]
  • Helsinki recently announced some major environmental initiatives. The coolest of these may be the installation of an underwater reservoir tank 100 yards below the city center to store 9 million gallons of cold lake water. It will be used for a district cooling network. [inhabitat]
  • The New Zealand Green Party’s clean energy plan aims for 100% renewable generation by 2030. They are pushing for a strong price on carbon and a new Green Investment Bank to slow investment in dirty energy, and want a single buyer to reduce bills. [TVNZ]
  • More than 15,000 Australian businesses have installed solar panels says the Clean Energy Council. They invested almost $460 million in solar power systems for a saving of about $64 million on their bills every year. [Energy Matters]
  • A former coal-burning thermal plant in northwestern Ontario is now operating entirely on biomass, making it the largest power plant in North America fuelled completely by biological material. The plant burned its last coal for electricity production on Sept. 11, 2012. [CanadianManufacturing.com]

US:

  • Google is providing $145 million in equity financing for the Regulus solar plant in Kern County, California. The 737-acre 82 MW solar PV power plant will feature over 248,000 SunEdison mono-crystalline solar PV modules. [Energy Business Review]
  • The University of Iowa is working to achieve a “net-negative” energy growth this decade, meaning it aims to be using less energy in 2020 than it did in 2010, even as its campus expands. To do so, the university is ramping up its use of biomass. [Iowa City Press Citizen]
  • By 2050, 80% of the electricity used in New Jersey should be generated by renewable energy, according to a bill being drafted by lawmakers. The proposal is expected to be introduced as early as Monday. [NJ Spotlight]

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