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October 2 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • SunEdison announced that its advanced polysilicon technology is now in production and on target to produce solar material at low cost. The company claims this development is a step-change in technology and will it enable it to deliver a 400 watt peak solar panel at a cost of $0.40 per watt peak by 2016. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

World:

  • Sweden’s Social Democrats and Green Party are set to offer more support for renewables and move away from nuclear under a coalition government. The two parties could form a minority government as early as tomorrow, and will set up an “energy commission” to develop a strategy for an all-renewable energy system. [Recharge]
  • Spanish manufacturer Gamesa is to supply CPFL Renováveis with 231 MW at nine wind farms in Rio Grande do Norte in north-eastern Brazil. The contract is for 110 of Gamesa’s G114-2.0MW turbines, which will be equipped with the company’s MaxPower technology increasing nominal capacity to 2.1MW. [reNews]
  • In India, the government has signed a memorandum of understanding with a group of companies to build the country’s first ever offshore wind power project as part of New Delhi’s pledge to increase renewable energy sources. The 100 MW plant will lie off the coast of Gujarat and be partly financed by state subsidies. [Businessworld]
  • The third largest city in Germany, Munich, has become a world leader in sustainability. Munich is aiming for 100% renewable electricity by 2025 – just 11 years away now. If Munich achieves its goal, it could become the first city with a population of over a million to do so. [The9Billion]
  • In a first for Australia, a council has voted to make on-site clean power generation on all new homes and some commercial buildings compulsory. The City of Nedlands in Perth has led the way in turning more of the vast ocean of under-utilised rooftops in Australia’s towns and cities into power generators. [Energy Matters]

US:

  • EDF Renewable Energy and Microsoft Corporation celebrated the launch of the Pilot Hill Wind Project with a groundbreaking ceremony. Located 60 miles southwest of Chicago in Kankakee and Iroquois counties, the 175 MW wind project is expected to begin commercial operation early in 2015. [Rock Hill Herald]
  • New Hampshire now allows group net metering. Thanks to this law, which flew under the radar when it was working its way through the statehouse, solar energy in the Granite State is set to boom. There are enough projects in planning stages to double the amount of solar power on the grid in just two years. [New Hampshire Public Radio]
  • The president of the Natural Resources Defense Council demanded that the American Legislative Exchange Council immediately stop misrepresenting NRDC’s position on renewable energy, and urged the group to clear up other false claims, such as its insistence that it doesn’t deny the reality of climate change. [eNews Park Forest]
  • Following intense outcry, the state’s electric company, Black Hills Power, has withdrawn a proposal that would have penalized customers who generate their energy through solar or wind systems, the Rapid City Journal reports. The proposed surcharge would have been a $5 to $20 per month. [NationSwell]
  • Carbon emissions in the US increased in 2013 over 2012. The EPA laid the blame specifically on coal-fired power plants, which have been used more to power America’s electric gird this year because of price increases in natural gas, following very low prices in 2012 caused largely by the fracking boom. [ThinkProgress]

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