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November 1 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • A multidisciplinary engineering team developed a new nanoparticle-based material for concentrating solar power plants designed to absorb and convert to heat more than 90% of the sunlight it captures. The new material can also withstand temperatures greater than 700° Celsius and survive many years of weather. [ScienceDaily]
  • The Vertiwind will be part of EDF-EN’s offshore wind farm project called Inflow, which the European Commission is helping fund. It is a vertical axis wind turbine of 2 MW. There are a number of reasons why such a turbine might be used in a variety of locations, including urban areas. [Windpower Engineering]

World:

  • Australian households and businesses have installed more than 1 GW of rooftop solar since July, 2013, with the rate of installations growing in the last few months due to uncertainty about the future of the renewable energy target. Queensland the biggest market, followed by Victoria, NSW and South Australia. [CleanTechnica]
  • Brazil finally entered the solar power sector on Friday, granting contracts for the construction of 31 solar parks as it tries to diversify its sources of generation amid an energy crisis caused by the worst drought in eight decades. The 31 solar parks will have a combined installed capacity of 1,048 MW. [Reuters]
  • Barbour ABI has released new data revealing that a total of 405 renewable energy projects are in the pipeline for the UK. The projects represent investment of more than £81 billion. These projects account for approximately 47% of proposed UK infrastructure projects before 2025. [H&V News]
  • A solar plant built on a disused airfield in the United Kingdom is now meeting the energy demands of 10,000 average homes, energy company RWE said. RWE announced its Kencot Hill solar park was completed and connected to the British grid, adding 37 MW to the regional power sector. [UPI.com]

US:

  • Renewable energy development and implemented energy efficiency measures are responsible for 70% of the drop in US carbon dioxide emissions seen since 2007 (when a slow decline began), according to a new report from Greenpeace. The findings argue against detractors of renewable power. [CleanTechnica]
  • When Debbie Dooley became solar energy’s most vocal champion in Georgia last year, solar advocates in other states began wondering how they could replicate her efforts. They may have an answer as Dooley is testing the waters in Florida, Virginia and Wisconsin. South Carolina, Louisiana and Kansas may be next. [Energy Collective]
  • National Grid’s 37% price hike takes effect for electricity in Massachusetts takes effect on November 1. Rhode Island customers could also face higher rates by the start of the new year. The reason is that New England has become increasingly reliant on natural gas, but pipelines are being built slowly. [Providence Eyewitness News]
  • More than 100 people rallied in support of a wind farm proposed off Long Island’s coast at a meeting of the Long Island Power Authority board. Ratepayers, community activists, labor and political leaders convened outside the utility’s headquarters, and once inside the building, they packed the conference room. [Long Island Press]
  • Pattern Energy notched a 94% rise in proportional electricity sales to 710 GWh in the third quarter of 2014 as it continued to add to its owned wind fleet. Sales over the nine months ended 30 September were 2,026,233 MWh compared with 1,331,149 MWh in 2013. [reNews]

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