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November 10 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • The Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology recently announced it has made white solar PV modules to use in buildings, offering applications in several consumer-centered sectors. The technology can be used to modify any crystalline solar PV module to produce white or coloured modules.  [CleanTechnica]

World:

  • The Climate Council says foreign investors are going to other countries because Australia’s government has no clear renewable energy policy. Another damning report on the state of renewable energy in Australia said the country was losing out on valuable business. [eco-business.com]
  • New renewable energy projects create 10 times more green jobs than similar-sized fossil fuel investments, new research has found. A study by the UK Energy Research Center taking data from the US, Europe, and China, suggests green energy provide a boost to employment, short term construction jobs and lifetime plant jobs. [Business Green]
  • In Indonesia, geothermal power plant developer PT Supreme Energy expects to commence the first stage of construction of its 220 MW Muara Laboh project in West Sumatra as early as next year while working on land-related issues in two other phases of development. [Jakarta Post]
  • The Green Investment Bank announced a £200 million lending program for community-scale renewable energy projects in the UK, the institution’s first investment in the sector, although energy from waste is not included. The program will be funded half by the GIB and half by global investment firm KKR. [Materials Recycling World]
  • Wind farms have been paid £43 million to stand idle so far this year, a new British record. The payments were made to suppliers because the National Grid was unable to use their electricity. The sums paid in ‘constraint payments’ to wind farms have risen rapidly in the past four years, according to electricity market data. [Daily Mail]

US:

  • Presumptive Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has promised to bring energy bills up for votes in the next Congress, and Senator Lisa Murkowski, who is likely to become the next chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, isn’t waiting until January to start pushing fracking and pipelines. [Washington Times]
  • Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft are part of a growing number of tech and other major companies that are entering into long-term “power purchase” agreements (PPAs) with wind farms to ensure a steady stream of power, at a fixed cost, over a period as long as several decades. The reason for that is largely long-term price stability. [Tonga Daily News]
  • Arkansas’ burgeoning biomass industry got a big boost earlier this summer when in the space of 30 days two privately held investor groups announced multi-million dollar projects to produce commercially viable fuel from the state’s vast supply of forest dregs. Both are building wood pellet plants. [The City Wire]
  • Today at Olympian High School, Sweetwater Union High School District and SunPower Corp are celebrating the installation of 9.3 MW of high efficiency SunPower solar power systems at 21 California district schools. The district estimates that the systems may offset about 60% of its utility grid demand. [AZoCleantech]

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