- The Indian cabinet has now officially cleared the way for setting up of 25 Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects across India. Each of these projects will have a capacity of 500 MW or more, totaling 20 GW. They are scheduled to be set up by 2019 and will receive a Central Government financial support of $649 million. [CleanTechnica]
- Kyocera Corporation recently announced it had established a joint venture to develop and operate a 13.4-MW floating solar power plant on Japan’s Yamakura Dam reservoir, the largest floating solar installation in the world. The facility will generate an estimated 15,635 MWh annually, enough for about 4,700 typical households. [Energy Matters]
- Greenhouse gas emissions in Washington State dropped by about 4.6% in 2010 and 2011, led by reductions in emissions from the electricity sector, a new state report shows. Emissions are still about 4% higher than in 1990, however. The report comes as Governor Jay Inslee is proposing sweeping policies to combat climate change. [Macro Insider]
- Bitumen from oil-shale has to be refined by heating it to high temperatures. A byproduct called pet coke contains sulphur, heavy metals, and other impurities, but it is sold to be burned in coal power plants in other countries where pollution regulations are less strict. Its greenhouse gas emissions are worse than coal’s. [CleanTechnica]
- Medicine Hat, Canada’s sunniest city, now has a way to turn its sunshine into renewable energy. The Alberta city now operates a solar thermal power plant, the first of its kind in Canada. Large curved steel panels reflect the sun’s rays to heat oil inside a metal tube. The oil then creates steam for a turbine at a nearby power plant. [CBC.ca]
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