- An 80-MW solar power plant will be built in Chile’s Antofagasta Region, beginning in the first part of 2015. It is scheduled to be completed and come online about one year later. Electricity generated by it will be sold to the spot market, making it the world’s largest merchant solar power plant. [CleanTechnica]
- Saudi Arabia’s plans to build nuclear and solar energy projects will take about eight years longer to complete than originally intended, according to the head of the agency overseeing the projects. In 2012, the Saudi government said it would install 17 GW of nuclear power and about 41 GW of solar capacity by 2032. [Gulf Business News]
- Fracking industry claims about job creation in the UK are wildly over-optimistic and any jobs boom would be short-lived, according to a new report. It also found investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy would create up to six-times more jobs than the same level of investment in fossil fuels. [Click Green]
- Google has unveiled new plan to invest in two renewable energy projects worth more than $1.5 billion, reports Forbes. The first project consists of a $76 million investment in the 300-MW Balko Wind project in Oklahoma. The second is the 104-megawatt Red Hills solar power plant in Utah worth $157 million. [Greentech Lead]
- Maine’s wind power industry may double its energy output over the next four years and is projected to create more than 4,000 jobs in the state this year. Wind projects currently on the books have a capacity of 1,300 MW by 2018, largely replacing the closed Maine Yankee nuclear plant. [Foster’s Daily Democrat]
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