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February 9 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • After decades of studies and field surveys, India has finally decided to focus on tapping clean and renewable geothermal energy. The Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has drafted a national policy, which would make India a global leader in the sector, generating 1,000 MW in phase one, by 2022. [Daily News & Analysis]
  • Since 1903, Fortum Oyj’s Vaerta harbor site has generated power using coal, oil, natural gas and even considered nuclear. Now it’s phasing out the last coal furnace and replacing it with the world’s largest combined heat and power generator that will burn just wood chips and timber scraps by next year.[Bloomberg]
  • A report by international energy research company Wood Mackenzie says solar PV has the capacity to disrupt the US energy landscape with speed and tumult similar to the shale industry. It may even directly impact natural gas markets in the near future, as it has already begun to in California. [pv magazine]
  • Swinerton Renewable Energy and Scatec Solar have started construction on a 104 MW photovoltaic solar plant in Iron County, Utah. When operational by the end of 2015, the plant will be Utah’s largest solar energy generation facility, generating enough energy to power approximately 18,500 homes annually. [AZoBuild]
  • North Carolina’s Roanoke Electric Cooperative recently dedicated a 100-kW community solar farm developed with the help of its Raleigh-based North Carolina Electric Membership Corp. Individual panels are now being sold to Roanoke EC consumer-members at an initial sale price of $480 each. [Electric Co-op Today]

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