Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Renewable Energy News, June 23, 2010

EU sees solar power imported from Sahara in 5 yrs | Reuters
ALGIERS (Reuters) - Europe will import its first solar-generated electricity from North Africa within the next five years, European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said in an interview on Sunday.

The European Union is backing projects to turn the plentiful sunlight in the Sahara desert into electricity for power-hungry Europe, a scheme it hopes will help meet its target of deriving 20 percent of its energy from renewable sources in 2020.

"I think some models starting in the next 5 years will bring some hundreds of megawatts to the European market," Oettinger told Reuters after a meeting with energy ministers from Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia.
Climate Law Ban Ballot-Bound, But Schwarzenegger Bolsters Support of AB32
Back in May, the California Jobs Initiative submitted to California’s Secretary of State’s office more than 800,000 signatures in support of a ballot measure to stall implementation of the state’s 2006 landmark law designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Since that’s nearly double the number of signatures required for a measure to make the ballot, it was all but certain that the measure would qualify for the November ballot. And so it has, announced the Secretary of State’s office announced late Tuesday.

But in reaction to this news, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who opposes the ballot measure and a much-maligned study from the state’s Analyst’s Office that predicts implementing the law would worsen California’s employment numbers, swiftly expressed his continued support of AB32 and called out the link between the ballot measure and the Texas oil companies that support it.
CVPS unveils solar education center: Rutland Herald Online
RUTLAND TOWN – Central Vermont Public Service's patch of solar panels just north of the city have attracted the attention of passersby on Route 7 since their installation late last year.

Now, passing motorists have a reason to stop and look a little closer.

On Tuesday morning, Gov. James Douglas joined CVPS President Bob Young and local leaders to officially unveil the “solar project and renewable energy education center,” which welcomes the public to park in a lot off Route 7, on the campus of the company's district service center, and take a self-guided tour through the 33-module array that includes a total of 264 solar panels.

“We want the community to view this not just as a small solar array that's generating power ... but as an education tool for children and adults alike,” Young said during a short ceremony along the noisy roadway.
Dow Jones & SunPower To Build 4-MW PV System | Renewable Energy World
New Jersey, United States -- Dow Jones & Company has selected SunPower to install a solar power system with 4.1 megawatts (MW) of capacity at Dow Jones' corporate offices in central New Jersey. The system will include 3.6 MW of elevated solar panels above parking areas and a 522-kilowatt rooftop installation.

When completed early next year, the system will be one of the nation's largest solar power installations operating at a corporate site, and is expected to generate the equivalent of 15 percent of current electricity needs for Dow Jones' South Brunswick campus. The system is being partially financed through PSE&G's Solar Loan Program, through which PSE&G offers loans for solar power.
$25M veto cuts into Alaska clean energy plans » Ventura County Star
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Renewable energy development in Alaska is getting about half the funding lawmakers had approved after Gov. Sean Parnell decided to veto $25 million for projects he said can still be considered.

The Legislature had approved $50 million for the Alaska Renewable Energy Grant Fund, but Parnell cut it in half just before the 2010 Business of Clean Energy in Alaska conference last week.

The conference was organized by the Renewable Energy Alaska Project to show Alaska's leaders how to build a more sustainable energy future for the state and tap into the worldwide $155-billion-a-year clean energy market.

The Alaska Journal of Commerce reported the veto could delay 46 projects around the state unless other funds are found.
Industry finds wind taxes high
CHEYENNE — Wyoming taxes on the wind energy industry would be the highest among Rocky Mountains states if all of Wyoming’s pending taxes take effect, according to a new analysis by an industry group.

The Wyoming Power Producers Coalition is releasing its study in advance of wind tax discussions scheduled for next week by the Wyoming Legislature’s Joint Revenue Interim Committee.

The report says a model 99-megawatt wind project would pay at least 37 percent more taxes in Wyoming than any other Rocky Mountain region state.

“Wyoming has a big policy discussion that needs to take place,” said David Picard, a lobbyist for the coalition. “What amount of wind energy development do they want? Because clearly our analysis shows that Wyoming is much less competitive with our surrounding states.”
Ohio solar project hailed as step in renewable energy research
WASHINGTON TWP., Montgomery County — Gov. Ted Strickland led a list of VIP’s at the Tuesday, June 22, official opening of Dayton Power & Light’s Yankee Solar Array.

Although he acknowledged Ohio has been “late to the ball game” on renewable energy, Strickland pledged that the state’s aggressive advanced energy requirements and innovations would surpass global competitors.

“We should never be shy about Ohio’s place at the forefront of advanced energy,” he said. “Increasingly, we are seeing these energy displays.” He praised work in the state to produce fuel cells and solar panels amid intense international competition. “It’s an environment we can compete in. We’ll be competitive and overtake those who are ahead of us.”
Tampa utility testing pole-mounted solar panels | Cooler Planet News
Utilities and solar energy companies have been working together in many parts of the country to put unused roof space and abandoned industrial lots to better use by installing photovoltaic panels to generate clean energy.

However, telephone poles may be playing a greater role in the coming years when it comes to distributed solar plans that generate large amounts of energy with help from existing structures. This allows companies to avoid the costs and regulatory burdens that come with having to acquire new parcels of land for such projects.

In a recent announcement, Petra Solar, a New Jersey company, reported that its SunWave solar photovoltaic systems will be tested by the Tampa Electric Company. The systems are geared to work with the smart grid technology that is expected to become more common in the near future.
EPA Kicks Off Nationwide 'Green Capitals' Initiative |
WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is offering comprehensive technical assistance to state capitals for the design and development of more sustainable neighborhoods -- ones that incorporate green building and infrastructure to foster social, economic and environmental benefits.

The program called Greening America's Capitals is a project of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, a collaborative effort involving the EPA, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Under the program, design teams provided and funded by the EPA are to work with the cities to transform neighborhoods into models of sustainability.

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