Thursday, July 22, 2010

Renewable Energy News, July 22, 2010

Massive New Wind Project Moves The Ball In California : TreeHugger
Although it may be in some trouble, California's aggressive goal of attaining 33 percent of its energy from clean renewable energy by 2020 is still on track--for now at least. In fact, wind energy in the state got a shot in the arm today when Terra-Gen Power LLC announced that it has secured $1.2 billion of financing to build four wind farms northwest of Los Angeles. All told, the complex could generate as much as 3,000 megawatts of electricity.

Terra-Gen CEO Jim Pagano says that the project will create 5,000 new jobs and that the project would be operational by the middle of next year. About 1,500 megawatts have already been sold to utility Southern California Edison, one of California's three big utilities that must meet the 33% goal.

The turbines will be made by a Danish company but built in Colorado.
Delaware energy: Wind power pitched to Obama | | The News Journal
The federal government should make a major investment in offshore wind power through long-term power purchase contracts, which would spark wind farm construction and also support manufacturing in Eastern Seaboard states, the governors of Delaware and Maryland wrote to President Barack Obama in a letter on Wednesday.

Gov. Jack Markell and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley asked Obama to direct the Department of Defense, the General Services Administration and other federal agencies to commit to buying a gigawatt of offshore wind energy from the mid-Atlantic region. The electricity would help power federal offices and military installations, especially those around metropolitan Washington, they wrote.
Solexant to Open 100 MW Thin Film Solar Manufacturing Plant in Oregon | Green Energy News
Solexant Corporation, a developer of third-generation ultrathin-film PV technology, today announced the selection of the city of Gresham, Oregon for the location of its first commercial-scale nanocrystal manufacturing facility. Upon completion, the 100MW plant will be Oregon’s first thin film solar manufacturing plant and the largest nanotechnology manufacturing facility in the world.

Solexant expects to receive a $25 million SELP loan from the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE), the largest loan bestowed in the 30-year history of the state energy loan program.
NewNet News - Construction of Nebraska’s Laredo Ridge Wind project begins
Construction of the Laredo Ridge Wind project in the US state of Nebraska has begun, by Midwest Wind Energy of Chicago.

Midwest Wind, which is owned and operated by Laredo Ridge Wind and an affiliate of Edison Mission Group (EMG), will sell all electricity produced at the plant to the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD), under a 20 year contract.

Laredo Ridge, representing a total investment of $200m, is to be powered by 54 GE turbines, which can produce up to 81MW of electricity.

Construction is scheduled for completion by the end of 2010.
Wind turbines on Lake Erie face many challenges, including ice |
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Some of the world's biggest wind developers were in Cleveland this week to talk about something none of them has ever done - building wind turbines in fresh water such as Lake Erie, where ice flows promise to pose significant problems.

A three-day national conference focusing on the business potential and the problems of freshwater wind farms drew 170 engineers, attorneys, academics and contractors. It wrapped up Wednesday.

The summit coincided with the Lake Erie Energy Development Corp.'s first ever public meeting Tuesday, co-sponsored by development group NorTech Energy Enterprise, to lay out some of the details of the proposed $100 million project involving putting five very large turbines in Lake Erie by the end of 2012. Many more hearings will be scheduled.
Wind and Solar Energy Power Antarctic Research Stations | The Energy Collective
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is partnering with the National Science Foundation to illustrate the usefulness of renewable energy in the most extreme climate conditions on Planet Earth. While summer reigns supreme in North America, faraway American outposts hibernate in the undying dark of an Antarctic winter. There, wind energy systems are currently helping to power research stations by capturing energy embedded in the polar winds. In the polar summer, when Antarctica trades endless night for endless sunshine, solar panels will take their turn.

Several stations, both American and international, are utilizing wind and solar power systems in the Antarctic. They are now in the testing phase, but positive results could lead to widespread use of renewable energy to power polar outposts, which currently get their power through extremely expensive shipments of diesel fuel.
Navy to test Greenbury Point winds -
The Navy is poised to begin tests on Greenbury Point to determine whether there is enough wind for energy generation, one of the first steps in a local lawmaker's plans to provide cleaner power for Annapolis.

Del. Ron George, R-Arnold, has been spearheading the idea for years and said the Navy will be installing a tower as soon as the end of the summer to measure the wind in an area currently known for its radio antennas.

"That is a huge signal that they believe in this idea," he said. "It is a big step."

George is scheduled to speak about the proposal tonight at a Severn River Association meeting in Millersville.

The one-year test likely will begin in August with a 60-meter, or almost 200-foot tall tower, said James Johnson, a spokesman for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command in Washington.

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