Germany can afford to have their flags flying high as their solar power is booming! 2012 has proven to be a record-breaking year for the country’s already-impressive solar power generation. As part of the country’s plan to eliminate nuclear energy and replace it with renewable energy by 2022, Germany has invested heavily in solar power, breaking all previous installation records and doubling installation goals reaching an all-time high of 7.6GW (gigawatts) of solar power capacity last year, surpassing its original annual goals of 2.5 to 3.5GW. The previous record of 7.5GW was set in 2011.
This week has seen solar power help hold off the construction of a gas fired power station planned to be built later this year. The Age reported that Energy Australia had applied to build a 1GW gas fired power station at Yallourn in Victoria, but decided to build a smaller capacity power plant. Due to the suppressed wholesale electricity prices and lower than expected demand for electricity, they then decided to shelve the construction until much later this decade.
Suntech, the world’s largest manufacturer of solar PV modules, and the world-leading solar PV research team at the University of NSW have set a new world record for conversion efficiency for solar cells. The news was planned to be announced next week, but was revealed by Suntech CEO (and former UNSW researcher) Zhengrong Shi during the company’s earnings call on Thursday, when he said 20.3 per cent conversion efficiency had been achieved on a commercial p-type wafer suitable for mass production.
Have a tiled roof? If so, you might want a solar tile, eh? Solarcentury has your back (in Europe, at least). Solar century is a UK solar company that was formed ‘way back’ in 1998. It’s been an innovator in the field, especially in its offering of solar tiles.
Almost one year after an earthquake and tsunami hit Fukushima and sent three out of six of its nuclear reactors into meltdown, the Japanese government has announced plans to install two Mitsubishi Heavy 7MW turbines, and a 2MW turbine made by Fuji Heavy, at a floating wind farm off the coast of the devastated prefecture. Recharge News reports that the estimated ¥12.5 billion project is part of a government plan to kick-start the country’s offshore wind sector and rejuvenate the Fukushima region.
Last Wednesday was a big milestone for people who care about public health and a livable climate. Two utilities announced the planned closure of nine coal plants in Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, bringing total retirements (executed and planned) since January 2010 past the 100 mark to 106.
GE Energy Financial Services, part of General Electric (GE.N), said on Wednesday it bought a stake in a large U.S. solar power project for $100 million, bringing its investments in the sector to $1.4 billion in the last year.
The deal was the latest big solar purchase by companies eager to own utility-scale plants that have benefited from government targets for renewable energy and a now-expired federal grant program that pays a portion of a project's costs.
WELLINGTON, 28 February 2012 – A new coalition of environmental groups and notable people, the Antarctic Ocean Alliance (AOA), launched its first report, “Antarctic Ocean Legacy: A Marine Reserve for the Ross Sea”, at a reception for Parliamentarians and guests in Wellington today. The report outlines a proposal and rationale for a fully protected marine reserve in the Ross Sea, to become the keystone of the world’s largest network of marine protected areas and no-take marine reserves in the Southern Ocean around Antarctica.
Mars Chocolate North America has unveiled a new 4.4-acre solar garden installed at the company’s Henderson, Nevada factory; providing 100 percent of the electricity required by the Ethel Ms specialty chocolate plant during peak operating hours.
The family firm that controls Denmark's Lego is buying almost a third of a German offshore wind power project in an unusual foray outside the toy business to showcase its green credentials to customers.
Lego's parent company, Kirkbi A/S, will invest 3 billion crowns ($534 million) for a 32 percent stake in DONG Energy's 277-megawatt Borkum Riffgrund 1 wind farm, which is scheduled to be fully operational in 2015, the companies said.
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