Great Wind Energy Deals Are Swaying Major Players

In search of low-cost, fixed-rate electricity, great wind energy deals are swaying Fortune 500 companies and other major players to throw their money “into the wind.” Signing contracts for over 2,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity, big brands, high-tech companies, and other non-utility customers represented 52 percent of wind energy generating capacity in 2015. Great wind energy deals are swaying major players. Credit: Energy.gov via AWEA.org An Emerging Class of High-Class Wind Customers Representing big name brands, big box operations, and high-tech firms, corporate buyers include the Google Energy, Amazon Web…

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How can SA get on the solar-coaster ride?

NEW YORK – It’s been referred to as the solar-coaster, the massive growth in thegreen economy sector in the United States. According to the Solar Energies Industries Association (SEIA), one in every three new jobs is a solar job. This year the US has reached a landmark of 1 million solar rooftop installations. “The growth of our industry has really been astonishing,” says Dan Whitten, Vice President of Communications at SEIA. With South Africa’s abundant natural resources for renewable energy, is the same kind of growth possible? Whitten says absolutely….

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Holland Energy Park Earns Envision® Platinum Award

Holland Energy Park recently received the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure’s (ISI) Envision Platinum award recognizing the sustainability of public infrastructure. Holland Energy Park is the first-in-the-county base load power generating plant to receive an Envision rating. The Holland Board of Public Works created the Holland Energy Park to be a reliable power resource for the Holland community that is socially, economically and environmentally responsible. “Our community set out to make the Holland Energy Park a benchmark for sustainable infrastructure development,” said Dave Koster, general manager of the Holland Board of…

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UNWTO launch an e-toolkit for zero-energy consumption

The nearly-Zero Energy Hotels (neZEH) e-toolkit, which is available online at: www.nezeh.eu assesses the energy performance of hotels and proposes measures to improve efficiency and increase the use of renewable energy sources towards nearly-zero consumption. The toolkit is the outcome of a three-year long project funded by the European Union. The neZEH e-toolkit evaluates the energy performance of hotels through a questionnaire and identifies options for energy efficiency, including efficient use of non-renewable sources, while raising awareness on the topic through inspiring examples. The project aims to support hotels in…

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Africa: Africa’s Solar Power Revolution

Dar es Salaam — For quite some time now, I have been scouring the ideas landscape for a set of transformative technologies and associated industrial value chains that have the capability to enable the economy of the African continent to charge ahead at double-digit rates over the next 50 years, which is the absolute minimum required if the continent is to succeed in shaking off the destructive forces of poverty, hopelessness and despair, whose signs are already here for all to see. It has finally dawned on me that such…

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Solar Impulse touches down in Egypt

Solar-powered plane, sponsored by Masdar, runs on renewable energy Solar Impulse 2 (Si2), the solar-powered plane attempting to become the first aircraft in the world to circumnavigate the globe without using a drop of fossil fuel, took another step towards its epic goal when it touched down in Egypt earlier this week.  Solar Impulse 2 The plane was received at Cairo International Airport by Egypt Minister of Civil Aviation H.E. Sherif Fathy and UAE Ambassador to Egypt H.E. Juma Mubarak Al Junaibi. Cairo is the iconic aircraft’s sixteenth and final…

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Three solar energy innovations that could change the world

As the surge in sustainable energy continues, solar power is spearheading the market – making room for new, innovative platforms In 2014, the International Energy Agency stated that the sun could be the world’s largest source of electricity by 2050. Renewable energy start-ups have taken advantage of this gap in the market, launching innovative platforms for solar energy. Any innovation in the renewable sector is a win-win: companies generate revenue, consumers can buy into a cheaper source of energy, and clean energy continues to grow – supporting the green movement….

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Samsung-Sungrow SDI Energy Storage Launched

Sungrow, the world’s largest PV inverter manufacturer, announces the official start of operations of Sungrow-Samsung SDI Energy Storage Power Supply Co.,Ltd. at a ceremony in Hefei, China. The $170 million joint venture between Sungrow and Samsung is able to provide complete Energy Storage System (ESS) solutions incorporating lithium batteries, power conversion and energy management systems, that can reach an annual capacity reaching up to 2000MWh. Sungrow-Samsung SDI Energy Storage is committed towards development and manufacturing of integrated ESS solutions, including core components such as power conversion systems, Samsung SDI Li-Ion…

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European Commission Energy: EU invests 263 million in energy infrastructure

Today (7/15) EU Member States agreed on a Commission proposal to invest 263 million in key trans-European energy infrastructure projects. Today (7/15) EU Member States agreed on the European Commission’s proposal to invest 263 million in key European energy infrastructure projects. The lion’s share of the investment will support the building of gas infrastructure in the Baltic Sea region as well as supporting the electricity sector across Europe. Nine projects were selected following a call for proposals under the EU funding support programme the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). The selected…

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SIGFOX, ENGIE & UnaBiz join forces to connect Singapore to global IoT

At the World Cities Summit, SIGFOX, the world’s leading provider of dedicated communications service for the Internet of Things (IoT), ENGIE, the world’s No. 1 independent power producer, and UnaBiz, an IoT network operator, announced a strategic partnership and plan to deploy the SIGFOX global network in Singapore. The partners expect SIGFOX’s cost-effective, energy-efficient connectivity to find receptive markets as Singapore implements its Smart Nation Initiative. This “whole-of-nation” program will include infrastructure, policies, ecosystem and capabilities to bring Smart Nation benefits to all citizens across many sectors. Taking advantage of…

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