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Solar energy and electric vehicles could make suburban living awesome again

The suburbs have had it rough in the last few years. The 2008-2009 economic collapse led to waves of foreclosures in suburbia, as home prices plummeted. More recently, census data suggest that Americans are actually shifting back closer to city centers, often giving up on the dream of a big home in suburbs (much less the […]

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Abengoa secures PPA for its Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) and Photovoltaic (PV) plants in Chile

Abengoa is currently developing two concentrated solar power (CSP)  plants, 110 MW each, with tower technology coupled with a thermal energy storage system based on molten salts that can generate 24 hours a day. Additionally, Abengoa is also developing a 100 MW PV plant.   Abengoa will provide 950 GWh per year to the Chilean […]

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Wind energy in China

At least 15 Chinese companies were commercially producing wind turbines and several dozen more were producing components. Turbine sizes of 1.5 MW to 3 MW became common. Leading wind power companies in China were Goldwind, Dongfang Electric, and Sinovel along with most major foreign wind turbine manufacturers. China also increased production of small-scale wind turbines […]

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Renewable energy sources (wind energy, PV and Concentrated Solar Power) generated 42.8% of Spain’s total power for 2014

Renewable energy sources generated 42.8% of Spain’s total power for 2014, data by local grid operator Red Electrica de Espana (REE) showed Tuesday. Wind energy output fell 6.1% year-on-year, still contributing 20.4% of the country’s total output.   The hydroelectric plants in Spain accounted for another 15.4%, while the solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar […]

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Germany provides $800 million loan for Moroccan Concentrated Solar Power (CSP)

The German government has provided a €654 million ($800 million) loan for two concentrated solar power (CSP) parks under construction in Morocco’s Ouarzazate region that will have a combined capacity of 350 MW. The Noor Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) complex in Ouarzazate will employ three different technologies: parabolic trough, solar tower and photovoltaics. The German […]

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EurObserv’ER estimates EU-28 RES share at 15% in 2013

The 2009/28/EC Directive sets the Member States a mandatory 20% global renewable energy share target of gross final energy consumption with binding compulsory targets for each individual country for 2020. Calculating the renewable energy share for each country is a delicate task. The results presented are EurObserv’ER estimates based on data collected by the project […]

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Atlantis Awarded Feed-in Tariff for 4.5MW of Tidal Energy in Canada

tlantis Resources Limited’s Canadian subsidiary has been awarded a Feed-in Tariff for up to 4.5 megawatts of tidal generation to be deployed at the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) in Nova Scotia, Canada. The Developmental Feed-In-Tariff award of C$530 (£292) per megawatt hour (MWh) provides revenue support for Atlantis to deploy and operate […]

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Offshore wind power: Iberdrola purchase 70 wind turbines from Areva for a wind farm

For the first time, the Group will be installing 5-megawatt wind turbines in a wind energy facility. Within the scope of a joint venture agreement with Gamesa, the French company, will equip Wikinger offshore wind farm with 70 M5000-135 5MW turbines and provide maintenance services for 10 years. The 350-MW Wikinger project, currently being developed […]

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