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  1. Australian utility invests $1.5bn in renewables

    Australian utility EnergyAustralia has agreed to buy around 500 MW of power from new wind and solar projects, an investment totalling $1.5bn. The company, which operates two of Australia’s largest coal-fired power plants – the 1450 MW Yallourn plant and the 1400 MW Mt Piper plant – cited emissions reduction as a motivating factor in its plan to step up its renewable generation.  As a first move under the new plan, EnergyAustralia has signed a binding agreement to purchase 100 per cent of the output from the 42.6 MW Manildra solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in New South Wales, with a 13-year power purchase agreement (PPA) expected by the end of the year. In a statement, EnergyAustralia’s managing director Catherine Tanna said negotiations for further power purchases from solar and wind projects across eastern Australia were “well advanced” and that the utility will also be “providing the support [new renewable projects] need to get built”. Tanna called her firm’s coal-fired power plants “reliable, affordable electricity,” but said “our operations also generate more than 20 million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year at a time when the community rightly expects us to play our part in lowering carbon emissions”. She said new solar and wind power plants “will come to underpin energy supply in Australia as coal-fired power plants are retired.” Australia has been moving toward a plan to close its coal-fired power plants, with various strategies proposed by politicians, environmentalists and trade unions but no clear plan as yet. In November, France’s Engie decided to close its 1.5 GW Hazelwood plant in Victoria state after a review of its coal-fired fleet, while earlier this month EnergyAustralia said it would keep its Yallourn plant online , citing energy security concerns. 

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    Wed, 7 Dec 2016

  2. US environment agency awards CHP winners

    The US Environmental Protection Agency this week recognized four combined heat and power plants with its Energy Star award.

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    Wed, 7 Dec 2016

  3. Ameresco Brings 5.3 MW of Solar to 14 Knox County Buildings

    The system includes solar photovoltaic systems on the rooftops of 11 schools and the Knox County Central Building, as well as ground-mounted solar arrays at the Detention and Juvenile Justice Facilities.

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    Fri, 18 Nov 2016

  4. Chernobyl to be transformed into solar power stronghold

    The Chernobyl exclusion zone, an area of land 30km2 in total, has been judged as an ideal location for a large solar photovoltaic project.

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    Tue, 22 Nov 2016

  1. NRG begins operation of solar power project in Massachusetts

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    Fri, 18 Nov 2016

  2. Energy Efficiency: RI awards 1st grants for energy efficiency projects at farms

    Rhode Island has awarded its first grants to support energy efficiency projects at farms and help farmers transition to renewable power.

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    Tue, 22 Nov 2016

  3. Alternative energy regulation in Ukraine - an inside view

    Ukraine's alternative energy sector remains attractive for investors despite certain peculiarities of financing such projects in Ukraine, the cancellation of some tax benefits and a decrease in the FiT amount. There is also interest in this sector on the part of communal enterprises, which aim to sort out problems with landfills and wastewater treatment plants or optimize street lighting in cities. So how much could be earned through ‘green’ energy?

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    Tue, 22 Nov 2016

  4. Wildfires cast a cloud over West Coast solar photovoltaic projects

    Wildfires engulfing large swathes of the U.S. West Coast this summer have had a significant impact on the performance of solar photovoltaic projects operating in the region.

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    Mon, 12 Sep 2016

  5. EON launches virtual solar control room in Munich

    E.ON has launched a central control room to operate, manage and monitor solar photovoltaic systems in Germany.

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    Wed, 26 Oct 2016

  6. Moroccan solar mosque scheme is underway

    Morocco's government has undertaken a scheme to install solar photovoltaic panels, solar thermal water heaters and energy-efficient lighting at over 100 of its mosques this year.

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    Tue, 15 Nov 2016

  7. 300MW of solar microgrid projects for Nigeria

    Solar energy developer Phanes Group is to develop three grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) plants with a combined capacity of 300 MW in Nigeria.

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    Tue, 8 Nov 2016

  8. Sungrow unveils solar microgrid in Tibet

    Solar PV inverter manufacturer Sungrow has installed what it claims is the world’s largest PV and energy storage microgrid in Tibet. 

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    Wed, 26 Oct 2016

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