South getting its first wind farm soon as bigger turbines make the region viable

By JASON DEAREN, Associated Press:  On a vast tract of old North Carolina farmland, crews are getting ready to build something the South has never seen: a commercial-scale wind energy farm.

The $600 million project by Spanish developer Iberdrola Renewables LLC will put 102 turbines on 22,000 acres near the coastal community of Elizabeth City, with plans to add about 50 more. Once up and running, it could generate about 204 megawatts, or enough electricity to power about 60,000 homes.

It would be the first large onshore wind farm in a region with light, fluctuating winds that has long been a dead zone for wind power.

After a years-long regulatory process that once looked to have doomed the plan, Iberdrola spokesman Paul Copleman told The Associated Press that construction is to begin in about a month.

Right now, there's not a spark of electricity generated from wind in nine states across the Southeast from Arkansas to Florida, according to data from the American Wind Energy Association, an industry trade group.

But taller towers and bigger turbines are unlocking new potential in the South, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, and the industry is already looking to invest.  Cont'd...

CASE Responds to Department of Commerce Administrative Review Results

Failure to lower tariff rates hurts the American solar industry, its customers and the environment

Obama Plan Would Give Poor Easier Access to Solar Energy

The Obama administration on Tuesday announced an initiative to help low- and middle-income Americans gain access to solar energy, part of a series of steps President Obama is taking to tackle climate change, according to administration officials.

The administration said it intends to triple the capacity of solar and other renewable energy systems it installs in federally subsidized housing by 2020, make it easier for homeowners to borrow money for solar improvements and start a nationwide program to help renters gain access to solar energy, the officials said.

The actions were announced in Baltimore by Brian Deese, Mr. Obama’s senior adviser for climate issues, and Representative Elijah E. Cummings, the Democrat who represents the city.

Mr. Deese, in a conference call with reporters, called the moves “part of a bigger-picture effort to try to drive innovation” toward cleaner, low-carbon energy solutions.

Also unveiled on Tuesday were commitments totaling more than $520 million from charities, investors, states and cities to pay for solar and energy-efficiency projects for lower-income communities.  Cont'd...

New IRENA Platform Supports Renewable Energy Innovation, Quality and Collaboration

Two million patents and 400 standards for renewable energy technology now accessible in one easy-to-use platform

New checklist aims to boost solar across UK commercial rooftops

The Solar Trade Association has published a simple and clear checklist [1] to give managers in commerce and industry the confidence to put solar on their roofs.

Belize Commits to a 100 per cent Clean Energy Future

The Lodge at Chaa Creek hailed Belize's recent commitment to become fully powered by renewable energy, saying it shows that the small Caribbean country is serious about developing an environmentally sustainable future.

Is India Ready to Be a Solar Power Leader?

By RUPA SUBRAMANYA for ForeignPolicy.com:  Is India ripe for a renewable energy revolution? Foreign investors certainly seem to think so, and renewables have been a signature issue for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. But if revolution is indeed underway, it isn’t a spontaneous one. And taxpayer money — not just from India — is fueling the surge.

New Delhi’s renewable energy aspirations recently received a major boost when Japan’s SoftBank announced a joint venture with Indian conglomerate Bharti Enterprises and Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology Group to create a new, Japanese-owned company that will bid on power contracts in India’s growing solar sector. Renewable energy, including solar, is a priority for Modi and has been since before he became the country’s leader last year. “The time has arrived for a saffron revolution, and the color of energy is saffron,” he saidon the campaign trail in 2014, attempting to symbolically link the sacred color of Hindus and his Bharatiya Janata Party with his energy dream. This joint venture is the first major announcement by a foreign investor that could help make that dream a reality.  Cont'd...

Feed-in Tariff cuts tomorrow highlight need to boost support for large solar roofs & community farms

As of Wednesday 1 July any new small solar farms built under the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) will get 28% less for every unit of electricity they generate ---- Large-solar roofs represent only 1% of UK market and require urgent boost

Colorado's Largest City Chooses Community Solar

City of Denver to power 16 City-owned facilities from SunShare's solar gardens

U.S. Department of Energy and Clean Energy Collective Launch Community Solar Hub

Open access web portal streamlines community solar information access and development.

DuPont Industrial Biosciences Statement on Environmental Protection Agency Renewable Fuel Standards Rulemaking

DuPont believes the proposed 2014 to 2016 Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) rule is misguided and is a major step backward

Bipartisan Efforts Help to Keep New Jersey Solar Installations on Track

Smart public policies like the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) and NEM are providing a tremendous boost to the state's economy, generating hundreds of millions of dollars a year in economic activity.

Gov. Cuomo issues strong plan to advance renewable energy and tackle carbon pollution

The pollution reduction and clean energy targets would be the most ambitious in the nation, matched only by California.

Residential, Commercial Markets Powering Hawaii's Solar Growth

Hawaii is expected to have 637 MW of installed solar capacity by the end of the year - enough to power more than 165,000 homes.

Georgia on Pace for Record-Shattering Year in Solar Installations

Georgia is expected to have nearly 400 MW of installed solar capacity by the end of the year - enough to power more than 43,000 homes.

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