Offshore wind is coming to the United States. Construction on what will be the country’s first offshore wind farm started Monday in Rhode Island. The wind farm, which is being developed by Deepwater Wind, will be located off of the coast of Block Island, a small island about 13 miles south of Rhode Island. Once completed, the five-turbine, 30-megawatt wind farm will produce enough energy to power all homes and businesses on Block Island, which previously relied on diesel generators, according to the Sierra Club. The wind farm will also send energy to mainland Rhode Island. It’s expected to come online in fall 2016. Environmental groups, many of which have pushed for the project since it started going through hearings in 2013, applauded the start of construction. Bruce Nilles, senior campaign director for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, told ThinkProgress that the start of construction was a “landmark” moment for the U.S. wind industry, and that it “really makes real the promise offshore wind has” in the U.S., particularly on the East Coast. “This is technology that will play a very important part in decarbonizing electric sector,” he said.
Two floating solar power plants capable of providing electricity for 1,000 homes have been completed in Japan. The latest such "mega-plants" at Nishihira and Higashihira Ponds in Kato City are the work of electronics giant Kyocera Corporation and Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation, and took just seven months to install. The plant's 11,250 modules are expected to generate 3,300 megawatt hours (MWh) every year. According to Kyocera, besides being typhoon-proof (due to their sturdy, high-density polyethylene and array design) floating solar plants are superior to their land-based equivalents because of the cooling effect of the water, which allows them to function more efficiently. Reservoirs are also an ideal location because the panels produce shade, which reduces water evaporation and promotes algae growth. A report by Korea Water Resources Corporation found that the lower temperatures of the floating modules mean they are 11 percent more efficient than land-based equivalents. The report identified unsolved issues with the plants, too, however. It said the study had to discard data collected when the panels moved in the wind, and said research into new mooring systems was "continually needed".
WINAICO supplies 2.6 MW of solar modules to almost 750 roofs across Berwickshire, Scotland, in Europe's largest ever crowdfunded solar project
FUGRO COMPLETES OF ONE OF OFFSHORE WIND INDUSTRY'S LARGEST EVER GEOTECHNICAL CAMPAIGNS AT HORNSEA PROJECT ONE
Fugro has successfully completed one of the largest seabed investigation campaigns in the history of the offshore wind industry in preparation for DONG Energy's 1.2 gigawatt Hornsea Project One project.
Project totaling 1.5 megawatts of photovoltaics will power office and research facility
ViZn Energy Systems' Zinc-Iron Flow Battery Commissioned at Randolph-Macon College as Part of Dominion Solar Project
Project demonstrating grid-scale energy storage with solar generation
The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas Completes Multimillion Project to Reduce Carbon Footprint
The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas has completed a multimillion-dollar cogeneration plant on the Island of Kauai. It is the first instance in the Hawaiian Islands where a cogeneration system has the capacity to generate up to 100% of a resort's energy needs.
E.ON's windiest U.S. project comes online
ZephIR 300, a continuous wave (CW) wind LiDAR provides high resolution measurements at an unmatched data rate of 50Hz.
Commercial Solar Projects Deploy KACO new energy-AMPT Solution To Reduce System Cost AND Improve Performance
Optimized power solution enables more modules per string and higher resolution MPP tracking to improve project economics and design flexibility
GE Energy Financial Services Invests in Green Power Investment Corp's Solar Project in Futtsu City, Japan
The Futtsu solar plant is currently under construction and is expected to reach commercial operations in January 2016.
Silicor Materials Signs Land Lease and Port Agreements for Icelandic Manufacturing Facility with Faxafloahafnir SF
Solar silicon producer secures strategic access to key land and port logistics assets
Osnabrück. The manufacturer-independent service provider seebaWIND Service GmbH replaced a gearbox using a tried and tested special construction in only three days. seebaWIND specialists replaced the gearbox of a Senvion MM92 wind turbine for the first time at the Waldhausen wind farm near Würzburg. It was the first gearbox change on this turbine type and was carried out by a manufacturer-independent service company.
Schneider Electric™ Solar Business, a global leader in solutions for the solar power conversion chain, has been awarded a 50 MW contract for a solar project in eastern US.
Apple just agreed to back two large solar farms in China. It’s the biggest deal of its kind for a U.S. company operating in China. For China, the deal is only a beginning. China has been installing more renewable-power capacity than fossil fuels for several years, a gap that's growing. In 2015, China will install 15 gigawatts to 18 gw of solar power alone, double the solar deployment in the U.S., according to an analysis by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). The chart shows how, in the next 15 years, China is on track to have more low-carbon electricity than the entire capacity of the U.S. power grid. "Think of what their grid will look like in 2030," Michael Liebreich, founder of BNEF, said at the organization's annual summit last week in New York. "A very competitive advantage." For Apple, the 40-megawatt partnership extends Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook's solar aspirations beyond U.S. borders. Cook announced an $850 million deal in February to purchase enough solar to power all its California operations: stores, offices, headquarters, and a data center. By making a similar push in China, the tech giant begins to offset its considerable manufacturing pollution, which is almost entirely overseas. Many U.S. tech giants—not just Apple—have been criticized for outsourcing their pollution, says Justin Wu, head of Asia research for BNEF. Apple is "hitting back at that whole line of arguments," he says. "This is the beginning of something. Manufacturing in China is going to get greened."
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