The U.S. Just Approved One of the World's Biggest Solar Power Plants

Todd Woody for TakePart.com:  The federal government on Monday green-lit a 485-megawatt solar plant that would generate enough carbon-free electricity to power 180,000 homes when it comes online in the Southern California desert. During the Great Recession, that was nothing unusual about billions of dollars in federal stimulus money fueling big green dreams of carpeting the Mojave Desert with giant solar power plants on government-owned land, a cornerstone of the Obama administration’s efforts to fight climate change. That land, however, often turned out to be home to desert tortoises, blunt-nosed leopard lizards, and other endangered wildlife. Many of those projects went belly-up in part because of fierce opposition from environmental groups. That prompted an effort by the federal government to be “smart from the start” about where it allowed big renewable energy plants to be built. So the Blythe Mesa Solar Project, which was approved Monday, will deploy tens of thousands of solar panels across 3,587 acres of already disturbed or fallow farmland where wheat, alfalfa, and citrus had been grown. No desert tortoises will be harmed.  Cont'd...

Interior Department Approves 485-Megawatt Blythe Mesa Solar Project in California

57th Commercial Renewable Energy Project Approved on Public Lands, Moving Closer to $40 Billion of Capital Investments in Clean Energy Development

China Sunergy Won a Bid to Supply 260 MW of PV Modules to China Power Investment Corporation

The modules will be utilized by China Power Investment Corporation to construct a number of ground power projects in various locations across China.

Suniva Powers Park City, Utah

Park Citys Municipal Government's Largest Solar System Goes Live

GE Signs Its Largest Battery Energy Storage Deal to Date

GE to Build 30-Megawatt (MW) Battery Energy Storage System for the Imperial Irrigation District in Southern California ---Marks GEs Third Lithium Ion Storage Project Announced in Recent Months, Totaling a Combined 39 MW of Capacity

SunGift is first in UK to install solar carports on multi-story car parks

First solar carport frames crane-lifted and erected today ---2 x 150 kW systems, with more than 1,000 panels ---Project made possible by advanced engineering and expertise ---Exeter City Council award contract to trusted local specialist ---Pioneering scheme will generate clean electricity and income

SunEdison Closes $253 Million of Financing, Breaks Ground on 156 Megawatt Solar Project in Colorado

Solar Project to be Financed by $1.5 Billion Non-Recourse First Reserve Warehouse Facility

Indian airport becomes world's first to run entirely on solar energy

ROSE TOUP BUCHANAN for The Independent: ¬ An Indian airport has become the worlds first to run entirely onsolar energy . Cochin¬ International ¬ Airport, in the south of India, inaugurated a massive 45-acre solar plant on Tuesday. The plant, made up of 46,000 panels, will provide between 50,000 to 60,000 units of electricity every day (totalling 12 megawatts of power alongside pre-existing¬ solar panels ), according to a release from airport authorities. It has been a long-running project: the airport first installed panels on the roof of its terminal in 2013 and has gradually expanded the initiative. ¬ Cont'd...

Applied Energy Technologies (AET) Selected to Provide Its Rayport‚ĄĘ-G ECO Ground Mount Racking for 1 MW Project in Pennsylvania

JK Mechanical Selects AET's Rayport-G ECO System for 1 MW Solar Project

Kentucky Municipal Power Company Uses Sunverge Energy Storage Systems for Innovative Demand Response Program

Glasgow Electric Plant Board Plans to Install 165 Customer-Sited Smart Energy Storage Systems to Reduce Peak Demand by 25 Percent and Lower Customers' Power Bills

Pattern Development Completes $205 Million Construction Financing on 122 MW Conejo Solar Project in Chile

Pattern Development builds platform in Chile and diversifies with large utility-scale solar power project

China is building the world's largest solar power plant

Oliver W heaton for Metro.co.uk:  The massive solar plant, which will stretch out across the Gobi desert in the country’s Quinghai province, will cover 25 square kilometres of vacant ground space. When finished the plant, called Delingha, is expected to have a capacity of 200 megawatts, which means it will power one million households all year round. Delingha is the world’s first solar power plant to be run as a commercial entity after being jointly developed by BrightSource Energy from California and the Shanghai Electric Group in China. The awesome structure will have six huge towers as well as thousands of solar mirrors which, due to their heat storage time of 15 hours, will be able to guarantee ‘stable and continual power generation’, according to Qinghai Solar-Thermal Power Group board chair, Wu Longyi.   Cont'd...

MARTIFER SOLAR TO CONSTRUCT 57 MW IN JORDAN

The 57 MWp portfolio consists of four solar PV projects located near the cities of Maan and Mafraq, Jordan---- The four projects, which were awarded PPAs under Round 1 of Jordans National Renewable Energy Plan, not only are receiving support from the World Bank Group through MIGA investment guarantees, but also are part of the IFCs innovative $207 million debt financing package

Indiana Based Inovateus Solar to Install the First of Four Solar Projects for Indiana Michigan Power with a 2.5 Megawatt Array Near Marion, Indiana

This solar project with Inovateus marks the first for Indiana Michigan Power

Duke Energy Renewables acquires Seville Solar Projects in Southern California totaling 50 MW

Duke Energy Renewables has six solar power projects in California totaling more than 100 megawatts, enough to power about 23,000 average homes.

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