Google, Yahoo and Microsoft are part of a growing number of tech and other major companies that are entering into long-term “power purchase” agreements (PPAs) with wind farms to ensure a steady stream of power, at a fixed cost, over a period as long as several decades. Most recently, last month Yahoo signed such a deal for wind power in the Great Plains with OwnEnergy, a wind energy developer. Google -- which is already carbon neutral and now trying to power itself with “100 percent renewable energy” -- has the longest history here. It has three PPA deals in the U.S. wind sector (in Iowa, Oklahoma, and Texas), and two more in Sweden. Microsoft, meanwhile, currently has two PPA deals with wind installments located near its data centers in Texas and Illinois. The agreements provide 285 megawatts of power to help drive both Bing searches and also its other online platforms, according to Brian Janous, the company’s director of energy strategy. What these deals have in common is that they involve purchasing clean energy in close proximity to the power hungry data centers that these companies operate -- data centers that in turn drive searches, apps like Gmail and much more. “These are very energy intensive operations that these companies are planning on running for years, and they know they need electricity,” says Emily Williams of the American Wind Energy Association.
New report on business and municipalities using fuel cells highlights industry association members and the multiple benefits fuel cells offer, including reliability, efficiency and savings.
This year's Solar Power International in Las Vegas wrapped up on the 23rd of October. It was a major event for Clenergy and for the solar industry.
Clenergy (Xiamen) Energy Investment recently completed the PV project on the China-Xiamen Hi-tech Innovation Center (XMIBI), which is the largest distributed solar project in the province of Fujian.
Clenergy Malaysia (Regional Office) was an exhibitor at the 5th International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition and Conference Malaysia (IGEM 2014) held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre KLCC from October 16th to 19th.
Trina Solar Completes 7.8 MW Module Supply to Power Ten Commercial Rooftop Solar Power Plants in Thailand
A total of 31,200 Honey modules (TSM-PC05A) will be installed on Siam Global House rooftops across Thailand
Advanced energy storage solution selected to meet electric reliability needs in West LA Basin
Southern California Edison Names Suppliers for 261 MW of Energy Storage Projects Comprising Multiple Applications, Technologies and Services
Ontario Power Authority to purchase power from new 300 MW project
"This win in Brazil is a testament to the strength of our project development capabilities, and positions us well to participate in the growth in demand for solar energy across the globe"
Crowd Energy wants homes, vehicles, and factories to be powered by Clean Renewable Ocean Energy. In a world suffering from an addiction to Polluting Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Power, Crowd Energy offers a Clean Sustainable Solution to Safe Energy and Fresh Water.
With widespread voter dissatisfaction evident in Tuesday's national and state elections, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), today urged Republicans, Democrats and independents to take a more "collaborative approach" to solving many of the nation's pressing problems.
Solar Mounting Design by TRA Snow and Sun Creates Awning Solar Array That Follows Strict Codes of Brooklyn, New York
TRA Snow and Sun's One-Stop System, provided free engineering, design layout and project support for a unique solar array on the south wall of the Williamsburg Cinemas (Brooklyn, NY), solving difficult attachment problems.
Costs of solar energy in America has fallen by 14% over the last year from $4.41 per watt in September 2013 to $3.76 per watt in October 2014 according to data collected by leading solar energy cost calculator websites Solar-Estimate.org and SolarPanelTalk.
The UK's Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) confirmed in October 2014 that the Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROC) scheme will close to ground-mount solar PV systems sized at 5 MW or larger at the end of March 2015. As a result, IHS forecasts a boom in installations in Q4 2014 and peaking in Q1 2015. ---- Due to the surge in applications for ground-mount PV systems, local authorities are refusing permit applications. Based on DECC data and the IHS PV project database, IHS estimates that more than 20% of the 6.2 GW solar projects in the pipeline will not be able to proceed. ---- Beyond March 2015, IHS expects many developers to shift focus to both <5 MW ground-mount projects that still can obtain the ROCs and also commercial roof-tops.
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