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Rethinking Solar Farms for the 21st Century: Tapping Ocean Space
09/15/14, Lee Hsiu Eik, Research Engineer, Offshore Engineering Centre, PETRONAS Institute of Technology, Malaysia
An example is in a brave venture in India where a 10 kW prototype floating solar generation facility is being developed for placement in a pond. Pilot projects of this nature have also started to take shape in countries like Japan, France and Australia.

Wind Energy in Oklahoma
09/15/14, Michael Teague, Secretary of Energy and Environment, State of Oklahoma
Oklahoma’s pro-business climate and excellent wind resource have helped to attract wind developers from across the country and the globe.

Geothermal resources used to produce renewable electricity in western states
09/15/14, Reprinted with permission from, Today in Energy
Geothermal plants are virtually emissions free, and unlike renewable sources such as wind and solar, they provide an available, dispatchable source of baseload power that is able to operate at a relatively high capacity factor.

Green growth: an operational tool (and GDP has had its day…)
09/15/14, Carlo Carraro, Director, International Center for Climate Governance
Natural capital, made up of several elements that nature provides us with as the sustenance and basis of our society (soil, raw materials, water, clean air, …) has an economic value: today any growth model that ignores this by now shared knowledge can no longer work.

Optimizing Solar Plant Implementation
09/15/14, Contributed by, Exosun
In this paper, we will focus on a theoretical study and its application to a concrete site. We will try to answer the question: How can we optimize the implementation of horizontal trackers on a solar plant?

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Alternative Energy Stories of the Day

North American Windpower reports U.S. offshore wind is "embryonic no more"

Submitted on: 09/17/14, 05:15 AM

North American Windpower reports that the U.S. offshore wind industry is embryonic no more. Recent offshore wind news highlights also show that installations worldwide are picking up speed.
 
As of the end of July, the developer behind the 468 MW Cape Wind project had secured close to two-thirds of the roughly $2.5 billion needed for the wind farm, to be located off the coast of Cape Cod, Mass. In addition, the developer sold more than 77 percent of the projected output (363 MW) through stable, 15-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) at $0.187/kWh plus inflation. Construction is planned to commence in 2015.
 
Deepwater Wind (Providence, R.I.) has secured the entire output for the more modest 30 MW Block Island wind farm, located off the Rhode Island coast, with a 15-year PPA at $0.244/kWh. It also has preliminary contracts for turbines from Alstom and an installation vessel from Fred Olsen Windcarrier, and has received the go-ahead from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the last federal agency to grant its approval. Deepwater says the Block Island wind farm has now been completely reviewed and approved by nine state and federal agencies, and expects “steel in the water” by 2015 with service to begin in 2016.  Cont'd...

Strange bedfellows: Solar power meets oil drilling
Submitted on: 09/15/14, 06:36 AM
A company that uses solar energy to recover crude has scored big financing from some major oil players—and highlights a growing niche of global oil exploration.   GlassPoint Solar last week landed a $53 million investment from

World’s Largest Single Rooftop Solar Power Project Commissioned In India
Submitted on: 09/12/14, 05:40 AM
Indian solar energy companies are fast delivering world-class solar power projects as the market expands based on favorable regulatory and policy outlooks.   India’s largest engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) comp

UC makes largest solar-energy purchase by U.S. higher education institution
Submitted on: 09/10/14, 05:17 AM
The University of California announced Monday that it signed two power-purchase agreements that, combined, will provide 206,000 megawatt hours of solar energy per year — the largest solar energy purchase by any higher education institution in the U.S.

Sharp Considering Sale Of U.S. Solar Energy Unit
Submitted on: 09/08/14, 05:32 AM
Sharp Corp is looking to sell its U.S.-based solar energy development unit Recurrent Energy, Bloomberg reported on Monday, as the Japanese firm winds down its involvement in the solar industry to focus on profitable businesses. Sharp paid $305 million in cas

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Today's Alternative Energy Headlines

Array Technologies and ET Solar Partner on Bakersfield 111 Solar Park
Submitted on: 09/18/14, 07:06 AM
Project development team focused on system reliability by reducing critical failure points

ESOS - THE ENERGY DATA CLOCK IS TICKING - REMEMBER, REMEMBER THE 5 DECEMBER...
Submitted on: 09/18/14, 06:40 AM
The fundamental ESOS question UK businesses and organisations should be asking themselves right now, is not "Are we ready for Dec 2015 compliance?" but "Do we have procedures in place to capture 12 months of consecutive energy data before then?".

Energy Harvesting Market And Energy Storage Market - Segment Forecasts up to 2017
Submitted on: 09/18/14, 02:12 AM
Transparency Market Research includes new market research report "Energy Harvesting Market And Energy Storage Market" to its huge collection of research reports.

Agricultural Solar
Submitted on: 09/17/14, 03:24 PM
West Hills College will be saving $4.8 million in electrical energy costs in the next two decades due to the recently installed solar energy system

U.S. Battery's New Video Explains Design Features That Prevent Sulfation In RE Applications
Submitted on: 09/17/14, 02:30 PM
U.S. Battery's new video explains the effects renewable energy applications have on flooded lead-acid batteries, and how to extend battery life in these applications.

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