Tag: Editor’s Picks

Microgrids – Important Lessons from a Resort

Spice Village (SV) is a resort in India’s Kerala province, adjacent to the Periyar Tiger Reserve. It is an eco-traveler’s destination, where “birdsong takes the place of television.” Its energy profile, however, was harsh. The regional electric grid was undependable and SV used a diesel-powered generator eight hours per day — noisy and expensive.

 

Towards a Low-carbon Future: Bi-lateral Collaboration Between the UK and US

There are significant differences between the clean energy and environmental outlooks of the May and Trump administrations. To-date the Prime Minister has given no indication of renouncing either the Paris accords or the UK’s pledged emission targets. The U.S. commitment to the accords and willingness to fulfill the promised GHG reductions of the Obama administration remain unclear. 

Tesla’s Battery Revolution Just Reached Critical Mass

Tesla Motors Inc. is making a huge bet that millions of small batteries can be strung together to help kick fossil fuels off the grid. The idea is a powerful one—one that’s been used to help justify the company’s $5 billion factory near Reno, Nev.—but batteries have so far only appeared in a handful of true, grid-scale pilot projects.

Understanding Risk for New Wind Technology in New Wind Markets

Building a wind farm is no small undertaking.Building a wind farm is no small undertaking. With costs ranging from US $2 million to $5 million per MW installed, the financial backing of a strong insurance partner is a must in order to put stakeholders’ minds at ease. But how do insurance companies evaluate risks and determine premium pricing for projects that are “firsts” such as the first U.S. offshore wind farm or the first use of a new MW-class turbine?

Indonesia’s Geothermal Potential: A Legal Review

Indonesia’s geothermal resources are among the largest in the world, with 299 geothermal locations and a total potential of 28,807 MW, or around 40 percent of the total geothermal resources worldwide, according to a September 2014 press release from Indonesia’s Directorate General of Geothermal. In order to utilize this enormous energy potential, the Government of Indonesia (the “GOI”) has intensified its efforts to encourage geothermal power development. Some background to the regulatory climate will put these developments in perspective.

Siting a Wind Farm in the Most Challenging Place in the US

According to Jack Kenworthy, CEO of Eolian Renewable Energy, a project developer based in New Hampshire, the best wind projects are those that have died two times because then you know what’s wrong with them. The project he is currently working on is known as Antrim Wind Energy (AWE), a 28.8-MW wind farm on the Tuttle Hill ridge line in Antrim, NH in the United States.

On a windy day in late February, Kenworthy, Henry Weitzner with Walden Green Energy, a subsidiary of German utility RWE, and landscape architect David Raphael with Landworks took several members of the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) on a site inspection tour to show them how AWE will impact the community in which it resides.

This wasn’t the first time Kenworthy and the SEC had driven in vans around Antrim, NH and surrounding towns on a site inspection tour. Back in 2012, AWE went through the exact same process before the project was ultimately denied.

Solar Jobs Continue to Outpace US Economy

Coming on the heels of the celebration–inducing 5-year extension of the solar investment tax credit (ITC), today jobs numbers were released by nonprofit organization, The Solar Foundation (TSF).

The six annual National Solar Jobs Census shows that the U.S. solar industry today employs 208,859 people, having added 35,052 in 2015 alone. This is a 20 percent increase in job growth compared to the overall national employment growth of 1.7 percent.

“Employment in solar has grown an extraordinary 123 percent since 2010, adding approximately 115,000 well-paying jobs. Our Census findings show that one out of every 83 new jobs created in the U.S. over the last 12 months was in the solar industry – 1.2 percent of all new jobs,” said Andrea Luecke, President and Executive Director of TSF in a statement.