Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project, first solar farm on tribal land, is now online

Originally published on Solar Love and in the Santa Fe New Mexican, 22 March 2017 On March 16th, the first solar farm on tribal land in the US was activated. The 250 megawatt Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project, located on the 112 square mile Moapa River Indian Reservation about 30 miles north of Las Vegas, contains more than 3.2 million solar panels covering …

Small diesel losing its grip? Nigeria debates $30 million for off-grid solar power

March 8th, 2017 by Tina Casey on Clean Technica   The news buzzing around the Intertubes this week shows just how far the solar energy field has come in a few short years. In the latest development, the Nigerian government is considering a $30 million allocation for off-grid solar projects. According to a report in Bloomberg solar panels are an “economic option” …

Fossil fuel use could peak by 2020 as renewables become cheaper, if policy follows

According to fossil fuel companies, the world will continue to rely on their products for decades. They even have sophisticated scenarios, outlooks and modelling to prove it. What if they are wrong? New analysis published today by the Carbon Tracker Initiative and Imperial College’s Grantham Institute suggests global demand for fossil fuels could peak by 2020. The power sector would …

Solar power raising income levels in Kenya

December 17th, 2016 by Steve Hanley  Originally published on SolarLove Solar powered lights are changing the way people do business in Kenya. In the town of Embu, which is located in central Kenya northeast of Nairobi, Violet Karimi is a farmer who can now take advantage of the evening hours to sell her produce, thanks to the arrival of solar lights …

Here’s how renewable energy contracts work to protect ratepayers, utilities, and renewable energy developers through the power purchase agreement (PPA)

Here’s how renewable energy contracts work to protect ratepayers, utilities, and renewable energy developers through the power purchase agreement (PPA): How Utilities Actually Buy Renewables Utilities put together their portfolio of renewable energy contracts so that they will be able to deliver the capacity needed for each time of day, combining wind and solar and some baseload renewables: geothermal, hydro, …

Nissan Leaf “No Charge to Charge” network launch

Cross-posted from Clean Technica Nissan’s “No Charge To Charge” Leaf promotional offer has now launched in Madison, Wisconsin, further incentivizing the purchase of the popular all-electric offering from Nissan. To explain, for those unfamiliar with the program, the No Charge To Charge program provides buyers of new Nissan Leaf EVs with up to 2 years of free fast charging through …

Rooftop solar users and installers are givers, not takers, when it comes to the value they provide to society and the electric system

Tuesday, October 18, 2016, Anna Hofmann Baltimore, MD – Solar panels provide pollution free energy that delivers far reaching benefits to the environment, the electric grid and all ratepayers, said a new report released today by Environment Maryland Research & Policy Center. The report outlines how solar panels on homes, schools and businesses often provide more benefits than they receive through …

“Energy freedom” and clean, reliable power as a public good

Can the invisible hand really guide us to a low-carbon future? Debbie Dooley thinks so. The 57-year-old founder of the national Green Tea Coalition is one of a growing number of right-wing activists entering the fight for what she calls “energy freedom.” This blend of conservatism and environmentalism is an animating force in nationwide efforts to expand the use of …

20 MW PV plant connected to Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) took only 6-8 months to complete and all $30 million of project costs were provided by Chinese firm

Also, the country’s first commercial solar PV module manufacturing facility just opened up in the city of Kpone as well. The 30 MW facility will be supplying PV modules directly to the country’s internal marketplace. A 20 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) project developed by the Chinese firm Beijing Xiaocheng Company (a subsidiary of Beijing Fuxing Xiao-Cheng Electronic) was recently …