Τρίτη, 20 Νοεμβρίου 2012

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Solmessis to set up 20MW solar power plant in Queensland, Australia


Solmessis, an Australia-based solar projects developer, plans to set up a 20MW solar power plant in central Queensland.

The latest project would be the first utility-scale solar farm in Australia to be built without drawing on subsidies or incentives beyond the renewable energy target.

After receiving approval, the renewable energy developer intends to install 20MW on a 120 hectare property, before adding another 60MW over two stages, reports RenewEconomy.

Solmessis CEO Hamish Wall told the news site: "We want to build Australia's largest solar farm without the requirement of a Government grant."

"If you can't build these projects without government support, we wouldn't pursue them...because all that support could be folded very quickly," added Wall.

The company has also submitted a development application for a 35MW solar farm on the outskirts of Balcardine town in Australia.

The application is scheduled to go before a council meeting on 22 November 2012.

Only one other firm, Investec, has spoken about the possibility of building a solar PV farm without subsidies in Western Australia, although details have not been released.

India’s Veer Energy to diversify into solar energy


Indian wind power developer Veer Energy & Infrastructure plans to invest Rs5,000m ($90.8m) to augment capacity on its existing wind projects and diversify into solar energy.

The firm has completed a 200MW wind farm and another 115MW project is currently in pipeline.

A 200MW project is also set to be launched in the state of Gujarat.

Veer Energy has joined forces with ASTOM AG Swiss to develop a 25MW grid-based solar energy project in the Kutch District, reports the Business Standard.

The development will include 400 58.5W solar panels, which will be supplied by US firm New Millennium Solar Equipment (NMSEC). Veer Energy has already imported thin film panels for its pilot project from the manufacturer.

Veer Energy chief financial officer Jigar Shah said his firm also plans for a 6,000ft2 rooftop-based pilot project in the city of Sanand in Gujarat. "With the successful completion of our pilot project, the company would then focus on big league by developing mega projects," Shah added.


Google on course to reach $1bn mark in clean energy investment 



Internet giant Google is investing $75m in a 50MW wind farm located in the US state of Iowa, bringing the firm's total investment in renewable energy to over $990m.

Located in Iowa's Greene County, Rippey Wind Energy Project was developed by the US-based renewable energy projects developer RPM Access, which also owns and operates the wind farm.

The Rippey project, which uses 20 turbines made in Arkansas by Nordex USA, is expected to power about 15,000 homes in the state of Iowa.

"We've taken two approaches to greening the grid in Iowa, a state where we operate a data center," the company noted in a release.

"Back in 2010, we entered into a long-term contract to purchase wind energy from NextEra Energy Resources' Story County II wind farm.

"This time, we're investing directly into a wind project, which has been contracted to sell all of the energy to the Central Iowa Power Cooperative, an Iowa-based utility that will deliver the energy to local consumers."

Google's previous investments in renewable energy include $280m in a SolarCity fund, $157m in the Alta Wind Energy Center in Los Angeles, $100m in the 892MW Oregon wind farm, $94m in four Recurrent Energy solar projects in California, and $75m in a Clean Power Finance fund.


Denmark on course to reach its 2020 solar cell goal this year


Denmark is on track to reach its 200MW solar cell capacity goal eight years ahead of schedule.

The government had planned to acheive this goal by 2020, but with the on-going addition of 36MW solar cell capacity every month, Denmark's installations are expected to grow nearly a hundred times by the end of 2012, compared to 2010 figures.

According to domestic energy companies including Dansk Energi, Energinet.dk and DONG Energy, the country will reach 1000MW by 2020 if this level of development continues.

Denmark, which currently gets 22% energy supply from renewable sources, plans to run the country's entire energy system on renewables by 2050.

Invest in Denmark project manager Kim Schultz explained why the Danish market is booming: "The demand for solar cells has increased dramatically since net metering was implemented in 2010. Net metering gives private households and public institutions the possibility of 'storing' surplus production in the public grid, which makes solar panels considerably more attractive."

Denmark Minister for Trade and Investment, Pia Olsen Dyhr said the government is also committed to set up smart grids in the country..

"To promote the transition to renewable energy, we have furthermore dedicated 42 mio. DKK to analyzing how we can make green solutions like solar energy even more attractive in the future," Dyhr added.

The rising smart grid market has attracted overseas solar business firms to gain foothold in the Denmark.

"Denmark has a unique energy system with a very high share of renewable energy. This makes the energy system very suitable as a platform for Smart Grid technologies, which are a key element to fully exploit renewable energy sources like solar panels and wind energy," Schultz added.

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