According to an article in Renewable Energy World, on May 26, 2017 the UK hit a new record, producing 8.75 GW of solar power, breaking a previous record of 8.49 GW, overtaking nuclear power in the country.
“The CEO of the UK Solar Trade Association (STA), Paul Barwell, said in a statement that the organization was “delighted that at around midday today 8.75 GW was generated by solar, supplying nearly 25 percent of the UK’s total demand. This is the first time that solar has generated more than nuclear, second only to gas. This is a colossal achievement in just 5 years, and sends a very positive message to the UK that solar has a strong place in the decarbonisation of the UK energy sector.”
Solar power is big business!
In an article from PV TECH, I read that “The route to decarbonisation in the energy sector will create benefits of US$10 trillion every year by 2050, while requiring only US$1.8 trillion to implement, according to a new joint report from the International Energy Agency (IAE) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
In their first ever collaboration, IEA and IRENA found that a total of 6 million jobs would be created, even when accounting for jobs lost in other industries.
Further jobs will also be created in the energy efficiency sector. The report stressed that efforts on the transition need to be stepped up urgently to stay in line with the targets of the Paris Agreement.
IRENA director-general Adnan Z. Amin, said: “Critically, the economic case for the energy transition has never been stronger. Today around the world, new renewable power plants are being built that will generate electricity for less cost than fossil-fuel power plants. And through 2050, the decarbonisation can fuel sustainable economic growth and create more new jobs in renewables.”
Diversifying our power supply is key
Renewable Energy Analyst and Research Projects Manager of the Geothermal Energy Association, Benjamin Matek, reports that “Last fall, the California legislature passed SB 350, a bill that will increase the state’s renewable energy generation to 50 percent by 2030 utilizing resources like wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal energy. This goal will be a first. No large-scale economy like California has ever attempted to transition to a grid powered in majority by renewables.
Study after study on the California energy landscape point toward the same answer: make the grid diverse. California’s grid will require a mix of renewable resources like solar, hydropower, storage, wind, and geothermal. For example, a study commissioned by the Walton Family Foundation on a 50 percent renewable grid found that “replacing 10 TWh of solar PV with geothermal . . . reduces CO2 emissions by 4.2 million metric tons per year in California and 2.4 MMT/yr in the rest of the West.”
For more information on geothermal energy usage, go to: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2016/04/studies-show-geothermal-and-grid-diversity-benefit-the-environment-and-consumers.html?cmpid=renewablegeothermal0552016&eid=326825548&bid=1395781
Renewable Energy World, one of the leading publications in the RE business just ran an encouraging story about the RE market.
“Renewable energy accounted for the majority (50.5 percent) of new U.S. electrical generation put into service during the first 11 months of 2016, according to the latest issue of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) monthly Energy Infrastructure Update (with data through Nov. 30, 2016).
Combined, newly installed capacity from renewable sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) totaled 9,655 MW, surpassing that from natural gas (8,109 MW), nuclear power (1,270 MW), coal (45 MW), and oil (33 MW) combined.
The rapid growth of renewables — particularly solar and wind — has resulted in their seizing an ever-growing share of the nation’s total generating capacity. Five years ago, renewable sources cumulatively accounted for slightly over 14 percent of total available installed generating capacity; now they provide almost 19 percent (18.69 percent): hydropower, 8.53 percent; wind, 6.58 percent; solar, 1.84 percent; biomass, 1.41 percent; and geothermal, 0.33 percent.”
Story source: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2017/01/renewables-provide-majority-of-new-us-generating-capacity-through-november-2016.html?cmpid=enl_REW_GEOTHERMALENERGYNEWS_2017-01-12
Celebrate! The Audubon Center now has its Air Conditioning system running off the grid. The new air conditioning system is working great, so it’s nice and cool for the solar classes.
On June 16th we’ll concentrate on the Operations & Maintenance of solar systems.
The class will include a power point introduction to Operations & Maintenance of commercial photovoltaic systems, a brief tour of the Audubon’s solar system and the O&M work being done on this working system.
Class price is $20.00 and the class runs from 9am to 3pm. For more information about the class, visit our newly remodeled website: www.silverfoxrenewables.com
Spring Forward into the Audubon at Debs Park solar training class on Saturday, March 19th!
This month we’ll concentrate on Phase II LEED Building Design and Energy Efficiency. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is changing the way we think about how buildings and communities are planned, built, maintained and operated. Leaders around the world have made LEED the most widely used third-party verification for green buildings, with around 1.85 million square feet being certified daily.
The Audubon Center was the first Platinum LEED building in the United States. The Audubon’s address is: 4700 N. Griffin Ave. Los Angeles CA 90031.
Class is from 9am- 3pm. Class fee: $20.00
To consider installing solar power on a home or business, you should first consider how energy efficient the building is and what it will take to make the building more efficient. This month’s solar class looks at energy efficiency and energy calculators to make the building more efficient.
“Every dollar you save on energy efficiency will save you $3.00 on solar power”.
Which states are leading the US in using 100%Renewable Energy?
An article in the 9/18/15 issue of Renewable Energy News lists Aspen, Colorado as the third US municipality to source all its energy requirements from renewable sources,
joining Burlington in Vermont and
Greensburg in Kansas.
Way to go folks, you are demonstrating that not only it CAN be done, but that it SHOULD be done in all US cities.