03.09.2018 Tunisia plans 1.7 GW solar complex. The solar park is set to be built across three phases, and will be located in Tunisia’s southernmost region of Remana, in the Sahara Desert. TTunisia’s renewable energy strategy is aiming to deploy around 4.7 GW of clean energy capacity by 2030. This will be enough to enable renewables to take a 30% share of the power mix.
04.09.2018 A report analyzing the week of a heat wave in the Northeast estimates that solar power saved $30 million in wholesale electricity costs due to lowering demand at its peak during mid-day – including $6.7 million in savings on July 3rd.
05.09.2018 In westerners Massachusetts consumers can now subscribe to local community solar farms. Community solar allows electric users to receive the benefits of solar without upfront investments or panel installations. As the solar farms deliver energy to the electric grid, subscribers receive credits that offset their electric bill. In addition to choosing an environmentally friendly power source, subscribers save money through the program, as each credit is sold at a 10% discount of their offset value.
06.09.2018 Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has proposed shortening the period for commissioning for solar power projects, to speed up the pace of solar capacity addition in view of the target of 100,000 MW of solar capacity to be achieved by 2022.
07.09.2018 Researchers have created a new tool that analyzes how well a solar farm is generating electricity. Reserchers says:
"If you look at solar modules on the market, their designs hardly differ no matter where they are in the world, just like how iPhones sold in the US and China are almost identical. But solar modules should be designed differently, since they degrade differently in different environments".
Diagnosing degraded, or "diseased" solar panels would contribute to lower electric bills on clean energy and cut manufacturing costs.
08.09.2018 Large-scale wind and solar power "could green the Sahara". Installing huge numbers of solar panels and wind turbines in the Sahara desert would have a major impact on rainfall, vegetation and temperatures, researchers say. They found that the actions of wind turbines and solar panels would double the amount of rain that would fall in the region.
09.09.2018 Sony plans to have all the energy it uses come from renewable sources by 2040, up from the current level of 7%, aiming to enhance corporate value as more investors and consumers place greater weight on environmental friendliness.
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