The Canadian province of Ontario is shutting down its last coal-fired power plant forever, making it the first coal-free region in North America. At the same time, Canada is investing heavily in renewable power plants.
One of the largest flat roof systems in Denmark is now installed on the roof of a retirement home. The photovoltaic electricity generated by the 345 kW system covers 56% of the home's requirements; temporary surpluses are fed into the Danish power grid (net metering) via a bi-directional electricity meter.
A growing sector of the US solar industry has reached a major milestone with 5 million square feet or 464,515 m² of building-integrated solar air heating collectors installed in North America. The data comes from Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the national trade association of the US solar energy industry.
The budget allocated for India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) for the financial year April 2013 to March 2014 has been curtailed from INR 39 billion to INR 15.2 billion. On account of India’s high current account deficit situation mid-term course correction the actual receipt to MNRE ended up to be only INR 4.4 billion, a sharp two-thirds cut.
The 40th Areva wind turbine has now been installed at Global Tech I, one of the first offshore wind farms in the German North Sea. The record time for installing eight towers and nacelles is one week – despite journey times of 10 hours to and from the construction site.