Community Solar Project Turns Landfill Green


solar2 The L&D Landfill is getting a second life.

The sprawling site is being reincarnated as a solar farm that will power 2,000 homes annually.  The 12.93 megawatt-dc L&D Solar Farm spans more than 50 acres across the Burlington County towns of Eastampton, Lumberton and Mount Holly. It will be the largest solar farm that PSE&G has built to date when it goes into service later this year.

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World’s largest floating wind farm gets green light : TreeHugger

When people hear “floating wind turbines,” they often think of the large-scale offshore wind farms that are already commonplace in some parts of the world.But there’s an important distinction.While conventional offshore wind—in which the turbines are mounted in relatively shallow water and fixed to the sea floor—has scaled up considerably over the last few years, floating wind turbines—which are anchored using cables but do not have a fixed foundation on the sea floor—have so far only been deployed in small-scale trials.That may be beginning to change. Given their potential to both drive down the cost of wind energy and increase the geographical range of feasible sites (floating turbines will be able to operate in much deeper waters than fixed-base turbines), wind energy advocates are beginning to look at larger scale deployment. So an announcement that Norway’s Statoil has just gotten approval for the Hywind floating wind farm project off the coast of Scotland should be welcome news indeed.Consisting of five, 6 MW floating turbines, Hywind is still pretty minuscule compared to the 10.6GW of offshore wind that the UK already has either operating or in the pipeline, but the fact that these turbines will operate in waters exceeding 100 meters in depth should give you some idea of why this matters. Given appropriate support and R&D, The Carbon Trust has estimated that floating turbines could provide 8 to 16GW of offshore wind capacity in the UK alone by 2050. The Trust also estimates that improvements in floating turbines could drive down the cost of production to below £100/MWh within a decade. (The cost for conventional offshore wind is something like £140/MWh right now.)

Source: World’s largest floating wind farm gets green light : TreeHugger

Germany to get 33% of its electricity from renewables this year (193 billion kWh!) : TreeHugger

As I wrote about previously, Germany is one of the countries that are proving renewable energy skeptics wrong. Sure they didn’t do things perfectly; there are issues with how subsidies are structured and costs will have been higher than others will pay because they were an early adopter (prices are falling quickly every year), but the general conclusion remains that it is possible for large countries with sophisticated, energy-intensive economies to get a very large fraction of their electricity from renewable sources. And this will only because easier and cheaper over time as grid-scale storage becomes cheaper and further mitigates the intermittency issues.On many sunny and/or windy days, Germany gets more than half its electricity from renewables, sometimes sending spot prices for electricity into negative pricing because there is so much ‘free’ power available. In fact, on July 25 of this year, 78% of Germany’s electricity came from renewables!

Source: Germany to get 33% of its electricity from renewables this year (193 billion kWh!) : TreeHugger

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder..” colorful fire hydrants…no doubt!!!

Colorful one!!!

Why subsidy, why not give tax exemption for residential solar systems. | M V Radhakrishna | LinkedIn

The Indian government has been offering subsidies of various nature for solar residential and pumping systems.This execution methodology is often hampered due to the inherent deficiencies of the system; where, the consumer has to apply through a nodal agency, get the system installed through some empanelled members and finally manage with a system which might not suit his requirements.The system configuration is prefixed by the nodal agency and the consumer’s request of changes from the pre-defined system configuration is not allowed. This resembles the tale of “bed of Procrustes” (where the man is made to fit the bed forcedly).           To add to the woes of the consumer, no worthwhile checks are made to ensure that these systems are working satisfactorily after installation. The installers are so far removed from the installation sites, that they do not even heed service request calls.From the monetary point of view, often it is seen that, the real subsidy portion of the prices is borne by the installers and is passed on to the consumer at the onset itself. The installer has to then wait for the subsidy payments from the nodal agency. The wait is pretty long and can even extend to more than 1 year.Owing to these reasons, many schemes are undertaken half-heartedly.The subsidy amount vary from 20% to 30% but one has to wait for the schemes to be released.

Source: Why subsidy, why not give tax exemption for residential solar systems. | M V Radhakrishna | LinkedIn