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In the headlines: Californian city requires all new homes to have EV charging stations and Walmart to offer LED bulbs for under $10

Date
07 October 2013
In the headlines: Californian city requires all new homes to have EV charging stations and Walmart to offer LED bulbs for under $10

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Global

This year is set to be the first in which solar photovoltaics (PV) have added more megawatts than wind. The slowdown in world’s two largest wind markets, China and the US, is opening the way for the rapidly growing PV market to overtake wind. Although both set record figures last year, wind – onshore and offshore – added 46.6GW, while PV added 30.5GW. Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) has predicted that 33.8GW of new onshore wind farms, plus 1.7GW of offshore wind, will be added globally in 2013. RTCC, October 4.

Asia – Pacific

Climate Council raises $1m through its Obama-style fundraising drive. Body that replaces commission abolished by Tony Abbott says 20,000 Australians have donated an average $50 each. The climate change expert Professor Tim Flannery's "Obama-style" campaign to raise cash for a new Climate Council has generated $1m. The Guardian, October 5.

Within sight of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, a high-tech wind farm that will eventually bring clean energy to thousands of homes is now under construction. The farm is 20 kilometers off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture. Fukushima Mirai, a wind turbine on a floating rig foundation, measures 80 meters across and rises 106 meters from the sea surface to the tip of a blade at its highest position. Mirai means future in Japanese. The Asahi Shimbun, October 5.

China

China is set to lead the fastest uptake of solar in recent history, with plans to install more than 2GW of photovoltaic (PV) by the end of 2013. According to new research from market analysts at IHS, global PV installations are forecast to exceed 40GW by 2014 for the first time, generating installation revenue of more than $86 billion. RTCC, October 3.

China has spent more than US$50 billion ($60.2 billion) in the past three months on energy and infrastructure deals in central Asia. Chinese outbound investment totalled just over US$100 billion in the third quarter of 2013 with around half of that sum spent in the central Asian states visited by the Chinese President Xi Jinping on an official tour last month. New Zealand Herald, October 4.

Europe

The head of Munich’s municipal utility expects to produce enough renewable energy next year to meet demand from all the households in southern Germany’s largest city. The growth will enable Stadtwerke Muenchen GmbH, whose customers include Germany’s largest engineer Siemens AG (SIE), to overtake its counterpart in Cologne this year and become the largest municipal utility in Germany, Managing Director Florian Bieberbach said in an interview last month. The expansion comes from investment in offshore wind farms in Germany and the U.K., part of a 9 billion-euro ($12.2 billion) program to supply the city entirely from renewable power by 2025. Bloomberg, October 2.

India

India Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the implementation of a scheme for setting up of 750 MW of Grid-connected Solar PV Power Projects under Batch-1 of Phase-11 (2013-17) of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) with Viability Gap Funding (VGF) support from the National Clean Energy Fund (NCEF), according to the press release by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy on Thursday. Commodity Online, October, 4

Numerous solar energy startups are delivering cheap and accessible power to rural India. These ventures have come up with solutions - ranging from solar off-grids to solar-powered home systems - that are not just cost-effective but also less toxic than traditional fuels like kerosene. "In a country, where large swathes of population have little or unreliable access to basic power, off grids is the solution," said Shyam Patra, 36, founder of Naturetech Infrastructure. The four-year-old, Lucknow-based startup provides electricity to more than 25 villages across Uttar Pradesh and Bihar by offering power directly to homes and micro and small enterprises. The Economic Times, October 2.

UK

Scotland's renewable energy industry has welcomed figures that reveal its wind turbines and biomass boilers helped to displaced almost all of the emissions generated by its road and rail transport sectors. Answering a Parliamentary Question last month, Energy Minister Michael Fallon confirmed that renewable energy in Scotland displaced 10.3MT CO2 in 2012, a 24 per cent increase compared to 2011. BusinessGreen, October 7.

Innovation

The region's largest office-building owner has installed electric-car charging stations at many of its suburban buildings, in one of the largest moves by a private landlord to back city and state efforts to encourage the spread of the environment-friendly vehicles. SL Green Realty Corp., which owns stakes in about 120 buildings in the New York region, paid $10,000 each for the stations, which charge electric-powered vehicles and plug-in hybrids. Vehicle owners will be charged $1.50 an hour for the first five hours, then $3 an hour after that. The Wall Street Journal, October 6.

Palo Alto, Calif., the home of Tesla Motors, is making headlines for requiring all new homes to be wired for electric vehicle charging stations. Located in Silicon Valley, the city has a population of over 64,000 and has more electric cars per capita than any other city in the country, which Palo Alto's mayor proudly touts, along with the fact that the city is "carbon neutral." ABC News, October 2.

LED Lighting

Walmart announced today that it is introducing its Great Value line of super efficient LED light bulbs for under $10 in its U.S. stores and online. The company undertook a similar retail effort in 2006, with a specific goal at that time to sell 100 million to promote high efficiency (CFLs) compact fluorescent bulbs, a goal it exceeded three months ahead of schedule. Forbes, October 2.

Over 260 municipal buildings in Dubai will switch from conventional lighting to energy-efficient lighting, paving the way for the Dubai Municipality to save up to half its lighting energy bill. The up to 10.5GWh saving per year means reducing 6,200 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year — equivalent to planting almost 40,000 trees, officials said at a signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding between the civic body and Philips Electronics on Tuesday. Khalee Times, October 6.

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