segunda-feira, 29 de abril de 2013

Westlands offers plan to retire 24,000 acres for solar power
The Westlands Water District is forging ahead with efforts to plan a solar energy park on thousands of acres of poor farmland in Kings County. The water district is partnering with Westside Holdings LLC to prepare a detailed environmental impact report and master plan for the proposed 24,000-acre Westlands Solar Park. The environmental work sets the stage for private solar companies to build individual projects to generate electricity on farmland the district has earmarked for retirement because of poor drainage and high levels of salt in the groundwater and the soil. (...) A notice filed by Westlands to notify the state and other agencies of the plans indicates that development is anticipated in 200-megawatt increments over 12 years. At total buildout, the power-generating capacity of the solar park would be about 2,400 megawatts of electricity.

sexta-feira, 26 de abril de 2013

Dia Internacional do Sol na Faculdade de Ciências

Para assinalar o Dia Internacional do Sol, dia 3 de Maio, a APREN e a Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa organizam uma mesa redonda subordinada ao tema “O Aproveitamento energético do Sol”.
Esta iniciativa insere-se no Ciclo de Mesas Redondas, A APREN e as Universidades – Celebração dos dias temáticos, promovido pela APREN, que decorrerá em diversas universidades do país, com o objectivo de promover o debate em torno das questões relacionadas com as diversas energias renováveis: biomassa, solar, eólica e hídrica.
A sessão terá lugar no Anfiteatro da Fundação da FCUL, da Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, com o seguinte programa:

10:30 – 10:45 António Sá da Costa, APREN – Associação Portuguesa de Energias Renováveis
10:45 – 11:00 António Vallera, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa
11:00 – 11:15 Helder Serranho, APREN – Associação Portuguesa de Energias Renováveis e Generg
11:15 – 11:30 Cláudio Monteiro, APISOLAR - Associação Portuguesa da Indústria Solar
11:30 – 11:45 Carlos Sampaio, APESF - Associação Portuguesa das Empresas do Sector Fotovoltaico
11:45 – 12:50 Debate
12:50 – 13:00 Conclusões

As inscrições são gratuitas e devem ser realizadas através do e-mail

quarta-feira, 17 de abril de 2013

Germany to start subsidies for solar power storage systems in May 2013

The German solar industry welcomes the federal government's announcement that it will support battery systems to accompany solar photovoltaic (PV) generation beginning in May 2013. Germany will subsidize the purchase of new battery storage systems with up to EUR 660 (USD 870) per kWp. In the first year the KfW banking group will provide EUR 25 million (USD 33 million) in funding. (...) The new subsidies also specify that solar energy systems combined with subsidized storage must reduce their output to 60% for the entire payment period. This will allow plant operators to help avoiding production peaks.

sexta-feira, 5 de abril de 2013

Renewable Energy Database - The World Bank

The World Bank
This website collects data on private participation in renewable energy in developing countries. It is part of the PPI Database and applies the same research methdology. The renewable energy section provides researchers with detailed, renewable-specific information on over 900 projects that were implemented between 1993 and 2011. The PPI Database is a flagship World Bank knowledge product widely used in research and analyses of infrastructure development. The purpose is to inform stakeholders on key trends regarding private in the renewable energy sector.

Japan to Become Largest Solar Market After China, BNEF Says

Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Japan will probably become the largest solar market in the world after China this year, boosted by an incentive program that offers above-market rates for energy from renewable sources. Commercial and utility-scale projects will boost solar installations to a range of 6.1 gigawatts to 9.4 gigawatts in 2013, exceeding an earlier forecast of 3.2 gigawatts to 4 gigawatts, Bloomberg New Energy Finance said in a research note. (...) The forecast reflects the push by Japan to find alternative sources of energy following the Fukushima earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, which prompted the closure of all but two of the nation’s nuclear reactors. Japan in July began offering incentives through feed-in tariffs to encourage investments in energy sources such as wind and solar.