This week in renewable energy: 10/4/13

Every Friday, Community Renewable Energy shares important clean energy developments– and some that are just plain cool.

Here’s what we were reading this week.

Bright ideas

  • Solar panels, realisticEven big oil admits that the future of energy lies in solar power. On official report from Shell states, “From its position today as the 13th largest energy source worldwide, it grows rapidly, reaching fourth place behind oil, gas, and coal by 2040, and continuing to the number one position in 2100.” They also point out that community-owned solar arrays will help facilitate the clean energy revolution. (Motherboard)
  • Solar-powered cell phone cases? Yes, please. (Denver Business Journal)
  • The Solana power plant in Arizona is investing in 24-hour solar power. From the CleanTechnica article:

Solana is a 280 megawatt solar power plant based on a parabolic trough system, which can store solar energy in molten salt for up to six hours. That gives it plenty of room to keep generating electricity at night to meet peak demand in the region, which typically tops out in summer evenings and early night times.

Nonprofits, businesses, and communities go solar

  • tempIndiana’s Owen Valley Winery will derive 60% of its energy from solar panels. They’re the first winery in the Midwest to invest heavily in solar power, but we have a feeling others will be following their lead. (Indiana Public Media)
  • The Solar Affordable Housing Program is donating budget-saving solar power technology to low-income households. (McClatchy-Tribune Regional News via Renewables Biz)
  • The township of Collier expects to save $75,000 with its new solar installation. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Midwest solar

  • aircraft,flying,fotolia,holidays,take off,transportation,travelIndiana is on the roll! The Indianapolis International Airport will soon host the largest solar array on any airport in all of North America. (CleanTechnica)
  • Ohio’s clean energy bill is being criticized by advocates who believe the state should invest in renewable energy created in-state. (Midwest Energy News)
  • The Green Energy Ohio Tour is kicking off. Check out details for Columbus and Northeast Ohio
  • Minnesota is investigating energy efficient buses. “A year ago, two of the world’s most advanced ‘super hybrid’ transit buses hit the road in the Twin Cities, and have beaten conventional buses on fuel economy by about 35 percent,” explains Dan Haugen in Midwest Energy News.

Spotlight: Renewables in Africa

  • Ethiopia is forging ahead with a geothermal power plant, thanks to the Power Africa initiative. (All Africa)
  • For more about Power Africa, check out this fact sheet.
  • A Kenyan solar power project celebrates its first anniversary. From the article: “‘We estimate up to 3,000 local people can now benefit from electrical energy provided by the project,’ said Professor AbuBakr Bahaj, head of the Sustainable Energy Research Group at Southampton University and the principal investigator on the £2.6 million project.”

What do you think was the most important renewable energy story this week? Share your insights and thoughts below or by email.

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