This week in renewable energy: 1/10/14

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.

The big picture

  • Community Renewable EnergyAl Jazeera reflects on the amazing progress of solar power in the US and China.
  • Fortune published its guide to residential solar.
  • Katie Marks writes about the popularity of community-owned solar: “It’s a way to allow people who can’t install solar panels on their property to benefit from the technology, and to help communities develop energy independence. As more and more towns and cities across the US express concerns about the source of their energy and the need for sustainable energy, solar gardens are starting to seem increasingly appealing: a community can generate all or part of the power it needs with its own solar panels, and in some cases wind farms as well.” (Networx)
  • The auto industry is exploring solar power options. (Chicago Tribune)

Local solar

Every week, governments and major corporations go green. Today, we look at some of the ways solar is being implemented on a smaller scale.

Global progress

  • In Africa, solar power kits make life off the grid a little easier. (Financial Times)
  • In Kenya, solar-powered lamps keep families safe. (The Guardian)
  • Mexico is making strides in its renewable energy capabilities, recently progressing on its large installation at the Aeropuerto Intercontinental de Querétaro. (Energy Business Review)

“The Latin American markets – and Mexico in particular – are demanding high-quality US renewable energy solutions to meet their growing need for clean electricity. We will continue to work with strong partners like GMI in their local markets to provide turnkey solutions for their corporate customers,” said Anthony Coker, senior director of emerging market sales for Suniva.

  • Japan is reclaiming land damaged by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster by constructing a “renewable energy village.” From the Voice of Russia article:

The community-run project in the city of Minamisoma already has 120 solar panels generating 30 kilowatts of power, according to New Scientist. It features the idea of “solar sharing” by growing crops beneath raised solar panels—a concept that could help farming communities restart agriculture in the wake of the Fukushima disaster and earn additional profits from selling renewable energy to local utilities. (About two thirds of Minamisoma’s farmland lies within the nuclear evacuation zone surrounding Fukushima’s nuclear plant.)

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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