This week in renewable energy: 2/14/14

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

Here’s what we we’ve been reading.

 America goes solar

  • The world’s largest-ever solar thermal plant opened outside Las Vegas in the Mojave Desert. The 392 megawatt, $2.2 billion plant will produce enough energy to power 140,000 homes for a year, according to the article. (KLAS)
  • A new survey of solar power careers confirms that jobs follow solar-friendly public policy. California, with its famously pro-solar policy, leads the nation in solar power careers. (San Francisco Gate)

The Midwest goes green

  • Meanwhile, the Midwest has made huge gains in green careers, and Ohio lead the way. The number of solar careers in the US have increased by 1/5– but in the Midwest, gains were even larger. (Midwest Energy News)
  • Illinois has updated its energy efficiency standards. (Midwest Energy News)

Global progress

  • Power Africa continues to progress. This week, we brought you five updates.
  • Japan continues its shift away from nuclear power in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis. Recently, they’ve been investing more in off-shore solar installations.  (Smithsonian)
  • Panama welcomes its first solar power plant. (Global Post)

Bright ideas

  • Japan offers its own take on community-owned solar: “PV with Lot projects are popping up everywhere and individual investors can pick any site, independent from the location of their primary residency. This is similar to solar securitization and solar crowdfunding as an individual investment tool for solar, but it is different because individuals have actual ownership over solar projects.” (Renewable Energy World)
  • Zizi Hlungulu reminds us how wind and solar technology can dramatically improve the lives of residents in rural Africa. (All Africa)
  • Green banks are a new idea designed to support renewable energy. From the Clean Energy Finance Forum:

Clean Energy Finance Forum spoke with Reed Hundt, CEO of the Coalition for Green Capital, which has led the movement to create green banks in the United States during the last several years. Green banks are financial institutions that use public funding to leverage private financing of clean energy. Hundt said it is urgent for states to start green banks to finance clean energy as they move away from coal and toward meeting their renewable energy standards. He said green banks can multiply financing resources by a factor of 10.

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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