This week in renewable energy: 3/21/14

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

Here’s what we’ve been reading.

Global progress

  • Community Renewable Energy supports growing organizationsNational investment in solar power pays off! In Germany, Italy, and Spain, “the levelised cost of energy of solar PV became competitive with retail electricity prices in the commercial segment of those territories over 2013.” (Business Green)
  • Ghana’s mega solar power plant will produce 600 megawatts of energy once it’s online, boosting the nation’s energy capacity by a whopping 28%. (Industry Tap)
  • Chile’s latest photovoltaic power plant has made them the leader in Latin America. (Solar Server)
  • This week, we brought you more news about renewable energy progress in Africa, including:
      • Kenya announced three grants that will fund renewable energy for rural communities. (Capital FM)
      • Solar investment will create green careers  in Ghana. (Clean Technica)

Community-owned solar shines

  • This week, Kansas announced plans for its first shared solar project. (Utility Projects)
  • Wisconsin will welcome a new community-owned solar farm with 1000+ PV panels. (Alt Energy Mag)
  • In the United Kingdom, land that used to be home to a landfill will be transformed into a community-owned solar power garden. (Solar Power Portal)

Healthy living

  • Renewable energy doesn’t just save budgets– renewable energy can actually save millions of lives. The way we address climate change can dramatically improve the lives of the poorest households on the planet. Rachel Pritzker writes, “Whatever romantic views one has of wood-burning, the sheer health consequences of breathing smoke are terrifying. Two million people around the world die prematurely from breathing smoke each year and half of all of pneumonia deaths among children under the age of five are from breathing indoor smoke.”

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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