This week in renewable energy: 7/5/13

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.

Community power

Community Renewable Energy is helping Granville, Ohio residents explore community-owned solar power. “This project could serve as a national model for community collaboration, local sustainability and building neighborhood resiliency,” Community Renewable Energy’s Laura Recchie told Drew Bracken. (Newark Advocate)

Global progress

  • Namibia will soon be home to the largest solar power rooftop array in the entire continent. (All Africa) From the article:

    Namibia Breweries Limited Managing Director, Wessie van der Westhuizen said: “We are extremely proud to follow the green route and install the largest roof-mounted PV plant in Africa in an effort to cut energy cost, reduce our carbon footprint and become partly self-sufficient.” The 1 MWp plant will cover up to 35% of the total NBL consumption during day time.

  • Community Renewable EnergyBy as soon as 2017, solar power could be the predominant source of energy for Persian Gulf nations. (Arab News)
  • Israel could benefit from establishing more solar power arrays in the Negev Desert. (Jewish Journal)
  • Indonesia is accepting bids for 20-year renewable energy contracts. They follow in the footsteps of Brazil, South Africa, and India, which also auctioned rights to solar power projects. According to the article, “[t]he cost of solar in India and wind in Brazil fell about 40 percent in the past three years, according to average bids compiled by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.” (Bloomberg)

Schools and businesses back solar

  • Universities and colleges are saving money with Power Purchase Agreements for wind power. The Ohio State University, for example, expects to save $1 million with their contract. (Green Biz)
  • Schools continue to add solar power, which not only reduces overhead expenses but also offers the opportunity for hands-on learning. (Long Island Newsday)
  • Apple’s data centers are now powered by solar energy. (Computer World)
  • IKEA continues to contain costs by going solar. (Green Biz)

Solar innovation

  • Solar power is boosting recycling stations’ capabilities. (The Citizen)
  • We’ve shared news of solar-powered airplanes and boats– now, check out the new solar-powered motorcycle that won the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, beating 82 other state-of-the-art vehicles. From the article: “The legendary race tests the world’s fastest, most elite, innovative and cutting-edge motor technology with a grueling 12.42-mile race around 156 tight curves to the 14,110-foot summit of Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs.” (Clean Energy Authority)

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

For news about sustainable community and economic development, visit Praxia Partners’ blog.

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