Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Spanish energy firms surviving on renewables
July 26, 2012
As strain continues to build on the Spanish energy sector, renewable energy
has come to be a driving force for many companies rather than a financial
drain, according to Reuters.
Spain, which is currently looking to dramatically slash its government
expenditures as it attempts to control its budget deficit, is preparing to
implement harsh taxes on electricity generators in the country.
The energy sector, which recently represented one of the strongest parts of
the economy, has become a major drain on the economy due to excessive tariff
costs associated with strict price controls.
As the industry prepares to face stiff new taxes, however, companies that
invested in renewable energy markets beyond Spain such as Iberdrola and
Acciona have seen profits from those businesses rise dramatically with
growing interest in regions from the U.S. to Brazil.
Nevertheless, Reuters reports that the energy industry has raised strong
objections to the new taxes, which it suggests could essentially eliminate
profits and dramatically increase risk of instability in the energy supply.
An outlook for the Spanish power market through 2020 is available at
PennEnergy's Research area.
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approx. 10% of all-in costs, or $0.29/watt AC. Payments staged to milestone
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Jul 26, 2012
Innergex Renewable Energy Inc., a Canadian independent renewable power
producer, on July 26 said it has entered into an agreement with Finavera
Wind Energy to acquire its Wildmare wind energy project in British Columbia,
Canada for approximately C$22 million ($21.8 million).
The price is subject to adjustments based on the realization of certain
events and milestones. Innergex said it expects the transaction to close by
the fall of 2012, subject to regulatory approvals and other closing
The Wildmare project is expected to generate 77 MW, with all of the power
produced being sold to BC Hydro under a 25-year power purchase agreement.
The project, which is currently in the permitting phase, should reach
commercial operation in 2015, with construction lasting approximately 15
months. The total cost of the project, including the consideration paid to
acquire it, is estimated to be C$217 million ($215.3 million).
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See below. SPN was at one time committed to JCM/Solar Power Partners. I see no mention of them in this. Also, how did this rooftop install end up at 1.3MW? Multiple roofs on separately titled properties?
July 31, 2012
New Rooftop Solar Project Will Power 120 Homes
Ontario's newest rooftop solar installation is bringing more clean electricity online while creating good jobs for families.
The rooftop solar project at Jamieson Laboratories' manufacturing plant in Windsor is one of the largest rooftop solar projects to come online since Ontario's Feed-In Tariff program was introduced.
The project, to be completed this fall, will have a total of 4,500 solar panels. Once completed, this project will generate 1.3 megawatts of clean electricity -- enough to power 120 homes each year. During its peak construction period, this project is expected to create about 70 jobs.
Through the manufacturing, construction and installation of this project, Solar Power Network is partnering with suppliers in Windsor, Mississauga, and Wallaceburg.
Growing the clean energy sector is an important part of the McGuinty government's plan to create and support jobs for Ontario families while ensuring we have the electricity we need to power our homes, schools, hospitals and the economy.
"Our plan to ensure a sustainable, clean energy system in Ontario is working. The Feed-In Tariff program encourages local participation in Ontario's clean energy economy and creates new jobs. As we increase the supply of clean, renewable energy, we move closer to completely eliminating dirty coal-fired electricity generation by 2014, creating cleaner air for future generations."
– Chris Bentley
Minister of Energy
"At Jamieson, we are always looking for efficient, sustainable manufacturing solutions. We are proud to be part of Ontario's growing clean energy sector--contributing clean energy to the electricity grid and reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions."
– John Falls
VP of Global Operations, Jamieson Laboratories
"Solar Power Network believes that the solar industry is the future of Ontario's electricity generation. With the province's support, we are transforming unused rooftop space into sources of clean electricity generation and providing value to businesses and communities."
– Peter Goodman
President and CEO, Solar Power Network
- Ontario is home to the largest solar projects in the country and is the leading solar energy producer in Canada.
- Ontario has about 500 megawatts of solar PV capacity online and has more than 1,600 megawatts of additional solar PV capacity under contract. This is expected to produce enough electricity to power over 250,000 homes.
- Eliminating coal-fired electricity in Ontario is the single largest greenhouse gas reduction measure in North America.
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Western Wind Energy puts itself up for sale
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Friday, July 27, 2012
US could potentially have 155,000 GW of PV
EU trade complaint backed by more than 20 mostly anonymous companies
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
California’s largest utility proves that solar can displace very large amounts of traditional generation.
Monday, July 23, 2012
Note new preferences for brownfields and landfills.
Solar industry responds to Chinese trade case announcement
China launches trade cases against US and South Korean polysilicon producers
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Would be the first time in history that nuclear was delivered on time and on budget. Don’t believe a thing this weasel says. There are massive public subsidies buried in there somewhere.
Decline in PV module prices to slow in second half of 2012 due to rise in demand
Investors purchased $10.8 billion worth of PV projects in 2011
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
What goes around does eventually come around. What a bizarre claim by the Chinese.
Chinese government investigates South Korean polysilicon producers for potential dumping
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Northland Power closes financing for six 10 MW solar parks in Ontario
Monday, July 16, 2012
Gowlings assessment. Their view is that we will lose one half of a point for project readiness, bringing our total to 1.5 in this category for ground projects. A cheesy claw-back for projects that were in the last 3 months before the deadline.
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