THE DAILY ROUNDUP – Thursday

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Hi! Here is your daily dose of articles related to renewable energy, sustainability, and technology. Stay safe!


The Green Erasure of Indigenous Life

ff the cliffed coast of La Guajira, Colombia’s northernmost province, two neat lines of 20-story-tall wind turbines tower over a cluster of clay huts and goat herds. Since 2004, the wind energy pilot project known as Jepírachi, created to study the prospect of wind power in the region, has stood as the only wind farm in Colombia…


Sunrun Reports First Quarter 2020 Financial Results

In the first quarter of 2020, Megawatts Deployed (MW) increased to 97 MW from 86 MW in the first quarter of 2019, a 13% year-over-year improvement. Creation Cost per watt was $3.09 in the first quarter of 2020, compared to $3.46 in the first quarter of 2019, an 11% year-over-year improvement. NPV created in the first quarter of 2020…

Sunrun has dramatically increased our corporate metabolism over the past few weeks. We’ve made the process of going solar nearly contact-free for our customers, launched digital selling, made investments in our technology platform, and accelerated process improvements. We will emerge a stronger business.

Lynn Jurich, Sunrun’s Chief Executive Officer and co-founder

Sweden installs tallest wooden wind power tower in Europe

It is not the first wooden wind tower in Europe, but it is much larger than other finished projects. The tower is 30 meters high and was erected by development company Modvion. The wind power tower will be used for research purposes. But already in 2022, the first wooden towers will be built on a commercial scale, Modvion said in a press…

This is a major breakthrough that paves the way for the next generation of wind turbines. Laminated wood is stronger than steel at the same weight and by building in modules, the wind turbines can be taller. By building in wood, we also reduce carbon dioxide emissions in manufacturing and instead store carbon dioxide in the design.

Otto Lundman, CEO of Modvion AB

REC Solar completes first phase of solar + storage system for Hawaiian freight company

REC Solar, an unregulated affiliate of Duke Energy, has completed a solar microgrid solution for ocean and air freight company DHX (Dependable Hawaiian Express). The vision for renewable generation combined with energy storage as a backup power supply came long before DHX opened its environmentally friendly facility in Honolulu last…

DHX wanted an emissions-free solution that would complement their commitment to customer service and ensure business continuity – even during a power outage. Providing innovative, resilient, clean energy solutions to our customers is what we do best.

Dan Alcombright, senior vice president of REC Solar

NeoVolta Continues Safe Installation of Solar Storage Systems

As the coronavirus has become a national emergency, many are understandably nervous about having a technician come to their home. But during these unprecedented times, there is still an essential need for home energy storage systems that provide backup power in case the grid goes down. Federal guidelines allow the safe installation of these…

We take the COVID-19 pandemic very seriously, and we are closely monitoring the situation and the appropriate medical advice. Homeowners in Southern California can be assured that NeoVolta and its authorized installers will continue to provide world-class service. Our primary goal will always be to keep our customers safe while providing the critical backup power every home needs.

NeoVolta CEO Brent Willson

QIC and Yurika Energy to deliver whole-of-system renewable energy solution

The Hon. Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, Premier of Queensland, and QIC Global Real Estate (QIC GRE) Managing Director, Michael O’Brien, today announced a ground-breaking partnership between QIC and Yurika Energy to deliver a whole-of-system renewable energy solution, incorporating PV Solar technology, battery storage and 24/7 system…

This renewable-energy-as-a-service approach will provide reliable, clean energy for our centres and our retail partners, significantly lowering the carbon footprint of our Australian retail portfolio and reducing grid electricity consumption by up to ~30% across the portfolio.

QIC GRE Managing Director, Michael O’Brien

Behind the numbers: The rapidly falling LCOE of battery storage

The cost of battery energy storage has continued on its trajectory downwards, making it more and more competitive with fossil fuels. That in itself will come as no surprise to many in the industry. As we wrote last week, analysis from BloombergNEF (BNEF) highlights that for applications requiring two hours of energy, batteries are…


French power producer Neoen to build Australia’s biggest solar farm

French power producer Neoen SA said on Wednesday it will build Australia’s largest solar farm for A$570 million ($367 million), after lining up a contract to sell most of the power to a state-owned electricity company. The state of Queensland’s CleanCo has agreed to buy 320 megawatts of capacity from the Western Downs solar farm in southeast…

As our economy emerges from the worst impact of COVID-19, we need projects ready to go that will create jobs and stimulate spending, especially in regional Queensland.

Jacki Trad

MOZAMBIQUE: FUNAE seeks consultants for solar mini-grids projects

The government of Mozambique is increasing the number of electrification projects in the country. Following the call for tenders launched in March 2020 for the construction of five solar mini-hybrid grids in the provinces of Zambézie and Nampula, another project for 11 photovoltaic mini-grids is in the pipeline. In this context, the Mozambican Energy Fund…


Renewable power poised for a big leap with storage technologies

Renewable energy is growing at an exponential pace with solar, wind, and other green technologies now providing more than one-third of the world’s power, representing a record. Renewable energy serves at the core for almost three-quarters of new electricity generation capacity built-in 2019, yet another record, according to new data compiled by…


So you want to build a smart city?

In concept, smart cities use a network of sensors and devices to make sustainability enhancements across a city or town. The data collected by the IoT devices can be used to produce useful metrics and control systems for transportation, buildings, energy, utilities, environment, and infrastructure, making all these systems more efficient and intelligent…

One idea we’ve put forward is adaptive traffic signals that can recognize pedestrians, cyclists, and transit vehicles (in addition to cars) at intersections, helping to improve intersection safety for all users.

Dan Doctoroff, CEO of Google-sister company Sidewalk Labs and former deputy mayor of New York City

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