- Duke Energy Florida’s newest solar power plant, located on 22 acres in Taylor County, is the size of 17 football fields and is producing 5 MW of carbon-free energy from its 22,000 panels. One MW of universal solar is equivalent to about 200 typical residential rooftop systems. The number varies by state and conditions. [WTSP.com]
- A quarter of hard coal-fired generation capacity in Germany may shut ahead of schedule if plant operators forgo spending on upgrades, according to Norwegian consulting firm Nena AS. Steag GmbH, the fifth-biggest power producer in Germany, is considering shuttering at least five of its 13 German coal stations. [Bloomberg]
- Siemens unveiled a new raft of wind turbine designs this week at the WindEnergy Hamburg trade show, including a low-noise wind turbine which the company explains was inspired by the silent flight of the owl. The new SWT-3.3-130LN wind turbine operates at a reduced rotor speed and has addons for reduced noise. [CleanTechnica]
- European Union ministers approved the ratification of the landmark Paris Agreement climate change deal Friday, bringing the treaty closer to coming into force. The European Parliament must record a vote on the decision next week – a formality – for the treaty to be formally ratified by the 28-member bloc, the European Commission said. [CNN]
- Menlo Park, Atherton, Woodside, Portola Valley, and several other municipalities in California’s San Mateo County, have signed up as customers of the new Peninsula Clean Energy program to buy municipal electricity that is 100% sourced from renewable sources. The Peninsula Clean Energy program starts October 1. [The Almanac Online]
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