- Turkey will focus its efforts on local renewable energy projects to cut back on costly imports of up to $40 billion annually for energy. Geothermal energy projects will play a part in that. The Energy and Natural Resources Minister said Turkey will focus more on domestic and renewable energy investments in the future. [ThinkGeoEnergy]
- Gamesa has achieved a new milestone, having installed 1,000 wind turbines in Brazil since it entered the market six years ago. The turbines have a total installed capacity of 2 GW, and provide enough power for a city the size of Munich, Germany. And they prevent emissions of around three million tonnes of CO2 each year. [Renewable Energy Focus]
- A northern Alberta county hopes to inspire other areas to look at producing their own renewable power after it put solar panels on a local fire hall. With a population of 1933, Northern Sunrise County is about 500 km northwest of Edmonton. Its installation of 88 panels on the roof of a fire station went into service last week. [Edmonton Journal]
- In recent years, North Carolina has emerged as a leader in the solar energy market, ranking third nationally for solar capacity, behind California and Arizona. There are more than 200 solar-related companies in the state and approximately 2,436 MW of solar power has been installed, enough to power 260,000 homes. [StarNewsOnline.com]
- Vermont utility Green Mountain Power will partner with Virtual Peaker Inc to help customers save money, reduce carbon emissions, and use more renewables. GMP will use proprietary software by Virtual Peaker that shares access to internet-based appliances and devices, so they can be managed to even out grid demand. [vtdigger.org]
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