- France has opened what it claims to be the world’s first solar panel road, in a Normandy village. A 1-km (0.6-mile) route in the small village of Tourouvre-au-Perche covered with 2,800 sq m of electricity-generating panels. It cost €5m (£4.2m) to construct and will be used by about 2,000 motorists a day during a two-year test. [The Guardian]
- The Indian government predicted it will exceed the renewable energy target set in Paris last year by nearly half and it also predicted that it will be three years ahead of schedule. This forecast also reflects that the investment by private sectors in Indian renewable energy project has also increased in the past few years. [ScrollToday News]
- 8minutenergy Renewables claims to have “the first operational solar PV installation to beat fossil fuel prices in California.” The 155-MW Springbok 2 Solar Farm in Kern County will provide electricity to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power at $35 to $38 per MWh (adjusted for inflation) over the PPA term. [Greentech Media]
- A Montana company has been granted a license to build a $1 billion, 400-MW power storage project in the central part of the stat. The Gordon Butte Pumped Storage Project would use excess power produced by wind farms or other sources to pump water uphill to a 3,000-foot long reservoir, according to the license. [ETEnergyworld.com]
- Fortune 500 companies have waked up to the potential of low-cost, reliable renewable energy in the last four years. Recently, there has been a flood of announcements. Eighty-three of the largest companies including GM, along with Amazon, Microsoft, Mars, and others have committed to go 100% renewable. [Windpower Engineering]
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