- In America’s breadbasket, the economic realities of climate change are a critical business issue, but frank discussion is often complicated by politics and social pressure, so they get disguised as something else. Perhaps no one is as aware of the climate and its impact on the earth than a farmer, and the New York Times recently featured one from Kansas. [HPPR]
- Altus Power America, Inc announced the completion of a 1,672-kW rooftop-mounted solar energy system in Framingham, Massachusetts. The solar system is sited on the rooftops of the Shoppers World complex, a large retail shopping center owned by DDR Corp. The system is expected produce 2,133,000 kWh
in its first year. [Your Renewable News]
- South Australian company 1414 Degrees developed technology to store electricity as thermal energy by heating and melting containers full of silicon, at a tenth of the cost for lithium-ion batteries. Silicon is the second most abundant element in the earth’s crust, and one tonne can store enough energy to power
28 houses for a day. [Electronics News]
- China’s smog-hit capital Beijing plans to cut coal consumption by a further 30% in 2017 as part of its efforts to combat its air pollution, the official Xinhua news agency said. Beijing promised to implement “extraordinary” measures this year in a bid to tackle choking smog from traffic congestion and the heavy use of coal. [ETEnergyworld.com]
- The Australian Energy Market Operator says it is confident that adjustments made to wind farm software will prevent the South Australia blackout from being repeated. He said the blackout in South Australia in September, which has set off a huge political debate about renewable energy across the country, would not be repeated. [RenewEconomy]
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