- The world’s first commercial-scale floating wind farm, which will be sited 25 km off the coast of Scotland, is nearer to being a reality. According to a press statement, each of the five 5-MW wind turbines has been attached onto a floating substructure in Norway, and they are now ready to be towed into position and anchored to the seabed. [Gulf Today]
- The amount of solar energy installed on the world’s power grids increased 50% year over year in 2016, according to a report by the International Energy Agency. Between 70 GW and 75 GW solar panels came online, with close to half those installations coming in China, where solar capacity more than doubled last year. [Chron.com]
- Two key moves this year will propel San Francisco’s toward an all-renewable electricity mix by 2030. They could make San Francisco, the nation’s 13th largest city, a model for others. A 2012 report showed the city’s electricity was even then 41% renewable-generated, thanks to municipal solar, hydroelectric, and biogas facilities. [CleanTechnica]
- Goldman Sachs became the first US bank to sign a large-scale power purchase agreement for off-site renewable energy. The agreement will make it possible to build a new 68-MW wind farm in Pennsylvania. Goldman Sachs has established a goal to get 100% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. (Interview) [One Step Off The Grid]
- Rocky Mountain Power is asking regulators in three states to approve an initial plan to expand the amount of wind power serving its customers by 2020 by 1.1 GW. Regulatory filings have been made in Wyoming, Utah and Idaho, though most of the new investments would be in Wyoming, Rocky Mountain Power said. [North American Windpower]
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