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Renewable Energy Focus News - 19 Mar 2015

Editor's Choice

Focus: Interview-Sit down with Julia Groves, Trillion Fund Julia Groves, managing director of Trillion Fund and a director of the UK Crowdfunding Association, shares her insights on renewable energy investment in the UK. More

US Energy Department releases new 'Wind Report' Study quantifies the economic and social benefits of robust wind energy growth More

Finalists announced for 2015 Ashden UK and Travel Awards Annual awards programme is a globally recognised measure of excellence in the field of sustainable energy. More

Offshore Wind Programme publishes 2014 industry report Newly released research demonstrates how the UK offshore wind sector is “leading the charge in industry collaboration to bring down costs. More

Iowa Economic Development


Alstom signs on for two new biomass plants in the UK
When complete, the new biomass plants are expected to generate enough clean energy to power more than 100,000 homes. ... More

Blazing a trail for biomass apprentices
Leading players in the UK's biomass industry have joined forces to develop a skills standard under the government's Apprenticeship Trailblazers programme.... More

All Energy

Energy efficiency

USDA announces funding for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects
'REAP' Program Reduces Energy Costs for Ag Producers and Small Businesses, Boosts Economy, Reduces Dependence on Foreign Oil... More

Energy infrastructure

ABB wins cable system order for one of the world’s biggest wind farms
$130 million order for the Walney Extension Wind Farm off the coast of England, said to be one of the biggest in the world, generating 660 MW. ... More

Solar Summit

Energy storage including Fuel cells

US Energy Department allocates $6 million to accelerate alternative fuel vehicle market growth
Funding earmarked for 11 projects aimed at improving potential buyers’ experiences with alternative fuel and plug-in electric vehicles. ... More

International workshop on renewable energy in Norway and hydrogen export
The International Workshop on Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Export – being held in Trondheim, Norway on 24 March 2015 – will focus on global perspectives and Norwegian opportunities for various stakeholders to engage in the transition from a fossil-based to a more sustainable energy economy.... More

Green building

2015 Ecobuild deemed "the most vibrant to date"
Leading green building conference and exhibition draws more than 40,000 visitors.... More

DECC announcs £3 million funding to boost low carbon heating
Monies will support 74 low-carbon heat UK projects designed to provide more efficient heat to buildings and potentially lower heating bills in local areas.... More

Other marine energy and hydropower

US Energy Department announces hydroelectric production incentive program .
$3.6 funding opportunity supports developers who have already added electrical generating capacity to these existing facilities.... More

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Photovoltaics (PV)

Solar Frontier, Welspun Renewables sign 100 MW solar module supply agreement
Terms of the deal call for Solar Frontier to supply its proprietary CIS thin-film solar modules, manufactured in Japan, to Welspun Renewables – a leading generator of solar energy in India.... More

sPower signs solar deal with FLS Energy
Purchase calls for sPower to acquire equity interest in 63.1 MWdc solar assets from FLS Energy ... More

First Solar secures interconnection rights for three solar PV plants in Turkey
Winning bids pave way for development of three projects in southern Turkey. ... More

SEPA launches 'Solar Fundamentals: Technology' Report
Solar Fundamentals project aims to to provide newcomers a broad introduction to the solar industry. ... More

Nominations now open for Intersolar 2015 Awards
Annual awards program recognizes solar technology innovations.... More

Online registration (and housing) now open for SPI 2015 in Anaheim, California!

Key reasons to attend SPI 2015:

Network with distributors, installers and contractors, engineering firms, architects, builders and developers, investors and financiers, and more—the full range of industry experts, leaders, and professionals.

Meet face to face top suppliers and manufacturers.

Discover new solutions and ideas that you can take back to explore and apply to your business.

Check out your competition and spot new trends and innovations.

Build your knowledge base in the most extensive conference program in the industry.

Stay on top of policy developments that could affect your business—and talk to the policy makers themselves.

Register online today!

Policy, investment and markets

California Energy Commission approves $21 million in grants for renewable energy innovation and efficiency initiatives.
Funding allocated toward energy storage, biofuel,efficiency and transportation programs. ... More

DNV reports results of 'electricity grid' survey
82 per cent of global industry respondents say electricity system can be 70 per cent renewable by 2050, DNV study shows. ... More

Scottish Government allocates £21 million for community ownership of energy projects
Five renewable energy projects across Scotland will benefit from funding that will help reshape how energy is delivered and used in communities throughout the country. ... More

US Department of Energy kicks off third round of 'Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team' funding
'START' renewable energy assistance efforts designed to help tribes advance clean energy projects. ... More

"The Future Cost of Wind Power" 2015 market research report unveiled
Informative wind power market research is primarily targeted for power utility strategists, energy analysts, research managers and the like. ... More

New speakers added for Inaugural Hybrid Energy Innovation 2015 Conference

Created to address the need for more comprehensive coverage of the growing field of hybrid energy, the Hybrid Energy Innovations conference, set for April 8-9 in New York City, will provide a broad perspective on hybrid energy and an ideal networking forum for practitioners in the field.

Solar electricity

First Solar secures interconnection rights for three solar PV plants in Turkey
Winning bids pave way for development of three projects in southern Turkey. ... More

Solar heating and cooling

Exclusive Feature: Concentrated solar power innovators, Part I
REFocus contributor David Appleyard was recently invited by the Israeli Ministry of Economy to witness some of the country’s innovators in concentrating solar power. One such specialist is Rotem Industries Ltd., a high-tech complex providing an environment for scientific research and technology development.... More

Wind power

ABB wins cable system order for one of the world’s biggest wind farms
$130 million order for the Walney Extension Wind Farm off the coast of England, said to be one of the biggest in the world, generating 660 MW. ... More

DNV GL announced three joint industry wind power projects
Primary aim is to develop recommended practices for the global wind industry.... More

2015 WINDPOWER educational schedule released
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) invites WINDPOWER 2015 attendees to preview the educational sessions for this year's conference and convention. ... More


Intercontinental Wind Power Congress
Dates: 31 March 2015 until 02 April 2015
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Website: http://iwpc2015.org/

Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015 Conference
Dates: 08 April 2015 until 09 April 2015
Location: New York City
Website: http://www.hybridenergyinnovations.com/

8th Energy Storage World Forum
Dates: 27 April 2015 until 30 April 2015
Location: Rome, Italy
Website: http://www.energystorageforum.com

2015 Utility Solar Conference
Dates: 27 April 2015 until 29 April 2015
Location: San Diego, California
Website: http://www.solarelectricpower.org/experience-events/utility-...

2015 Electric Power Conference
Dates: 21 April 2015 until 23 April 2015
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Website: http://www.electricpowerexpo.com/program/?hq_e=el&hq_m=29907...

DNV GL Energy Academy: Tidal Stream Energy Conversion
Dates: 08 May 2015 until 08 May 2015
Location: Glasglow, Scotland
Website: http://www.gl-garradhassan.com/assets/downloads/flyer/BT1779...

DNV GL Energy Academy: Connecting Your Renewable Energy Project To The GB Grid – A Developer’s Guide
Dates: 12 May 2015 (1 day event)
Location: Bristol, England
Website: http://www.gl-garradhassan.com/assets/downloads/flyer/BT1778...

Renewable Cities Global Learning Forum
Dates: 13 May 2015 until 15 May 2015
Location: Vancover, Canada
Website: http://www.renewablecities.ca

All Energy 2015
Dates: 06 May 2015 until 07 May 2015
Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Website: http://www.all-energy.co.uk/

5th World Hydropower Congress
Dates: 19 May 2015 until 21 May 2015
Location: Beijing, China
Website: http://www.hydropower.org/congress

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