EU Slaps Chinese Solar-Glass Exporters With Tariffs of Up to 42%
The European Union has charged duties of a much as 42.1 percent on solar glass coming from China to control import competition for EU producers, thereby escalating trade tensions over green energy. The levy serves as punishment to Chinese exporters for allegedly selling in the EU below cost. EU producers suffered material injury as a result of the dumped Chinese imports, says the European Commission. The tariffs, set to take effect today, are for six months and could be extended to five years.
Floating Wind Turbines Gives Scotland More Offshore Wind Power
Offshore wind developers in Scotland have been cutting back on deployment due to the high cost of installing turbines into the sea floor. Making the turbines float seems to be the solution. A 30MW floating wind farm project, called the Buchan Deep is now set to be installed by Statoil in the waters of Scotland. Michael Fallon, the Minister of Energy and Climate change says that the Scottish project will lead to the construction of the first floating offshore wind farms in the UK that should highlight the UK’s attractiveness for offshore wind development.
Kenya Shelves Renewable Energy Drive to Reduce Power Costs
Kenya has stopped issuing new licenses for solar and wind farms until 2017 as it prioritizes development of less expensive fuel-based sources to help curb electricity prices, says Energy Secretary David Chirchir. Kenya plans to add about 5,500 MW in 40 months and 80 percent of that additional power will be sourced from facilities powered by coal, geothermal and liquefied petroleum gas. Wind and solar will account for 15 percent, and the remainder will be from hydro-power and diesel-fired plants.
Honda’s Sakura Test Course Goes Solar
Thanks to the low cost of solar today as well as incentives for selling solar power to the grid, Honda is going solar. The famous Japanese car maker will install 70,000 solar panels at its new test course in the city of Sakura in Tochigi prefecture. The solar panels are expected to produce an annual capacity of around 10 MW. The company plans to begin selling surplus electricity to the Japanese grid by 2015.