Geothermal Energy in The US Has Great Potential
According to a report published by an interdisciplinary panel lead by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, geothermal energy in the United States has the potential to have an installed capacity of 100,000 megawatts (MW). Currently, the installed capacity of geothermal energy in the United States is 3,187 MW. However, there are setbacks to geothermal energy. One is the cost of exploring a potential geothermal site. It is expensive to explore and there is a level of uncertainty. But geothermal energy is an attractive renewable energy option since the plants operate constantly and have low environmental impact.
Wind and Solar Energy Plans in Romania
French-company, Filasa International is planning to invest billions for 10 wind parks and to develop a 300 megawatts of power from solar plants in Romania. Currently, the company is developing 9 wind parks in the counties of Buzau and Braila. The wind parks have a total installed capacity of 897 megawatts. Another wind park in the northern county of Suceava is in the works, with a capacity of about 516 megawatts.
First Solar Inc. Stops Deliveries, Installation in Agua Caliente
First Solar Inc., has halted panel deliveries to Agua Caliente, the world’s largest photovoltaic power plant located in Arizona. The reason? Construction is ahead of schedule so the company must slow down to meet contractual milestones. Additional modules won’t be shipped and solar panels already on the site won’t be installed until January next year. Agua Caliente is almost 85 percent built and is scheduled for completion at the end of 2013.
More Solar Power Generated Than Wind Power in Italy
Last 2011, solar out produced Italy’s wind turbines, this is according to the Gestore dei Servizi Energetici report. Solar PV generated nearly 10.7 TWh of electricity while wind turbine generated only 10.1 TWh. This may be the first time that a developed country has generated more electricity with solar PV than with wind energy. Moreover, both solar PV and wind now produce significantly more electricity than the geothermal power plants.
Wind Farms To Supply Electricity in Brazil
Iberdrola Renovables was awarded a contract to supply Brazil with electricity from 9 wind farms for a period of at least 20 years. The contract is about €60 million ($77 million) a year and will start on January 2013. The 9 wind farms have a total installed capacity of 258 MW.