GM to Build 3 Acres of Solar Panels in Michigan
General Motors will be installing three acres of PV solar panels at two of its facilities in an effort to utilize renewable energy and save money. Both the Flint and Swartz Creek facilities will be equipped with a 150 kW array of solar panels. They are anticipated to collectively generate around 400,000 kWh annually, which is equivalent to the energy consumption of 25 households. The panels will be ground-mounted that will serve as canopies to provide shade.
UK Guarantees 80% of Power
The U.K. government announced that it will reduce the risk of power outages by guaranteeing payment for about 80 percent of peak demand for electricity generation. The Department of Energy and Climate Change said that utilities that get power from gas, nuclear and oil will get the payments in return for ensuring electricity is provided when needed. Contracts will be given in capacity market auctions as part of a strategy to prevent blackouts as the U.K. increases reliance on renewable sources.
China Overtakes Germany as World’s Biggest PV Market
China has surpassed Germany as the world’s biggest PV market, according to the Global New Energy Development Report. The global PV market installed 38.7 GW of new capacity in 2013, bringing the cumulative installed PV capacity to 140.6 GW. China contributed 12 GW of new PV installations in 2013, up 232 percent year on year, demonstrating that the PV market has gradually shifted from Europe to Asia. The National Energy Administration announced on May 22 that China seeks to add another 14 GW of installed PV capacity this year, up 24 percent from last year.
Vestas Secures 450 MW of U.S. Wind-Turbine Orders
Vestas Wind Systems A/S, the world’s largest wind-turbine maker, won orders totaling 450 MW to supply its generators to two U.S. wind farms. Vestas will supply 225 machines to Electricite de France Renewable Energy’s Roosevelt project in New Mexico and Slate Creek farm in Kansas. Both wind farms are anticipated to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2015. Vestas’ factories in Colorado will be involved in manufacturing key components, including the blades, towers and nacelles.