Landfill Gas to Power More Than A Thousand Homes
Waste Management has opened the first and only Gas-to-Enery power plant in northern Nevada. The plant at Lockwood Landfill will use landfill gas to generate 3.2 MW of electricity to power more than 1,800 homes. This renewable energy is a gas made up of about 55 percent methane which comes from the decomposition of organic materials such as food and yard waste. Collection wells all over the site will collect and pipe the gas to the power plant where it will be used to fuel two generators.
AC Transit Fuels Buses with Hydrogen Made From Solar Electricity and Water
The newest hydrogen production and dispensing station by AC Transit in Emeryville, California that will fuel the latest generation of zero-emission fuel cell buses was recently inaugurated. The hydrogen to fuel the buses is produced in part by solar-powered electrolysis from Proton OnSite. Cupertino Electric, Inc. installed a 510 kilowatt DC solar photovoltaic system for AC Transit that will generate energy to help fuel the transit system’s hydrogen-powered buses running throughout the Bay Area.
Largest CSP in Asia to Be Built by Areva Solar
India has joined the solar market fast race. It now aims to become a major solar market in the world with the plan of Areva Solar to build two 125-megawatt plants in the Rajasthan region. Once completed, it would be the largest concentrating solar power (CSP) plant facility in Asia. The first phase of the project is under construction, and commercial operation is expected to start in May of 2013.
Renewable Energy Will Benefit from EPA Carbon Standard
The release of the new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) first proposed carbon standard for new coal-fired power plants could seriously inhibit the future development of these plants. Renewable energy will surely benefit from this new regulation. Renewable energy is instrumental in helping to slash carbon emissions. With the passing of the new carbon standard, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) expects the share of renewable energy to grow from 10 percent to 16 percent between 2010 and 2035.
FiT and National Solar Mission Lose Value in India
Feed-in-tariffs and the government-sponsored 20-GW National Solar Mission (NSM) have lost value in India. The existing conventional power cost ranges from Rs 7.00 to Rs 12.00 (US$0.13-0.23) per unit for industrial and commercial users, and the new solar power benchmark price is Rs 7-7.50 per unit. Because of this new price, many solar project developers are losing money. The government and the developers have power purchase agreements (PPA) that are mutually obligatory for 25 years.