A new report predicts that the U.S. will lead global photovoltaic development in the coming year, a new biomass project goes online in Idaho, and the first ever DOE loan guarantee has been signed for a Transmission line in Nevada.
US has the Potential to Lead Global PV Industry
The United States has the capacity to become a leader in the global photovoltaic industry, according to a study released by the international solar power developer, Enfinity. The report , titled “The U.S. PV Market in 2011,” was produced by GTM Research to analyze key market drivers in the U.S. PV industry. The paper notes three key factors that will largely be responsible for the growth in the PV markets. First, the southwest has high exposure to the sun’s rays and even northeastern states have exposure equivalent to countries such as Germany. Second, there are also large tracts of land available, especially in the west which can be used for PV installations. Thirdly, the electricity demand in this country is the highest in the world, which provides incentive for steady growth in the PV sector.
DOE Signs Loan Guarantee for First Transmission Line
The DOE has finalized a loan guarantee to fund a transmission line in Nevada. The $343 million grant will go toward developing the One Nevada Transmission Line, better known as the ON Line Project. The project is owned by Great Basin Transmission South and NV Energy. It consists of a 500-kilovolt transmission line that can transport 600-MW of electricity in the state, improving grid reliability and efficiency. This is the first loan guarantee issued by the DOE for a transmission project. The project will be able to carry up to 2,000-MW of electricity to four states once it is fully completed.
New Biomass Plant Under Construction In Idaho
A waste-to energy plant is under construction in Idaho, scheduled to begin operation in 2012. The plant is expected to process 120,000 tons of waste annually and generate electricity. Dynamis Energy will design and operate the plant. The company has signed a contract with Eastern Idaho Regional Solid Waste District to provide the necessary waste necessary for the conversion process. The plant will use Dynamis 3.0 technology to generate 13.5 megawatts of power at peak hours to be sold to Rocky Mountain Power. The system can process a wider spectrum of waste streams and uses limited fuel for each cycle to produce power more efficiently.
Alteris Honored for Solar Installations
Alteris Renewables was honored with the Intelegant Award for commercial solar installation from SunPower. The accolade is awarded annually to one SunPower dealer based on aesthetic design and performance quality of a solar array. Alteris was given the honor for the 73-kW system installed on the headquarters of the insurance company, Aetna. The facility also gained LEED certification after Alteris designed panels that generate almost 250,000-kWh annually. The system has generated 117 percent of the estimated expected output since its installation.
Offshore Wind China 2011 Kicks Off this June
Offshore Wind China 2011 begins June 15 and this time, the planners expect 800 attendees. The program is a joint effort organized by the Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association, the Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Committee and Shanghai International Exhibition. The first session was held in 2007 and this year, the program is expected to be bigger and better than the past. Primarily, there is a 25 percent increase in the number of people attending. The program is a time for offshore wind industry leaders to explore developments in the sector and it encourages cooperation and broadened trade. Last year, it was the number one offshore wind event in Asia with China’s five major farm developers all participating along with executives from the UK, Norway and Denmark. Specialists from 25 countries gathered to design a blueprint for the world’s offshore wind development. The even lasts for three days, ending on June 17.
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