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Renewable energy boom underestimated by nearly all

Cumulative installed solar PV capacity: Global

March 31, 2015
REnew Economy

The coming of the renewable energy revolution has long been heralded by many of the world’s energy market authorities, and as solar and wind energy capacity is installed at record rates, these predictions seem to be being borne out.

But a new infographic published by Meister Consultants Group has shown that almost all of these expert predictions have vastly underestimated the scale at which the renewable energy revolution would happen.

The Global Solar PV Market Hit 177GW in 2014, A Tenfold Increase From 2008

March 31, 2015
Green Tech Media

By the end of 2014, total installed capacity for solar PV globally amount to at least 177 gigawatts, up from nearly 140 gigawatts in 2013, according to the International Energy Agency's Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (IEA-PVPS).

Siemens Proves Wind Energy’s “Outstanding” Potential

Why Wind Farms are worth it

March 31, 2015
Clean Technica

Siemens has conducted a review of its wind turbine technology to determine the actual environmental impact of wind energy, from manufacturing through construction and operation. The company’s study found that both onshore and offshore “showed outstanding results."

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The study investigated two offshore wind farms comprising 80 turbines, and two onshore wind projects comprising 40 turbines.

The initial findings are that land-based wind farms pay off faster than their more powerful-yet-construction-intensive offshore cousins.

LNG revenue windfall absent from BC's budget three-year projections

IMAGE: A model shows the proposed LNG liquification plant in Kitimat

February 17, 2015
Vancouver Sun
Liberals said they had expected revenues to begin flowing by 2017

Gone is any expectation in the 2015 budget of a near to medium-term revenue windfall from the development of a liquefied natural gas export industry in British Columbia.

In fact, revenues, through royalties, from the province's existing North American natural gas industry are expected to be lower over the next three years because of falling prices.

 

It might seem unethical but someone has to get rich fighting climate change

February 5, 2015
The Guardian

Is 2015 the year when the world will finally decide on a major new global agreement on climate change? Pundits are beginning to put their cases as to whether the Paris summit in December will “save the earth”, or will end up as another Copenhagen, as in 2009 when massive anticipation resulted in inevitable post-conference disappointment. In a speech this week Prince Charles insisted that 2015 will be a make-or-break year for the climate. But is Paris where the real action will be?

Sustainable Energy Revolution Grows, Says Bloomberg Report

Image: $447.6bn invested in US Clean Energy in the last decade

February 4, 2015
EcoWatch

The third annual Sustainable Energy in America Factbook released today documents the continuing dramatic changes in how the U.S. produces, delivers and consumes energy, and makes some projections and predictions about the direction of the energy sector in the future. The report was researched and produced by Bloomberg New Energy Finance and commissioned by The Business Council for Sustainable Energy....

Solar on a Strata - Our Vote

Proposal passes 3/4 vote

This is a continuation of the story in Solar on a Strata ?

As planned, our strata Annual General Meeting was on February 25. We had just enough owners and proxies for a quorum under our bylaws - 22. Half of the meeting was quite routine - review of the budget, some small extra expenditures on paint, plumbing, and an asbestos report. The big topic was the Solar on a Strata proposal.

My goal with this blog is to provide a 'road map' for other stratas, so I'm going to go into the details here.

Solar on a Strata - The Vote

Proposal passes 3/4 vote

This is a continuation of the story in Solar on a Strata ?

As planned, our strata Annual General Meeting was on February 25. We had just enough owners and proxies for a quorum under our bylaws - 22. Half of the meeting was quite routine - review of the budget, some small extra expenditures on paint, plumbing, and an asbestos report. The big topic was the Solar on a Strata proposal.

How to Cut Your Electricity Bills in Half - A Kaslo Story

Andy and Gail with their new solar system
By Andy Shadrack, with Gail Bauman

 

We live in Kaslo, a jewel of a community nestled on the shore of Kootenay Lake in the mountain forests north of Nelson, in the West Kootenays. We have a 900 square foot house, and our daughter left home in 1996.

Solar on a Strata - Jan 29 Update

Looking to the AGM

This is a continuation of the story in Solar on a Strata ?