13 Brilliant Energy Breakthroughs of 2013

by Guest Contributor Kiley Kroh.

Originally published on ThinkProgress.

While the news about climate change seems to get worse every day, the rapidly improving technology, declining costs, and increasing accessibility of clean energy are the true bright spots in the march towards a zero-carbon future. 2013 had more clean energy milestones than we could fit on one page, but here are thirteen of the key breakthroughs that happened this year.

1. Using salt to keep producing solar power even when the sun goes down. Helped along by the Department of Energy’s loan program, Solana’s massive 280 megawatt (MW) solar plant came online in Arizona this October, with one unique distinction: the plant will use a ‘salt battery’ that will allow it to keep generating electricity even when the sun isn’t shining. Not only is this a first for the United States in terms of thermal energy storage, the Solana plant is also the largest in the world to use to use parabolic trough mirrors to concentrate solar energy.

2. Electric vehicle batteries that can also power buildings.

Nissan Leaf shows Vehicle to Grid technology testing
Nissan’s groundbreaking ‘Vehicle-To-Building‘ technology will enable companies to regulate electricity by tapping into EV’s plugged into their parking areas. Image Credit: Nissan Leaf via Shutterstock.

Nissan’s groundbreaking ‘Vehicle-To-Building‘ technology will enable companies to regulate their electricity needs by tapping into EV’s plugged into their garages during times of peak demand. Then, when demand is low, electricity flows back to the vehicles, ensuring they’re charged for the drive home. With Nissan’s system, up to six electric vehicles can be plugged into a building at one time. As more forms renewable energy is added to the grid, storage innovations like this will help them all work together to provide reliable power.

3. The next generation of wind turbines is a game changer. May of 2013 brought the arrival of GE’s Brilliant line of wind turbines, which bring two technologies within the turbines to address storage and intermittency concerns. An “industrial internet” communicates with grid operators, to predict wind availability and power needs, and to optimally position the turbine. Grid-scale batteries built into the turbines store power when the wind is blowing but the electricity isn’t needed — then feed it into the grid as demand comes along, smoothing out fluctuations in electricity supply. It’s a more efficient solution to demand peaks than fossil fuel plants, making it attractive even from a purely business aspect. Fifty-nine of the turbines are headed for Michigan, and two more will arrive in Texas.

4. Solar electricity hits grid parity with coal. A single solar photovoltaic (PV) cell cost $76.67 per watt back in 1977, then fell off a cliff. Bloomberg Energy Finance forecast the price would reach $0.74 per watt in 2013 and as of the first quarter of this year, they were actually selling for $0.64 per watt. That cuts down on solar’s installation costs — and since the sunlight is free, lower installation costs mean lower electricity prices. And in 2013, they hit grid parity with coal: in February, a southwestern utility, agreed to purchase electricity from a New Mexico solar project for less than the going rate for a new coal plant. Unsubsidized solar power reached grid parity in countries such as Italy and India. And solar installations have boomed worldwide and here in America, as the lower module costs have drivendown installation prices.

5. Advancing renewable energy from ocean waves. With the nation’s first commercial, grid-connected underwater tidal turbine successfully generating renewable energy off the coast of Maine for a year, the Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) has its sights set on big growth. The project has invested more than $21 million into the Maine economy and an environmental assessment in March found no detrimental impact on the marine environment. With help from the Department of Energy, the project is set to deploy two more devices in 2014. In November, ORPC was chosen to manage a wave-energy conversion project in remote Yakutat, Alaska. And a Japanese delegation visited the project this year as the country seeks to produce 30 percent of its total power offshore by 2030.

6. Harnessing ocean waves to produce fresh water.

This year saw the announcement of Carnegie Wave Energy’s upcoming desalination plant near Perth, Australia. It will use the company’s underwater buoy technology to harness ocean wave force to pressurize the water, cutting out the fossil-fuel-powered electric pumps that usually force water through the membrane in the desalination process. The resulting system — “a world first” — will be carbon-free, and efficient in terms of both energy and cost. Plan details were completed in October, the manufacturing contract was awarded in November, and when it’s done, the plant will supply 55 billion litters of fresh drinking water per year.

7. Ultra-thin solar cells that break efficiency records. Conversion efficiency is the amount of light hitting the solar cell that’s actually changed into electricity, and it’s typically 18.7 percent and 24 percent. But Alta Devices, a Silicon Valley solar manufacturer, set a new record of 30.8 percent conversion efficiency this year. Its method is more expensive, but the result is a durable and extremely thin solar cell that can generate a lot of electricity from a small surface area. That makes Alta’s cells perfect for small and portable electronic devices like smartphones and tablets, and the company is in discussions to apply them to mobile phones, smoke detectors, door alarms, computer watches, remote controls, and more.

8. Batteries that are safer, lighter, and store more power. Abundant and cost-effective storage technology will be crucial for a clean energy economy — no where more so than with electric cars. But right now batteries don’t always hold enough charge to power automobiles for extended periods, and they add significantly to bulk and cost. But at the start of 2013, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory successfully demonstrated a new lithium-ion battery technology that can store far more power in a much smaller size, and that’s safer and less prone to shorts. They used nanotechnology to create an electrolyte that’s solid, ultra-thin, and porous, and they also combined the approach with lithium-sulfur battery technology, which could further enhance cost-effectiveness.

9. New age offshore wind turbines that float. Offshore areas are prime real estate for wind farms, but standard turbines require lots of construction and are limited to waters 60 meters deep or less. But Statoil, the Norwegian-based oil and gas company, began work this year on a hub of floating wind turbines off the coast of Scotland. The turbines merely require a few cables to keep them anchored, and can be placed in water up to 700 meters. That could vastly expand the amount of economically practical offshore wind power. The hub off Scotland will be the largest floating wind farm in the world — and two floating turbines are planned off the coast of Fukushima, Japan, along with the world’s first floating electrical substation.

10. Cutting electricity bills with direct current power.

New USB technology
New USB technology will be able to deliver 100 watts of power, spreading DC power to more low voltage personal electronics.

Alternating current (AC), rather than direct current (DC) is the dominant standard for electricity use. But DC current has its own advantages: its cheap, efficient, works better with solar panels and wind turbines, and doesn’t require adapters that waste energy as heat. Facebook, JPMorgan, Sprint, Boeing, and Bank of America have all built datacenters that rely on DC power, since DC-powered datacenters are 20 percent more efficient, cost 30 percent less, and require 25 to 40 percent less floorspace. On the residential level, new USB technology will soon be able to deliver 100 watts of power, spreading DC power to ever more low voltage personal electronics, and saving homes in efficiency costs in their electricity bill.

11. Commercial production of clean energy from plant waste is finally here. Ethanol derived from corn, once held up as a climate-friendly alternative to gasoline, is under increasing fire. Many experts believe it drives up food prices, and studies disagree on whether it actually releases any less carbon dioxide when its full life cycle is accounted for. Cellulosic biofuels, promise to get around those hurdles, and 2013 may be when the industry finally turned the corner. INOES Bio’s cellulosic ethanol plant in Florida and KiOR’s cellulosic plant in Mississippi began commercial production this year. Two more cellulosic plants are headed for Iowa, and yet another’s being constructed in Kansas. The industry says 2014′s proposed cellulosic fuel mandate of 17 million gallons will be easily met.

12. Innovative financing bringing clean energy to more people. In DC, the first ever property-assessed clean energy (PACE) project allows investments in efficiency and renewables to be repaid through a special tax levied on the property, which lowers the risk for owners. Crowdfunding for clean energy projects made major strides bringing decentralized renewable energy to more people — particularly the world’s poor — and Solar Mosaic is pioneering crowdfunding to pool community investments in solar in the United States. California figured out how to allow customers who aren’t property owners or who don’t have a suitable roof for solar — that’s 75 percent of the state — to nonetheless purchase up to 100 percent clean energy for their home or business. Minnesota advanced its community solar gardens program, modeled after Colorado’s successful initiative. And Washington, DC voted to bring in virtual net metering, which allows people to buy a portion of a larger solar or wind project, and then have their portion of the electricity sold or credited back to the grid on their behalf, reducing the bill.

13. Wind power is now competitive with fossil fuels. “We’re now seeing power agreements being signed with wind farms at as low as $25 per megawatt-hour,” Stephen Byrd, Morgan Stanley’s Head of North American Equity Research for Power & Utilities and Clean Energy, told the Columbia Energy Symposium in late November. Byrd explained that wind’s ongoing variable costs are negligible, which means an owner can bring down the cost of power purchase agreements by spreading the up-front investment over as many units as possible. As a result, larger wind farms in the Midwest are confronting coal plants in the Powder River Basin with “fairly vicious competition.” And even without the production tax credit, wind can still undercut many natural gas plants. A clear sign of its viability, wind power currently meets 25 percent of Iowa’s energy needs and is projected to reach a whopping 50 percent by 2018.

This article, 13 Huge Clean Energy Breakthroughs Of 2013, is syndicated from Clean Technica and is posted here with permission.

Cleantech Stimulates Renewable Energy Growth

by Zachary Shahan.

Solar panel, wind turbine & globe
Image Credit: Solar panel, wind turbine & globe via Shutterstock.

Senior editor at the outstanding progressive news outlet AlterNet, Tara Lohan, recently contacted me because she was writing a story on “which developments in clean tech are the most promising in terms of making renewable energy more prevalent.” She asked if I had any suggestions. If you know me and know how easy it is to get me to go on a monologue about clean energy and electric cars, you already know that I responded at length. Tara actually ended up making the 3-page article more or less an interview piece. It’s a very good read, imho, and she does well to add some other points and perspective, so I recommend checking it out.

Of course, I provided far more commentary than would be utilized in that story, but I didn’t want it to “go to waste,” so I am reposting my comments below. As is almost always the case, looking at my comments again, I felt there was a need to clarify or better communicate some of my points and to add some other pertinent information, so I’ve added those points in brackets (American brackets — [ ] — not British brackets, which I use obsessively and used in my initial responses to Tara).

Before finally sharing my response with you, just remember that Tara was asking about ”which developments in clean tech are the most promising in terms of making renewable energy more prevalent,” not “which developments in clean tech do you think are the best.” On to the comments…

Feed-in tariffs have been used for the majority of wind and solar power capacity growth around the world. They continue to be very important for growth in these industries, especially the solar industry. However, as the costs of those technologies fall off a cliff (as they’ve been doing in recent years), many FiTs are getting scaled back or cut completely — just as was always planned. I think FiTs will continue to be extremely important, especially in countries without mature markets, and also for more nascent technologies (e.g., wave energy and tidal energy), but they are already accomplishing their key target, which is to bring down the price of renewable technologies through a ramping up of deployment and resulting economies of scale. Without turning this into a long and detailed article about FiTs, I’ll just add a couple more things. Firstly, one of the wonderful things about FiTs is that they enable the renewable energy revolution to be democratized more than almost any other policy. Also, they can very simply make up for the unpriced externalities of dirty energy sources — decision-makers can just add that missing price into the rates given to renewable energy producers. I may not be in the majority, but I actually think that FiTs should be used in that way and that, rather than scaling them back when solar and wind become competitive, an estimated “externality cost” for natural gas or coal should always be provided above and beyond what solar and wind power plants could themselves earn on the “fair market.” [Clarification: I don’t think this is actually how legislators use the policy, and I don’t think this is an ideal solution for dealing with externalities — better would be an adequate tax/price on GHG and other pollution. But I do think that as long as the playing field is not level — as long as fossil fuels are not forced to internalize all of their costs — adding on a certain $/kWh that clean technologies should get boosted, perhaps as part of a FiT, would be a half-decent solution.]

Net metering is another simple policy that is not exactly “sexy” but is very effective. The short summary, as this is often used, is that it pays owners of renewable energy systems (most notably, solar PV systems) retail electricity rates for extra electricity they produce and send back to the grid. While this may often be lower than what is offered through FiTs, the policy is implemented in a more stable and long-term fashion, and it still goes a long way in helping owners of renewable energy systems to get their investments back and eventually make money off of their systems. Also, being one of the simplest policies out there, it’s easy to explain, easy to replicate, and hard to deny. Net metering is currently in place in 43 US states. [Of course, there are currently some ALEC-led and utility-led attacks on net metering, but net metering should theoretically exist “forever” — it’s a policy to pay solar electricity generators a more or less fair market value for the electricity they generate. Also worth noting is that not all net metering policies are of the same quality. Freeing The Grid offers a great evaluation of net metering policies state by state if you want to dive deeper.]

Solar leasing is a much different and I would say much more controversial type of cleantech development. Nonetheless, I think it could eventually have as much impact as the policies above. The key thing about solar leasing is that the leasing company takes care of almost everything for the customer, including the upfront cost of a system. Most people (I’m not one of them) prefer to pay as little as possible up front for something, even if that means they pay more down the road. People are also not that thrilled about taking out large loans that put them in a lot of debt. Solar leasing allows people to go solar and save money on their electric bills from day 1 without having to put much (if any) money down and without having to deal with a bank or loan. People are very, very attracted to this model, and it dominates in the places where it exists, often accounting for 75% or more or the residential solar market. There are some strong critics of the solar leasing model. These people often complain and warn people that it sends more of the homeowner’s profits to a large (leasing) company. I think that is often the case. However, solar leasing companies are [supposedly] often able to take advantage of solar incentives that their customers can’t take advantage of, theoretically allowing them to make their profit on money the customer wouldn’t get anyway. Also, I’ll just reiterate two points I stated and implied above: 1) even if it isn’t logical when you crunch the numbers, people are very averse to large, upfront investments (even taking out loans) and will pay more to avoid that; 2) many people don’t want to think or worry about anything, especially technical and financial matters, so they will pay to be able to avoid that. It’s not just people, either. Large companies such as Walmart and GM have gone the solar leasing route in order to leave it in “the expert’s” hands. [Note that there are actually nationwide $0 solar loans and PACE programs available that seem like they’d be much more competitive than a solar leasing contract. However, there’s no denying that solar leasing companies have been very effective at convincing customers that their options are the best around… I’m still scratching my head a little bit, but there’s no denying that solar leasing is a huge trend in the industry, and no one is forcing 75% of Californians who are going solar to lease rather than buy.]

Electric cars, in general. They’re better than gasmobiles in almost every way. They have better pickup. They drive more smoothly. They are much quieter. They are much greener, and do not emit any pollution near the consumer/driver. [Woops, I should have been very clear that they don’t emit any pollution. Power plants that produce electricity might, but the cars don’t, and the cars can run on clean power.] They are much simpler and require much less maintenance. And many are also cheaper than their gas cousins over the lifetime of ownership, something that will become more and more common. As people come to realize that electric cars are on the road and so much better than gasmobiles, sales will take off. They’re already starting to. Furthermore, because much of the upfront cost of an electric car is in its fuel — its battery — I think innovative ways of financing these cars will help them to really take over the market. Elon Musk, who is the CEO and Chairman of Tesla Motors (the world’s leading electric car company) and also the Chairman of SolarCity (a leading solar leasing company), has stated that he thinks electric cars will go this leasing route, just as solar has. It matches the reality of how most consumers approach purchases. Shai Agassi, a longtime tech leader and electrification entrepreneur has recommended a route more similar to that taken by cell phone companies or by Apple (or a combination). You can read that in detail here and here. As a final note on electric cars, I’ll just add that I was once a big “car hater.” My master’s degree is in city and regional planning — cars are horrible for cities — and my master’s thesis was on bicycle planning. But I became a huge electric car fan because they are so much greener, they are so much better in other ways, and I think that cars will be a big part of society indefinitely and need to be much cleaner. [Since writing this, I have actually come to the conclusion that buying EVs makes much more sense than leasing them for most people. But, again, consumers seem to be very attracted to the leasing model, and if I am correct, the majority of EV drivers are leasing their cars. Furthermore, I wouldn’t bet against Elon Musk’s opinion in this sector. Also, aside from the standard “leasing the car” vs. “buying the car” options, I do think the “buying the car but leasing the battery” option will grow in popularity, and perhaps even something similar to what Shai Agassi described/recommended in one of those article linked above.]

Also, notably, electric cars are a great support for renewable energy, as they need their electricity to come from clean power plants in order for them to be most effective at reducing pollution and helping to stop global warming. A lot of people get that, and many EV owners also own solar PV systems. Each technology supports the other environmentally, financially, and on the market.

Crowdfunding and crowdsourcing wind and solar projects is an interesting and powerful development that is just getting off the ground. It is hard to know how far these options will go, but if they really take off, the potential for democratizing the electricity sector is huge. Speaking of…

Democratization of energy. Both solar PV and electric cars help the average person to become producers and owners of the energy they use. They help to democratize the entire energy industry. The ramifications are immense. They are probably beyond our imagination. This process, though just beginning, is already having a paradigm-shifting effect in some locations, such as solar-leading Germany and Australia. But we’re just at the beginning. The democratization of the energy system is coming like a slow but very powerful wave, and it is going to change the world.

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This article, Cleantech Developments Stimulating Renewable Energy Growth, is syndicated from Clean Technica and is posted here with permission.

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Zachary ShahanZachary Shahan is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy for the past four years or so. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he’s the Network Manager for their parent organization – Important Media – and he’s the Owner/Founder of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.

‘Soft Costs’ Now the Largest Cost of U.S. Solar Installations

by Joshua S Hill.

U.S. Department of  Energy (DoE)  National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) cost of solar chart.
U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) cost of solar chart.

Two reports published by the US Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) show that soft costs — such as financing and other non-hardware costs — now make up the largest section of solar installation costs, coming in at 64% of the total price for residential solar energy systems.

The two reports – ”Benchmarking Non-Hardware Balance-of-System (Soft) Costs for U.S. Photovoltaic Systems, Using a Bottom-up Approach and Installer Survey – Second Edition” and ”Financing, Overhead, and Profit: An In-depth Discussion of Costs Associated with Third-party Financing of Residential and Commercial Photovoltaic Systems” — combine to show just how soft costs are becoming an increasingly more important part of solar installations.

“The two new reports, along with previous reports, provide a comprehensive look at the full cost of installing solar, while delineating and quantifying the various contributors to that final cost,” NREL analyst Barry Friedman said.

The first report showed that in the first half of 2012 soft costs represented the majority of all costs — 64% of the total price for a residential system, up from 50% as identified in a previous report conducted in 2012, and similarly high percentages for small and larger commercial installations.

Residential soft cost categories for the first (2010 data) and second (2012 data) editions of the benchmarking study. For the first edition of the benchmarking study, 2010 “all other soft costs” had not been differentiated. For the second edition, we quantified five sub-categories within this broader category.

The second report focused on the five sub-categories identified in the previous report only as ‘other soft costs’ — namely, transaction costs, indirect corporate costs, installer/developer profit, supply chain costs, and sales tax.

This article, NREL: Soft Costs Now Largest Piece Of Solar Installation Costs, is syndicated from Clean Technica and is posted here with permission.

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Joshua S. HillJoshua S Hill I’m a Christian, a nerd, a geek, a liberal left-winger, and believe that we’re pretty quickly directing planet-Earth into hell in a handbasket! I work as Associate Editor for the Important Media Network and write for CleanTechnica and Planetsave. I also write for Fantasy Book Review (.co.uk), Amazing Stories, the Stabley Times and Medium.   I love words with a passion, both creating them and reading them.

U.S. Coal System No Longer Cost-Effective

by Guest Contributor Jeff Spross

U.S. Coal
Image Credit: Union of Concerned Scientists.

Originally published on ClimateProgress

Aging and inefficient plants, competing energy sources, and the looming reality of climate change are all catching up with the coal industry.

According to a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists — updated from 2012 numbers — as much as 17 percent of coal-fired power in the United States is already uncompetitive, just compared to natural gas and using mid-range estimates.

The report looked at the operating costs for current coal plants, which are older and have largely paid off their capital costs, up against natural gas plants that have also paid off their capital costs. The operating costs also included all the necessary upgrades to bring the coal plants in line with pollution and carbon dioxide regulations. That yielded 329 coal units that are economically uncompetitive, or a total of 59 gigawatts of electricity-generating capacity — 17 percent of the 347 gigawatts of coal power throughout the United States.

That number of uneconomic coal units could also get considerably larger depending on what the future holds. If a price of $20 per ton of carbon dioxide emissions were to be put in place, 131 gigawatts would be uncompetitive. If the production tax credit (PTC) for wind energy is preserved, 71 gigawatts of current coal capacity will be uncompetitive by comparison, versus just 22 gigawatts if the PTC is allowed to expire.

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Image Credit: Union of Concerned Scientists.

The points about the carbon price and the PTC are especially noteworthy. Right now the economic playing field is tilted in favor of fossil fuels, because their price on the market doesn’t factor in the damage done by climate change.

A price on carbon, through either a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade system, would be the most effective correction. (In fact, most analysis suggests the appropriate price for carbon emissions is considerably higher than $20 per ton.) Alternative policies like the PTC or the upcoming carbon dioxide regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency aren’t as efficient as a direct price, but they approach the same effect.

The reasons these plants are being undercut by other sources of energy are myriad. For one thing, they averaged 45 years in age — well past the 30-year life span for most coal plants. That means they’re less advanced, less efficient, and more expensive to operate. As a result, they’re already run less than other plants for purely business reasons, even before factoring in the climate-related concern that, being old and inefficient, they’re also quite dirty.

Seventy percent of the coal plants the UCS identified were missing at least three of the four major technologies used to control coal’s damage to the environment and human health. Upgrading them to cut down on particulate matter, mercury, sulfur dioxide and nitrous oxide emissions would be considerable, not to mention bringing them into line with the EPA’s carbon regulations.

In 2012, the UCS also pointed to reports on the growth of renewable energy and other projections, which showed the U.S. will have 145 gigawatts of excess electricity-generating capacity by 2014, giving the country plenty of wiggle room to retire the identified coal power and shift to cleaner sources. Not to mention that “uncompetitive” means, by definition, that there’s money to be made by replacing those plants with alternatives.

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Jordan’s First Utility-Scale Wind Farm Gets Financed

by Joshua S Hill.

Tafila Wind Farm
Jordan’s 117 MW Tafila Wind Farm will not only increase the country’s total power capacity by 3%, but it also represents the very first utility-scale wind power project in the Middle East.

Jordan Wind Project Company announced late November that they had signed a financing agreement to begin constructing a utility-scale wind power project in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The 117 MW Tafila Wind Farm will not only increase the country’s total power capacity by 3%, but it also represents the very first utility-scale wind power project in the Middle East.

The Jordan Wind Project Company is a co-development between Inframed, Masdar, and EP Global Energy, and will see the Tafila Wind Farm developed under the Jordanian Renewable and Energy Efficiency Law which was passed in 2010, which calls for the country to obtain 7% of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2015, to be raised to 10% by 2020.

Subsequently, when the Tafila Wind Farm is completed in 2015, it will account for approximately 10% of the 2020 renewable energy target.

“JWPC’s 117MW Tafila Wind Farm is the first utility-scale renewable-energy project in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the region and is a major step toward getting Jordan on the renewable energy map of the world,” said Samer Judeh, chairman of JWPC. “His Majesty King Abdullah’s Vision and the Jordanian Government’s strategy,aims to encourage investors and financiers to make these vital projects possible.”

The Tafila Wind Farm will generate approximately 400 GWh of renewable electricity each year, displacing an estimated 235,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year. In the face of rapid development, Jordan has been investigating numerous alternative energy sources to meet growing demand.

“Jordan is one of the Middle East’s most promising clean energy markets and this project is another milestone in the region’s energy evolution,”said H.E Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, CEO of Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company.”Jordan is a prime example of where the cost of renewable energy is lower than conventional sources of power generation. This project is a natural step toward Jordan’s energy and economic security.”

“Today, countries in the region are increasingly integrating wind and solar power as commercially viable solutions to address long-term energy security. Just like the rest of the world, the Middle East is faced with meeting rising energy demand, while also reducing its carbon footprint.”

This article, First Middle East Utility-Scale Wind Project Receives Financing, is syndicated from Clean Technica and is posted here with permission.

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Joshua S. HillJoshua S Hill I’m a Christian, a nerd, a geek, a liberal left-winger, and believe that we’re pretty quickly directing planet-Earth into hell in a handbasket! I work as Associate Editor for the Important Media Network and write for CleanTechnica and Planetsave. I also write for Fantasy Book Review (.co.uk), Amazing Stories, the Stabley Times and Medium.   I love words with a passion, both creating them and reading them.