5 Wind Energy Giants Embracing Solar Power

5 Wind Energy Giants Embracing Solar Power

France’s EDF started out in the wind business in the 1980s, entering the U.S. market in 2002 through the acquisition of enXco. But for more than a decade, the company has been watching closely as the cost of solar energy fell, said Ryan Pfaff, executive vice president of grid-scale power at California-based EDF Renewables North America.

Renewable Energy Accounts for Majority of New Capacity in 2019

Renewable Energy Accounts for Majority of New Capacity in 2019

Solar and wind contributed 90% of total renewable capacity added in 2019.“Renewable energy is a cost-effective source of new power that insulates power markets and consumers from volatility, supports economic stability and stimulates sustainable growth,” says Francesco La Camera, director-general of IRENA.

France solar auction success delivered at nuclear’s expense

France solar auction success delivered at nuclear’s expense

France has announced the winners of the nation’s latest round of renewable energy auctions, including 12 solar projects totalling just under 100MW of combined capacity commissioned to replace a decommissioned nuclear power plant.

Total Becomes Latest Oil Major to Enter Floating Wind Market

Total Becomes Latest Oil Major to Enter Floating Wind Market

France's Total announced two significant wind deals in recent days, becoming the latest oil company to push into floating offshore wind as it builds on its existing momentum in the solar market.Total this week bought an 80 percent share of the 96-megawatt Erebus floating wind project in the Celtic Sea from developer Simply Blue Energy.

Total to build £13m battery storage project

Total to build £13m battery storage project

French oil and gas giant Total is to build a £13 million battery-based storage project for the development of renewable energy in France.With more than 40% of the storage capacities allocated, Total was the leading winner of the first call for tenders organized by RTE (France’s Electricity Transmission Network).”.

EDP Renewables ‘actively pursuing’ ScotWind floating wind opportunities

EDP Renewables ‘actively pursuing’ ScotWind floating wind opportunities

Mr Dempster said: “We see ourselves as world leaders in terms of the opportunity to develop the floating wind market, with a project in the works in the Gulf of Lion off the coast of France as well.

Pilot agrovoltaic project with mobile PV modules launched in France

Pilot agrovoltaic project with mobile PV modules launched in France

The other half will be used to assess performance.“The aim of the experiment is to demonstrate that the management of a micro climate generated by the mobile solar panels deployed above the crop areas makes it possible to protect [crops], to increase their productivity [and] to reduce water consumption while … meeting the essential needs of the plant,” added CNR.

France may yet pursue 100% renewable power strategy: minister

France may yet pursue 100% renewable power strategy: minister

PARIS (Reuters) - France has yet to decide whether to build new nuclear reactors and could yet pursue a long-term strategy of 100% renewable energy, Environment Minister Elisabeth Borne said on Monday.

Which US metro areas have the most solar panels on homes?

Which US metro areas have the most solar panels on homes?

Here are the rankings of the 21 metropolitan areas Cape Analytics examined when it comes to homes with solar panels per 100,000 homes: San Diego: 10,195 San Francisco: 6,031 Riverside: 5,863 San Jose: 5,415 Los Angeles: 3,981 Phoenix: 3,644 Tampa Bay: 2,591 Denver: 1,776 Miami: 1,352 New York City: 1,190 Philadelphia: 913 Boston: 849 Washington, DC: 769 Seattle: 657 Dallas: 202 St Louis: 140 Minneapolis: 117 Houston: 110 Chicago: 75 Atlanta: 64 Detroit: 59 Electrek’s Take.

Greta Thunberg, the UN summit, and a gridlocked DC: Another day of dramatic climate action, in photos

Greta Thunberg, the UN summit, and a gridlocked DC: Another day of dramatic climate action, in photos

Also today: Thunberg joined a group of 15 young people from around the world suing five countries — Germany, France, Brazil, Argentina, and Turkey — for not taking enough action on climate change and violating their human rights.

KFC began offering meatless chicken at one store Tuesday. It sold out almost immediately.

KFC began offering meatless chicken at one store Tuesday. It sold out almost immediately.

A single KFC franchise — near the SunTrust Park baseball stadium in Atlanta — on Tuesday began offering meatless chicken from the plant-based food company Beyond Meat.The deal makes KFC the first fast-food restaurant to serve plant-based chicken.

Deme Offshore scoops £400m construction deal for first French wind farm

Deme Offshore scoops £400m construction deal for first French wind farm

Belgian manufacturing group Deme Offshore has announced it has been awarded a multi-million construction deal for EDF Renewables’ Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm.Jan Vandenbroeck, general manager of French subsidiaries at Deme, said: “We are honoured to be awarded the first major EPCI foundation contract in France and to contribute to the country’s ambitious energy transition targets.

Photos: wildfires hit the Amazon, Brazil, Spain, France, Turkey, and Indonesia

Photos: wildfires hit the Amazon, Brazil, Spain, France, Turkey, and Indonesia

Fires are a natural part of many ecosystems, but not in the Amazon, where they are an almost entirely human-caused phenomenon.The fires in the Amazon have now been burning for more than two weeks.

GE Renewables unveils components for world’s biggest wind turbine

GE Renewables unveils components for world’s biggest wind turbine

GE Renewable Energy has this week unveiled the first manufactured components of its Haliade-X 12 MW offshore wind turbine at its production site in Saint-Nazaire, France. And on Monday, the first ever Haliade-X nacelle was revealed to journalists and the world at an event held at GE Renewable Energy’s Saint-Nazaire production facility.

Total starts production at French biofuel refinery

Total starts production at French biofuel refinery

Total began converting its conventional refinery at La Mede in 2015, with the facility now producing biofuel Total on Wednesday said it had begun producing biofuel at a refinery in southern France, a project that has sparked an outcry from environmentalists and farmers over its plans to import palm oil.

How lemurs (and humans) are cooling off in Europe’s record heat wave

How lemurs (and humans) are cooling off in Europe’s record heat wave

A massive, potentially deadly heat wave has settled in over Europe this week. 105 degrees in France: why Europe is so vulnerable to extreme heat. Photojournalists have been documenting what the heat wave has looked like across the continent.

Nation's first hydrogen fuel cell ferry to transport commuters across San Francisco Bay in early 2020

Nation's first hydrogen fuel cell ferry to transport commuters across San Francisco Bay in early 2020

Because the Water-Go-Round is relatively small, holding only 84 people compared to the San Francisco Bay Ferry's 400-person-plus vessels, it can operate in many of the Bay Area's shallow marinas without the need for dredging, though Ralli said they could build larger hydrogen fuel cell boats, too.

France and Britain in a race for carbon neutrality by 2050

France and Britain in a race for carbon neutrality by 2050

Le Quéré, based on data from CITEPA (France) and BEIS (RU), Author provided Emissions from the building sector have declined over the past 10 years in both countries, with larger decreases in the United Kingdom.

Europe’s largest solar plant unveiled amid Spanish renewable rebirth

Europe’s largest solar plant unveiled amid Spanish renewable rebirth

With a €300 million investment planned, the so-called Francisco Pizzarro plant will supply energy to 375,000 people every year and employ up to 1000 people in the process of construction, the company said.

In New Challenge for California’s Utilities, Rating Agency Warms to Community Aggregators

In New Challenge for California’s Utilities, Rating Agency Warms to Community Aggregators

Peninsula Clean Energy, which procures electricity for around 300,000 accounts in the San Francisco Bay Area’s San Mateo County, obtained an investment-grade credit rating this week from Moody’s. “Right now, we have a better credit rating than the incumbent investor-owned utility [PG&E],” Jan Pepper, CEO of two-year-old Peninsula Clean Energy, said in an interview.

Latrobe Valley electric truck maker gets multiple orders from US

Latrobe Valley electric truck maker gets multiple orders from US

Orders for the F-59 electric truck, which has a very impressive 2500Nm maximum torque, will soon be delivered to locations across the US including Detroit, Philadelphia, New York City and San Francisco, says SEA Electric.

Sunny spell boosts French solar generation to record level

Sunny spell boosts French solar generation to record level

PARIS, April 12 (Reuters) - Sunny weather boosted solar power generation in nuclear-dependent France to a record level on Friday, covering 10.7 percent of its 59.5 gigawatt (GW) electricity consumption at 1145 GMT, French power grid operator RTE said.

RECOM to install 20 MW solar projects in Cyprus

RECOM to install 20 MW solar projects in Cyprus

Germany-based PV module manufacturer RECOM plans to install 20 MW solar projects in Cyprus during 2019. RECOM Sillia will become the largest solar module manufacturer in France, the company said.

Germany’s EnBW Looks to Buy French Developer Amid Widening Global Renewables Push

Germany’s EnBW Looks to Buy French Developer Amid Widening Global Renewables Push

Energie Baden-Württemberg (EnBW), one of Germany’s Big Four utilities, is close to buying a French renewables company as part of international expansion plans that include the U.S. The energy giant this week confirmed it had been selected as an exclusive bidder for Valeco Group, a Montpellier, France-based developer with a portfolio including 276 megawatts of wind and 56 megawatts of solar capacity.

French Power Costs Will Rise If Renewables Are Sidestepped

French Power Costs Will Rise If Renewables Are Sidestepped

SHARE THIS ARTICLE. France will save 39 billion euros ($44.5 billion) if it refrains from building 15 new nuclear plants by 2060, and bets instead on renewable energy sources to replace its all its aging atomic facilities, a government agency said.

Hydrogen mobility from clean energy gaining momentum in Europe

Hydrogen mobility from clean energy gaining momentum in Europe

Launched in April 2017 FaHyence is the first refuelling station in France that can produce hydrogen on-site and on demand from renewable energies according to a press release by project partner McPhy. With a daily capacity of 40 kg covering about 25 vehicles at 350-420 bar charging pressures the station aims to contribute to cross-border hydrogen mobility with Germany and Benelux.

US Commentators Point At Germany For Bad Energy Policies, But Live In Glass Houses

US Commentators Point At Germany For Bad Energy Policies, But Live In Glass Houses

Michael Shellenberger, environmentalist and ardent fan of nuclear energy as the solution to global warming, likes bold statements like the following in a Forbes opinion piece: All that German will have gotten for its “energy transition” is a 50% increase in electricity prices, flat emissions, and an electricity supply that is 10 times more carbon-intensive than France’s.

EDF Wins With the European Utility Clean-Energy Playbook

EDF Wins With the European Utility Clean-Energy Playbook

Last month, the company restated its commitment to nuclear, trumpeting a 3.7 percent rise in generation in France and claiming €3 billion ($3.4 billion) in orders through Framatome, the former Areva reactor construction division that EDF bought last year.

The future of blockchain according to experts in the energy sector

The future of blockchain according to experts in the energy sector

The energy market barometers conducted in December 2018 among 112 experts from industry, science and public administration in France asked about the role of blockchain technology in the French energy sector.

Network’s message to Canberra: The energy transition is happening now

Network’s message to Canberra: The energy transition is happening now

And in case anyone listening to the presentation broadcast, CEO Rick Francis made it clear: “This (clean energy transition) is happening now, irrespective of the policy uncertainty.” Which is to say that the conservative media and the Coalition government can shout all they want, but they can’t prevent what is inevitable – the exit of ageing, highly polluting coal generators and their replacement with the cheapest option – a mix of renewables and storage.