1,021 MW solar plant will generate steam for Oman oilfield

November 7, 2017 by  
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  Solar thermal energy could create steam for operations at an Oman oilfield. GlassPoint Solar has finished the first block of what will be a 1,021 megawatt (MW) solar plant, Miraah , for Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) – that will help them save around 300,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions every year. Miraah will be comprised of 36 blocks, or greenhouse -like structures housing solar arrays to protect them from harsh conditions like dust storms and strong winds, at the Amal West oilfield. According to GlassPoint , “The greenhouse enables major cost and performance advantages compared to exposed solar designs, from reducing overall material usage to automated washing operations.” The solar plant will concentrate sunlight with the help of large mirrors to boil oilfield water into steam. The plant recently delivered its first steam for the oilfield – and when finished will generate 6,000 tons of solar steam every single day. Related: GlassPoint is Using Solar Power to Draw Oil From the Earth The steam will be used for thermal enhanced oil recovery, where steam is injected into an oil reservoir, heating the oil, according to CleanTechnica . It’s then easier to pump the oil up to the surface. Natural gas often helps generate steam, but the Miraah solar plant will save around 5.6 trillion British thermal units of natural gas a year. Miraah will offer the same amount of carbon savings as if 63,000 cars left the roads. PDO Managing Director Raoul Restucci said in a statement, “Solar-powered oil production is a sustainable, long-term solution to meet the Sultanate’s future energy demand and utilize its natural resources most efficiently…Miraah is a real statement of intent from PDO as we begin the transition away from an exclusive focus on oil and gas to becoming a fully-fledged energy company with a greater focus on renewables .” + GlassPoint Solar Via CleanTechnica and GlassPoint Solar ( 1 , 2 ) Images via GlassPoint Solar

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How a small tribe in Nevada shut down coal and built a solar farm

April 12, 2017 by  
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President Donald Trump brags about bringing back coal jobs, but tends to gloss over the fuel’s negative health effects for workers and those who live nearby. The Moapa Band of Paiutes in Nevada know all about those harmful health effects. After years of campaigning against a coal plant near their land, they finally saw it close as they switched on the first utility-scale solar plant ever erected on tribal land. The Moapa Band of Paiutes resides in Nevada next to the coal-fired Reid Gardner Generating Station. The tribe has seen high rates of heart disease and asthma, and didn’t even benefit from the power plant – it neither powered their homes nor employed their people. But because the 311-person tribe is so small, it was difficult to conclusively establish their health issues were related to the plant. Related: Moapa Paiutes to Install 250 MW Solar Power Plant to Transition Away from Dirty Coal Still, the tribe persisted in their campaign to shutter the plant, which provided power for Las Vegas. They started writing letters, and then took legal action with the help of the Sierra Club. When Las Vegas residents learned their power came from a plant polluting the air for people who lived next door, many of them got involved in the campaign as well. The tribe lost the case in 2013 but that same year Senate Bill 123 became law – requiring certain utilities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and replace some polluting power with renewable sources. The Reid Gardner Generating Station finally closed this year, last month. Its 40 employees didn’t even lose their jobs, since they were given new positions in the same company. And now the tribe is turning to solar . They’ve leased land for the 250-megawatt Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project; First Solar started operations and recently sold the plant to Capital Dynamics . The tribe will receive revenue and 115 of their members obtained construction jobs for the plant, which recently began operating under a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Two tribe members will be permanently employed as field technicians. Moapa Band of Paiutes Tribal Council chairman Darren Daboda said in a statement, “If our small tribe can accomplish this, then others can also. There are endless opportunities in renewable energy, and tribes across the nation have the perfect areas in which to build utility-scale projects.” Via Colorlines Images via Ken Lund on Flickr and ENERGY.GOV on Flickr ( 1 , 2 )

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India announces plans to boost its solar power five times to 100GW by 2022

June 24, 2015 by  
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced India will leap forward with an impressive sustainability plan. The country is expected to increase its solar energy fivefold over the course of the next seven years. With a current output of 4.5 gigawatts, the country plans to expand its national solar energy generation to 100 gigawatts by 2022. Read the rest of India announces plans to boost its solar power five times to 100GW by 2022 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , Bridge to India , eco design , green design , India , India solar goals , Narendra Modi , solar array , solar plant , solar power India , sunedison , sustainable design

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Grand Opening! Today, the Mojave Solar Project is officially fully operational

January 23, 2015 by  
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The Mojave Solar Project  has been online and fully operational since December, but today, a grand opening ceremony  celebrates this massive achievement . The plant uses advanced parabolic trough technology that has made the 280 MegaWatt plant one of the most innovative projects in the country and the second-largest plant of its kind in the world. Abengoa, owner of the Mojave Solar Project, is hosting a celebration today to honor the impressive scientific advances and hard work that made this project what it is. Read the rest of Grand Opening! Today, the Mojave Solar Project is officially fully operational Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Abengoa , abengoa solar power , californian desert Desert Sunlight Solar Farm , desert solar farm , desert solar power , Mojave solar , mojave solar project , Mojave Solar Project grand opening , parabolic solar technology , Solana solar , solar plant , Solar Power , solar power plants

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Kyocera is building the world’s largest floating solar plant

December 23, 2014 by  
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Kyocera Corporation and Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation recently  announced plans to build the world’s largest floating solar installation. The massive 13.4 megawatt plant will be located in the Chiba Prefecture in Japan and will provide enough power for 4,700 homes once it is up and running. The announcement follows the recent completion of the current largest floating solar plant , which was built by Kyocera in the Kagoshima Prefecture. Read the rest of Kyocera is building the world’s largest floating solar plant Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Century Tokyo , Century Tokyo Leasing , floating solar , floating solar plant , Japan solar plant , kyocera , Kyocera floating solar plant , Kyocera solar plant , large solar plant , solar plant , solar plant technology , water solar , worlds largest floating solar plant

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Scientists smash solar cell efficiency record by converting 40.4% of sunlight to energy

December 8, 2014 by  
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A team from the University of New South Wales , Australia, just set a new world record for solar energy efficiency by successfully converting 40.4% of available sunlight into electricity. And what’s even more remarkable is the fact that the record was achieved by using commercially available solar cells in a new way – which means, as the team explains, “these efficiency improvements are readily accessible to the solar industry.” Read the rest of Scientists smash solar cell efficiency record by converting 40.4% of sunlight to energy Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: commercial solar , concentrated solar power , efficiency , efficiency record , photovoltaics , Solar Cell , solar panel , solar plant , Solar Power , solar power tower , University of New South Wales , unsw

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OMI Architects insert two multi-functional pods into a 19th-century church in Bolton, UK

December 8, 2014 by  
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Dubai Drives Cost of Solar Down to Record Low

December 2, 2014 by  
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The race to bring cheap solar energy to the marketplace has become Dubai’s triumph this month, with its state utility company, the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority ( DEWA ), promising solar electricity for just 5.98 cents/kWh . This is the lowest price per kW ever to be achieved for solar energy. Read the rest of Dubai Drives Cost of Solar Down to Record Low Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , “solar energy” , acwa , dewa , dubai solar , solar cost , solar farm , Solar market , solar plant , solar price record , uae solar

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The Largest Solar Plant in the US is Officially Up and Running

November 25, 2014 by  
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The largest solar plant in the United States is officially fully operational. The Topaz Solar project in San Louis Obispo County, California completed its final 40-megawatt phase last month, making it the first 500-plus megawatt farm in the country. All told, the project now includes an astounding 9 million solar panels across 9.5 million square miles and generates 550-megawatts of clean, solar energy. Read the rest of The Largest Solar Plant in the US is Officially Up and Running Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: biggest solar in the US , Carrizo Plain National Monument , largest solar plant US , largest solar power US , midamerican solar , San Louis Obispo solar , Solar First , solar plant , Topaz Solar , us solar , US solar plants , US Topaz Solar

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Solar Comprised All New Utility Electricity Added to US Grid in March

April 15, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock March marked a historic month for solar as for first time ever, all new utility electricity generation added to the US grid came from solar power . According to a report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), seven projects in California, Nevada, New Jersey, Hawaii, Arizona, and North Carolina added 44MW to the grid. It may not be a particularly jaw-dropping figure, but as projects from other energy sources added no new generation, solar’s record month does point to a promising outlook for the industry. Read the rest of Solar Comprised All New Utility Electricity Added to US Grid in March Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind power” , green energy , nrg energy , renewable energy , renewables grid , SEIA , solar capacity , solar electricity , solar grid , solar industry energy , solar plant , Solar Power        

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