World’s largest solar plant at sea is installed at Maldives resort

September 4, 2019 by  
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There’s more than sunbathers and yachts floating near the resort Lux* South Ari Atoll in the Maldives. The five-star property, located on the beautiful island of Dhidhoofinolhu, called on SwimSol to provide its patented SolarSea system, the world’s largest solar power plant at sea, to help power the island resort. The SolarSea technology helps gather solar energy to power the island and can withstand the often brutal conditions caused by waves, storms and saltwater. Related: The largest solar farm apiary in the US opens for business “Innovation is key to achieving true sustainability , and we are happy to partner with Swimsol to work toward our goal of minimizing our ecological footprint,” said Jonas Amstad, general manager at Lux* South Ari Atoll. Solar energy is not a new concept to the resort , as it was already using a Swimsol rooftop system before deciding to go beyond its shores with 12 SolarSea platforms on the sea. The floating solar panels are not only saving money but reducing the resort’s carbon footprint . The property’s solar capacity increased by 40 percent and reached 678 kWp — enough to power all of the resort’s guest villas at peak times. Lux* South Ari Atoll is saving more than 260,000 liters of diesel annually, an amount that was once needed to produce the same amount of power via combustion engines. Guests can get involved, too, by viewing a live “solar tracker” available in the villas that shows the energy produced, diesel saved and carbon dioxide emissions saved. Visitors aren’t the only benefactors of solar at the resort; the floating solar platforms offer shelter to young fish. Because the platforms float, they are also able to stay well above the coral reefs and seabed dwellers. With the SolarSea system just off of the shore, Lux* South Ari Atoll can boast that it is now home to the largest solar plant at sea. The resort isn’t stopping there — it is already looking to increase its future solar capacity. + Swimsol Via The Island Chief Images via Swimsol

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Ireland will plant 440 million trees in 20 years

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Ireland is about to get a whole lot greener. The 84,431-square-kilometer country is determined to fight climate change by planting 440 million trees by 2040; 70 percent will be conifers and the remainder broad-leaf. The initiative is part of Ireland’s larger goal to become carbon-neutral by 2050. Ireland has the lowest forest cover of all European countries — about 11 percent compared to an average of more than 30 percent. Some say planting additional trees could be the answer, while others aren’t completely sold. Related: Scientists confirm tree planting is our best solution to climate change In June, the Irish government said it was going to start planting more trees in its fight against climate change and to reduce carbon emissions, but it never said how many trees it would plant. Now, the government has come up with a specific number. “The target for new forestation is approximately 22 million trees per year,” a spokesperson for the Department of Communications Climate Action and Environment said . “Over the next 20 years, the target is to plant 440 million.” In order to make the tree planting initiative work, Ireland needs farmers to plant more trees on their properties. The problem is that this is not a popular idea among farmers . The government hopes to try to change these opinions by offering local meetings to garner support for reforestation. Other people in Ireland are also against planting more trees. For instance, Pádraic Fogarty of the Irish Wildlife Trust is not on board. “People are not good at planting trees, and trees do not like being planted. They prefer to plant themselves,” Fogarty told The Irish Independent . Rather than handing out around 94 million euros ($103 million) in forestry grants, the government should pay farmers to plant nothing and let their properties regrow on their own, Fogarty suggested. An earlier study explained that planting more than 500 billion trees was the “most effective” solution to combating climate change. Those opposed to the tree planting initiative say reforestation will not reduce greenhouse gases enough, and other ideas should be implemented. Planting trees is not a foreign concept when trying to address the climate crisis, as other countries have grabbed their shovels and dug in. For example, Ethiopia and Scotland have been successful in their efforts to plant more trees for reforestation and fight global warming . Via EcoWatch , The Irish Times and The Irish Independent Image via KML

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Abu Dhabi bid sets astounding new low price for solar power

September 21, 2016 by  
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Just one month after the price of solar power in Chile dropped to half the cost of coal, a new record low price has already been established. A solar plant in Abu Dhabi fetched a bid of just 2.42 cents per kilowatt hour , edging out Chile’s previous record of 2.91 cents. The new price, offered by a consortium of Chinese solar panel manufacturer JinkoSolar and Japan-based company Marubeni, is for a solar plant initially planned for a capacity of 350 megawatts (twice the size of the Chilean project), but the final result may be even larger. Embed from Getty Images PV Magazine broke the news of the bid, which marks the lowest price ever bid for solar power anywhere on Earth. The Abu Dhabi Electricity and Water Authority’s (ADWEA) tender accepted the bid for the plant, destined for the town of Swaihan northwest of Abu Dhabi. ADWEA requested bids for a 350MW solar plant, but allowed bidders to increase the size of the project, so the actual build could wind up being larger than initially planned. The new ultra-low bid is attached to a project much larger than the initial 350MW, a senior representative of Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA) told PV Magazine. Related: Chile’s solar price hits record global low–at half the price of coal Although the JinkoSolar/Marubeni bid is the lowest ever made, the super low price has not yet been accepted, as the auction is still ongoing. Reportedly, ADWEA is also evaluating a competing bid from a consortium of Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s energy company, EDF Energies Nouvelles and PAL Group, but the price of that bid has not been released. The new world record low price bid by JinkoSolar and Marubeni is an historic event, but the per-kilowatt-hour price is only one factor officials must weigh in order to determination which consortium will develop the solar plant. Via PV Magazine Lead image via Shutterstock

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Michael Jantzen’s Sun Rays Visitors Center Generates Solar Electricity in the Desert

June 13, 2014 by  
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Michael Jantzen has unveiled a conceptual design for the Sun Rays Visitor Center, a steel and concrete educational facility that doubles as a solar electric power plant in the desert. The off-grid facility generates electricity by converting the heat of the sun reflected and focused in hundreds of installed mirrors into steam. The Sun Rays Visitors Center’s yellow radial form was inspired by the way sun rays reflect off of the mirrors and the center also consists of a viewing platform, office space, and exhibition area. + Michael Jantzen The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: michael jantzen , reader submitted content , solar electric power plant , solar electricity , Solar Power , solar power plant , sun rays visitors center

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Massive 579MW Solar Star Power Plant Goes Online in California

January 13, 2014 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock MidAmerican Solar and SunPower have announced that the first portion of one of the largest solar power plants in the United States is now feeding into the California independent service operator (ISO) grid. The photovoltaic Solar Star project, a co-located facility in Kern and Los Angeles Counties, is currently supplying 57MW to the grid, and will ultimately provide enough electricity to power 255,000 homes when all 579MW goes online in 2015 . Read the rest of Massive 579MW Solar Star Power Plant Goes Online in California Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , California , green energy , iso , kern county , Los Angeles , Los Angeles County , mid american renewables , midamerican solar , photovoltaics , renewable energy , San Luis Obispo , solar , Solar Power , solar power plant , solar star , sunpower        

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Areva Announces Plans to Build Largest Solar Installation in Asia

April 13, 2012 by  
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The French nuclear engineering company Areva was awarded a contract this week by Indian power company Reliance Power Ltd. to build the largest concentrated solar power installation in Asia , which will be located in India’s Rajasthan region. Areva’s installation will consist of two power plants that will use compact linear fresnel reflector (CLFR) technology, and they are estimated to produce about 125 megawatts of power each. Read the rest of Areva Announces Plans to Build Largest Solar Installation in Asia Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , “solar energy” , Areva , asia , CLFR technology , Compact linear Fresnel reflector , India , photovoltaic , Rajasthan , Reliance Power , renewable energy , solar array , Solar Power , solar power plant

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Help All 4 Paws Animal Shelter Green Its New Space!

April 13, 2012 by  
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It’s pretty clear that we’re animal lovers here at Inhabitat, so when we got an email from All 4 Paws , a progressive animal rescue in South Carolina, asking for help we knew we couldn’t say no. The shelter just moved into an old auto shop and they’ve been trying to incorporate green design into their new space, but have limited finances and limited resources. We were hoping that our readers, many of whom are renewable energy and eco interior experts could lend them a hand – maybe “bring a windmill or a poop to energy converter,” as they put it, into their new space. They’ve worked really hard to save the lives of animals so if anyone would like to help them out, it would definitely be appreciated! Please comment on the post or email nannydog[at]yahoo.com if you’re interested in lending your services. + All 4 Paws The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following  this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: all4paw , animal rescue , animal shelter , eco design , green design , help all4paws , ll 4 paws , Solar Power , sustainable design

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11 Things We Learned from H&M’s Sustainability Report

April 13, 2012 by  
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H&M is a fast-fashion mogul – due to their low-wage production and trendy pieces we wouldn’t label them a paragon of ethical fashion. However they have pursued several sustainable initiatives, and with huge quarterly profits and sales of over 550 million garments each year, we can’t deny their influence. Click ahead for a look at their  2011 sustainability report and the debut of their latest  Conscious Collection – is fast-fashion entering the realm of sustainability? READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco-fashion , Ethical Fashion , green fashion , h&m , organic cotton , recycled cotton , recycled polyester , recycled wool , Spring/Summer 2012 , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable style , Sweden

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The World’s 6 Coolest Solar Powered Projects

January 6, 2012 by  
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500 Kilowatt Solar Power Plant Constructed in the Kingdom Desert, Saudi Arabia

October 31, 2011 by  
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Saudi Arabia leading the solar charge? It sounds unlikely, but  Saudi Aramco and Showa Shell Sekiyu KK , in partnership with the Saudi Electricity Company , have just completed construction of a 500 kilowatt working solar power plant in the Kingdom desert. Rather than burn 28,000 barrels of diesel per year at the Farasan Island facility to produce electricity, the Saudis have decided to let the sun do all the work. This project is one of many solar projects that the Saudi government has recently approved and constructed. + Geopolitical Solutions and Trends The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!   Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: green energy middle east , renewable energy middle east , Saudi solar power , solar power desert , solar power desert middle east , solar power middle east , solar power plant

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