Welcome, Friday! Add some warm and cozy notes to your Friday tune and plunge into the energy lounge of the latest news and events.
This week five-minute vacation to the warm energy countries reveals the following discoveries:
1. Mini-grids for maxi-usage. More than 41,000 people across 106 villages are reaping the benefits resulting from renewable energy mini-grids. The grids being autonomous are installed around the generating source or even renewable sources as in case of India. Mini-grids development is supported by the RockefellerFoundation’s SPRD program. It should be mentioned about 304 mln of Indians do not still possess an access to the electricity, representing a quarter of the population. Development of the following mini-grids may improve the situation drastically.
State energy commission of India has already been provided the recommendations studying the options of the interconnection with the national network. Many private companies may also be interested in the development of the mentioned mini-grids. The Government should announce about the national support of the initiative issuing a package of stimuli. As of today, the market players are looking for the implementation of the national policy on the development of the mini-grids network being discussed in the Ministry Of Energy of India.
2. Welcome to the global game.Egypt’s fledgling solar industry attracted $1.8 billion of investment, largely from the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development and the World Bank’s International Finance Corp. Why is it important? Actually, these are the first projects on the renewables in Egypt, a country previously paid none of attention to the global “green tendencies”. “These are the first private renewable energy projects in Egypt, and it’s not an easy macroeconomic or geopolitical situation,” Harry Boyd-Carpenter, head of power and energy utilities at the London-based development bank, said in a phone interview. “Yet because it’s got the right regulatory framework in place, Egypt has been able to attract all of these different investors and should comfortably get more than a gigawatt of capacity financed this year.”
Egypt currently has a feed-in tariff program, locking in long-term prices for the electricity generated by the solar projects. Authorities are likely to switch to a competitive auction system next year, according to the EBRD, which is advising the Ministry of Energy. Such a step is vital for the development of the country`s new vector. New player at the “green market”.
3. Together for a clean future.C40 Climate Summit held on October 23, 201 in Paris. Why was it that important? The point was that the mayors of London, Paris, Los-Angeles and other big cities gathered for a global energy panel discussion зto work out a single program of direction to the clean and energy efficient future. Mayors meeting in Paris promised to “progressively abandon combustion engines” to make their cities cleaner and quieter, boost economic productivity and reduce pollution-related deaths.
They also discussed the joint actions towards development of the smart grids, renewables and the energy policy of the big cities in general. Such obligations were announced by the mayors of London, Los Angeles, Paris, Mexico, Seattle, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Vancouver, Milan, Kyoto and Cape Town. We wonder whether such initiatives are possible in Ukraine.
4. Leader within alternative energy in the Middle East. When it comes to energy sources the Middle East may be synonymous with oil, but these days governments across the region are trying to develop other, greener sources of energy. However you are supposed to change your mindset as Iran is starting to invest in the “green” generation. The largest to date was unveiled on October 17 when Norway’s Saga Energy signed a €2.5bn ($2.9bn) deal with the state-owned Amin Energy Developers to build a solar power plant with generating capacity of up to 2GW over the next five years.
On September 20, the UK’s Quercus said it planned to deliver 600MW of solar power in Iran at a total cost of some €500m. Local media have linked Germany’s Solarwatt and Italy’s Finergy Company to other schemes. In June, a delegation of seven German renewable energy companies toured North Khorasan province to examine potential sites for solar and wind power projects. Some smaller projects are already at or near completion. In late July, work was completed on the 20MW Mokran solar power plant in Kerman province, backed by a joint venture of Germany’s Adore and Switzerland’s Durion. The companies are planning a 100MW solar plant for an adjoining site. In April, Iran’s Ghadir Electricity and Energy Company and Greece’s Metka announced they had completed a 10MW plant close to Isfahan. In February another 14MW solar plant was unveiled in Hamedan, in the west of the country.
5. «Amazon-energy» – system operator of Puerto-Rico? It sounds as a joke however Department of Economic Development and Commerce Secretary Manuel Laboy said that was one reason the government decided to offer the former Roosevelt Roads Naval Station in the eastern municipality of Ceiba as the location of the future office, dubbed HQ2. ccording to Laboy, the base is tied into its own energy supply, separate from the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, and there were plans to expand capacity. That could include solar and battery-based generation, he said. Amazon would also benefit from special tax rates under existing programs known as Acts 20 and 73, he said. “I really see it as very hard for any other jurisdiction to compete in that criteria,” Laboy said. The island’s weak infrastructure was laid bare by Hurricane Maria and the subsequent energy blackout, raising questions for a major U.S. company such as Amazon planning to create 50,000 jobs. Meanwhile, the promise of luring Amazon has created a frenzy of bids from other cities, making the odds long for the U.S. commonwealth.