Renewables
November 4, 2016 - According to his “Master Plan, Part Deux” published in July 2016, Tesla’s Elon Musk wrote: “Given that we must get off fossil fuels anyway [...], the faster we achieve sustainability, the better. Here is what we plan to do to make that day come sooner...” Meet the solar roof and Powerwall 2.
November 4, 2016 - “The members of the Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta [ECAA] welcome the premier’s initiatives to move our province in an environmentally responsible direction,” said Darrell Castor, ECAA president. “Our children’s future will be healthier, and their prospects for employment will be enhanced as a result this kind of forward thinking.”
November 3, 2016 - Enercon Canada has closed a $825.5 million non-recourse project financing for its 230MW Niagara Region Wind Farm project in the counties of Lincoln, West Lincoln, Wainfleet and Haldimand in Ontario’s Niagara Peninsula.
November 3, 2016 - Sales and marketing firm Solar Alliance says it is now honing in on residential and commercial solar systems in Vancouver, B.C. through a partnership with Westpeak Developments in order to grow the solar market in the luxury home sector.
October 28, 2016 - Earlier this month, Panasonic says it signed a non-binding letter of intent with Tesla Motors to discuss possible collaboration on the production of PV (photovoltaic) cells and modules for the North American market at a factory in Buffalo, N.Y., under the Tesla umbrella.
October 27, 2016 - The Alberta government is making funding available for the installation of solar panels at 36 school projects that are now in the planning or design phase and have not gone to tender.
October 20, 2016 - ABB has announced a modular and scalable “plug-n-play” microgrid solution for distributed power generation. The containerized solution is relevant for mature and emerging countries, the company notes, and will help maximize the use of renewable energy sources while reducing dependence on fossil fuels used by generator sets.
October 18, 2016 - Wind turbines are known to kill large birds that live nearby, but there is now evidence that birds from up to hundreds of miles away make up a significant portion of raptors killed at wind energy fields.
October 17, 2016 - One of the biggest untapped clean energy sources on the planet—wave energy—could one day power millions of homes, but more than a century after the first tests of the power of ocean waves, wave energy remains one of the hardest sources to capture. Engineers at Sandia National Laboratories in the U.S. hope to change that.
October 11, 2016 - GE has announced it intends to purchase LM Wind Power, a Denmark-based manufacturer and supplier of rotor blades to the wind industry, for $1.65 billion, noting this deal will in-source wind turbine blade design and manufacturing for GE’s Renewable Energy business.
October 6, 2016 - The West Coast Wave Initiative (WCWI) at the University of Victoria in British Columbia is seeing a wave of funds from the province—$150,000 to be exact—for further research into potential electricity generation from the ocean.
October 5, 2016 - ABB and Aibel are joining forces to offer more offshore wind integration solutions. ABB will focus on its high-voltage direct current (HVDC) technology, while Aibel says it will take turnkey Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) responsibility for the design, construction, installation and commissioning of the offshore platforms.
October 3, 2016 - City of Markham, Ont. and PowerStream officials flipped the switch today on the city’s newest solar installation at the Pan Am Centre. The 450kW AC rooftop installation is expected to produce enough electricity to power 65 typical Markham households, according to PowerStream.
September 29, 2016 - GE’s Renewable Energy business has added two new wind turbine models to its recently announced platform of 3MW wind turbines. Announced this week in Germany at the WindEurope Summit, these uprated machines in the 3.6-137 and 3.8-130 are also compatible with GE’s digital wind farm ecosystem.

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