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#1201103 - 25/06/2013 09:57 Re: Renewable Energy News [Re: CeeBee]
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Press release from David Ridgway on the latest before the SA Wind Power Select Committee regarding SA’s Yorke Peninsula - home to Australia’s best barley growing country – bar none.

“We don’t want power station,” Yorke Peninsula landholders say

A parliamentary inquiry into wind-driven power stations has heard evidence overwhelmingly against a proposed 199-turbine development on the Yorke Peninsula.

“Landholders made it clear they wanted to protect high-value cropping areas from a power station,” committee chair David Ridgway said.

“We heard that up to 400 square kilometres of farming land could be affected.”

The inquiry is investigating the social, economic and health effects of wind-driven power stations, including separation distances between turbines and nearby homes and possible land devaluations.

“The evidence was that when a turbine is built near a farming property boundary, the non-host landholder can face production losses due to restrictions on aerial spraying of fertilisers and pest control,” Mr Ridgway said.

The Black Point Progress Association submission argued that the proposed Ceres project would make ‘a fundamental change to the character of an exquisite landscape, trashing beautiful countryside for the sake of filling the pockets of developers with consumer subsidies’.

“I was particularly interested in the association’s calculations for carbon dioxide emissions,” Mr Ridgway said.

“It was put to us that each one of the project’s turbine towers would require up to 3,000 cubic metres of concrete, releasing 398,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere.

“The association argued that it would take as many as 3,580 years for a wind-driven power station to recover the CO2 emissions from its construction, compared with thermal power.

“On those figures, wind-driven power stations may not be clean or green.”

The association’s submission was delivered by one of South Australia’s most respected business figures, Dr Roger Sexton.

Dr Sexton has a PhD in economics and finance, was a director of State Development with the Tonkin Liberal government, set up the Economic Development Board with Robert de Crespigny under Mike Rann and the Labor Government, was head of the Department of Trade and Industry under Kevin Foley and Mike Rann, and spent 40 years of his life doing developments across the globe.

“With that background, I’d have to say that this project is the most ill-conceived development project I have ever seen,” Dr Sexton told the inquiry.

“With massive subsidies of up to $70 million per year extracted from consumers by the Australia government, why would any developer be concerned about the impacts of the project on the environment or the economy or the residents of Yorke Peninsula?” Dr Sexton said.

“This sort of beggar-thy-neighbour approach to lining developers’ own pockets at the expense of the broader community is what we might see in third-world countries in Africa but not in sophisticated, astute countries like Australia,” he said.

Another witness, fifth generation farmer Martin Hayles, would be surrounded by 30 turbines within three kilometres – seven directly on his boundary fence lines and others close by.

“I will not be able to use aircraft for spraying and baiting and, just as importantly, water bombers will not be able to protect my land, my family and my house,” Mr Hayles said.

A member of Heartland Farmers, Naomi Bittner, was equally adamant.

“This is the most reliable dryland cropping area in the state and we are losing one per cent of farming land a year to urban sprawl and industrialisation. I believe this wind farm is an ill-conceived idea that is set to profit a few and disadvantage many,” Dr Bittner said.

“If this wind farm goes ahead, we will have more restrictions imposed on us. We know that these turbines can shift spray drift from one paddock to another and, if the spray is not compatible with that crop in the other paddock, it will kill it.”

Mr Ridgway said he hoped the committee would release its report by the end of this year

Hon David Ridgway MLC
State Liberal Leader in the Legislative Council
Chair of SA Wind Power Select Committee

We have about five more years at the outside to do something.
Kenneth Watt, ecologist - Earth Day, 1970
43 years later...we're still here.

#1201134 - 25/06/2013 11:57 Re: Renewable Energy News [Re: SBT]
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Originally Posted By: SBT
King Island residents uncertain about wind farm future


Wind farm Photo: Wind farm (ABC TV)

Map: King Island 7256
Nearly 59 percent of people surveyed about a $2 billion wind farm proposed for King Island have supported more work on the development.

King Island residents were asked if they supported a feasibility study on Hydro's proposed 200 turbine project.

Polling company EMRS says from 878 responses, nearly 59 per cent supported the two year study.

The state-owned company has said it would not go ahead with the next stage of its concept unless 60 per cent of the community agreed on it.

Board meeting

The Board of Hydro Tasmania has just decided to meet today to consider the result.

Hydro's board was expected to meet on Wednesday but will now meet today to discuss the result.

It says it wants to provide a quick response to avoid uncertainty for the community.

Community response

King Island residents are confused about what the result means.

In King Island's main town of Currie this morning, reaction to the survey result has been mixed.

Meredith Graham is glad most residents support a feasibility study.

"But because Taswind did say they were looking for 60 per cent, it does leave it a little bit unclear, " she said.

Barry Barnes hopes it will not go ahead.

"All the power's going to Victoria, and what's in it for King Island?," he said.

Robert Hills says the community does not need a wind farm.

"If it doesn't happen, it doesn't happen, the island's not going to collapse in a big heap all of a sudden," he said.

Either way, the community hopes for an end to the bitter divisions caused by the project.

Looking at the unfolding wind disaster area that is Europe seems to me they would be far better just sitting on any wind projects in Oz.


#1201271 - 25/06/2013 21:26 Re: Renewable Energy News [Re: datadog]
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Solar tech company Silex plans massive power facility in Victoria

Australia’s largest listed clean technology company, Silex Systems, is well on its way to commercialising the solar technology of a collapsed predecessor after this week flicking the switch for a new power facility in Mildura, Victoria.

The facility is feeding 1.5 megawatts of power onto the national grid using highly efficient concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) technology. This is enough power to feed about 500 homes, Silex says. Silex plans to upgrade the complex to 100 megawatts with the help of $110 million of additional government grants.

Silex chief executive Michael Goldsworthy says the Mildura facility is a major stop in the commercialisation of Solar Systems’ technology.

“If successfully commercialised, the deployment of utility-scale solar power stations around the world has the ability to generate hundreds of millions of dollars in annual revenues within a few years,” Goldsworthy says. “This could be a game-changing renewable energy technology.”

Silex bought the assets of collapsed technology developer Solar Systems in 2010 after the company failed to raise a required $100 million to roll out its plans. Silex spent an additional $20 million on reconfiguring Solar’s technology.

The Mildura facility consists of 40 dishes, each made up of more than 100 curved mirrors. These concentrate the sunlight onto receivers of densely packed solar cells which convert the rays to power at 43 per cent efficiency. This compares with around 20 per cent efficiency for standard silicon solar panels. The system takes up much less space for vastly greater amounts of power production than conventional solar.

A one-megawatt facility near Riyadh in Saudi Arabia is on track to be completed later this year as the oil-rich nation ironically seeks to generate more renewable power at home to free up its oil for lucrative export.

The Mildura plant received a $10 million grant from the Victorian government. The upgrade to 100 megawatts will begin construction in late 2014 subject to securing a power purchase agreement and the finalisation of funding arrangements, which include $75 million from the federal government’s Low Emissions Technology Demonstration Fund, and $35 million from the Victorian government’s Energy Technology Innovation Strategy Fund.

According to Bloomberg, the Mildura plant would be the third-largest CPV facility announced globally, and much bigger than the current largest, which is a 30-megawatt facility in Colorado.

Silex has a market cap of $361 million and develops a range of energy technologies. It is also working with US nuclear companies to roll out its next-generation uranium enrichment methods
Why is it in the era of "Time saving" devices, that people are more "Time poor" than ever?

Humans think they are the fabric of society,when they are merely part of the thread.

#1201305 - 26/06/2013 04:27 Re: Renewable Energy News [Re: CeeBee]
GDL Offline
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Loc: Bowen Mountain NSW
The government doesent have any money so thats borowed money Silex makes a profit and we the people pay the interest,go jump. .............GDL

#1201323 - 26/06/2013 09:34 Re: Renewable Energy News [Re: GDL]
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SolarCity Inc. : Walmart Completes Solar Power Projects in Maryland with SolarCity

Installations at 10 stores and clubs statewide create over 3.1 megawatts of generation capacity

BELTSVILLE, MD, June 25, 2013 - Walmart and SolarCity today announced the completion of projects at eight Walmart stores and two Sam's Clubs across the state of Maryland that will generate clean, renewable electricity. The energy produced by the new solar installations will generate approximately 4.1 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity annually - enough energy to power nearly 370 homes - and are expected to supply between 5-20 percent of each store's overall electricity use.

"Building a clean energy economy creates new jobs and provides affordable, reliable clean energy choices for businesses," said Abigail Ross Hopper, director of the Maryland Energy Administration. "The partnership between SolarCity and Walmart shows that we're taking the right steps."

With over 13,400 panels, the Walmart stores in Arbutus, Berlin, California, Cockeysville, Fallston, Hagerstown, Laurel and Severn, along with Sam's Clubs in Salisbury and Severn will provide over 3.1 megawatts (MW) of generation capacity.

"Walmart is a leader in clean energy here in Maryland and across the country," said SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive. "Walmart is setting an example for companies in Maryland to follow; it's possible for many Maryland businesses to pay less for solar power than they currently pay for electricity."

This new series of solar systems in Maryland bring the total number of Walmart and Sam's Club stores installed by SolarCity to almost 150 locations across multiple states with additional stores in the works. Last year, SolarCity installed Walmart's largest solar-power system at its distribution center in Buckeye, Ariz.

"Solar power makes sense for Walmart, and it makes sense for Maryland," said David Ozment, Walmart's senior director of energy. "We are committed to increasing the use of renewable energy, including solar panels, at our stores in Maryland and throughout the country."

In total, Walmart generates more than 1 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity around the world annually. It also has more than 280 renewable energy projects in operation or under development globally. With a goal to be supplied 100 percent by renewable energy, the company is ranked by the United States' Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 'Green Power Partnership' program as the largest on-site green power generator in the U.S.Last year, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) ranked Walmart the number one retailer to use solar power in the U.S. Solar energy will continue to play a critical role in the company's renewable energy portfolio and it aims to install solar on at least 1,000 stores in the U.S. by 2020.
Why is it in the era of "Time saving" devices, that people are more "Time poor" than ever?

Humans think they are the fabric of society,when they are merely part of the thread.

#1201324 - 26/06/2013 09:36 Re: Renewable Energy News [Re: @_Yasified_shak]
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Loc: El Arish
City of Houston's electric power is now half renewable

Houston, the fourth most populous city in the U.S. and Texas' largest electric load center, signed an agreement with Reliant Energy to purchase more than 140 MW of wind energy output over the next two years.
The purchase of renewable energy credits will account for half of the city’s annual electricity demand and will run from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2015. The city was also designated by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as one of its Solar America Cities, according to Power Engineering.
“Houston is already known as the energy capital of the world, but we are committed to becoming the alternative energy capital of the world as well,” said Mayor Annise Parker. “Purchasing green power reduces the environmental impacts of electricity use, decreases the cost of renewable power over time and supports the development of new renewable generation. A triple win for Houstonians.”
Why is it in the era of "Time saving" devices, that people are more "Time poor" than ever?

Humans think they are the fabric of society,when they are merely part of the thread.

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