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June 22 Green Energy News


  • “What Solar Impulse’s under-the-radar flight says about the future of solar energy” The plane probably won’t change the way we fly — but it could impact the way we drive, build buildings, and power appliances. [The Week Magazine]

Science and Technology:

  • A new project at the University of California San Diego is aimed at testing integration of ultracapacitors, “flash” storage for the grid, with concentrating solar power. [Greentech Media]


  • According to a recent report from Navigant Research, the worldwide market for small wind systems will reach $723 million by 2018, with $3.3 billion in cumulative sales from 2013 through 2018. [PCBDesign007]
  • Japan is greatly expanding its solar energy capacity in 2013, according to a leading commodities analyst, buoying industrial demand for silver. Solar panels are now a major source of silver demand, accounting for 4.5% of total silver purchases in 2012. [BullionVault]
  • Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman & Kuwait Targeting More Than 50 GW of Solar Capacity by 2032, as the Gulf Cooperation Council countries move away from carbon-based fuel for their economies. []


  • A growing number of Vermont towns are taking a look at powering municipal buildings via solar arrays. [Vermont Public Radio]
  • New York state legislators have given their resounding approval to a solar bill that could see 2,200 MW of new installations by 2023. The bill was passed by the state Assembly by 76 to 16 votes. [PV-Tech]
  • Hawaiian Electric Company has asked the Public Utilities Commission for permission to negotiate with five proposed projects that could quickly provide low-cost electricity for Oahu. The five projects include a mix of solar and wind capacity totaling 64 MW. [Fierce Energy]
  • Dominion Virginia Power is accepting applications for a program that allows customers to sell solar power back to the energy provider. The Richmond-based company says participation is on a first-come, first-serve basis and is limited to a total of 3 megawatts. [The Daily Progress]
  • Rhode Island’s capital city has joined a growing movement to fight climate change with a City Council vote to withdraw all investments in fossil-fuel companies. The council voted 11-1 in favor of the resolution. [The Providence Journal]
  • The Vermont Public Service Board is allowing critics of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant to examine the plant’s impact on water quality as it considers the plant’s Certificate of Public Good. The ruling was a reversal for Entergy Vermont Yankee. [Vermont Public Radio]

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