- Fred Olsen jack-up vessel Brave Tern has lifted the final turbine at the 30-MW Block Island project in Rhode Island, a long-awaited milestone for America’s first offshore wind farm. “The Block Island wind farm is now fully constructed,” Deepwater Wind’s CEO said on Twitter. Crews are working on electrical connections. [reNews]
- The recent power supply auction in Chile got a solar bid of $29.1/MWh (€25.65/MWh) for the Maria ElenaPV park, built by SunEdison. That bid marks the world’s record lowest for solar. The previous record was an offer of $29.9/MWh for the 800-MW third phase of a 5-GW solar power complex in Dubai. [SeeNews Renewables]
- A tiny device, half the size of a postage stamp, which can rapidly disinfect water with solar energy, has been developed by researchers at Stanford University and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. One scientist said, “We just dropped it into the water and put everything under the sun, and the sun did all the work.” [CleanTechnica]
- National Grid has cut its forecasts for the number of big new power plants expected to be built in the UK in coming years, while admitting its estimates for the growth of solar farms and other small-scale generators were almost 50 times too low. In four years, it has cut projections of large new power plants by more than half. [Telegraph.co.uk]
- Two heads of the EPA, one under Presidents Nixon and Reagan, and one under George H W Bush, signed a joint statement released last week on Clinton’s campaign website. In it, they say, “Donald Trump has shown a profound ignorance of science and of the public health issues embodied in our environmental laws.” [CleanTechnica]
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