- On October 2, European windfarms set a production record. According to data from WindEurope, offshore windfarms generated 265 GWh, and onshore windfarm provided 1235 GWh. The combined 1499 GWh covered 18.2% of electricity demand. It was enough electricity to provide for 151 million homes or 51% of average industrial demand. [reNews]
- Metropolis Farms has constructed a 500-kW solar array made up of 2003 solar panels on the roof of a building in Philadelphia. On the fourth floor, it is constructing a vertical farm that will be powered entirely by electricity from the roof. It plans to grow the equivalent of 660 outdoor acres worth of crops in less than 100,000 sq feet. [CleanTechnica]
- The Scottish Energy Minister confirmed that the government will ban fracking in Scotland, adding that the government must make decisions in the best interests of Scotland as a whole. The decision follows extensive consultation and consideration of its potential impact. Scotland has had a moratorium on fracking since January 2015. [Aberdeen Evening Express]
- Saudi Arabia has received offers to supply solar electricity for the cheapest prices ever recorded. The energy ministry said Abu Dhabi’s Masdar and Électricité de France bid to supply power from a 300 MW PV plant for as little as 6.69736 halalas per kWh, or 1.79¢/kWh, according to a webcast. Some analysts are skeptical about the terms. [Business Day]
- The Australian Greens unveiled a new policy that aims for 20 GW of energy storage to be installed by 2030, providing incentives for storage at household and grid level, and try to move the energy debate beyond baseload vs renewables. They say their proposal is sufficient back-up for a 100% renewable energy grid. [RenewEconomy]
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