- “Donald Trump, Bird Killer” • He campaigned as a guardian of birds against windpower. His secretary of the Department of Interior, Ryan Zinke, recently noted renewable energy’s risks to birds in arguing against using public lands for solar power. Now, his administration is pushing policies that could send billions of birds to their deaths. [New Republic]
- An unwritten UK Government promise of “no subsidies” for onshore wind could end up costing more than £1 billion over the next four to five years relative to other technologies. A report from the Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit outlines reasons why the UK Government may want to revisit its policy on onshore wind installations. [CleanTechnica]
- SunPower has announced that it has been chosen by AES Distributed Energy to supply its modular Oasis power blocks for the largest solar and battery storage project to date not only in Kaua’i, but in Hawaii. The 28-MW PV plant will be accompanied by 20 MW of batteries, with a five-hour duration, for a 100 MWh rating. [pv magazine International]
- The 37 MW of power Microsoft will get from GE’s Tullahennal wind farm in County Kerry, Ireland, will bring the renewable energy the company uses worldwide to a total of 600 MW. But it will also be used to help Microsoft understand how much energy storage it needs to fully run on its hyper-scale cloud on 100% renewable energy. [Data Center Knowledge]
- Illinois state legislature enacted the Future Energy Jobs Act. This policy updates the Illinois Renewable Portfolio Standard, which requires increased energy production from renewable sources. Illinois now has about 80 MW of solar installed, but the new RPS means that solar installations will increase to 2,700 MW by 2030. [CleanTechnica]
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