- BYD and its local partner Alexander Dennis Ltd have won London’s first order for fully-electric double-decker buses. The deal will see 37 BYD ADL Enviro400EV buses serving London’s transit passengers in the spring of 2019. London currently has five electric double-decker buses. It still has more than 6,800 double-decker buses to replace. [CleanTechnica]
- The results from the first experimental agrophotovoltaic program by the Fraunhofer Institute For Solar Energy Systems near Lake Constance in Germany found combining agriculture and farming increased the output of the land by 60% over what it would be if the same land was devoted 100% to farming or 100% to solar panels. [CleanTechnica]
- Hybrit, which plans to make steel without using any fossil fuels, has broken ground in Sweden for its first pilot plant. Its CEO said that if the new process were applied to all of Sweden’s steel-making industry, the nation’s carbon emissions could be reduced by 10%. Hybrit is a consortium of Vattenfall, steel maker SSAB, iron ore producer LKAB. [CleanTechnica]
- Hawaii has the country’s most aggressive Renewable Portfolio Standard, a plan to double renewable energy penetration by 2021, and multiple counties committed to a 100% renewable public transportation system. And Maui College just announced that it will become the first school in the country to be powered by 100% solar energy. [pv magazine USA]
- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled an energy storage roadmap to guide the state to a 1.5-GW target by 2025. The plan offers guidance on how storage can provide value to consumers, meet grid demands, and accelerate deployment. It also highlighted ways to deal with permitting and siting issues and to cut indirect costs. [reNews]
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