- “BC Lighthouses Go From Diesel To Renewable” • British Columbia’s 27 staffed lighthouses are shifting from diesel power to renewable energy, with several recently getting solar and wind turbines. Ten lighthouses are expected to make the changeover in about a year, while the other 17 will be retrofitted as the diesel generators age. [Daily Commercial News]
- “G20 Coal Subsidies Rise Despite Climate Pledges” • Despite promising a decade ago to phase out fossil fuel subsidies, the world’s leading economies more than doubled subsidies to coal-fired power plants between 2014 and 2017, putting climate goals at risk, according to a report by the London-based Overseas Development Institute. [RTE.ie]
- “GE’s 12-MW Haliade-X Turbine Tower And Blade Make First Appearances” • The component parts of GE Renewable Energy’s mammoth new 12-MW Haliade-X wind turbine prototype are arriving for installation in Rotterdam. The first turbine blade made its first appearance outside the company’s factory in Cherbourg, France. [CleanTechnica]
- “How Georgia Became A Surprising Bright Spot In The US Solar Industry” • In a big move last year for Georgia, the city of Dalton added a new industry to its manufacturing mix: the largest solar panel assembly plant in the Western hemisphere, a $150 million investment. It adds to Georgia’s increasing progress with solar power. [Spokane Public Radio]
- “Small Iowa Town Pushes For Energy Independence” • A small town in Iowa with a population of about 2,600 people and aging homes, Bloomfield has its own electric and gas utilities. Town staff found “net zero” didn’t resonate with the community, but it found traction with “energy independence.” It will use renewable energy for that. [CleanTechnica]
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