- “Wind Power Costs And Prices Driven To New Lows In US” • Wind power is enjoying a prime period in the United States, with record low technology costs spurring strong investment, as local production of the components helps projects avoid the worst impacts of Trump’s trade war with China that has hit the solar market hard. [RenewEconomy]
- “World’s Lowest Cost Solar P V Contract Awarded In Portugal” • Portugal is now the country with the world’s lowest-cost solar PV contract. The lowest tariff awarded in the country’s first solar PV auction, held in July, was just €14.76/MWh ($16.54/MWh, 1.654¢/kWh) at today’s exchange rates. This beats a $16.95/MWh contract awarded in Brazil. [ETEnergyworld.com]
- “Solar Power Is Playing A Growing Role To Save The Bees” • After the worse bee losses on record. The US Department of Agriculture announced that it will no longer track honeybee populations or collect data for its Honey Bee Colonies Report. However, Solar companies are increasingly stepping in to provide safe havens for bees. [CleanTechnica]
- “Saudi Arabia Wind Farm Claims World Record Low Energy Cost” • Saudi Arabia’s 400-MW Dumat Al Jandal onshore wind farm announced what it says is a world record-low onshore wind levelized cost of electricity of 1.99¢/kWh. The Dumat Al Jandal onshore wind farm will be the country’s first wind project and the largest in the Middle East. [RenewEconomy]
- “Solar Now ‘Cheaper Than Grid Electricity’ In Every Chinese City, Study Finds” • Solar power has become cheaper than grid electricity across China, a development that could boost the prospects of industrial and commercial solar, according to a study. The report, published in Nature Energy, concludes that solar power is at grid parity in China. [Carbon Brief]
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