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Vol.4, No.21, May 22, 2016

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Credit: Bureau of Reclamation and NOAA

On July 11, the day these photos were taken, the Lake Mead reservoir, the largest in the U.S., reached its lowest water level since the lake was first filled during the construction of the Hoover Dam in the 1930s, according to the Bureau of Reclamation. The lake’s elevation was 1,081.77 feet—147.23 feet below capacity and 133.99 feet below its last peak in 1998. Similar to how the rings in the cross-section of a tree trunk can tell a story about that tree’s past, the high points and low points of Lake Mead’s water history can be glimpsed from observing recent photos taken at the Hoover Dam. 

April showers are traditionally meant to bring May flowers, bot for parts of the U.S. Last week brought May snow (see map), however the NOAA forecast say it will continue to be wet for much for the US:

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Enough of the weather blues – there is much to report about “the week that was” and so without more ado here is the Publisher’s take on the week ( please note there is much more going on so please read to catch up):


Utility scale solar activity picking up:

The 4.83 Megawatts peak (MWp) solar farm, is providing 27% of the airport’s annual electricity demand/ Northern Ireland’s First Large-Scale Solar Farm Connected / Renewables

75 MW solar capacity will add to the 300 MW of solar capacity added in 2015 by Duke in North Carolina / Two Duke Energy Solar Facilities Get Green Light from N.C. Regulators / Renewables

There are more than 27 gigawatts of cumulative solar electric capacity operating in the U.S., which is enough energy to power more than five million homes across the country, and the pace is picking up. / U.S. Reaches One Million Solar Installations / Renewables

GE Energy Financial Services and Virginia Solar commenced commercial operations on its jointly owned 32-megawatt Pacifico Energy Kumenan Mega Solar Project/ GE Financial Services and Virginia Solar Commission Pacifico Energy Kumenan Solar Plant in Japan / Renewables

India’s largest rooftop Solar Power Plant spread over 82 acres of rooftop on multiple roofs with installed capacity of 19.5 MW, was commissioned in Punjab / Solar Rooftop Installed in Punjab / Renewables

A new solar cell configuration developed at University of New South Wales has pushed sunlight-to-electricity conversion efficiency to 34.5% – establishing a new world record for unfocused sunlight / Milestone In Solar Cell Efficiency By UNSW Engineers / Renewables

Both wind and large-scale solar PV power will see major additions of new generating capacity even with low natural gas prices – 9 GW for wind and 13 GW for solar/ Natural Gas, Renewable Energy Can Provide All of the New Electric Power Texas Will Need / Renewables

Hosoe (96-MW) scheduled to begin operating in the second half of 2016 and first half of 2018, respectively / GE Financial Services and Virginia Solar Commission Pacifico Energy Kumenan Solar Plant in Japan / Renewables

The project was built using Hareon Solar's high efficiency multi-crystalline silicon solar modules / ReNew Power and Hareon Solar JV Completes 72 MW Project in Andhra Pradesh / Renewables

The government of Chile proposes that renewable energy sources should account for at least 70 percent of Chile’s energy grid in 2050. / Chile Unveils Long-Term Energy Strategy / Renewables

Floating solar panels conserve land / Floating Solar Installation Debuts in Indonesia / Renewables

Activity on the wind front:

Lindahl, Enel's first project in North Dakota, will have a total installed capacity of 150 MW and generate approximately 625 GWh each year; / Enel Starts Construction of New 150 MW Wind Project in the U.S. / Renewables

Facility would consist of up to 292 wind turbines divided and an interconnection corridor containing up to two parallel overhead 230 kilovolt (kV) transmission lines / Wheatridge Wind Energy Facility / Renewables

Xcel Energy will propose to add up to 1,000 megawatts of additional renewable resources, including the wind project / Xcel Energy Files for Rush Creek Wind Project / Renewables

The 160 MW Rattlesnake Wind Project represents the first phase of an expected 300 MW wind project, / Goldwind Americas Signs 160 MW Texas Deal With RES / Renewables

U.S. and Denmark MOU recognizes countries' common interests in developing offshore wind / Denmark and the U.S. to Strengthen Cooperation on Offshore Wind / Renewables

Major Businesses going renewable

Dow has partnered with NRG Energy on for renewable energy, to achieve the goal of 750 MW/ Dow Chemical Increases Clean Energy Targets / Renewables

Apple runs on 93 per cent renewable energy in India, and spoke of plans to move Apple’s entire supply chain to renewable energy / Apple to Participate in Digital India Initiative / Smart Grid.

Major brands and other non-utility customers signed 52%, or 2,074 megawatts (MW), of the wind power capacity contracted through power purchase agreements in 2015. / Big Brands and Other New Customers Signed For Half Of New Wind Power Capacity In 2015 / Renewables



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