World’s largest solar power plant, set to help renewables provide almost half of Morocco’s energy

THE GUARDIAN UK: Morocco poised to become a solar superpower with launch of desert mega-project The Moroccan city of Ouarzazate […]


THE GUARDIAN UK: Morocco poised to become a solar superpower with launch of desert mega-project

The Moroccan city of Ouarzazate is used to big productions. On the edge of the Sahara desert and the centre of the north African country’s “Ouallywood” film industry it has played host to big-budget location shots in Lawrence of Arabia, The Mummy, The Living Daylights and even Game of Thrones.

Now the trading city, nicknamed the “door of the desert”, is the centre for another blockbuster – a complex of four linked solar mega-plants that, alongside hydro and wind, will help provide nearly half of Morocco’s electricity from renewables by 2020 with, it is hoped, some spare to export to Europe. The project is a key plank in Morocco’s ambitions to use its untapped deserts to become a global solar superpower.

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BOSTON GLOBE: Should Massachusetts lift the cap on net metering to allow for greater solar energy development?

YES! Ken Gray, Amesbury mayor

Proudly designated as a Green Community by the state, Amesbury is in constant pursuit of alternative means to meet our municipal energy needs while protecting the environment and saving taxpayer dollars.

As part of that effort, we are repurposing two capped landfills to generate 9 megawatts of solar power in Amesbury. These developments could provide our city with as much as 70 percent of its annual energy needs, resulting in significant cost savings for our residential and commercial taxpayers.

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GIZMAG: Enphase plug-and-play solar energy storage system to begin pilot program

An interesting new player is set to enter the emerging home energy storage arena in the shape of the Enphase Home Energy Solution. Enphase is billed as the world’s first integrated system that allows home users to store, monitor and manage their rooftop-generated solar electricity, while controlling their overall electricity consumption. The new product will be piloted in Australia from December 2015.

The system, (which was clearly named by engineers) provides a modular AC battery array and a networking hub that connects to a cloud-based monitoring app.

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THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Solar leads green energy growth in Mexico

With its long history as a petroleum producer, Mexico might not be the first place people think of when it comes to cleantech and renewables.

Yet over the past few years the country has become a magnet for companies in the sustainable energy sector, companies as interested in its solar, wind and geothermal resources as its oil and gas. And with recent changes to laws governing power generation, experts say, that interest will only increase.

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