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AUSTRALIA: Solar Credits scheme for small-scale renewables launched

Australians who will install rooftop solar panels are now entitled to avail of the Solar Credits program, a cost-reduction scheme on small-scale renewable energy systems established through the government’s Renewable Energy Target (RET) legislation. Under the Solar Credits

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Fears raised on delays in the California Solar Bill

Jobs, savings and other environmental benefits may be lost next year because the California Solar Bill AB 560, a bill that extends the ability of solar energy customers to lessen their power bills when their system yield surpasses their use, did not get passed on time according to the

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Financial requirements for renewables development in California lowered

The officials of the California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO), a not-for-profit public benefit corporation which connects power plants and utilities to provide electricity to customers, has just reduced the financial requirements for ISO interconnection. The California

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Asia agrees on “Green Growth” framework

As preparation for the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December, Asian countries on Sept. 11 (Manila time) issued a declaration that seeks to encourage countries to establish the appropriate institutional framework towards the shift to

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Australia to restrict importation of HCFC-charged air-conditioning

In Australia, a restriction on the importation of air conditioning equipment pre-charged with hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) refrigerants is being considered by the government. Being a party to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, an international

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New Zealand launches funds for small-scale renewables

New Zealand’s potential developers of small-scale, distributed generation projects may now apply for grants that will help complete their detailed feasibility studies and eventually fund their development. Called the Distributed Generation Fund (DGF), and to be run by the Energy Efficiency

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RFPs for 35 MW of clean power for NY village issued

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) recently announced the issuance of a request for proposal (RFP) for 35 megawatts (MW) of clean power to help meet the energy needs of the village of Solvay’s Electric Department in Onondaga County. The needed power would add up to the

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Australian green party to create 125 local green jobs

The Australian Greens party is about to create 125 local “green” opportunities for South Australia, the party said. This was announced by Senator Sarah Hanson-Young at the launching of the Local Jobs package recently which includes a funding of more than 3.5 million Australian

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UK: West Midland region setting good low carbon economy trends

UK’s Energy and Climate Change State Minister Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, speaking before the West Midlands Business Council last Friday, lauded the UK region’s low carbon economy and local programs for combating climate change. “The West Midlands is already taking on the challenge

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Canada: ecoENERGY pours 72.8 million Canadian dollars for Husky Energy

Up to 72.8 million Canadian dollars (US $66 million) will be invested by Canada for the production of ethanol in Husky Energy’s plant in Minnedosa, Manitoba, the government announced last week. Grain-based ethanol can cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 40%

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