May 17, 2020

Solar for All New Buildings in Japan

Solar
Power
Energy
Renewable
Admin
2 min
Abandoning its nuclear energy expansion plans, Japan declares that all new buildings must have solar panels
With Prime Minister Naoto Kans announcement to abandon the countrys plan to expand its nuclear sector with 14 new reactors in the wake of the Fukushim...

 

With Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s announcement to abandon the country’s plan to expand its nuclear sector with 14 new reactors in the wake of the Fukushima reactor meltdown, Japan is now seeking renewables to fill the gap.  Kan says Japan must “start from scratch,” with a new energy policy geared toward clean, renewable energy as well as energy conservation.  Part of the plant is a requirement to install solar panels on every new building constructed in Japan by 2030.

"Taking [Fukushima] as a lesson, we will lead the world in clean energy such as solar and biomass, as we take a step toward resurrection," says Kan.  

The official announcement of the solar building initiative is expected to come at the upcoming G8 summit in Deauville, France.  The summit will likely also serve as a platform for Prime Minister Kan’s announcement that Japan will continue to operate its remaining functioning nuclear reactors pending safety confirmation.

 

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The solar industry—both in Japan and abroad—should rejoice as Japan’s solar market is apparently about to skyrocket.  It is still uncertain how solar building contracts will be awarded under the new government mandate.  Favoritism may be granted to domestic manufacturers to help revive the country’s economy in the wake of the destructive earthquake and tsunami.  However, considering the scope of the initiative, foreign solar power firms may want to begin strategically inserting themselves in the Japanese market to prepare for the boom.  

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Apr 20, 2021

Amazon's renewable energy projects surpass 200 milestone

Amazon
Renewables
Solar
Netzero
Dominic Ellis
2 min
Nine new projects announced today takes Amazon's renewables portfolio beyond 200 projects

Amazon claims it is now Europe's largest corporate buyer of renewable energy as its projects surpassed 200 globally.

Broken down, it has 136 solar rooftops on facilities and stores and 71 utility-scale wind and solar projects, nine of which were announced today covering the US, Canada, Spain, Sweden and UK. They include:

First solar project paired with energy storage Based in California’s Imperial Valley, Amazon’s first solar project paired with energy storage allows the company to align solar generation with the greatest demand. The project generates 100MW of solar energy, and includes 70MW storage.

First renewable project in Canada An 80 MW solar project in the County of Newell in Alberta. Once complete, it will produce over 195,000MWh of renewable energy to the grid.

Largest corporate renewable energy project in the UK Amazon’s newest project in the UK is a 350MW wind farm off the coast of Scotland and is Amazon’s largest in the country. It is also the largest corporate renewable energy deal announced by any company in the UK to date.

New projects in the US Amazon’s first renewable energy project in Oklahoma is a 118 MW wind project located in Murray County. Amazon is also building new solar projects in Ohio’s Allen, Auglaize, and Licking counties. Together, these Ohio projects will account for more than 400MW of new energy procurement in the state.

Additional investments in Spain and Sweden In Spain, Amazon’s newest solar projects are located in Extremadura and Andalucia, and together add more than 170 MW to the grid. Amazon’s newest project in Sweden is a 258 MW onshore wind project located in Northern Sweden.

It now has more than 2.5 GW of renewable energy capacity, enough to power more than two million European homes a year, and aims to power all its activities with renewables by 2025 and net zero by 2040.

Amazon and Global Optimism co-founded The Climate Pledge in 2019, a commit ment to reach the Paris Agreement 10 years early and be net-zero carbon by 2040. The pledge now has 53 signatories, including IBM, Unilever, Verizon, Siemens, Microsoft, and Best Buy.

A map of all of Amazon’s renewable energy projects around the world can be found here.

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