February 3, 2014
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India wants to build a solar project so large (4,000 megawatts), it would dwarf all others!

India currently depends on coal for more than half of its electricity production, but it also gets a lot of sun, giving it the potential to become a solar power titan in the future. Continue reading

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August 19, 2013
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250MW solar farm in Nevada to be built with 1.1 million 250-watt solar panels

Another big solar project moving forward in the US. Continue reading

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May 31, 2013
by Denée Reaves
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Latin America Green News: air pollution puts Santiago on alert, fires hurt Costa Rica’s forests, solar project helps Mexico meet its goal, Ecuador decision on Yasuní ITT Initiative is imminent

Denée Reaves, Program Assistant, International, Washington, D.C.

Latin America Green News is a selection of weekly news highlights about environmental and energy issues in Latin America.

May 25-31, 2013

Chile

Chile’s environmental authorities have approved the second –and largest—geothermal plant in Chile. Proposed by GGE, the $330 million project would have an installed capacity of 70MW and would be built on the border of Chile’s southern eighth and ninth regions. Before construction begins, the company must also receive approval for the transmission line to connect the plant to the main grid. (BNAmericas 5/30/2013 – subscription required)

HidroAysén’s Communications Director, Maria Irene Soto, made controversial remarks on a popular radio show hosted by the Chilean journalist Juan Cristobál Guarello. When Soto commented schools would not be built in the future if HidroAysén’s five dams were not constructed, Guarello replied that she was furthering the company’s “campaign of terror”. Guarello also interjected when Soto likened reservoirs created by dams to the Patagonian lake General Carrera, and criticized her for implying that a man-made reservoir created over three years was the same as a naturally-formed lake created by melting glaciers over thousands of years. (El Mostrador 5/30/2013 – audio available)

Chile’s environmental authority announced that the Pascua Lama gold and copper mine will not go back online for one or two years, following its suspension for violating water management regulations. The $8.5 billion mining operation, owned by Barrick Gold, also has to pay a fine of $16 million for the environmental violations. (Reuters Latin America 5/30/2013)

Santiago’s metropolitan government announced the first environmental alert of the year for Chile’s capital city when air pollution approached dangerous levels. Authorities issued the alert when indicators on two of the city’s 11 air quality monitoring stations reached high levels. To prevent air pollution from escalating, the government is restricting vehicle use in the city and preventing the burning of firewood, a common source of heat in Chile. (La Tercera 5/25/2013)

Costa Rica

A UN-supported study prepared by Costa Rica’s National University concludes that the impact of modernizing the country’s fleet of public buses and taxis will be limited if the older vehicles continue to be sold and re-used in the private sector. The current Taxi and Bus Law mandates that public transportation vehicles cannot be older than 15 years, however it allows these units to be resold into the private sector. The study recommends creating a scrap metal industry to remove older and more polluting public transportation vehicles from circulation. (El Financiero 5/24/2013)

Bridgestone in Costa Rica will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent, or 11,000 tons, by installing a new efficient boiler fueled by biomass pellets. The new equipment will generate 6 MW of electricity. (El Financiero 5/28/2013)

Forest fires in Costa Rica have degraded 3,500 hectares during 2013. A total of 162 fires have been registered, including 91 in protected areas. Forty-nine percent of the fires were the result of burning of grasses or agricultural activities and forty-one percent were acts of vandalism linked to illegal hunting. (La Nación 5/27/2013) 

Mexico

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) recommend that imposing a tax on companies that are damaging the environment will increase the country’s GDP by four percentage points. The impetus is not only that the tax would help raise Mexico’s GDP, but also prove to be an incentive to these companies to become more environmentally sustainable. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OEDC) has also suggested in their report entitled “Economic Study for Mexico” that all fossil fuel subsidies in the country be stopped. (El Economista 5/27/2013)

The UN has nominated Mexico as one of the 20 countries to help lead the organization’s initiative “Sustainable Energy for All” to its completion. The initiative was created by 15 international organizations, including the UN, in 2011. A report recently released by the UN discussed the substantial amount of people around the world that do not have access to electricity and currently use harmful alternative methods to cook and heat their homes. The report is important in understanding what work still needs to be done for the initiative to attain its goal. (El Universal 5/28/2013).

Martifer Solar, the multinational Portuguese company, will be building the largest PV Park in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico for the Gauss Energía company. The park, called Aura Solar I, will have the capacity to produce enough energy to provide for 160 thousand inhabitants, and cut the CO2 emissions by more than 60 thousand tons. The project is financed by the Mexican development bank Nafin, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank, and the Aura Solar Corporation. Martifer states that with the construction of this project, the largest of its kind in Latin America, Mexico will be able to reach its goal of having 35% of the energy matrix comprised of renewable energy by 2026. (Energías Renovables 5/24/2013)

Regional

Ecuador is set to decide if it will move forward with its Yasuní ITT initiative that would leave oil underground in the Ecuadorian Amazon or proceed with “responsible exploitation.” The Yasuní ITT initiative, launched six years ago by Ecuador, would leave over 800 million barrels of oil underground in the Yasuní National Park in exchange for financial contributions from the international community of at least half of what Ecuador would gain if the oil were extracted and sold. President Correa said that during the next review of the initiative in late June or early July, the country will determine what the response by the international community has been and if it is meeting the project’s objectives.  (El País 5/30/2013)

For more news on the issues we care about visit our Latin America News archive or read our other International blogs.

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May 31, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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Google invests in 96 megawatt solar project in South Africa

Google has been investing a lot in traditional wind and solar, and in other more innovative renewable energy projects. But most of that is in the U.S. and so far they had not invested any money into renewable in Africa. Continue reading

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April 22, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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Solar project development: There’s an app for that.

With an increasing number of people confessing to being “solar curious”, quotes for solar PV systems may be in higher demand, and toward that end, solar professionals have a new tool at their disposal for project development. Continue reading

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March 19, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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World’s tallest solar tower (750 feet) to be erected in California… Twice

Brightsource and Abengoa are currently working on a 500 megawatts concentrated solar project in California that would be composed of twin 250-megawatt units with what should be the tallest solar towers in the world. Continue reading

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February 4, 2013
by Grace Gill
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India Green News : Government strides in solar and renewable energy investment, health impacts of pollution in cities

Grace Gill, Program Assistant, CMI/India/Climate Center, New York
India Green News is a selection of news highlights about environmental and energy issues in India.
January 1 – 31, 2013
Energy
Bucks for Green Energy
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January 3, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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Warren Buffett Buys World’s Largest Solar Project from SunPower for $2.5 Billion

Warren Buffett’s utility, which is part of his Berkshire Hathaway holding company, has just announced that it is buying SunPower’s Antelope Valley Solar Projects, located in California, for between 2 and 2.5 billion dollars. Continue reading

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July 21, 2012
by Amanda Maxwell
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Latin America Climate, Energy and Environment News: 7/16- 7/20/2012

Amanda Maxwell, Latin America Advocate, Washington, DC
Chile
Given the dramatic decrease in costs and increasing efficiency of solar modules, it is becoming increasingly viable to finance and build competitive solar projects in Chile. T… Continue reading

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July 11, 2012
by Amrita Batra
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Survey of State Solar Projects Reveals Immense Opportunity for Solar Energy in Rural India

Amrita Batra, Program Assistant, India Initiative and Food and Agriculture, San Francisco
Last week, one of India’s leading solar energy developers, Mahindra Solar One announced plans to move forward with a 50 megawatt solar plant… Continue reading

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October 7, 2010
by Frances Beinecke
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Two Solar Projects Get the Green Light to Bring Clean Energy and Jobs to California

I welcome Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s announcement on Tuesday that he has approved the first two new solar projects on public lands in California in more than two decades. These ventures will help jumpstart America’s transition to clea… Continue reading

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August 17, 2010
by Johanna Wald
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NRDC approves first solar project: Lucerne Valley Project

We share exciting news this week as environmental groups, including NRDC, support our first utility scale solar energy project – the Lucerne Valley Solar Project near Victorville in San Bernardino County. This is the first solar power project, an… Continue reading

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