When the blades of its 800-kilowatt wind turbine start turning, the small Greek island of Tilos will become the first in the Mediterranean to run exclusively on wind and solar power. The sea horse-shaped Greek island between Rhodes and Kos has a winter population of 400. But that swells to as many as 3,000 people in the summer, putting an impossible strain on its dilapidated power supply. This summer, technicians are conducting the final tests on a renewable replacement system that will be fully rolled out later this year. It will allow Tilos to run exclusively on high-tech batteries recharged by a wind turbine and a solar park. The European Commission says Tilos will be the first autonomous renewable green island in the Mediterranean. It plans to use the project as a blueprint for other small islands across the European Union that have limited grid connection to the mainland. The EU has largely funded the project, providing 11 million euros ($12.5 million) of the total 13.7 million-euro ($15.7 million) cost.
US News 19th Aug 2018 read more »
The Climate Group and CDP are urging corporates to go further than setting 100% renewable electricity commitments – and to bring deadlines for such targets forward – if they wish to drive the clean energy transition for the benefit of the business community. The organisations made the call to action in a new RE100 leadership paper, which recommends that companies wishing to become “real” corporate leaders on renewable energy should set more ambitious targets, source renewables in a way that actively grows the clean energy market and influence suppliers to follow their lead.
Edie 17th Aug 2018 read more »
More corporates are investing in and scaling up to 100 per cent renewable power – but how should businesses start out on the clean electricity path? Less than a decade ago few predicted the rapidity and scale of cost reductions which renewables have since enjoyed. We are now at a tipping point where onshore wind farms are the cheapest form of new generation.
Business Green 20th Aug 2018 read more »