America’s first solar-powered town, Babcock Ranch in Florida, about 170 miles north west of Miami. The first four pioneers have moved in already and others are arriving thick and fast, with the sales office doing brisk business. In around 20 years, 50,000 people will live in the town. Many will also work there too as Mr Kitson’s vision of an ecological, self-sustaining town becomes a reality. During the day, power comes from 343,000 solar panels stretched out over 440 acres. At night it is supplemented by electricity from the local grid. That will change once the town develops the capacity to store the electricity the panels generate.
Telegraph 12th Feb 2018 read more »
A record-breaking month of rooftop installations and a flood of large-scale solar farms could almost double Australia’s solar power capacity in a single year, industry analysts say. A massive solar energy boom is being predicted for 2018, after an unprecedented number of industrial solar farms were approved by the New South Wales and Queensland governments last year. Last month also became the biggest January on record for rooftop installations, according to the renewables website RenewEconomy and industry analysts SunWiz.
Guardian 11th Feb 2018 read more »