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McDonald's signs landmark renewable energy agreements McDonald's has signed its first ever large-scale virtual power purchase agreements after taking its cue from markets such as the UK to champion greener restaurant and kitchen design worldwide.

Sprint Commits to Source 100% of its Energy Needs from Renewable Sources Sprint recently announced new corporate environmental goals, including a commitment to source 100% renewable electricity across its entire operations - all retail stores, offices, call centers, and network sites - by 2025.

Part 2 - South Australia: The nation's renewable energy superstar For many years, the state had been a net importer of energy and local electricity generation, mainly due to resource constraints. According to data from the Australian Energy Market Operator, the state had the highest average wholesale prices among the mainland National Electricity Market regions in 17 of the last 20 years.

India's ReNew Power Hits 5 Gigawatts Of Renewable Energy Capacity India's leading independent power producer in the renewable energy sector has achieved yet another milestone. ReNew Power Limited recently reported that it achieved 5 gigawatts of operational renewable energy capacity in India.

Renewable energy: climate crisis 'may have triggered faster wind speeds' Windfarms could be able to generate more energy due to phenomenon, says report.

Switching to renewable energy could save thousands of lives in Africa With economies and populations surging, an industrial revolution is inevitable on the African continent. The question is, what's going to power it?

Renewable energy: Rise in global wind speed to boost green power Rising winds could increase energy production from turbines by a third over the next decade.

UK policy a 'disaster' for two forms of renewable energy but 'remarkably effective' for one - Dr Richard Dixon The UK Government's policies have been a disaster for onshore wind and solar, but remarkably effective in reducing cost of offshore wind, writes Dr Richard Dixon.

Iberdrola Plans Over 400 New PV MW in Spain The two Cedillo plants, already presented to the Extremaduran Regional Government, will comprise 300,000 PV panels, and the construction phase could employ up to 200 people. It is scheduled to be commissioned in 2020.

Florida municipals break ground on PV giant Florida Municipal Power Agency, 12 Florida municipal electric utilities and Florida Renewable Partners today broke ground on the Florida Municipal Solar Project, which will comprise approximately 900,000 panels at two sites in Osceola County and at one site in Orange County.

Wind-speed rebound calms 'global stilling' fear for turbines: study Global wind speeds have picked back up over the last decade, in a rebound that an international team of scientists said calms fears that a trend called 'global terrestrial stilling' could hamper turbines' part in fighting climate change.

Med's first floating met-mast finishes maiden outing off Greece FloatMast's eponymous tension leg platform based met-mast protototype, which was installed in 65 metres of water off the island of Makronisos, collected 120 'streams' of data during the assignment, including wind and wave measurements, weather and ship traffic.

Global wind speeds 'increasing rapidly' The university is part of an international team that analysed data taken between 1978 and 2017 from over 9000 weather stations across Europe, North America and Asia. Analysis showed that the global mean annual wind speed decreased at a rate of 2.3% per decade during the first three decades, beginning from 1978.

Is renewable energy too weather-dependent? Fossil-fueled power plants cause pollution and climate problems, true enough, but they are generally a reliable source of energy generation on a large scale.

Canadian Solar offloads 102MW Carolina sun Canadian Solar subsidiary Recurrent Energy has sold 99% of an 102MW solar farm in the US state of North Carolina to NextEnergy Capital for an undisclosed price. The NC102 project, which is located in Cabarrus County, was bought by NextEnergy Capital through its NextPower 3 institutional solar fund.

Ampelmann plans next-gen transfers Dutch company Ampelmann is developing a new full motion compensation system that will be capable of transferring personnel and cargo up to five tonnes in weight in rough waters offshore.

Green Power for Suckers program wins regulatory approval Virginia's State Corporation Commission has approved Dominion Energy Virginia's request to offer a new product to electric utility customers who want to buy renewable energy at a discount but lack the knowledge to understand when they are being taken for chumps.

Renewable Energy - 11 million people in 2018, up from 10.3 million in 2017 The global renewable energy sector employed 11 million people in 2018. This compares with 10.3 million in 2017, based on available information. Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at Renewable energy and jobs: annual review 2019.

Siemens kit to help drive hydrogen steel plant Siemens Gas and Power has been awarded a contract by Salzgitter Flachstahl to provide a proton exchange membrane electrolysis plant as part of a wind-hydrogen project to make steel in Germany. The Siemens plant is due to start operations in the fourth quarter of next year and cover all of Salzgitter Flachstahl's hydrogen demand.

Iberdrola in major Spanish solar push with trio of projects We change our mind on that one." Industry body SolarPower Europe believes the booming Spanish market might add up to 19.5GW of new PV by 2023, driven by supportive policies and emerging opportunities for corporate power production agreements - such as the recent deal between Iberdrola and Nike - is among the top seven PV market prospects globally.

Orsted picks German crew for offshore appraisal Orsted has contracted Germanischer Lloyd Industrial Services to provide certification work on the 900MW Borkum Riffgrund 3 offshore wind farm in the so-called German cluster one region of the North Sea.

Siemens delivers PEM electrolyser for Salzgitter AG The plant is due to commence operation in the 4th quarter of 2020 and cover SZFG's entire current demand for hydrogen. The necessary electrical power will be generated by seven wind turbines with a capacity of 30 megawatt. These will be erected by Avacon AG on the Salzgitter Group site and will likewise enter service from 2020.

World's largest green-hydrogen plant begins operation in Austria The 6MW H2Future plant, at steel maker Voestalpine's site in Linz, consists of a Siemens Silyzer 300 PEM electrolyser that splits water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen using renewable electricity provided by Austrian utility Verbund.

China's power-builders chase global renewable energy growth CEEC, similarly, looks for breakthroughs in central and eastern European wind markets, which the firm sees as "a critical step in the Belt and Road Initiative", referring to China's government-led global infrastructure policy, and a gateway to the European market.

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