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Facebook operations on track to use 100% renewable energy by end of 2021 | Inquirer Business

facebook operations on track to use 100% renewable energy by end of 2021 | inquirer business

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Facebook is on the road to have their operations powered completely by renewable energy by the end of 2021. Image: Istock.com/serts via AFP Relaxnews
Two years ago, Facebook made a goal for its operations to be completely powered by renewable energy by the end of 2021. On Tuesday, the company announced that, as outlined in the recently published 2019 Sustainability Report, it’s on track to realizing this ambition.
Over the year, Facebook “achieved 86% renewable energy for our operations and now have over 1.3 gigawatts of wind and solar projects online,” up from 75% in 2018. In fact, the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park is already at 100%. The multitude of wind and solar farms aid Facebook in accomplishing this mission, as well as helping their surrounding communities.
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Complementing this feat, Facebook also announced in the report that it has reduced operational greenhouse gas emissions by 59% since 2017 and, thanks to four new water restoration projects, they plan to restore 206,000 cubic meters of water per year from now on.
If Facebook continues its conversion to sustainable energy at this rate, by the end of next year, all the company’s operations should be renewable. RGAFEATURED STORIES
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Saudi Arabia to host $5bn green hydrogen plant

saudi arabia to host $5bn green hydrogen plant

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ACWA Power, Air Products and Saudi Arabian smart city initiative NEOM are to build a production facility for making green hydrogen, powered by renewable energy.
The $5bn (€4.3bn) green hydrogen-based ammonia production plant will be built at a site in north-west Saudi Arabia where NEOM is developing a smart city and innovation hub.
The plant, in which the three partners will have equal ownership, will supply 650 tonnes of green hydrogen for exporting globally.

The plant will integrate with over 4GW of renewable energy sources, from solar, wind and energy storage and is slated to come onstream in 2025.
Electrolysyer technology will be provided by Thyssenkrupp.
Air Products’ equipment will be produce nitrogen by air separation, while 1.2 million tonnes, annually, of green ammonia will be manufactured using Haldor Topsoe technology.
Air Products will be the exclusive offtaker of the green ammonia and intends to transport it around the world to be dissociated to produce green hydrogen for the transportation market.
Air Products chairman, president and chief executive Seifi Ghasemi said: “We are honoured and proud to partner with ACWA Power and NEOM and use proven technologies to make the world’s dream of 100% green energy a reality.
“Harnessing the unique profile of …

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UK renewables output soars to record levels in Q1

uk renewables output soars to record levels in q1

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Increased capacity and high load factors for wind energy boosted renewable output to record levels in the first three months of the year, according to government statistics.
A total of 40.8 terrawatt-hours (TWh) was generated between 1 January and the end of March, up 9.4TWh or 30% compared with the same period in 2019.
Clean power represented 47% of electricity generated in the period, up 11.1 percentage points on Q1 2019.

This is the first time green power has exceeded 40% of total electricity generated in the country.
Installed capacity for renewables was 47.4GW at the end of the first quarter, a 5.2% increase on last year.
The increase was mainly down to more offshore wind coming online – up 19% or 1.6GW.
Offshore wind generation grew 53% to 13.2TWh, while onshore output grew 29% to 12.8TWh.
In total, wind power generated 7.5TWh more in the first three months of 2020 than in the same period of last year.
The sector contributed 30% of total electricity generated.
Solar generation fell 11% in the quarter to 1.9TWh from 2.2TWh.

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Beyond the “silver lining” of emissions reductions: Clean energy takes a COVID-19 hit

beyond the “silver lining” of emissions reductions: clean energy takes a covid-19 hit

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In early March, the Washington state legislature passed a community solar incentives bill meant to help meet renewable energy goals and increase low-income communities’ access to solar technology. The bill, HB 2248, enjoyed widespread stakeholder support; environmental justice groups, renewable energy coalitions, and utility companies were all on board.The day after the bill passed, Washington Governor Jay Inslee shut down public schools in response to the escalating COVID-19 pandemic. Over the next few weeks, as businesses were shuttered, and a stay-at-home order was issued and then extended, it became increasingly clear that the pandemic would not be easily contained and that the loss to human life and economic stability would be far-reaching. In early April, the governor vetoed HB 2248, citing the state’s economic fallout.”Funding in the state budget really needed to go toward the most essential state services,” the bill’s main sponsor, Representative Beth Doglio (D-Olympia), told EHN. “Unfortunately, the governor did not consider…the community solar bill to be something that we should be investing in right now.” The fate of the Washington state solar bill is a microcosm of what economists and industry groups say is a profound and nationwide disruption to renewable energy development and progress …

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CIP clinches green finance for 487MW Monegros

cip clinches green finance for 487mw monegros

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Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) has closed a non-recourse long-term project financing credit facility for its investment in the 487MW Monegros portfolio of 12 wind projects in Spain.
The Monegros complex, in Aragon, is part of Copenhagen Infrastructure 3, a €3.5bn energy infrastructure fund managed by CIP.
CIP said the wind farms remain on time and on budget, despite Covid-19 causing a challenging environment for construction activities in Spain.

First power has been achieved and the wind farms will gradually reach commercial operations date (COD) over the next approximately 12 months.
The wind farms will deploy 129 GE 3.8-130 wind turbines in total, supplied and installed by GE Renewable Energy.
GE Renewable Energy will also provide operational and maintenance services for the turbines under a long-term service agreement.
The power generated by the Monegros wind farms will be sold under power purchase agreements (PPAs), entered into earlier this year, which will cover the majority of output generated by the wind farms for 10 years from COD.
In total, it is expected that the Monegros wind farms will sell 12 terawatt-hours of of renewable power under the PPA, making it the largest renewable power purchase agreement signed to date in Europe.
Six Spanish and European banks, comprising ABN …

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3 Renewable Energy ETFs to Power Your Portfolio

3 renewable energy etfs to power your portfolio

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A construction crew arrived at our farm at the crack of dawn last Thursday. By 3 p.m., the crew was gone.
In its dust, it left a brand-new 10-kilowatt (kW) solar array…
Behind it is our 8-year-old existing 10-kW array. The old array has 48 solar panels while the new one has only 28.
Both arrays generate the same amount of solar power. So why does one have more panels than the other?
The new panels are slightly bigger, but the real difference is panel efficiency.
The old panels are 17% efficient while the new ones are 22.2% efficient. That’s 31% more power per panel.
But here’s the best part: The new system cost roughly half what the old one did. Manufacturing costs continue to drop for solar panels.
I think we could easily see another 30% to 50% drop in system prices five years from now. The higher the manufacturing volume, the less the cost to make it.
But why the big jump in solar? It’s part of a much larger, secular trend in the energy sector…
The change from fossil fuels to renewable energy.
The Jump to Renewables
The Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects that renewable energy “will be the fastest-growing source …

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Partial Recovery Predicted in 2021 for Renewables Post Coronavirus

partial recovery predicted in 2021 for renewables post coronavirus

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DUBLIN, July 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — ResearchAndMarkets.com published a new article on the renewable energy industry “Partial Recovery Predicted in 2021 for Renewables Post Coronavirus”
The COVID-19 crisis has resulted in the construction of fewer new wind farms, solar panels and other facilities to produce renewable energy. This decline is due to a slowdown in construction activity, supply chain disruptions and lockdown measures. However, it is expected that growth will resume next year as a result of the completion of postponed projects and continued government support. Despite the disruption to planned projects, it is predicted that the world will add 167 gigawatts of renewable power capacity this year. Analysts predict a partial recovery in 2021. Renewable energy installations are forecast to rebound to 2019 levels. However, the combined growth for 2020 and 2021 is predicted to be 10% lower than was forecast before the COVID-19 outbreak. The sharp decline in oil and gas prices could also have an effect on the demand for renewable energy heating. Due to the economic impact of COVID-19, consumers may take advantage of the lower prices and delay switching from fossil fuel heating to renewable alternatives. To see the full article and a list of related reports on the market, visit “Partial Recovery …

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Huge Flywheel Project to Aid UK’s Renewable Energy Uptake

huge flywheel project to aid uk’s renewable energy uptake

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An enormous flywheel construction in north-east Scotland could soon be put to use to prevent blackouts across the United Kingdom.The system, which was made as part of a collaboration between GE and Starkraft, would, essentially, mimic the effect of a power station without using any fossil fuels.RELATED: THE WORLD COULD BE POWERED PURELY BY RENEWABLE ENERGY BY 2050Mimicking a power station’s spinning turbinesThe flywheel project which is located near Keith in Moray aims to start operating from next winter, Norwegian energy company Starkraft said in a press relase.The project, which is expected to cost taxpayers approximately £25m, will not generate electricity or produce carbon emissions, The Guardian writes. What it could do is help to stabilize the energy grid’s electrical frequency, and in doing so remove the need for a carbon-emitting power station’s spinning turbines to do the job.In the present, the National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) sees itself having to shut down wind farms and run gas power stations even though there is more than enough renewable energy to meet Britain’s electricity demand. ESO has to do this in order to keep the grid’s frequency steady at about 50 hertz.Preventing blackoutsIn August of …

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To what extent can renewable energy empower women in rural communities?

to what extent can renewable energy empower women in rural communities?

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This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum.
Author: Tharanga Gunawardena, Communications Manager, Room to Read

The global energy sector is rapidly transforming and moving more towards renewable energy, a shift that is a huge opportunity to achieve greater gender equality and inclusion.

Yet the energy sector remains one of the least gender diverse industries in the world – only 32% of its workforce is female.

Reinforcing gender equality in any industry is key to generating widespread, holistic results. However, common challenges for women such as access to education, limited mobility and gender norms have held them back from pursuing careers in more male-oriented industries like the energy sector.

In addition, the climate crisis is making women even more vulnerable, especially in disadvantaged communities.

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Transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy

Human activity since the Industrial Revolution has changed the balance of greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere, increasing global temperatures and accelerating climate change. According to NASA, dependency on burning coal and oil have raised Earth’s atmospheric carbon dioxide levels from 280 parts per million to 412 parts per million in the last 150 years.

As …

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