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Coverage of solar farms since July 11, 2023.

Controversy brewing over possible solar project proposal in East Kootenay

"...The Vancouver-based Enterprise Renewables wants to explore just under 5o square kilometres of land north of Cranbrook for the potential environmental impact of a solar facility. It's currently seeking an investigative license to do so, and receiving a flurry of concerns during the public feedback period associated with that. The BC Wildlife Federation is concerned the exploration could affect the winter habits of elk and deer, as well as species like the Lewis' woodpecker and long-billed curlew, which rely on the land for food and nesting..."


Used EV batteries power up California solar farm

"...Electric vehicle batteries are typically replaced when they reach 70 to 80 percent of their capacity, largely because the range they provide at that point begins to dwindle. Almost all of the critical materials inside them, including lithium, nickel, and cobalt, are reusable. A growing domestic recycling industry, supported by billions of dollars in loans from the Energy Department and incentives in the Inflation Reduction Act, is being built to prepare for what will one day be tens of millions of retired EV battery packs..."


Tech giant Amazon's 1st Canadian wind farm project to be located in Alberta

"...The announcement on Thursday (Nov. 16) marks Amazon’s fourth renewable energy project in Canada and comes on the heels of the recent opening of the company’s Travers Solar Project, which is also located in southern Alberta and is the largest solar farm ever constructed in Canada..."


Amazon selects Alberta to build 1st Canadian wind farm project

"...The company said it will partner with developer Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners on a 495-megawatt capacity wind farm to be built in Vulcan County in southern Alberta. The announcement on Thursday marks Amazon's fourth renewable energy project in Canada and comes on the heels of the recent opening of the company's Travers Solar Project, which is also located in southern Alberta and is the largest solar farm ever constructed in Canada. That project, together with the newly announced wind farm, will help power Amazon's local operations in Alberta, including its fulfilment centers, sortation centers, delivery stations and Amazon Web Services data centre..."


Solar energy is booming. What happens when the panels die?

"...About 12 years ago, a woman named Annick Anctil was working at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York. She was researching the environmental impact of solar, and she became interested in making this renewable energy more sustainable..."


N.B. Conservation Council raises concerns about lack of costing for SMRs in NB Power plan

"...SMRs are new technology in the nuclear power sphere. A single small modular reactor is capable of producing 300 megawatts. Moe Qureshi, the CCNB’s manager of climate solutions, said the IRP focused heavily on SMRs despite their relative newness and left out a key component to using them in the future – the cost..."


Why did Alberta pause new wind and solar projects? Premier says feds

"...Smith, whose government surprised the province's renewable energy industry last week by announcing a six-month freeze on new projects greater than one megawatt, told her provincewide radio call-in program Saturday that backup plants powered by natural gas are needed for when wind isn't blowing or the sun isn't shining. But, she said, the federal government doesn't want Alberta to add any new natural gas electricity plants to the grid. “So I've told them, how can I bring on additional wind and solar if I'm not able to secure the reliability of my power grid by being able to bring on natural gas peaker plants? That's the heart of the problem,” Smith said..."


Alberta announces six-month pause on renewable energy, citing rural concerns

"...Alberta’s United Conservative government is pausing all approvals in the province’s booming renewable energy industry in response to what it says are rural and environmental concerns..."


Ponoka County council hears presentation on renewable energy and landowners

"...• Renewable energy resources include moving water, wind, heat from the earth, sunlight and sustainable biomass..."


LNG’s future unclear as conference kicks off in Vancouver

"...On Tuesday, it was announced in a press release that Johnston will also be the lead advising researcher for the First Nations Climate Initiative, a B. C. -based forum composed of Lax Kw’alaams, Metlakatla, Nisga’a and Haisla First Nations created to fight against poverty and climate change..."


Net zero electricity grid for Alberta is possible, Wilkinson says

"...Against the backdrop of Alberta's newest solar farm, federal Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said Tuesday he still believes the province can get its electricity grid to net zero by 2035 – in spite of Premier Danielle Smith's insistence to the contrary..."


Natural resources minister contradicts Alberta Premier, saying net-zero grid is possible

"...As part of its sweeping climate goals, the federal government plans to soon release a draft of its promised clean electricity regulations, which will aim to ensure Canada's electricity grid is a net-zero emitter of greenhouse-gas emissions by 2035. Canada's current electricity grid is more than 80 per cent non-emitting, and in provinces with vast amounts of hydro-electric generating capacity, decarbonizing within the next decade is feasible. What people are reading Our political leaders need to smarten up By Max Fawcett | Opinion, Politics | July 10th 2023 But though Alberta has committed to achieving net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050, the province's lack of hydroelectricity and heavy reliance on natural gas for power generation means its grid faces steeper transition challenges than many other jurisdictions..."


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"...RenuWell – the idea is to breathe new life into Alberta's thousands of abandoned oil wells by reusing well pads and roads and building 750-kilowatt solar farms..."


Conservation group files legal challenge against EPCOR’s river valley solar farm

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"...Kristine Kowalchuk, Chair, Edmonton River Valley Conservation Coalition..."


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Informative Video

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"...How big can a solar farm be in Siberia? Will Apple ever make an electric car? Are Denmark really building a renewable energy island? Could Toyota finally be launching their electric cars outside China? Where will the world's largest offshore wind plant be built? Are Tesla making a $25k compact Tesla? Oh, and how exactly did Robert attend a recent conference in Africa? ..."


Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about solar farms relevant to the latest news.

An Integrated GIS-Based ANP Analysis for Selecting Solar Farm Installation Locations: Case Study in Cumra Region, Turkey

"...With the depletion of traditional energy sources, which are defined as fossil fuels, the importance of renewable energy sources has increased even more..."


Krabi's renewable energy transition towards sustainable energy: drivers, barriers, and challenges

"...In addition, new biomass power plants are public opposed due to emissions of solid biomass combustion pollutants..."


A Multi-criteria Decision-Making (MCDM) Approaches for Systematic Analysis and Ranking of Solar Power Plant Site Using ANN

"...Government of India (GOI) has also introduced various policies to promote diffusing of solar energy and has also invested a huge sum of money in the development of renewable energy..."


Enhancement of Static Voltage Stability Margin Using STATCOM in Grid-Connected Solar Farms

"...Hence, keeping in view, the current scenario of power system deregulation, it is intended to study the effects of incorporating renewable energy sources in power system network and the effectiveness of FACTS devices in improving the voltage stability margin..."


Site suitability analysis for solar farms using the geographic information system and multi-criteria decision analysis: the cas

"...In this context, it is crucial to identify suitable locations for solar farms in order to make maximum use of solar energy..."


Detection of Solar Panel Farms Using Machine Learning

"...There has been an increase in the number of solar energy farms all over India in an effort to move toward more sustainable sources of energy..."


Cloud-Computed Solar Tracking System

"...Nations in the contemporary world choose renewable energy sources since it is cheaper, cleaner, and more plentiful than fossil fuels..."


Automated Cleaning of PV Panels Using the Comparative Algorithm and Arduino

"...Out of these sources, the solar energy of the sun is one of the most promising sources as it is abundantly available..."


"...Then I will provide some insight on ongoing work concerning the use of this UGV and an UAV fleet to search for solar panel defects in large-area solar farms, where autonomy is an important step for future operation..."


Influence of the Separation Between Photovoltaic Modules Within an Array on the Wind Pressure Distribution

"...As has traditionally been considered, the gap between photovoltaic modules within the same array would be one of the key factors in the development of wind pressure on the tables of a solar farm and, therefore, in the resulting wind action on these surfaces..."


A digital-twin and machine-learning framework for the design of multiobjective agrophotovoltaic solar farms

"...This work develops a computational Digital-Twin framework to track and optimize the flow of solar power through complex, multipurpose, solar farm facilities, such as Agrophotovoltaic (APV) systems..."


Simple and efficient estimation of I?V photovoltaic using nonlinear curve fitting equivalent circuit model in Lambert W functio

"...The obtained results for the key parameters are similar to results in the previously published works using the same I?V data of both the Photowatt-PWP201 modules and France solar cell..."