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Hospitals are seeking to offset their expenses any way they can and some pursuing renewable energy that will save money in the long run.

If the global healthcare industry was a country, it would be the world’s fifth-largest emitter of greenhouse gas.

As lawmaking bodies and other various entities continue to reckon with the daunting future of climate change, laws like the Inflation Reduction Act, passed in 2022, have emerged to financially incentivize large companies like health systems for relying more on renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. As a result, health systems are launching sustainability projects to both reduce their carbon footprint as well as save money in the long run.

Many health systems are in a precarious financial condition, a reality only reinforced by news breaking this week that Texas-based Steward Health Care has filed for bankruptcy and is selling all 31 of its hospitals. Not surprisingly, many hospitals are still desperate to offset their expenses in any way they can — and healthcare sustainability experts think that renewable energy projects are a key way to do so.

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Source: MedCity News

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Eurostar has promised to power its trains with 100% renewable energy by 2030. Plan was laid out in the company’s first sustainability report

In one European country, its trains have already been running entirely on wind power since 2017.

Eurostar has promised to power its trains with 100 per cent renewable energy by 2030.

The plan was laid out in the company’s first sustainability report, released on Tuesday.

It details plans to reduce energy use, source renewable power, minimise waste and promote train travel as a greener alternative to flying.

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Source: Euro News

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Community solar emerged in 2010, providing customers with access to solar energy without the need to install PV panels.

America’s Solar Surge

As the U.S. invests in renewable energy, solar power continues to gain momentum, with installations growing by 22% annually over the past 10 years1 and 51% in 2023 alone.2 According to the Solar Energies Industry Association, this growth has been driven by:

  • Reduction in costs for solar photovoltaics (PV) installations
  • Rising demand for sustainable electricity from both public and private sectors
  • Federal policies like solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) and, more recently, the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)

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Source: CSR Wire

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Microsoft will support the development of 10.5GW of new renewable energy capacity around the world to fuel its AI ambitions and climate goals.

Microsoft just agreed to support the development of 10.5 gigawatts of new renewable energy capacity around the world, a massive amount of electricity to fuel its AI ambitions and climate goals.

For comparison, 10.5 GW of renewable energy amounts to nearly half the amount of solar and wind capacity California had in 2022. This is quite literally a very big deal — effectively the largest corporate agreement to purchase renewable energy to date, according to BloombergNEF. Microsoft inked the agreement yesterday with Brookfield Asset Management, which said the deal is almost eight times bigger than what was previously the single largest corporate power purchase agreement ever signed.

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Source: The Verge

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California has hit record-breaking milestones in renewable electricity generation, showing that WWS are ready to cover our electricity needs

Something spectacular is happening in the Golden State. California—the fifth-largest economy in the world—has experienced a record-breaking string of days in which the combined generation of wind, geothermal, hydroelectric and solar electricity has exceeded demand on the main electricity grid for anywhere from 15 minutes to 9.25 hours per day. These clean, renewable electricity sources are collectively known as wind-water-solar (WWS) sources.

It is impossible to understate how monumental this clean, renewable energy milestone is and how quickly WWS supplies have ramped up. In 2022 and 2023, California reached 100 percent WWS on the grid but only for the occasional day on a weekend—never two days in a row and never during the week. Now it’s an almost daily occurrence during spring. And it heralds in a new era of clean, renewable electricity, which will ultimately power the entire U.S. and the rest of the world for nearly all energy purposes.

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Source: SCI AM

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Burundi installed 340 kW of energy capacity in 2023, the UNDP told pv magazine, adding that the country could increase this in 2024.

Burundi installed 340 kW of energy capacity in 2023, the UNDP told pv magazine, adding that the country could increase this in 2024. The local office was unable to provide a forecast for 2024 or the total installed capacity in 2022, as that many small-scale projects often go unnoticed.

“Photovoltaics could help to cushion the country’s energy complexities, if properly maintained and monitored, through standalone or pairing solar with hydropower, like in the case of Nyabikere mini-hydroelectric plant in Karusi,” said UNDP spokesperson Aloys Sahiri.

Analysts say that several configurations could help the poorest country on Earth secure its energy needs. Some even speak about a possible “renewable energy revolution.”

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Source: PV Magazine

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Rooftop solar energy is essential to helping California meet its goal of generating 100% clean electricity by 2045.

April 9, 2024

Re: Support for AB 2256 (Friedman): the true value of rooftop solar

We as the undersigned write in enthusiastic support of Assembly Bill 2256 (Friedman).

We have the power to harness abundant renewable energy from the sun by installing solar panels on California’s rooftops. While we lead the nation in rooftop solar capacity, we’ve only taken advantage of 10% of the state’s rooftop solar potential so far. Rooftop solar energy is essential to helping California meet its goal of generating 100% clean electricity by 2045.

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Source: Environmental America

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USDA is investing close to $6M in 9 renewable energy projects throughout CA to lower energy costs, generate new income, and support farmers & rural small business

A nearly $6 million investment announced on March 28 focuses on clean, renewable energy. U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development California State Director Maria Gallegos Herrera made the announcement on March 28 that USDA is investing close to $6 million in nine renewable energy projects throughout California to lower energy costs, generate new income, and support California’s farmers, ranchers, and rural small business.

“With the Inflation Reduction Act, we are able to support more rural business owners and agricultural producers adopt sustainable energy solutions that provide short- and long-term benefits,” said Gallegos Herrera. “These investments reduce energy costs for producers and small business owners, invest in renewable energy that benefits not only our environment but also our economy, while reaffirming the commitment to rural California.”

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Source: Riverbanks News

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Meta, the parent of social media apps including Facebook and Instagram, has agreed to buy energy from a solar project in southeast Missouri.

Meta Platforms Inc., the parent of social media apps including Facebook and Instagram, has agreed to buy energy from a solar project in southeast Missouri.

Arevon Energy Inc., a renewable energy company, and California-based Meta (Nasdaq: META) have reached two long-term environmental attributes purchase agreements (EAPA) for the Kelso Solar Project in Scott County, Missouri, the companies said Tuesday in a press release.

Arevon’s Kelso Solar Project will generate 349 megawatts of power to support Meta’s operations in the region with 100% renewable energy, officials said. Meta is building an $800 million data center in Kansas City, joining 21 data centers it operates worldwide. Meta expects to spend about $15.12 billion related to its renewable energy agreements as of Dec. 31, most of which is due beyond five years, the company said in its annual report.

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Source: KSDK

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The Viejas Microgrid project will provide the Viejas Band with reliable utility-scale renewable energy generation and storage infrastructure.

The U.S. Dept. of Energy’s (DOE) Loan Programs Office (LPO) has announced a conditional commitment for an up to $72.8 million partial loan guarantee to finance the development of a solar and long-duration energy storage microgrid on the Tribal lands of the Viejas Band of the Kumeyaay Indians near Alpine, California.

This project is the first to be offered a conditional commitment through the Tribal Energy Financing Program, which was expanded and provided new loan authority the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).

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Source: Solar Power World

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