EV sales up, coal down, solar car chargers and solar farm on a fairway

Pittsburgh powers EVs with new solar stations

April 11, 2018

Envision EV Charger

The city of Pittsburgh has installed 5 EV ARC™ solar powered EV chargers. The stations were deployed at the Second Avenue Parking Plaza to provide solar-powered EV charging for the city’s fleet of electric vehicles. Pittsburgh is in the process of developing its third climate action plan to create policies and projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within city limits.

Invented and manufactured in California by Envision Solar, fits inside a standard parking space and generates enough clean solar electricity to power up to 225 miles of EV driving in a day. It includes a battery storage system for charging day or night, and to provide emergency power during grid failure. The units are self contained and don’t require any foundation or other prep work and can be deployed in minutes and easily moved to a new location.

Units were also installed by the California Department of Parks and Recreation recently to providing workplace charging at the agency’s Bay Area District Office and public charging for park visitors at Natural Bridges State Park in Santa Cruz.


EV-Volumes: Global Plug-in Sales for Q1-2018

May 14, 2018

2017 was a great year for Plug-ins and the pace continues: Quarter 1 deliveries of this year were 312 400 units worldwide, 59 % higher than for Q1-2017. The numbers include all global BEV and PHEV passenger cars sales, light trucks in USA/Canada, light commercial vehicles in Europe and now also light commercial vehicles in China as a new, emerging category. Plug-in hybrids (+69 %) increased faster than pure EVs (+52 %) again, PHEVs stood for 39 % for Q1-2018. 1076 fuel-cell vehicles were delivered,  34 % more than for Q1 of last year.
»» Read the full report at EV-Volumes.com


Forbes: Coal Collapsing Faster Under Trump; Wind, Solar, Gas All Benefit

May 9, 2018 by Jeff McMahon 

More coal plants are now projected to retire more quickly than experts thought a year ago, according to energy-industry analysts who gathered in Chicago Tuesday.

Three alternative energy sources—wind, solar and natural gas—are expected to divide up the spoils, they said at the American Wind Energy Association’s Windpower 2018 conference.

‘The real story I believe is in coal retirements,’ said Bruce Hamilton, a director in the energy practice at Navigant, which has modeled every coal plant in the U.S. and projected 73 gigawatts will retire in the next 10 years.

‘That’s more than twice what we projected last year at this time. It’s more than we had two years ago when the Clean Power Plan was in the assumptions.’
»» Read the complete article at Forbes


29.2MW Solar Power Plant on Repurposed Japanese golf course

May 14, 2018

Kyocera solar farm on Japanese golf course

Kyocera Solar has completed construction of its largest solar plant to date, a 29.2 megawatt (MW) utility-scale solar power plant in Yonago City, Japan. The solar modules were installed on 1.2 square kilometres of land originally designated for a golf course and other purposes but subsequently abandoned.

The 108,504 Kyocera solar modules will generate an estimated 36 Gigawatt Hours (GWh) per year — enough electricity to power approximately 12,000 typical Japanese households. All electricity generated at the plant will be sold to the local utility, Chugoku Electric Power. Since

Kyocera Solar has constructed 62 solar power plants across Japan with approximately 215 MW of total output since the company was established in August 2012.


Images: EV-ARC: Envision, EV Sales Graph: EVVolumes.com, Solar farm: Kyocera
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