National Renewable Energy Laboratory: NREL Releases Comprehensive Databases of Local Ordinances for Siting Wind, Solar Energy Projects

National Renewable Energy Laboratory: NREL Releases Comprehensive Databases of Local Ordinances for Siting Wind, Solar Energy Projects . “NREL released two new databases of state and local wind and solar energy zoning laws and ordinances in the United States. The data sets are machine-readable so geospatial analysts and researchers can readily analyze siting impacts. This work is part of ongoing research at NREL to explore the dynamics of land use and clean energy deployment.”

Public News Service: New Tool Emerges in Helping IA Communities Map Out Wind, Solar

Public News Service: New Tool Emerges in Helping IA Communities Map Out Wind, Solar . “Iowa is seen as a leader in renewable energy for sources like wind power, but tension is building in how to site such projects. The rapid growth of wind and solar has led to policy debates at the state level on whether to add regulations, as some landowners and farm groups fight certain plans. A new guide aims to give local officials a better grasp of proposals coming their way.”

Johns Hopkins University: New Project Will Lay Groundwork For Open Access To Massive Windfarm Simulations

Johns Hopkins University: New Project Will Lay Groundwork For Open Access To Massive Windfarm Simulations. “Dennice Gayme, an associate professor in the Whiting School of Engineering’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and Charles Meneveau, the Louis M. Sardella Professor in Mechanical Engineering at WSE, have started a new project to create a public database of windfarm simulations, which will allow anyone with an internet connection to easily access and analyze the data in order to conduct research, generate knowledge, and evaluate models or wind field data to be used in wind farm planning or development projects.”

Iowa State University: Engineers develop cybersecurity tools to protect solar, wind power on the grid

Iowa State University: Engineers develop cybersecurity tools to protect solar, wind power on the grid. “Solar panels and wind turbines, now projected to produce 44% of America’s electricity by 2050, present cybersecurity challenges. They have sensors, controllers, actuators or inverters that are directly or indirectly connected to the internet. They’re distributed far and wide across the country and the countryside. Many have insecure connectivity to legacy electric grid systems. They have complex physics. They’re subject to advanced persistent threats. And there will be more and more of them going online.”

Bloomberg: It’s Warren Buffett Versus Google, Facebook in Latest Wind-Farm Debate

Bloomberg: It’s Warren Buffett Versus Google, Facebook in Latest Wind-Farm Debate. “Google, Facebook and Microsoft Corp. — three of the world’s biggest corporate buyers of clean power — are sounding the alarm that a nearly $4 billion, Warren Buffett-backed renewable-energy project proposed in Iowa isn’t necessarily in the best interest of customers, including them.”

PV Magazine: Global online database for solar parks above 20 MW

PV Magazine: Global online database for solar parks above 20 MW. “Global Energy Monitor (GEM) has unveiled a new online tool to map solar power plants throughout the world with capacities above 20 MW. The Global Solar Power Tracker (GSPT) can map projects of any status, including operational arrays or announced plants, as well as solar facilities that are under development or under construction. Every solar park is linked to a wiki page on the GEM wiki platform.”

PRNewswire: Meta to Open Hyperscale Data Center in Temple, Texas (PRESS RELEASE)

PRNewswire: Meta to Open Hyperscale Data Center in Temple, Texas (PRESS RELEASE). “Meta, formerly the Facebook company, announced today that it will invest $800 million in the creation of a Hyperscale Data Center in Temple, Texas. The new facility, which will total approximately 900,000 square feet when completed, will be located on 393 acres off NW H K Dodgen Loop and Industrial Blvd., and will support approximately 100 operational jobs in the community. The project is expected to employ 1,250 construction workers onsite during peak construction, which will begin in Spring 2022.”

PV Magazine: The Nature Conservancy releases map to help site renewables

PV Magazine: The Nature Conservancy releases map to help site renewables. “…the Site Renewables Right map, released today by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), is intended to help companies, state agencies, and communities quickly plan, permit, and purchase renewable energy in ways that helps conserve natural areas. The map is intended to be used early on in the development process to inform due diligence analyses by power purchasers and to support application of state and federal renewable energy siting guidance.”

“Corrosive Communities”: How A Facebook Fight Over Wind Power Predicts the Future of Local Politics in America (BuzzFeed News)

BuzzFeed News: “Corrosive Communities”: How A Facebook Fight Over Wind Power Predicts the Future of Local Politics in America. “Like higher-profile local battles over mask mandates and critical race theory, disagreements over wind policy have become intensely antagonistic and frequently hysterical. But unlike those issues, opposition to turbines isn’t neatly polarized along red–blue lines: It often pits conservatives against conservatives and liberals against liberals. Nor does it revolve around a once-in-a-generation event, like a global pandemic. Instead, it’s elemental — quite literally, in the air. In this sense, it may offer the purest example yet of the power of social media to warp local politics in 2021, to make a single emotional issue stand in for and subsume all others.”

Mercury News: Google hopes dragonscale solar will take wing at Silicon Valley sites

Mercury News: Google hopes dragonscale solar will take wing at Silicon Valley sites. “Google is betting that dragonscale solar panels on its canopy campuses in Mountain View could bolster the tech titan’s efforts to generate green energy. The search giant has been installing the solar panels, whose moniker derives from how the scales of a dragon might look, on its two new Mountain View campuses that both have an eye-catching design.”

Chemistry World: Painstakingly curated perovskite database of over 40,000 devices set to speed up solar research

Chemistry World: Painstakingly curated perovskite database of over 40,000 devices set to speed up solar research. “Ninety-four researchers have undertaken a colossal challenge: manually reviewing over 16,000 papers to extract information on perovskite solar cells. Now, they have launched an open-access database with all this information. This massive collection of data could accelerate the discovery of photoactive materials and contribute to a better understanding of how these solar cells work.”

PV Magazine: Global online inventory of PV systems exceeding 10 kW in size

PV Magazine: Global online inventory of PV systems exceeding 10 kW in size. “Through the inventory, an international group of researchers was able to identify 68,661 PV facilities, totaling 423 GW across 31 countries. According to the scientists, the online database provides insight into global trends for PV siting decisions, as well as into the gap between facility-level final investment decisions, construction start dates, construction completion dates and facility operations.”

Sandia National Laboratories: Sandia creates global archive of historical renewable energy documents

Sandia National Laboratories: Sandia creates global archive of historical renewable energy documents. “Sandia’s solar researchers and librarians have spent the past few years collecting, digitizing and cataloging a host of reports, memos, blueprints, photos and more on concentrating solar power, a kind of renewable energy produced by using large mirrors to reflect and concentrate sunlight onto a receiver on a tower to generate electricity. These historical research documents are now in a publicly accessible digital archive for other concentrating solar power researchers, historians, corporations and citizens to view.”

UC Santa Barbara: Expanding Renewable Energy Planning

UC Santa Barbara: Expanding Renewable Energy Planning. “The tool uses geographic and meteorological models, calibrated with real-world data, that simulate wind speed and solar radiation across the Earth’s surface. REZoning uses the Global Wind Atlas and Global Solar Atlas, two World Bank-funded projects that are free and publicly available. Other constraints include protected areas, forest cover, cropland, nature reserves and more. By combining all these factors, the software can determine the most suitable sites for wind and solar development in a given region”

Tech Xplore: An interactive map for solar panel deployment across the US

Tech Xplore: An interactive map for solar panel deployment across the US. “A paper in Solar Energy, published this month… offers a detailed analysis of where (and how much) solar PV needs to be applied to firmly meet at least 50 percent of the energy demands for every state. Readers can use an interactive map to modify the numbers on a state-specific basis, based on the total percentage of load needed to be met by PV power, ground efficiency of PV panels, and various land controls to account for areas covered by open water, forested areas, etc.”