March 16 Green Energy News

March 16 Green Energy News

* China's National Energy Administration released its "General Outline for the Solar Power Disadvantaged Support Implementation Plan (Trial)" which envisages a raft of policy measures for expediting the deployment of solar power in disadvantaged communities, including subsidies of up to 70% for the poor. [CleanTechnica]

Rooftop solar in Hong Kong. Photo by Snowacinesy, from Wikimedia Commons.

* Wisconsin state regulators will decide in the coming weeks whether to approve new power lines that together are projected to cost up to 900 million. The cases involve projects by American Transmission Co and other utilities seeking to expand the transmission system to lower costs or for upgrade. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

* Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Esther Kia'aina announced nearly 600,000 in grant assistance to the Guam Power Authority to complete the Guam Wind Turbine Pilot project. This grant supplements 1.5 million previously awarded and the project is expected to be completed this summer. [Saipan Tribune]

* Punjab's hard-working farmers can look forward to the end of some of their power-cut woes with the state government planning to launch soon a "farm-level solar power generation scheme". The New and Renewable Energy Minister said farmers will be allowed to set up solar power plants of 1 MW to 2.5 MW. [SME Times]

* The government of Egypt inked two pacts for the construction of 5 GW of solar parks in the country. Canadian solar firm SkyPower and Gulf Development Companies will build a 3-GW of PV facility, Bahrain-based Terra Sola Group and Tera Nix involves the construction of a 2-GW solar complex. [SeeNews Renewables]

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