- UL (Underwriters Laboratories), a global safety science leader, was recently selected as the only foreign testing center for wind turbine generation systems over 750kW by the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS), a division within the Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MTIE). This designation by the Korean MTIE will allow global and local companies to earn not only local certification for Korea, but also international certification as it follows the IEC 61400-22 or GL Guideline. The new certification process for large scale wind turbine generation systems is anticipated to begin on September 1, 2013.
- The 4th Texas Offshore Wind Energy Roundtable (TOWER) Conference, hosted by the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern US, Inc. and the Texas Wind Energy Clearinghouse, is taking place in Houston, Texas on August 27-28, 2013. The goal of the conference is to help industry leaders from Texas realize opportunities and obstacles by bringing some of the leading experts from Europe and the US to Houston. Conference participants can expect to be caught up on the latest developments and challenges in the Texas offshore and onshore wind market and to be able to network with some of the biggest players in the wind industry from the Gulf Coast region.
- Construction is beginning for geothermal at the Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT). The college offers an undergraduate renewable energy major, hosts the research-oriented Geo-Heat Center, and will soon increase its own geothermal capacity with a new 1.75-MW small geothermal plant. OIT already has a small 280-kW geothermal
combined heat and power plant, and with the new geothermal addition as well as a new solar array, the campus will be almost completely carbon neutral.
- Real Goods Solar has completed the acquisition of Syndicated Solar, Inc. Based in Denver, Colorado, Syndicated Solar’s efficient sales processes and integrated software tools have enabled it to rapidly grow in the residential sector. The company has three regional offices in Grand Junction, Colorado, and in the St. Louis, Missouri, and San Jose, California metro areas, all of which will remain in place.