BioEnergy Bytes

  • BioEnergyBytesDFRenewable Energy Markets 2014 will be held December 2–4, 2014 in Sacramento, California. The call for abstracts is open. They are looking for 10 to 12 minute presentations featuring new data or ideas, consideration of important issues and thoughts about where renewable energy markets are headed. Categories include: organizations using renewable energy; project development; marketing renewable energy; policy and legal issues; markets and trading; and bundled electricity products.
  • The Iowa Wind Energy Association (IWEA) elected Mike Prior as the organization’s new Executive Director. Prior had served as Director of Business Development of IWEA since 2009 and had served as Interim Executive Director since December of 2013.
  • Google Inc. and SunPower Corp. have announced a new program that will provide financing to support approximately $250 million of residential solar lease projects. Both companies are investing in the program, with Google committing up to $100 million and SunPower committing approximately $150 million. Thousands of homeowners are expected to finance solar power systems through SunPower solar leases as a result of this program, joining approximately 20,000 Americans already leasing from SunPower.
  • La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec has announced a CDN$42 million investment in the Parc des Moulins wind energy project operated by Invenergy Wind LLC. After this transaction, Invenergy will continue to be the majority controlling shareholder. Parc des Moulins is a 135.7 MW wind farm that has been in commercial operation since December 2013. It covers three Québec municipalities: Thetford Mines, Kinnear’s Mills and Saint-Jean-de-Brébeuf.

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