We have been sent some nice pictures of "our" solar installation in a school in Ngarenanyuki, Tanzania. The installation includes a smart inverter. The inverter balances the solar power and the energy produced by a small turbine on an irrigation canal.
The installation has been financed through the EKOenergy Climate Fund, in cooperation with Sun Edison, Istituto Oikos Onlus and Politecnico di Milano.
For every MWh of EKOenergy sold, â‚¬0.10 is donated to the Climate Fund, which finances new renewable energy projects across the globe. We will soon confirm the next donations, for projects in Cameroon and Indonesia.
2. EKOenergy for Otava
Otava Group, a Finnish Media Corporation, switches to EKOenergy.
Wilhelm Ehrnrooth, the Sustainability Analyst of Otava Group, explained their decision: â€œWe want to support the most environmental-friendly power production methods. Buying EKOenergy is a great way to show that we choose our electricity supply carefully.â€
Otava will actively communicate about their choice, for instance in the bookstores.
Even more good news! The Norwegian energy supplier, Bergen Energi, has joined the growing list of licensed EKOenergy sellers.
Bergen Energi is active all over Europe and advises companies about how to control their energy costs, energy consumption and their carbon emissions.
Click here for more information about Bergen Energi.
Click here for the full list of licensed EKOenergy suppliers.
4. Public consultation on Fortum hydropower plants
Fortum Power and Heat Oy has submitted an application to grant EKOenergy eligibility to energy production at their Montta and PyhÃ¤koski hydropower plants. They are both located on the River Oulujoki in Northern Finland.
EKOenergy eligibility can be granted after consultations with stakeholders. The consultation process started with a meeting in Oulu. Further comments are welcome. Contact Riku Eskelinen, EKOenergy Secretariat, firstname.lastname@example.org, +358 50 572 7782.
5. EKOenergy partner of Global Call for Climate Action
The GCCA is a diverse network of more than 450 non-profit organisations in more than 70 countries with a shared goal â€” a world safe from runaway climate change. The GCCA harnesses the strengths of faith, development, science, environment, youth, labour, and other civil society organisations to mobilise citizens and galvanise public opinion in support of urgent climate action.
GCCA's focus is on cooperation and sharing of experiences. Both are important principles of the EKOenergy Network as well.
6. Churches against climate change (and for EKOenergy)
The Finnish Lutheran Church recommends EKOenergy! In the environmental guidelines for the parishes, it recommends the use of renewable electricity with the EKOenergy label.
Also elsewhere, churches take position in favour of renewables and against climate change.
The Church of England is adopting a new climate policy and will sell off investments worth Â£12 million in firms where more than 10% of revenue comes from coal or tar sands.
And last week, policy-makers, scientists and leaders from several religions met in Vatican City to discuss the moral aspects of global warming and sustainable development. Pope Francis is preparing an encyclical letter to bishops on climate change, for release this summer.
7. Did Tesla just kill nuclear power?
Last week, Tesla announced â€a suite of batteries for homes, businesses, and utilities fostering a clean energy ecosystem and helping wean the world off fossil fuels.â€ Many had anticipated the batteriesâ€”but not the price. Tesla will sell the home battery, the Tesla Powerall, for $3,500, a fraction of the $13,000 price observers had expected.
The UK government just signed an agreement guaranteeing a price of 16Â¢ /kWh for power generated by a reactor proposed for Hinkley Point, in Somerset, England. This contract is an example of the market price of new nuclear power. Solar power costs 6-7Â¢ and wind costs 4-5Â¢. Add 2Â¢ for the cost of a utility-scale Tesla battery, and renewables with reliable storage are still half the price of new nuclear power.