Top tweets: The world’s largest coal-fired power plant becomes a solar farm

Power Technology lists five of the top tweets about solar power in Q2 2022 based on data from GlobalData’s Power Influencer Platform.

Top Tweets are based on the total number of engagements (likes and retweets) received on tweets from over 155 solar energy experts tracked by GlobalData’s Power Influencer Platform during the second quarter (Q2) of 2022.

1. Mike Hudema’s tweet about Canada turning the world’s largest coal-fired power plant into a solar farm

Mike Hudema, director of communications at Canopy Planet, an environmental nonprofit, shared a video about Canada converting the world’s largest coal-fired power plant into a solar farm. The coal plant was one of the biggest air polluters in North America, the video showed, but has now been demolished to deploy 200,000 panels, which began supplying electricity to the grid in 2019 Ontario, a province in east-central Canada, went coal-free in 2014, the equivalent of taking seven million cars off the road, the video points out.

In 2005, Ontario reported 53 smog days, but none in 2015. Hudema further tweeted that it was time to switch to renewable energy and that solutions to the climate crisis were in sight, but subsidies had to be moved for them to be realized. .

Username: Mike Hudema

Twitter username: @MikeHudema

Likes: 1,279

Retweets: 416

2. Tweet by Simon Evans on the IEA’s lofty predictions for wind and solar growth

Simon Evans, journalist, shared an article on the International Energy Agency (IEA), an autonomous intergovernmental organization, again raising its forecast for wind and solar growth. The report highlighted that renewable capacity additions in 2021 increased by 6% and broke another record, reaching nearly 295 GW. In addition, the 17% drop in annual wind capacity additions worldwide has been offset by an increase in solar photovoltaic (PV) and growth in hydroelectric installations in 2021, the article details.

Renewable capacity is expected to increase by more than 8% in 2022 compared to 2021, crossing the 300 GW mark for the first time, the article further underlines. In addition, solar PV is estimated to account for 60% of the increase in global renewable capacity in 2022, with 190 GW coming online, a 25% gain from 2021. Large-scale projects will account for almost two-thirds of the global PV. growth in 2022, mainly driven by China’s strong political environment and European Union (EU) efforts for faster deployment. Wind and solar PV are also expected to reduce the European electricity sector’s dependence on Russian gas by 2023, the article notes.

Username: Simon Evans

Twitter username: @DrSimEvans

Likes: 151

Retweets: 60

3. Mark Z. Jacobson’s tweet about Mahi Two crossing the Atlantic Ocean

Mark Z. Jacobson, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University, shared an article about the first autonomous solar-electric boat, Mahi Two, crossing the Atlantic Ocean. The all-electric vessel undertook the voyage without a crew but powered by a Torqeedo electric motor and solar energy, the article details. The Mahi Two team claims it is the first autonomous solar-electric vehicle to successfully cross the Atlantic Ocean. The ship left the Spanish coast in September 2021 and arrived on the island of Martinique in the French West Indies after six months.

The German trading company provided a Torqeedo Cruise 2.0 Pod electric motor that never stopped, and there were two 24-volt (V) batteries on board that were continuously recharged by Solbian solar panels, the article notes. The voyage was covered in six months as the vessel cruised at speeds of nine knots at ten to 15 kilometers per hour (kph). The Mahi Two boat remained upright using cameras, satellite connectivity, sensors and an on-board computer that helped it travel almost 8,000 kilometres.

Username: Mark Z. Jacobson

Twitter username: @mzjacobson

Likes: 125

Retweets: 53

4. Tom Steyer’s tweet about President Biden invoking the DPA to protect solar project developers

Tom Steyer, environmentalist and entrepreneur, shared an article about the Biden administration invoking the Defense Production Act (DPA) for the solar industry, which is expected to revive American manufacturing, accelerate solar innovation and also create new jobs. Solar developers said the ongoing probe into trade enforcement has stalled U.S. solar projects, adding to supply chain issues and other headwinds. However, the White House has asserted that the administration’s plans to invoke the DPA will shield solar project developers from the costs of potential trade tariffs and also provide new federal support for domestic solar panel manufacturing, the article details. .

According to a recent assessment by energy consultancy Rystad Energy, 64% of the country’s solar additions for 2022 were in trouble due to the possibility of a rate increase. As Commerce’s investigation continues, the administration’s actions would include increasing federal purchases of clean energy, including solar, the article points out.

Username: Tom Steyer

Twitter username: @TomStyer

Likes: 90

Retweets: 15

5. Scott Thomasson’s tweet about Florida voters wanting Governor Ron DeSantis to veto the anti-sun bill

Clean energy lawyer and political strategist Scott Thomasson shared an article about a recent poll that found 86% of Florida voters want Governor DeSantis to veto the anti-solar net-metering bill, which regardless of their political affiliation, while only 3% said he should sign the bill. The Florida State Legislature passed House Bill 741 in May 2022, which would phase out the value of net solar metering, allowing utilities to add fixed charges to solar customer bills, the article notes. . Net metering is a key policy that has underpinned the value of rooftop solar, paying customers for transferring excess solar power generation to the grid, the article details.

If passed by Governor DeSantis, the law will take effect in 2023, with payments to solar consumers regressing from a retail rate, similar to what they pay to utilities at about 10 cents per kilowatt. The phase-out would halve payment rates to solar customers in about four years and continue to decline to the avoided cost rate by 2029, the article notes. The poll also found that Floridians were unsure about electricity in their state, with about 84% of respondents saying they were concerned about their utility bills rising over the next year. .

Username: Scott Thomasson

Twitter username: @scotthomasson

Likes: 54

Retweets: 24

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