This Week in Energy News for April 19, 2013

This week in Jetson Green Energy News, we’re reporting on wind power in Australia and California, the smart homes and solar job market in the U.S., solar power in Germany, Sweden’s plans to be oil-free, Panasonic’s Solar Lantern Project, and a French winery that is going to make toothpaste from its carbon emissions. Plus, we have updated our calendar of upcoming green events.

Australia's Macarthur Wind Farm

Southern Hemisphere’s Largest Wind Farm Opens in Australia

The $1 billion AUD, 420-megawatt Macarthur Wind Farm is now feeding Australia’s electric grid. Owned by AGL Energy and Meridian Energy, the farm features the the Vestas V112-3.0 MW wind turbine. More than 50% of the cumulative wind power capacity in Australia has been installed by Vestas.

Smart Homes and Smart Cities Market May Double by 2017

A new report from GBI Research, “Smart Cities Market to 2017 – Smart Security Segment to Flourish as Interoperability Standards and Public Private Partnerships Promote Growth,” estimates that the smart homes market almost double from 2012 to 2017.

California Power Company to Provide Customers with Green Energy Options

The Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has made inroads on enhancing a proposed “Green Option” to allow customers to support 100% renewable energy through solar projects within the PG&E service area, while wind energy production levels in California reached an all-time high of 4,196 megawatts (MW) on April 7, 2013.

Germany Sets New Solar Power Record

A new domestic and world record was set by Germany on April 15, 2013 with its 22.68 GW peak solar power output.

New U.S. Solar Jobs Map Released

The Solar Foundation has just released a map of the United States that shows detailed information about the estimated 119,000 jobs in America’s solar industry. Did you know that Jetson Green has a Greener Jobs listing? You can subscribe to job alerts or post a green job.

Sweden Wants to be World’s First Oil-Free Country

Since the 1970s oil crisis, Sweden has been phasing out oil in favor of alternative energy sources, going from 77% in 1970 to 32% in 2003. Mona Sahlin, former minister of Sustainable Development, expects that Sweden’s “dependency on oil should be broken by 2020.”

French Winery to Capture Carbon from Fermentation for Toothpaste

Château Smith Haut Lafitte in Bordeaux wants to be more green. They will be capturing carbon emissions from the fermentation process and turning it into bicarbonate of soda to be sold to pharmaceutical companies who will use it in toothpaste.

Panasonic Announces Solar Lantern Project

In celebration of its 100th anniversary of the founding of Panasonic, the company is donating 100,000 solar lanterns to people without electricity in areas such as Myanmar, India, and Kenya.

Mark Your Calendars for these Upcoming Green Events

American Solar Energy Society (ASES) SOLAR 2013 – April 16-20, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland
Solar Living Institute Earth Day Festival – April 20, 2013 in Hopland, California
Bullitt Center Grand Opening – April 22, 2013 in Seattle, Washington (read the Jetson Green post about The World’s Greenest Commercial Building)
Earth Day Picnic for Earth – Earth Day, 2013 – Worldwide, for The Nature Conservancy All Hands On Earth
New York Times Energy for Tomorrow Conference – April 25, 2013 in New York City, New York
Social Venture Network Spring Conference – April 25-28, 2013 in San Diego, California
2013 ACI National Home Performance Conference – April 30 – May 3, 2013 in Denver, Colorado
6th Annual Green Builder Home of the Year Awards – Sign up to receive the entry packet in early May 2013
Tenth Annual AltBuild Expo: Alternative Materials and Design Expo – May 10-11, 2013 in Santa Monica, California
Sustainable Brands 2013: From Revolution to Renaissance – June 3-6, 2013 in San Diego, California
Pacific Coast Builder Conference (PCBC) 2013: The Art, Science + Business of Housing – June 5-6, 2013 in San Diego, California
InterSolar North America: Connecting Solar Business – July 8-11, 2013 in San Francisco, California

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