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Here Come’s The Sun (and Wind) – Spain Edition

We are in Andalusia and it’s, no surprise, pretty hot and sunny.  The Spaniards have long since figured out that it’s going to be good for them to take advantage of the sun and its brother, the wind.  Our hotel in Granada had big solar thermal arrays on the roof.  On the drive from Granada to Cordoba, we saw a couple of windfarms (ten turbines or so) dotting some mountain peaks.  We’re heading over to Seville tomorrow and this is one of the solar capitals of the world right now.  Abengoa is headquartered there and has several projects in Andalusia and elsewhere in Spain, as well as in the US, including the Solucar platform which will have 300 MW of power from several technologies:  50 MW from tower technology, 250 MW from troughs, 1.2 MW produced by photovoltaic technology, and 80 MW from Stirling technology.  Exciting stuff!

Meanwhile, there’s a blockbuster article on solar this month in National Geographic Magazine.  Go there to get the big, beautiful picture.



Bill Hewitt

Bill Hewitt has been an environmental activist and professional for nearly 25 years. He was deeply involved in the battle to curtail acid rain, and was also a Sierra Club leader in New York City. He spent 11 years in public affairs for the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation, and worked on environmental issues for two NYC mayoral campaigns and a presidential campaign. He is a writer and editor and is the principal of Hewitt Communications. He has an M.S. in international affairs, has taught political science at Pace University, and has graduate and continuing education classes on climate change, sustainability, and energy and the environment at The Center for Global Affairs at NYU. His book, "A Newer World - Politics, Money, Technology, and What’s Really Being Done to Solve the Climate Crisis," will be out from the University Press of New England in December.

Areas of Focus:
the policy, politics, science and economics of environmental protection, sustainability, energy and climate change