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High Renewable Energy Electricity Growth Continued in 2015

The 2015 Renewable Energy Data Book shows that U.S. renewable electricity grew to 16.7 percent of total installed capacity and 13.8 percent of total electricity generation during the past year. Published annually by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on behalf of the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the data book … Continue reading High Renewable Energy Electricity Growth Continued in 2015

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Tesvolt and Africa Green Tec to provide solar power to 250,000 Malians

Mobile solar containers with battery storage systems reduce energy costs by over 75%. The German firm Tesvolt, which manufactures commercial storage systems, has entered into an exclusive cooperation agreement with the start-up Africa Green Tec. Tesvolt is supplying lithium storage systems for 50 solar containers with a total capacity of 3 megawatt-hours (MWh), enabling a … Continue reading Tesvolt and Africa Green Tec to provide solar power to 250,000 Malians

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Wind turbines produce cleaner energy than solar PV

Which produces the cleanest form of energy — windmills or solar photovoltaic plants? Experts say wind turbines produce cleaner energy than solar PV plant as it does not re-quire water for any purpose. Windmills do not need water in the process of wind power generation. “Velocity of wind is used and converted into the electrical … Continue reading Wind turbines produce cleaner energy than solar PV

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Acciona begins the start-up of the biggest photovoltaic plant in Latin america, in Atacama (Chile)

Acciona Energía has begun the start-up phase of the ‘El Romero Solar’ photovoltaic solar plant, the biggest in Latin America with a maximum capacity of 246 MWp (196 MW rated power), just thirteen months after starting construction work. The company has also completed the assembly of the last sets of panels in the plant: 776,000 … Continue reading Acciona begins the start-up of the biggest photovoltaic plant in Latin america, in Atacama (Chile)

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Scatec Solar and Norfund sign Power Purchase Agreement for Mozambique’s first large scale Solar Power Plant

Scatec Solar (ScatecSolar.com) and Norfund (www.Norfund.no) have signed the Power Purchase Agreement securing  the sale of solar power over a 25 year period to the state owned utility Electricidade de Mozambique (EDM). The agreement was signed at a ceremony in Maputo yesterday in the presence of the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Børge Brende, … Continue reading Scatec Solar and Norfund sign Power Purchase Agreement for Mozambique’s first large scale Solar Power Plant

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Port Augusta 375MW solar and wind energy park approved

Plans to build a major 375MW hybrid wind and solar plant near Port Augusta in South Australia, near to the site of the closed Northern coal power plant, have won approval from the state government. Project developer DP Energy said in a statement released late on Friday that the government’s green light meant it could … Continue reading Port Augusta 375MW solar and wind energy park approved

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IRENA conference set to boost off-grid renewable energy development worldwide

Key stakeholders from the off-grid renewable energy sector – including policy makers, the private sector, financiers, and development institutions – will gather in Nairobi, Kenya from 30 September to 1 October 2016, to push forward the global off-grid agenda. The third International Off-grid Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition (IOREC), organised by the International Renewable Energy … Continue reading IRENA conference set to boost off-grid renewable energy development worldwide

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Molten Storage and Thermophotovoltaics Offer New Solar Power Pathway

A new wrinkle on an old technology – solid-state thermophotovoltaics (TPV) – could provide a high-efficiency alternative for directly converting high-temperature heat from concentrated solar thermal to utility-scale electricity.   New computer modeling suggests that high temperature TPV conversion – which captures infrared radiation from very hot surfaces – could one day rival combined-cycle turbine … Continue reading Molten Storage and Thermophotovoltaics Offer New Solar Power Pathway

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Developing reliable renewable energy sources

As the world’s population continues to grow, so does our consumption of natural resources. Many of these resources are non-renewable, so research into renewable sources of energy is vital. Research led by Bournemouth University’s Dr Zulfiqar Khan is tackling this issue through reducing corrosion, improving heat transfer and fluid dynamics, and using nano coatings to … Continue reading Developing reliable renewable energy sources

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Renewable Energy Boom in Africa

Christine Lins is the Executive Secretary of Ren 21, a global renewable energy multi-stakeholder policy network. She spoke to Ian Katusiime about the prospects of renewable energy in Africa. Please break down for us what it means for the world now to have 147GW of renewable energy? Record renewable power capacity of 147 GW installed … Continue reading Renewable Energy Boom in Africa

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Renewable Energy Supplied Almost a Quarter of Global Power in 2015

Renewable energy accounted for nearly 25 percent of global electrical capacity in 2015, according to a new study, Renewables 2016 Global Status Report, by REN21. The power sector experienced its largest annual increase in capacity ever, with significant growth in all regions. Wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) had record additions for the second consecutive year, … Continue reading Renewable Energy Supplied Almost a Quarter of Global Power in 2015

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IRENA expects PV (photovoltaic) capacity between 1,760 and 2,500 GW by 2030

The share of global electricity generated by solar photovoltaics (PV) could increase from 2% today to as much as 13% by 2030, according to a recent report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). It estimates that solar PV capacity could reach between 1,760 and 2,500 gigawatts (GW) by 2030, up from 227 GW today. … Continue reading IRENA expects PV (photovoltaic) capacity between 1,760 and 2,500 GW by 2030

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Brunei has potential for solar energy

Brunei has “good potential” to utilise solar energy due to its location, said a professor at Universiti Teknologi Brunei. UTB’s Assistant Vice Chancellor, Professor Nawaf Hazim Saeid, said solar intensity is higher in Brunei compared to other countries because of the amount of sunlight it has daily, local daily the Brunei Times reported Thursday.   … Continue reading Brunei has potential for solar energy

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The EU Parliament to ask Spanish government for clarification about policy changes on renewable energy

The Spanish Photovoltaic Association (UNEF) appeared last Tuesday in the PETI Commission of the EU Parliament to present its petition against the retroactive policy changes implemented by the Spanish government and to ask for the mediation of the European authorities on this matter.   José Donoso, UNEF General Manager, highlighted that the retroactive policy measures … Continue reading The EU Parliament to ask Spanish government for clarification about policy changes on renewable energy

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Solar energy could meet up to 13% of global power needs by 2030

Dramatic cost reductions could drive sharp increase in global solar PV capacity The share of global electricity generated by solar photovoltaics (PV) could increase from 2 per cent today to as much as 13 per cent by 2030, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Released today at InterSolar Europe, … Continue reading Solar energy could meet up to 13% of global power needs by 2030

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Gamesa, recognised for its solar EPC capabilities in India

Gamesa was recently honoured with the “Rising Star” award for its Solar EPC capabilities at the India Solar Week 2016 organized by trade journal “Solar Quarter”. The award recognises Gamesa for its proven capabilities in the renewable energy sector, after having commissioned over 68 MW of solar power in India in less than a year. … Continue reading Gamesa, recognised for its solar EPC capabilities in India

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Average Costs for Solar Power and Wind Energy Electricity Could Fall 59% by 2025

The average costs for electricity generated by solar and wind technologies could decrease by between 26 and 59 per cent by 2025, according to a report released today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).   The average costs for electricity generated by solar and wind technologies could decrease by between 26 and 59 per … Continue reading Average Costs for Solar Power and Wind Energy Electricity Could Fall 59% by 2025

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Global solar energy market size is likely to exceed USD 140 billion by 2023

Global solar energy market size was estimated at over USD 65 billion in 2015 and is likely to exceed USD 140 billion by 2023. Cumulatively, more than 178 GW of power was installed in 2015 and is estimated to reach more than 600 GW over the forecast period, including both photovoltaic and concentrated thermal power. … Continue reading Global solar energy market size is likely to exceed USD 140 billion by 2023

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A Record Breaking Year for Renewable Energy

Today REN21 published the most comprehensiveannual overview of the state of renewable energy. The Renewables 2016 Global Status Report reveals that renewables are now firmly established as competitive, mainstream sources of energy in many countries around the world. 2015 was a record year for renewable energy installations. Renewable power generating capacity saw its largest increase … Continue reading A Record Breaking Year for Renewable Energy

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Renewable Energy Employs 8.1 Million People Worldwide

More than 8.1 million people worldwide are now employed by the renewable energy industry – a five percent increase from last year – according to a report released today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) at its 11th Council meeting. The report, Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2016, also provides a global … Continue reading Renewable Energy Employs 8.1 Million People Worldwide

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