Category Archives: Other renewables

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Photovoltaic solar energy now same price as conventional power in Germany, Italy, Spain

Solar energy now costs the same as conventionally generated electricity in Germany, Italy and Spain, a report has revealed. The research has warned, however, that high installation costs are impeding other countries from achieving grid parity. An analysis by consulting firm Eclareon, carried out on behalf of an international group of sustainable energy interests has […]

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India may see slow growth in solar energy capacity addition, photovoltaic and Concentrated Solar Power (CSP)

As on January 31, 2014, cumulative grid-interactive solar power installed capacity in the country stood at 2,208 MW, which was 7 per cent of India’s total renewable power capacity. Several factors are being cited for the slow growth in solar energy capacity addition.   With a few exceptions, there are no Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar […]

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Rwanda to accelerate mini-hydropower plant construction

Rwanda will speed up construction of mini-hydropower plants to boost electricity in rural areas, officials said Friday. Energy Minister Emma Francoise Isumbingabo briefed Rwandan lawmakers on the measures the government has adopted to ensure enough renewable power, such as photovoltaic and wind, as well as mini-hydropower plants will be connected to the national grid. The […]

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300 GW of new solar PV to be installed in the next five years, as solar increases to 3 percent of total global power supply

The solar photovoltaic (PV) industry is set for rapid growth over the next five years, with up to 100 gigawatts (GW) annual deployment being targeted in 2018, according to the latest edition of NPD Solarbuzz Marketbuzz. This end-market growth is projected to increase annual PV module revenues, which are forecast to reach $50 billion in 2018. Despite […]

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First Solar and GE Shape Next-Generation Pphotovoltaic Solar Power Plant

First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) and GE’s Power Conversion business (NYSE: GE) are utilizing their recently established technology and commercial partnership to develop a more cost-effective and productive utility-scale PV power plant design that combines First Solar’s thin-film CdTe modules with GE’s new ProSolar 1,500-volt inverter/transformer system. First Solar has integrated new technology into its […]

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OPIC Board of Directors Approves Commitment to Negev Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Plant

The Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) today approved a $250 million loan to Negev Energy-Ashalim Thermo-Solar, Ltd. to support construction of a 110-megawatt concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in Israel’s Negev Desert. This will be the first CSP facility to receive funding support from OPIC, the U.S. Government’s development finance […]

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California’s grid is handling more than 15,000 megawatts of renewable capacity without incident

California is setting records for solar energy usage so fast that the state’s grid operator has had to change its protocol for announcing them.   The instantaneous use of solar by the California Independent System Operator (the ISO) reached a record peak of 4,143 megawatts at 2:28 p.m. on March 16. It was enough electricity […]

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Europe can reduce gas imports by 26% with higher 2030 renewable energy target

A 30% renewables target for 2030 would cut Europe’s reliance on gas imports by almost three times as much as the European Commission’s proposal for 27%, the Commission’s own figures show. In a letter to EU foreign ministers, The European Wind Energy Association’s chief executive Thomas Becker said that a renewable energy target of “at […]

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Concentrated Solar Power (CSP): Arizona State University Research Partnership With Cutting Edge 24/7 Solar Technology

AORA, a renewable energy pioneer, is a leading developer of applied ultra-high temperature concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies. Solar generated electricity, which can suffer from intermittency issues and related impacts on the grid, is about to blossom at Arizona State University. Work will now begin on the development of a hybrid concentrated solar system, following […]

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