Category Archives: Other renewables

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Cheaper Chinese solar photovoltaic panels are not due to low-cost labor

A study of the photovoltaic industries in the US and China shows that China’s dominance in solar panel manufacturing is not driven solely by cheaper labour and government support, but by larger-scale manufacturing and resulting supply-chain benefits. But the researchers say a balance could be achieved through future innovations in crystalline solar cell technology, which […]

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China to subsidize photovoltaic

The National Development and Reform Commission issued new subsidy standards for distributed solar power generation projects, stipulating a 0.42 yuan (7 cents) subsidy for every kilowatt-hour of electricity produced by distributed photovoltaic, or PV, power units. The policy is the country’s first of its kind. Distributed PV power units were previously subsidized on a project-investment […]

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House members take up bipartisan effort to support renewable energy

House Republicans and Democrats joined together last week to co-sign a letter to the House Committee on Ways and Means recommending that renewable energy development receive continued support in any forthcoming comprehensive tax reform debate. The effort was led by Representatives Paul Ruiz (D-CA), Jon Runyan (R-NJ), and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), and was signed by […]

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Mexico

On August 12th, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto presented his long-awaited energy reform proposal, which is now awaiting approval from Congress. There has been quite a bit of speculation and debate, both before and after the proposal was unveiled, about its reach and potential impacts, especially on the national oil company, PEMEX. Even though the […]

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Concentrated Solar Power

Solar thermal industry to embrace new strategy in China

Solar thermal is experiencing an industrial reform, the iconic signal of which is the breaking of traditional industrial boundary as the leading solar companies are transforming and expanding toward integrated suppliers of thermal energy, thermoelectricity and multi-energy. In the 7th China New Energy International Summit Forum held recently, Xu Xinjian, Board Chairman of Solareast and […]

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China’s legislators support renewable energy

China’s legislators on Monday called for greater support for the development of renewable energy industry which is facing obstacles in planning, purchase system, subsidies and technology. Development of renewable energy must be a priority, with clear goals, as China is suffering poor energy structure, environmental pollution and ecological degradation, said Chen Changzhi, vice chairman of […]

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Renewable Energy to represent 12% of South Africa's energy mix in 2020

Abengoa completes tower construction for Khi Solar One CSP plant

Abengoa designs, constructs and operates its own plants, and is one of the few companies that uses both parabolic trough and tower technology. Abengoa (MCE: ABG.B), the company that develops innovative technology solutions for sustainable development in the energy and environment sectors, together with project partners Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and the Khi Community Trust, […]

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Spotlight on Small Wind: A staple of solar, leasing comes to distributed wind

Two of the challenges of distributed wind deployment are the initial capital costs and the associated risk the owner incurs when purchasing and installing a turbine. Certainly, the payback might be well worth the investment down the road, but installing a distributed wind turbine can be capital intensive from the perspective of an individual or […]

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How the far right developed an unlikely interest in solar power

From the US to Australia, solar energy is increasingly supported as an individual right against centralised control – a headache for many conservatives. From the day in 1986 when president Ronald Reagan pulled down the solar array that had sat briefly atop the White House, conservative politicians in the US and elsewhere have had a growing antipathy towards […]

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