Category Archives: Other renewables

2013: Record-year for solar photovoltaics

With at least 38.4 gigawatts (GW) of newly-installed solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity worldwide and a global cumulative installed capacity of 138.9 GW, 2013 was another historic year for solar PV technology. EPIA’s flagship report assesses global and European PV markets in 2013, makes forecasts for the next five years, and analyses the role of PV … Continue reading 2013: Record-year for solar photovoltaics

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US and China to cut power plant emissions

The US is arguably still the most powerful country in the world, but it has always dragged its feet on climate action. So when the US Environmental Protection Agency announces carbon emissions cuts of 30% in the power sector by 2030 (compared to 2005 levels), the news deserves the term “historic”. It is the first … Continue reading US and China to cut power plant emissions

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State papers editorialize in favor of EPA rule

Yesterday highlighted national papers who spoke out in favor of the EPA’s new rules designed to cut our carbon dioxide emissions. Today, there’s more from state and regional papers, reflecting the significant public support for tackling climate change. The Toledo Blade editorial board pointed out that due to the possible freeze placed on the state’s … Continue reading State papers editorialize in favor of EPA rule

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Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) in 2013 increased by nearly 0.9 GW, up 36%, to more than 3.4 GW

The concentrating solar thermal power (CSP) market continued to advance in 2013 after record growth in 2012. Total global Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) capacity increased by nearly 0.9 GW, up 36%, to more than 3.4 GW.   The United States and Spain continued their global market leadership. However, a global shift to areas of high … Continue reading Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) in 2013 increased by nearly 0.9 GW, up 36%, to more than 3.4 GW

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Renewable energy provided around 19 per cent of global final energy consumption in 2012

In the power sector, global capacity reached 1,560 gigawatts (GW) in 2013 – an increase of about 8.3 per cent over 2012 – and renewables accounted for more than 56 per cent of net additions to global power capacity. REN21’s Renewables Global Status Report (GSR) offers a comprehensive look at the state of the industry. … Continue reading Renewable energy provided around 19 per cent of global final energy consumption in 2012

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Obama plans to apply carbon emission cap on power plants

In his most sweeping effort to date to reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change, the Obama administration will unveil a new rule from the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday limiting the amount of carbon pollution from coal power plants. The rule will impose a cap on the level of emissions existing power plants are … Continue reading Obama plans to apply carbon emission cap on power plants

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Guatemala installs the largest solar power plant in Central America

The Spanish Company, Gran Solar, the Guatemalan Green Group and the Swiss investment fund Ecosolar have inaugurated the first solar power plant in Guatemala, which has a generating capacity of 50 kilowatts. The plant, installed in the town of Estanzuela, in the eastern department of Zacapa, at a cost of $14 million, is benefiting more … Continue reading Guatemala installs the largest solar power plant in Central America

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Peru is focusing on solar power, wind energy, biomass and geothermal energy

The Latin American country is focusing on solar, wind, biomass and geothermal power to help its economy grow further while also providing energy to the 3.5 million people who still lack access to electricity.   Enel Green Power’s growth in Brazil and Chile is well known, but the whole of Latin America is beginning to … Continue reading Peru is focusing on solar power, wind energy, biomass and geothermal energy

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74% of All New Generation in the U.S. Came from Solar Energy (PV and Concentrated Solar Power) in Q1

The U.S. installed 1,330 MW of solar photovoltaics (PV) in the first quarter of 2014 to total 14.8 GW installed capacity, enough to power 3 million homes. In another significant development, Q1 2014 was the largest quarter ever for concentratesd solar power (CSP).         Key Figures   The U.S. installed 1,330 MWdc of … Continue reading 74% of All New Generation in the U.S. Came from Solar Energy (PV and Concentrated Solar Power) in Q1

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Spain close to approving new renewable energy rules

The regulation includes variations for a range of technologies – including wind energy, Concentrated Solar Power, photovoltaic and biomass – and the year the assets were installed.   The Spanish cabinet could approve on Friday a law that will cut renewable energy subsidies as part of a drive to reduce a 30 billion euro ($41 … Continue reading Spain close to approving new renewable energy rules

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U.S.’ CSP (Concentrated Solar Power) capacity rises by 517 MW in Q1 2014

The US reached a cumulative concentrated solar power (CSP) capacity of 1,435 MW at end-March 2014, thanks to the wrap-up of 517 MW of projects in the first quarter. Overall, 2014 is expected to be the best year for CSP  (Concentrated Solar Power) capacity additions in the US, according to the US Solar Market Insight … Continue reading U.S.’ CSP (Concentrated Solar Power) capacity rises by 517 MW in Q1 2014

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Two of the Largest Solar Energy Plants in South Africa Come Online

Two 75-megawatt (MW-DC) solar photovoltaic (PV) projects lead new energy era in South Africa. SolarReserve, a leading global developer of utility-scale solar power projects and advanced solar thermal technology, today announced that two 75-megawatt (MW-DC) solar photovoltaic (PV) projects have completed construction and are fully operational and successfully helping to power the Eskom South African … Continue reading Two of the Largest Solar Energy Plants in South Africa Come Online

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Myanmar is just seeing the tip of the iceberg for solar energy’s potential

Sunlabob Renewable Energy, the Laos-based rural renewable energy specialist, and Relitec, a Yangon-based sustainable energy company, finalized a partnership agreement to collaborate in addressing Myanmar’s growing demand for renewable energy. “This partnership is an important step for both Sunlabob and Relitec to provide high-quality renewable energy solutions to Myanmar, a country greatly in need of … Continue reading Myanmar is just seeing the tip of the iceberg for solar energy’s potential

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Why the Murdoch media hates renewable energy so much

Here is an admission. For more than two years, over two stints, I wrote a weekly column on green energy for The Australian newspaper, called Greenchip. It appeared prominently on the business pages, and on no occasion was I ever instructed by any editor to take a certain angle, and my copy was never changed … Continue reading Why the Murdoch media hates renewable energy so much

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U.S.’s NextEra files complaint over Spain’s new Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) rules

U.S.renewable energy group NextEra has filed a complaint against Spain before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) over changes to Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) rules, the fourth complaint of its kind. The Spanish government has passed a series of measures over the past two years that cut and, in some cases, eliminate subsidies on … Continue reading U.S.’s NextEra files complaint over Spain’s new Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) rules

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Turkey’s dependency on foreign energy resources should be eliminated

The Soma mine disaster claimed 301 lives last week, sparking, among other debates, discussion over the use of fossil fuels and Turkey’s dependency on foreign energy. Turkey has an obligation to pursue clean energy, despite the fact that the government has not pursued a transition to renewable energy sources, as some developed countries have. Since … Continue reading Turkey’s dependency on foreign energy resources should be eliminated

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WFES 2012 to support integration of solar energy (photovoltaic and Concentrated Solar Power) in MENA

With the cost of solar energy modules plummeting by 76 per cent in just three years, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, experts say the key to widespread adoption will depend less on price and more on improved awareness of the potential of the technology. That is the message that solar power innovators and analysts … Continue reading WFES 2012 to support integration of solar energy (photovoltaic and Concentrated Solar Power) in MENA

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Nautricity given consent for Mull of Kintyre tidal power scheme

Nautricity, the renewable energy company, has been given the go-ahead to develop one of the UK’s first ‘next generation’ tidal energy schemes in waters off the Mull of Kintyre. Marine Scotland has given consent for the deployment of the first Contra Rotating Marine Turbine (CoRMaT) device, capable of generating enough electricity to supply 400 homes, … Continue reading Nautricity given consent for Mull of Kintyre tidal power scheme

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2014: The Year of Concentrating Solar Power

Last year, the U.S. installed 410 megawatts (MW) of Concentrated Solar Power (CSP), increasing total CSP capacity by more than 80%. The Department of Energy (DoE) recently announced that $10 million will be distributed in Colorado, Florida, Alabama, Washington and California for six new research and development projects that will advance innovative concentrated solar power … Continue reading 2014: The Year of Concentrating Solar Power

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Wind power, solar energy to get big push in India under Narendra Modi-led NDA

The Narendra Modi government is likely to harness solar power and give a fillip to development of offshore wind energy so as to provide electricity to every household in the near future, industry officials said today. The incoming government led by Narendra Modi is likely to harness solar power and give a fillip to development … Continue reading Wind power, solar energy to get big push in India under Narendra Modi-led NDA

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