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China, EU and US open talks to end solar trade spats.

China, the EU and the US have begun negotiations that could see an end to trade tariffs between a 14-strong group of regional and national governments. The Environmental Goods Agreement covers 54 products, including PV cells and modules. The annual trade value of these is around US$1 trillion. Negotiations will initially centre on the removal […]

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Trudeau’s carbon tax will hurt Canada’s economy

When a politician talks about establishing a price on carbon in the name of stopping global warming (as federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau frequently does), what he really means is he wants to tax oil production, manufacturing and private vehicle use in the hope that by punishing energy companies, manufacturers and drivers he can force […]

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Breakthrough in solar panel manufacture promises cheap energy within a decade

A breakthrough in the production of solar cells will make the next generation of solar panels cheaper and safer, and promises to accelerate the development of solar energy over the next decade, scientists said. A technical advance based on an edible salt used in the manufacture of tofu could revolutionise the production of future solar […]

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SunPower to add storage to solar in new homes

US solar giant SunPower has entered an agreement to have battery storage installed in new homes in California, as it looks to expand its solar plus storage systems that are also being tested in Australia. SunPower announced overnight that it is extending its partnership with US home building KB Homes – which already install solar on […]

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Zero-Net Energy Buildings Are Game Changers in Green Engineering

Choosing green energy over the mainstream hydroelectric energy can surely save you some green in the pocket in the long run. The construction of buildings requires huge amounts of energy and other resources such as clean water to run efficiently and effectively. A good 40% of energy is used by buildings in the US. In […]

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Texas Solar Power Association launched

Devised to help advance solar’s growing prominence in the oil-rich state, the Texas Solar Power Association will seek to promote state solar business interests. As the clamor for affordable electric power in the U.S: reaches oil-wealthy Texas, a consortium of energy firms and solar companies have launched the Texas Solar Power Association (TSPA), with the […]

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Obama says his plan to combat climate change is making a difference, but more to be done

Appealing for patience and perseverance from environmental activists, President Barack Obama claimed progress Wednesday in his second-term drive to combat climate change but said more must be done to address a generational problem. One year after unveiling an aggressive plan, Obama said new emissions limits on power plants, renewable energy projects and new incentives for […]

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Bright future for solar roads?

Think about your first time behind the wheel. Plenty has changed about cars since you learned to drive, including GPS systems and the mobile device that shouldn’t distract you. However, the surface you drive on just hasn’t kept up. Asphalt is stuck in the stone age. An Idaho startup, Solar Roadways, believes that it’s time […]

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Solar power increases in Massachusetts

As the use of solar energy has grown exponentially over the past decade, Massachusetts has become a national leader in the field. The Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs recently launched the second phase of a state program designed to increase the commonwealth’s net solar energy capacity to 1,600 MW (megawatts) by 2020. While solar […]

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Qatar Solar to add 300MW in Asia

Qatar Solar Energy has struck deals with Jermyn Capital and Power Capital to supply 150MW of solar power each to Japan and Thailand respectively. The company said it was chosen for its “ability to deliver higher efficiency solar solutions at lower costs with plans to work together into the future with both companies on a […]

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Amcorp solar power plant largest in Malaysia

Malaysia’s largest solar power plant was officially launched yesterday by Amcorp Properties Bhd, with recognition from by the Malaysia Book of Records for being the largest grid-connected solar farm in Malaysia. The 10.25MW power plant has a power purchase agreement with Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) for 21 years at a feed-in tariff of 87.4 sen/kWh. […]

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Fukushima to use 100 per cent renewable energy by 2040

The Japanese province of Fukushima has pledged to switch to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2040, turning its 2011 nuclear disaster into an opportunity to tackle climate change. The mayor of the region, which has a population of about two million people, hopes that community energy schemes will wean the region off fossil fuels […]

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European Union Sets New Targets For Renewable Energy, GHG Emissions

At the last UN Climate Summit, participating countries agreed to arrive at the 2015 treaty meeting with concrete climate targets in hand that would be implemented no later than 2020. To get the ball rolling, the European Commission announced its goals last week. The EU set a new binding target to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) […]

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The Future According to Mr. Clean Energy

Jigar Shah likes math. It inspires him. After all, crunching numbers allowed him to convince wary investors of the money-making potential of solar energy, allowing him to ignite an industry that was crippled by roadblocks. At that time, 10 years ago, he says, profit-hungry investors simply did not understand the extraordinary economic returns of green […]

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Caribbean Climate Innovation Center to promote green business, reduce climate risks

The World Bank says business hub inaugurated on Monday will support the growing number of clean energy and climate technology ventures in the Caribbean. It said the Caribbean Climate Innovation Center (CCIC), the first of its kind in the region, would help reduce the significant threats posed by climate change through the creation of new […]

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Thinking Outside the Box: Solar-Covered Bridge, Bike Highway for London

Originally built in 1886, the Victorian-era bridge has a brand new look – a canopy of 4,400 solar PV panels! They supply half the energy for the busy railroad station underneath, Blackfriars Station. Built by Solarcentury, the 6,000-plus square meters of solar panels can generate 900,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a year, reducing the carbon […]

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US fracking revolution dilutes EU climate & energy plan

On the face of it, this week’s EU climate and energy package, with its targets for cutbacks in emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) and the uptake of renewable energy up to the year 2030, looks impressive. The central element in the package is a binding EU-wide 40% reduction in GHG emissions over 1990 levels by […]

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American Vanadium Bets Big on Better Batteries

Better batteries are crucial to a global low carbon transition, whether it is to improve the range of electric cars or store electricity generated by solar panels and wind farms. But the challenge faced by those trying to develop cost effective batteries with ever greater power density has to date been limited by both chemistry […]

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New Green Hyper-Efficient Servers for Data Centers

Cleantech Server line literally pays for itself by reducing server power, cooling, space, weight, water and carbon footprints by up to 80 percent. In response to a growing energy consumption and sustainability crisis in data centers globally, Cleantech IT innovations company Servergy, Inc. has delivered to market its Cleantech Server® line, a new clean and […]

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Sustainability is everyone’s responsibility

While the initial investment in infrastructure and technology for renewables may be high, the long-term benefits to our environment and well-being far outweigh these costs. Sustainability is not just about adopting the latest energy-efficient technologies or turning to renewable sources of power. Sustainability is the responsibility of every individual, every day. It is about changing […]

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