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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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Game-changers in solar power industry

Despite the acknowledged benefits accruing from the commercial exploitation of the sun’s energy through the installation of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, solar power continues to be a pipe dream for countries like the Philippines which has abundant supply of this renewable energy. But lately, some experts are seeing changes in the market place, and in […]

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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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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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Crowdfunding Site Provides Capital for High-Impact Solar Energy Projects

Lack of access to financing can keep many otherwise worthy solar energy projects from being built in poor and underserved areas, but a solar crowdfunding site is helping to connect individual investors with solar energy businesses and working to bring affordable solar energy to communities around the world. — Full Story at Ecopreneurist —

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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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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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Global Renewable Energy Share to Double By 2030

The global energy share can reach and exceed 30 per cent by 2030, while energy efficiency and improved energy access can advance the share of renewables in the global energy mix to as much as 36pc, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) said in a report on Monday. The report, “Remap 2030” maps out a […]

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$41 Million for Renewable Energy Projects To Isolated Areas

More than $41 million in concessional loans for renewable energy projects will be provided to Republic of Ecuador, Sierra Leone, the Maldives, Mauritania, Samoa, and Mali by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD). “IRENA and ADFD selected projects bring power to isolated off-grid populations, in some cases […]

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Indian school aims for energy self-sustainability

At a school in India’s southern state of Karnataka, power cuts often disrupt studies. And the lack of electricity access means that many pupils return home to unlit houses. But the Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya’s passion towards sustainability, including the establishment of environmentally-friendly buildings and an ongoing project to increase the use of solar lighting, have […]

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5 Cleantech Firms That Could Go Public in 2014

An IPO or acquisition is the promised land for VC-funded startups — but those have been rare cleantech events over the last few years. The fact is that most cleantech companies require a longer time frame, a bigger budget, and a different set of investor skills than do IT software startups. Will we see any […]

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