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3@3 on Solar PV: How Much Solar Capacity Exists in the World?

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 17:30

Today we spend the entire show talking about the size of the solar market. How much solar generating capacity is installed; how much solar manufacturing capacity exists; and how much solar is held in China, the largest solar market in the world.


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Commercial Rooftop Agreement Takes Finland’s Solar Up a Notch

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 16:10

Finnish energy company Fortum today said that it won a bid to build a network of commercial rooftop solar systems that will boost Finland’s total solar power capacity from 35 MW to 45 MW.

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Inside Renewable Energy: Being Cyber Secure — The Risk to Renewables from Nuisance Attacks

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 14:24

In this second episode of our cybersecurity series, Brian Wrozek with Optiv Security discusses realistic cybersecurity concerns for renewable energy system owners as they look at a future that includes an ever-increasing digital backbone for their operations.

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'Lightweight PR and greenwash' – BP's low-carbon plan dismissed

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 13:20

Environmentalists call strategy ‘20th century response to a 21st century problem’

Environmental leaders have dismissed BP’s new low-carbon strategy as “greenwash” and a lightweight response to climate change and the energy market’s rapid switch to renewables.

In a strategy published on Monday, BP said there would be no increase in its carbon footprint over the next seven years because it will cut emissions from its oil and gas rigs, and offset the rest.

Related: BP plan to drill in Great Australian Bight risked 750km oil spill, documents show

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Green Investments Needed to Help Africa 'Leapfrog' to Clean-Tech

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 13:06

About 800 delegates from 59 countries gathered at Africa Climate Week in Nairobi, Kenya, last week to discuss challenges and responses to climate change for inclusion in the international climate negotiation process.

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Graphene Could Be Next Battery Breakthrough

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 16:31

Remember graphene? The advanced material — made up of a lattice of carbon atoms — may be poised for a comeback, albeit a quiet one, Bloomberg New Energy Finance analyst Julia Attwood said in a presentation at the BNEF Future of Energy Summit on Tuesday. 

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Pro-Solar Legislative Actions: Progress in New Jersey, Setback in South Carolina

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 14:31

Legislation that would support solar energy deployments met with success in New Jersey this week following a blow for other pro-solar legislation that was making headway in South Carolina.

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MPs to pressure government on backing for Swansea tidal lagoon project

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 12:35

Committees seek clarity on indecision over taxpayer support and price guarantees for flagship tidal clean energy scheme to harness tide power

MPs are to press ministers on why they have left investors hanging in limbo over taxpayer support for a pioneering £1.3bn tidal lagoon in Swansea.

The business, energy and industrial strategy (BEIS) committee and Welsh affairs committee will call on government to explain why no decision has been forthcoming on the flagship scheme. The government has still not indicated whether it is minded to support the lagoon, 15 months since an independent review told ministers to back the clean energy project.

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Legislators Send Bill to NJ Governor to Revive Fishermen’s Offshore Wind Project

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 10:42

New Jersey legislators yesterday approved a bill that would allow the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to consider an amended application for the 24-MW Fishermen’s Energy offshore wind project.

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Lease Sale Proposed for Two Massachusetts Offshore Wind Areas

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 04/12/2018 - 18:42

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke last week announced the proposed lease sale for two new areas off the coast of Massachusetts for commercial wind energy leasing, totaling nearly 390,000 acres.

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Geothermal Resource Assessments Get Support for Global Standardization

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 04/12/2018 - 17:15

A group of global organizations have come together to standardize the way resource assessments are conducted, reviewed and reported to help identify the real value of geothermal prospects.

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Duke University Takes a Closer Look at Biogas from Pig Farms

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 04/12/2018 - 16:46

Duke University last week said it will delay indefinitely plans to build a combined heat and power plant and focus on displacing natural gas used on campus with biogas from pig farms in North Carolina.

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'Cash-for-ash' inquiry: Arlene Foster says she regrets spiralling costs

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Thu, 04/12/2018 - 16:45

DUP leader says she believes Sinn Féin protests over RHI costs were an excuse to bring down power-sharing executive

Northern Ireland’s former first minister Arlene Foster has told the inquiry into the green energy scheme that resulted in the collapse of the power-sharing government that she deeply regretted its spiralling costs.

The renewable heat incentive (RHI) programme was championed by Foster when she was the devolved enterprise minister but its costs ran into hundreds of millions of pounds.

Related: The Good Friday agreement is 20 – and Britain can’t afford to forget it | Martin Kettle

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Wireless Charging Seen as a Game Changer for EV Infrastructure

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 04/12/2018 - 15:50

Wireless electric vehicle charging may soon be changing the shape of the growing EV charging infrastructure.

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States threaten to call off energy deal if renewables undermined

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Thu, 04/12/2018 - 08:19

Queensland and Victoria hedge bets about national energy guarantee, saying they won’t compromise on keeping strong renewables targets

The Queensland and Victorian governments are hedging their bets about the Turnbull government’s national energy guarantee ahead of the circulation of key design details expected during the next 48 hours.

Queensland’s energy minister, Anthony Lynham, said on Thursday the state was still reviewing the stakeholder submissions to the Energy Security Board and “those submissions highlight that a lot of critical issues still need to be resolved”.

Related: Josh Frydenberg makes peace offering to ACT before D-day for energy deal

Related: What is it about coal that makes old white men so crazy? | First Dog on the Moon

We've seen governments try to subsidise wacky #coal projects like this in the #LatrobeValley before & they delivered zero jobs.

This is just switching one way of polluting for another — It's time for real sustainable solutions!

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Introducing Solar Farm Insurance for Cloudy Days

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 18:47

Insurance giants like Swiss Re AG, with the help of a San Francisco firm, now have a way of guaranteeing production from solar farms — not an easy feat considering supplies from these plants rise and fall with the sun. The product that at least one insurance company is now offering is called a solar revenue put. 

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Clean energy financier invests $150m in infrastructure fund to lower emissions

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 18:00

Move by CEFC designed to drive emissions reductions across Australia’s airports, ports and electricity infrastructure assets

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation is investing $150m in Australia’s largest infrastructure fund to drive emissions reduction across some of Australia’s biggest airports, ports and electricity infrastructure assets.

It is the first time the CEFC has invested in an infrastructure fund, and it is using the investment to target emissions reduction at Melbourne and Brisbane airports, Sydney’s Port Botany, the Port of Brisbane and Ausgrid.

Related: Josh Frydenberg makes peace offering to ACT before D-day for energy deal

Related: We must fix the foundation of our energy policy to get out of the current mess | Frank Jotzo and others

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Solar Jobs Are Rising, Despite Trump's Tariffs

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 16:08

After all the dire warnings that Donald Trump’s solar tariffs would be a job killer, it’s possible that employment may tick up this year.

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Illinois Blazes New Trail for Private Microgrids Using Utility Wires

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 11:30

Imagine you and your neighbors have solar panels on your roofs. You want to create a mini-power grid so that your neighborhood can operate solely on your panels’ electricity, even sending excess power from one home to another. And if there’s a storm that affects the main power grid, your homes can disconnect and stay powered.

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Apple Now Globally Powered by 100 Percent Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 20:07

The company also announced nine additional manufacturing partners have committed to power all of their Apple production with 100 percent emission-free energy.

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