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RWE starts building 330 MW of UK solar – pv magazine International

  2024-03-14 (or before) in pv magazine International

RWE has commenced construction of 330 MW of solar capacity across seven sites in the United Kingdom. Two of the sites will include co-located battery storage (BESS), while the other five projects will be designed for future storage integration.

  Tagged under: UK | Solar Energy


Australia’s biggest smelter to launch massive wind and solar tender, says nuclear too costly

  2024-03-13 in Renew Economy | News and analysis for the clean energy economy

The biggest single energy consumer in Australia, the Tomago smelter, is about to launch a massive tender for wind and solar. It says nuclear is too expensive.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Wind Power | Nuclear Power | Renewable Energy | Australia


Offshore versus onshore: The underestimated impact of onshore wind and solar photovoltaics for the energy transition of the British Isles

  2024-03-11 (or before) in ietresearch.onlinelibrary.wiley.com

The total annualised system costs can decrease to 63 b€ and a levelised cost of electricity of 40 €/MWh if onshore wind and solar photovoltaics are allowed to be built to a higher extend. High levels of electrification and sector coupling are the main reasons for decreasing primary energy demand. The multiple risks of nuclear technology can be avoided if dedicated action towards 100% renewable energy is taken.

  Tagged under: UK | Nuclear Power | Wind Power | Solar Energy | Renewable Energy


50MW Norfolk solar farm to bring 176% biodiversity gain

  2024-03-08 by in Solar Power Portal

Downing Renewable Developments has received planning consent for a 49.9MW solar farm in Norfolk, set to bring a biodiversity net gain of 176%.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | UK


America's Farmers Embrace Solar Panels to Protect Against Volatile Crop Prices - Bloomberg

  2024-03-07 in Bloomberg

US farmers are turning to solar power as a buffer against volatile crop prices, and Biden's clean-energy tax incentives are set to boost the trend.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | USA | Agriculture | Washington State


On‐site floral resources and surrounding landscape characteristics impact pollinator biodiversity at solar parks

  2024-03-04 (or before) in British Ecological Society Journals

Abstract There is increasing land use change for solar parks and growing recognition that they could be used to support insect pollinators. However, understanding of pollinator response to solar pa...

  Tagged under: Agriculture | Insects | Solar Energy


Wind and solar projects gathering pace, despite Coalition campaign

  2024-03-03 in Renew Economy | News and analysis for the clean energy economy

Despite all the doom and gloom, the wind and solar currently under construction makes it certain we will be over 50% renewable by mid 2026 at the latest and probably by late 2025.

  Tagged under: Wind Power | Solar Energy | Renewable Energy | Australia


The solar panel theory of socioeconomic unfairness

  2024-02-22 in Business Green

Terry Pratchett's famous economic theory tells us a lot about the urgent need for a net zero transition where the costs and benefits are fairly distributed right across the income scale

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Net Zero


Power struggle: fears for UK energy generation as green projects delayed

  2024-02-16 in The Guardian

Path to relying solely on green power appears long as series of problems collides with reality of keeping the lights on

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Wind Power


Floating solar plans upsized in push to squeeze them between giant offshore wind turbines

  2024-02-15 in Renew Economy | News and analysis for the clean energy economy

Group of 16 EU organisations partner to scale up floating offshore solar technology to 150MW so it can be more easily installed within existing and new offshore wind farms.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Wind Power


Connect but don't supply: Solar Energy UK denounces grid delay 'farce'

  2024-02-08 by in Current News - Tracking the transition to a decarbonised, digitised and decentralised energy economy

Grid delays are "descending into a farce" according to Solar Energy UK, as projects with accelerated connections remain unable to supply electricity for years.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Electricity | Electricity Grid


Used solar panels could supply Australia’s next resource boom: study

  2024-02-07 in Renew Economy | News and analysis for the clean energy economy

UNSW study finds that effective solar module recycling practices could eliminate the need to mine for materials to make new PV. Instead, we would “mine from waste.”

  Tagged under: Solar Energy


Government consultation offers hope of rooftop solar on new buildings - CPRE

  2024-01-30 (or before) in Council for the Protection of Rural England

The government's Future Buildings consultation includes an option for mandatory rooftop solar on new buildings. Find out how you can respond.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy


Councillors block plans to build 65,000 solar panels on farmland at Haddon

  2024-01-26 in Peterborough Today

More than 100 objections to plans were submitted by residents

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Farming


China Added More Solar Panels in 2023 Than US Did In Its Entire History - Bloomberg

  2024-01-26 in Bloomberg

China installed more solar panels in 2023 than any other nation has built in total, adding to a massive renewable energy fleet that’s already leading the world by a wide margin.

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy


The Rooftop Solar Industry Could Be On the Verge of Collapse | TIME

  2024-01-25 in TIME Magazine

Complicated financial products helped the U.S. rooftop-solar-power industry grow, but now put it at risk of implosion.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Collapse


Households could boost solar output with two-sided panels, a tilt, and a light colour roof

  2024-01-22 in Renew Economy | News and analysis for the clean energy economy

Using two-sided or bifacial solar modules could lift the output from rooftop solar systems by more than 22 per cent. But they need a light coloured roof.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy


Germany’s last solar panel producer prepares to close shop

  2024-01-20 (or before) in EURACTIV

Meyer Burger, the biggest producer of solar modules in Germany, has announced plans to close down and relocate to the US, fuelling political debates on whether the industry deserves long-term state support to ensure its survival.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Net Zero


The US government opens 22 million acres of federal lands to solar

  2024-01-18 by in Electrek

The Biden administration has updated the roadmap for solar development to 22 million acres of federal lands in the US West.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy


Rooftop solar has key benefits, and one critical weakness, over large-scale solar farms

  2024-01-15 in Renew Economy | News and analysis for the clean energy economy

First ever life-cycle analysis comparing big and small solar systems finds rooftop PV better for the environment than even the largest, most efficient, solar farm. But there’s a catch.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy


Forget Cop – local climate action can bring more tangible results | Letter

  2023-12-18 in The Guardian

Letter: Annette Gorst-Unsworth says she invests in community energy groups that are making a difference in her area

  Tagged under: COP28 | Solar Energy


Farmers says climate change is biggest threat, renewables the best solution

  2023-12-12 in Renew Economy | News and analysis for the clean energy economy

Seven out of 10 farmers interviewed had already invested in emissions reduction efforts, by installing solar panels and batteries, electrifying farm equipment or planting trees.

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Farming | Trees


Planning approval given for Australia’s biggest battery to soak up solar and replace coal

  2023-12-09 in Renew Economy | News and analysis for the clean energy economy

Planning approval given for 2,000 MWh battery in Collie that could double in size and will be used to soak up solar and shift it to the evening peaks, replacing coal.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy


Giant desert solar farms might have unintended climate consequences | GreenBiz

  2023-12-02 (or before) in Greenbiz

Turning deserts into solar energy farms could raise temperatures across the globe and cause devastating droughts in the Amazon.

  Tagged under: Amazon Rainforest | Drought | Solar Energy


Giant batteries drain economics of gas power plants

  2023-11-21 in Yahoo

Giant batteries that ensure stable power supply by offsetting intermittent renewable supplies are becoming cheap enough to make developers abandon scores of projects for gas-fired generation world-wide. The long-term economics of gas-fired plants, used in Europe and some parts of the United States primarily to compensate for the intermittent nature of wind and solar power, are changing quickly, according to Reuters' interviews with more than a dozen power plant developers, project finance bankers, analysts and consultants. They said some battery operators are already supplying back-up power to grids at a price competitive with...

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Economics | Wind Power | Electricity Grid | Finance


The world's largest single-site solar farm just came online

  2023-11-17 by in Electrek

The United Arab Emirates has launched Al Dhafra solar farm – now the world's largest single-site solar farm – ahead of COP28.

  Tagged under: COP28 | Solar Energy


Plastic Waste in the Fuel Tank?

  2023-11-16 by in LOW?TECH MAGAZINE

Consumer societies produce enough plastic waste to power at least 10% of motorized road traffic. Dutch designer Gijs Schalkx grabbed the opportunity and now drives his car on the waste he collects.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Electric Cars | Fossil Fuels | Cars


Solar panel advances will see millions abandon electrical grid, scientists predict | The Independent

  2023-11-09 in The Independent

Solar energy costs have fallen 90 per cent over the last decade, while new discoveries have seen efficiency rates rise

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Electricity Grid


Solar behind big price falls as grid demand and coal power pushed to record lows

  2023-10-22 in Renew Economy | News and analysis for the clean energy economy

The growth in renewables over the past year has had a major impact on Australia’s main electricity grid, with wholesale prices tumbling from their 2022 peaks, and grid demand and coal output …

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Electricity | Electricity Grid | Renewable Energy


Dear Keir Starmer: here’s what you should know about Sunak’s attack on climate policy – he lied and lied | Fiona Harvey

  2023-10-09 in The Guardian

He says costs will fall on the poor, but that’s a choice made by his government , says Fiona Harvey, an environment editor at the Guardian

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Rishi Sunak


Industrial process for ‘mobile’ solar module recycling – pv magazine International

  2023-10-09 (or before) in pv magazine International

German company Flaxres has developed an industrial process to recycle PV modules, and has begun operating a pilot facility at its new site where 10 tons of solar modules can be recycled daily. Flaxres plans to make equipment based on this facility available to international customers.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy


‘Detached from reality’: anger as Rishi Sunak plans to restrict solar panels

  2023-10-07 in The Guardian

Climate campaigners dismiss government argument that move will improve food security

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Rishi Sunak


Utilities Aren’t Telling the Whole Truth About Solar Costs – Institute for Local Self-Reliance

  2023-10-05 in Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Electric utilities recently admitted that they often misrepresent the cost of solar energy to serve their own profit interests.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy


Unfounded concerns about photovoltaic module toxicity and waste are slowing decarbonization - Nature Physics

  2023-10-05 in Nature

Unsubstantiated claims that fuel growing public concern over the toxicity of photovoltaic modules and their waste are slowing their deployment. Clarifying these issues will help to facilitate the decarbonization that our world depends on.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Climate Change Denial and Disinformation


Fossil fuels ‘becoming obsolete’ as solar panel prices plummet | The Independent

  2023-09-27 (or before) in The Independent

Solar costs down nearly 90 per cent over last decade in huge boost for renewable energy

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Fossil Fuels


'A question of ambition': Wind and solar could meet Britain's energy demand in 2050, study finds

  2023-09-26 in Business Green

Britain's wind and solar resources are more than sufficient to meet all its energy needs, accroding to policy briefing prepared by researchers at the University of Oxford

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Wind Power


‘Staggering’ green growth gives hope for 1.5C, says global energy chief

  2023-09-26 in The Guardian

IEA’s Fatih Birol says uptake of solar power and EVs is in line with net zero goal but rich countries must hasten their broader plans

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Electric Cars | EVs | Net Zero | Cars


Drake Landing Solar Community

  2023-09-18 (or before) in Drake Landing Solar Community

  Tagged under: Solar Energy


Solar, batteries and microgrids essential for disaster-prone communities, study finds

  2023-09-13 in Renew Economy | News and analysis for the clean energy economy

Losing power after a disaster is devastating for communities, a new report suggests this can be mitigated by distributed and renewable energy resources.

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy


Derbyshire solar panel protester defiant despite court threat - BBC News

  2023-09-09 (or before) in The BBC

Mary Smail installed 16 panels on the back of her house in Derbyshire to highlight climate policies.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy


Massive solar and battery deal promises to cut commercial energy costs in half

  2023-09-07 in Renew Economy | News and analysis for the clean energy economy

A $500 million deal will install 50MW of solar and 300MWh of battery storage across ESR Australia’s commercial property portfolio by 2033.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy


Community Solar Policy Screening Workbook for Multifamily Affordable Housing Building Portfolios | NREL Data Catalog

  2023-09-01 (or before) in NREL Data Catalog l NREL

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Housing


What you need to know about solar power hail damage

  2023-09-01 (or before) in Compare solar companies, solar panels, and solar prices | SolarReviews

Hail can damage solar panels and reduce system performance. Learn how you can protect your solar panels from hail damage today.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy


Largest US community solar panel purchase in history just happened with 1.5 GW order

  2023-08-31 by in Electrek

Nexamp, the US’s largest community solar provider, has placed the largest community solar panel order in US history with Heliene.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy


New photovoltaic leaf technology could ‘significantly’ enhance solar panel efficiency

  2023-08-25 (or before) in Solar Power Portal

Imperial College London has developed a new photovoltaic (PV) leaf-like design technology, which could significantly enhance solar pane efficiency.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy


40GW of solar panels gathering dust in European warehouses

  2023-08-24 by in Energy Monitor

If these stored solar panels were deployed, they would displace seven billion cubic metres of fossil gas, according to Beyond Fossil Fuels.

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Fossil Fuels


Solar Up 20X, Fossil Fuel Use Down In California

  2023-08-22 by in Cleantech News — #1 In EV, Solar, Wind, Tesla News

California’s been getting a lot of bad press lately. There seems like an endless supply of videos on social media of robberies and shoplifting incidents, some committed in broad daylight. Housing shortages and homelessness, high interest rates, and even bad environmental stories flow out of the state as fast as residents supposedly do to other […]

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Housing | California


EU blindsided by ‘spectacular’ solar rollout

  2023-08-12 in Politico

Large majority of EU countries will hit 2030 solar targets ahead of schedule, according to new data.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy


'Power-ups': Octopus and UKPN to offer free electricity during spikes in renewables generation

  2023-08-10 in Business Green

Octopus Energy and UK Power Networks to provide free green electricity to local grids at times of high wind and solar generation

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Wind Power | Electricity | Electricity Grid


Community Energy Together: Local solar collective unveils initial 36MW pipeline

  2023-07-31 in Business Green

New community energy collective aims to generate £20m in local benefits across England and Wales while growing the community solar sector by a fifth

  Tagged under: Solar Energy


Octopus launches new solar and battery optimisation smart tariff

  2023-07-21 (or before) in Solar Power Portal

Octopus Energy has announced the launch of a new smart tariff aimed at consumers with domestic solar and battery storage.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy


World's First Factory Dedicated to Recycling Solar Panels Opens in France

  2023-07-17 by in Next Generation Renewable Energy

Specialist solar recycling company, ROSI, which hopes to eventually, be able to extract and re-use 99% of a panel’s components

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | France


A Comprehensive Photonic Approach for Solar Cell Cooling

  2023-07-12 (or before) in American Chemical Society

The heating of a solar cell has significant adverse consequences on both its efficiency and its reliability. Here to fully exploit the cooling potential of solar cells, we experimentally characteri...

  Tagged under: Solar Energy


Wind and solar eat fossil fuels in Europe and US, but it’s a slow burn in Australia

  2023-07-10 in Renew Economy | News and analysis for the clean energy economy

The pace of change in some of the world’s biggest grids is accelerating, but in Australia the transition is facing problems for governments and agencies.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Fossil Fuels | Electricity Grid | Wind Power


Desert Apocalypse, Episode 1: Yellow Pine Solar

  2023-07-09 (or before) in YouTube

Filmmaker Justin McAffee travels with Basin and Range Watch to explore what's at stake at the Yellow Pine Solar project site in Pahrump Valley. They discover...

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Solar Energy | California


‘Revolutionary’ solar power cell innovations break key energy threshold

  2023-07-06 in The Guardian

Next generation cells surpass limits of today’s cells and will accelerate rollout of cheaper, more efficient solar power

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy


Massive mineral deposit discovery could meet global battery and solar panel demand ‘for next 100 years’ | The Independent

  2023-07-04 (or before) in The Independent

Norge Mining hopes to open first mine in Norway within next five years

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Minerals | Electric Cars | Cars


Solar farm pelted by giant hail as severe storm ripped through Nebraska

  2023-06-30 by John Engel in Renewable Energy World

The 4.375 MWac solar farm was damaged June 23 by the same storm cell that tore through a Wyoming coal mine, leaving eight people injured.

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy


South Australia hopes to be “hydrogen superpower” with 118GW of wind and solar

  2023-06-29 in Renew Economy | News and analysis for the clean energy economy

South Australia sets sights on becoming hydrogen superpower, with more than 110GW of wind and solar, nearly 40 times its current capacity.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Hydrogen | Wind Power


Microgrid "living laboratory" to demonstrate resilient, renewable power systems of the future - One Step Off The Grid

  2023-06-29 in Homepage - One Step Off The Grid

A flagship mixed-use, precinct-based solar and battery power system will highlight the benefits and challenges of deploying microgrids on the electricity network.

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Electricity | Electricity Grid


Solar helps Texas carry energy load as heatwave puts power grid to test

  2023-06-28 in The Guardian

State has managed to avoid rolling blackouts amid three-digit temperatures thanks to its supply of solar power, experts say

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Texas | Electricity Grid


Neoen and Tesla to build giant four-hour battery in landmark deal to squash solar duck

  2023-06-19 in Renew Economy | News and analysis for the clean energy economy

Neoen is to build a massive four-hour battery in Western Australia in landmark and highly profitable contract designed to flatten solar duck in world’s biggest isolated grid.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Electricity Grid | Tesla


Power companies quietly pushed $215m into US politics via dark money groups

  2023-06-15 in The Guardian

Donations have helped utilities increase electricity prices, hinder solar schemes and helped elect sympathetic legislators

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | US Politics | Electricity


US Goes Bonkers Over Floating Solar Power Plants

  2023-06-15 by in Cleantech News — #1 In EV, Solar, Wind, Tesla News

The Garden State is emerging as a floating solar powerhouse, and there's plenty more where that came from.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy


Big batteries storm the fossil fuel citadels, and spell the end for coal and gas

  2023-06-15 in Renew Economy | News and analysis for the clean energy economy

Big batteries were first built next to wind and solar farms. Now they are found within massive coal and gas compounds, eating the fossil fuel industry from the inside out.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Wind Power


Fact check: Do solar panels really struggle in the heat?

  2023-06-13 (or before) in Euronews

Britain’s resort to coal power wasn't because solar panels can't handle the heat, say campaigners, as temperatures topped 30C.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Heatwaves


“Truly momentous:” Solar is changing everything, and Australia must seize the occasion

  2023-06-13 in Renew Economy | News and analysis for the clean energy economy

Treasurer Jim Chalmers should introduce a solar module production tax credit so Australia can secure its position in global solar production supply chain.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy


US-made wind and solar components are now cheaper than imports

  2023-06-12 by in Electrek

For the first time in US history, US-made wind and solar components are cheaper than imports, according to a new study.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Wind Power


Study: Solar farms can be 'wildlife havens'

  2023-06-07 in Business Green

New report by Solar Energy UK reveals how well managed solar farms have potential to boost ecology and tackle biodiversity loss in the UK

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Wildlife


Renewable Energy Grid Survey points to 66 GW development pipeline in South Africa

  2023-06-06 (or before) by in Engineering News|Real-Economy News

A new survey of South Africa’s renewable-energy development pipeline, and its potential implications  for grid planning and investment, reveals that there is currently a 66 GW pipeline of wind and solar projects in South Africa and that a number of these projects are envisaged to be coupled with battery storage. The pipeline also includes some 2 GW of gas-to-power. The ‘Renewable Energy Grid Survey’, which has been compiled by Eskom in collaboration with the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) and the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) indicates that about 18.3 GW is at an a...

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Africa | Wind Power | Electricity Grid


An activist group is spreading misinformation to stop solar projects in rural America

  2023-06-06 (or before) in NPR

An NPR/Floodlight investigation found that a longtime Republican insider is stoking solar opposition by spreading bad information about health and environmental risks. Her influence is growing.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Activism | Disinformation and Misinformation | Health


Government says renewables 'cannot ensure security of supply' - we tell them they are wrong! - 100% Renewable UK

  2023-06-06 by in 100% Renewable UK

In an answer to a Parliamentary Question posed by Caroline Lucas MP the Government has said that the reason it has not modeled a ‘renewable only scenario  (e.g. wind, solar, and tidal) as this cannot ensure security of supply’. This arrogant dismissal of the possibilities for 100 percent renewables is contrary to an increasing number … Continue reading "Government says renewables ‘cannot ensure security of supply’ – we tell them they are wrong!"

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Wind Power


There is a place for solar, but not on agricultural-rural land.

  2023-06-06 (or before) in Solar Local Communities | Citizens for Responsible Solar

Industrial-scale solar plants are negatively impacting the environment.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy


The Biden administration sees hydrogen as a game-changing climate technology. The reality is far more complicated | CNN Politics

  2023-06-05 by in CNN

The Biden administration on Monday announced a goal to produce 50 million metric tons of clean hydrogen fuel by 2050 – a roadmap that, if successful, would cut around 10% of the country’s planet-warming pollution by the same date.

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Climate Change | Hydrogen | Joe Biden | US Politics | Electricity | Health | Finance


Study: Direct Air Capture costs must fall by 75 per cent to drive widespread adoption

  2023-06-05 in Business Green

Nascent technology will need to scale at twice the speed seen in the solar sector, consultancy giant BCG warns

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Carbon Capture and Storage


Challenge to stop solar panels becoming a 'waste mountain' - BBC News

  2023-06-04 (or before) in The BBC

A French factory is pioneering recycling of solar units as experts warn of a waste mountain by 2050.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | France


Wind and solar romp across the globe

  2023-06-03 (or before) in Politico

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Wind Power


Grid bottlenecks delay transition to clean energy | Financial Times

  2023-05-30 in Financial Times

Connecting wind and solar farms to tomorrow’s electricity-hungry customers will require huge investment

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Electricity | Electricity Grid | Wind Power


Solar farms face 20-year waits for a connection to the grid

  2023-05-26 (or before) by in The Times & The Sunday Times

Solar farm developers have been told that they will have to wait until as late as the 2040s to connect to local electricity grids, delaying £20 billion of energ

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Electricity | Electricity Grid


Bendy solar panels are just as good as regular ones | New Scientist

  2023-05-25 (or before) in New Scientist

Existing solar cells are normally only used on flat, static surfaces to avoid them cracking, but now there is a flexible alternative with the same energy-generating efficiency

  Tagged under: Solar Energy


National survey finds that well managed solar farms can address loss of biodiversity

  2023-05-25 (or before) in Solar Power Portal

A national survey of wildlife on solar farms has found that they can be havens for wildlife when specifically managed for conservation.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Wildlife


Solar power investment to exceed oil for first time, says IEA chief | Financial Times

  2023-05-25 (or before) in Financial Times

Fatih Birol hopeful about 1.5C goal as clean energy spending forecast to hit $1.7tn this year

  Tagged under: Solar Energy


Why car parks are the hottest space in solar power - BBC News

  2023-05-23 (or before) in The BBC

Car parks are a good place for solar panels, providing shade and electricity where it is needed.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Electricity


Government accused of 'dumping' infrastructure in Lincolnshire

  2023-05-22 in The Lincolnite | MyLocal

Solar farms, pylons, carbon capture and more

  Tagged under: Solar Energy


How solar farms took over the California desert: ‘An oasis has become a dead sea’

  2023-05-21 in The Guardian

Residents feel trapped and choked by dust, while experts warn environmental damage is ‘solving one problem by creating others’

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | California


Solar panel efficiency to increase 50% with first production of ‘miracle’ tandem cells | The Independent

  2023-05-20 (or before) in The Independent

World’s first commercialisation of perovskite solar cells follows years of breakthroughs with the material

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy


Solar reactor attains over 20% efficiency in hydrogen production

  2023-05-19 by in SolarPACES - International CSP research

A new solar-radiation-concentrating device produces green hydrogen at a rate of more than 2 kilowatts while maintaining efficiencies above 20%. The pilot-scale device, which is already operational under real sunlight conditions, also produces usable heat and oxygen, and its developers at the École polytechnique fédérale Read More ...

  Tagged under: Hydrogen | Solar Energy


Google Installing 500 Megawatts of Solar for Environmental Justice

  2023-05-18 by Zachary Shahan in Cleantech News — #1 In EV, Solar, Wind, Tesla News

Solar power is not just for rich people, but it’s not free and you typically need to show a decent credit score to finance it. As with many things in life, the less wealthy people in society are left behind a bit as we transition into this cleaner, more financially sensible (in the long term) […]

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Finance


Four charts on the unstoppable growth of solar – our best hope against climate change

  2023-05-12 in Renew Economy | News and analysis for the clean energy economy

To supply everyone with enough electricity to live a good life, we’ll need about 200 billion megawatt-hours per year. Assuming solar does the heavy lifting, is it possible?

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Climate Change | Electricity


Wind and solar energy saved Texans $11 billion in 2022 – pv magazine USA

  2023-05-12 in pv magazine USA – Solar Energy Markets and Technology

A recent analysis reveals that amid the abnormally high-priced natural gas market in 2022, wholesale electricity rate savings from wind and solar surged nearly 300% from previous years to exceed $11 billion, totalling $31.5 billion in energy savings since 2010.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Electricity | Wind Power


Green hydrogen versus direct renewables – best and worst ways to use wind and solar

  2023-05-08 in Renew Economy | News and analysis for the clean energy economy

The there are good ways to use wind and solar and bad ways. And much of it comes down to where green hydrogen is applied.

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Hydrogen | Wind Power


Commentary | Why “Solarpunk” Gives Me Hope for a More Sustainable Future

  2023-05-06 (or before) in YES! Magazine

“Minimum Viable Planet” is a weeklyish commentary about climateish stuff, and how to keep it together in a world gone mad.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Climate Change


Are you ready for a heatwave summer?

  2023-5-2 in building.co.uk

Preparing your house for soaring summer temperatures requires thinking tactically about solar and natural ventilation, before rushing into expensive high-tech fixes, writes Susan Roaf

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Adaptation | Housing | Heatwaves


Sunny outlook for solar energy in the UK as domestic installations reach new heights! - Energy Live News

  2023-04-27 by in Energy Live News

The UK has seen a 5.3% increase in solar capacity since March 2022, with more than 13,000 new installations per month, according to a government report

  Tagged under: Solar Energy


Tesla says global energy demand will be cut in half by switch to EVs and renewables

  2023-04-26 by in The Driven - Australian EV News

Tesla says transition to EVs, battery storage, wind and solar will slash energy consumption needs by half compared to inefficient fossil fuels.

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Electric Cars | EVs | Fossil Fuels | Wind Power | Tesla


Australian renewables pioneer PacHydro rebrands, sees big demand for wind and solar

  2023-04-26 in Renew Economy | News and analysis for the clean energy economy

Pacific Hydro rebrands in bid to reposition as Australia’s leading renewables-only generator – and unveils plans including a new retail arm.

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Wind Power


Two massive gravity batteries are nearing completion in the US and China

  2023-04-24 in Interesting Engineering

Gravity batteries help to solve the unpredictability element when it comes to energy sources like solar and wind.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Wind Power


Using solar farms to generate fresh desert soil crust

  2023-04-20 in Home | ASU News

Arizona State University researcher Ferran Garcia-Pichel and his students have proposed an innovative approach to restoring healthy biocrusts using new and existing solar energy farms as nurseries for generating fresh biocrust.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Health


G7 pushes for an extra terawatt of solar, but falls short on coal phaseout and gas

  2023-04-17 in Renew Economy | News and analysis for the clean energy economy

G7 agree to a big increase in offshore wind and solar capacity, but fall short of coal and gas phaseouts as Japan holds out for fossil fuels.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Fossil Fuels | Japan | Wind Power


Spherical glass solar energy generator by rawlemon

  2023-04-16 (or before) in designboom magazine | your first source for architecture, design & art news

  Tagged under: Solar Energy


Rooftop system with PV panels, mini wind turbines in the Netherlands – pv magazine International

  2023-04-10 (or before) in pv magazine International

Ibis Power has developed a rooftop system that combines solar with wind turbines designed for medium-sized structures and high-rise buildings. It claims its PowerNEST system can produce six to 10 times more energy than standalone rooftop solar. The company has already installed five projects in the Netherlands.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Wind Power


Türkiye foresees $1.5B investment in renewable-based storage projects

  2023-04-09 by in dailysabah.com

Türkiye has completed the first pre-licensing process after receiving record applications for the installation of solar and wind-based electricity storage...

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Wind Power | Electricity


On the History and Future of 100% Renewable Energy Systems Research

  2023-04-06 (or before) in ieeexplore.ieee.org

Research on 100% renewable energy systems is a relatively recent phenomenon. It was initiated in the mid-1970s, catalyzed by skyrocketing oil prices. Since the mid-2000s, it has quickly evolved into a prominent research field encompassing an expansive and growing number of research groups and organizations across the world. The main conclusion of most of these studies is that 100% renewables is feasible worldwide at low cost. Advanced concepts and methods now enable the field to chart realistic as well as cost- or resource-optimized and efficient transition pathways to a future without the use of fossil fuels. Such proposed path...

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Climate Change | Hydrogen | Wind Power | Fossil Fuels | Climate Justice | Electricity Grid


China on track to triple its terawatt-scale wind and solar target

  2023-04-04 in Renew Economy | News and analysis for the clean energy economy

Goldman Sachs report forecasts combined capacity from China solar and wind will far outstrip the government’s current 2030 target of 1.2TWh.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Wind Power


Solar panels can take the heat a lot better when paired with crops

  2023-04-04 in Renew Economy | News and analysis for the clean energy economy

Study finds solar panels built above crop plants can reduce surface temperatures on the panel by up to 10°C compared to traditional mounting methods.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy


Load shifting and energy spills: Secrets to smarter grid dominated by wind and solar

  2023-04-04 in Renew Economy | News and analysis for the clean energy economy

Major new report points to role smart management of energy and demand in the rapid shift to renewables, particularly while storage plays catch-up.

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Wind Power | Electricity Grid


Why China Rooftop Solar Power Leads World on Clean Energy Capacity - Bloomberg

  2023-03-28 (or before) in Bloomberg

One in five solar panels installed worldwide last year were mounted on a Chinese roof, putting households at the forefront of efforts to decarbonize a top emitter.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy


Boris Johnson’s climate adviser backs Labour’s energy security strategy

  2023-03-27 in The Guardian

Exclusive: No 10 adviser Sam Richards lends support to drive for energy independence and planning reform

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Wind Power


More of SA’s parking lots are getting solar makeovers | Business

  2023-03-26 (or before) by in news24.com

South African landlords are turning their parking areas into clean energy hubs as they seek to reduce electricity costs and shield their tenants from rolling blackouts.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | South Africa | Africa | Electricity


'They have not done anything': Hunt slammed for failing to back solar energy in Budget

  2023-03-19 by in City A.M. | Business news live from the City of London

The government should have prioritised boosting renewable energy such as solar power, argued the boss of a British energy supplier.

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy


Do Solar Farms Lower Property Values? A New Study Has Some Answers - Inside Climate News

  2023-03-15 by in Inside Climate News

A new study finds that houses within a half-mile of a utility-scale solar farm have resale prices that are, on average, 1.5 percent less than houses that are just a little farther away. The research from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory helps to refute some of the assertions of solar opponents who stoke resistance to projects […]

  Tagged under: Solar Energy


Clean energy is cheaper than coal across the whole US, study finds

  2023-03-14 (or before) in Canary Media

Almost every coal-fired power plant in the country could be cost-effectively replaced by local solar or wind and batteries, according to a groundbreaking new analysis.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Fossil Fuels | Wind Power


One Atmosphere: An Independent Expert Review on Solar Radiation Modification Research and Deployment

  2023-03-01 (or before) in wedocs.unep.org

  Tagged under: Solar Energy


An open letter regarding research on reflecting sunlight to reduce the risks of climate change - climate intervention research letter

  2023-03-01 (or before) in An open letter regarding research on reflecting sunlight to reduce the risks of climate change - climate intervention research letter

Given the severity of climate change, scientists and scientific bodies have recommended research on potential approaches to increasing the reflection of sunlight (or release of long wave radiation) from the atmosphere, referred to as “solar radiation modification” (SRM), to slow climate warming and reduce climate impacts. In particular, this research is important for understanding their […]

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Climate Change | Climate Change Impacts


Solar breakthrough paves way for first ‘miracle material’ panels | The Independent

  2023-02-28 (or before) in The Independent

Perovskite is vastly more efficient than silicon at absorbing sunlight, but until now has been too unstable for commercial use

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy


60 Scientists Call for Accelerated Research Into ‘Solar Radiation Management’ That Could Temporarily Mask Global Warming - Inside Climate News

  2023-02-27 by in Inside Climate News

A scientific showdown over whether dispersing massive amounts of reflective particles high into the atmosphere could temporarily and safely mask global warming intensified this week, as a group of more than 60 researchers published a letter Monday calling for accelerated research and small-scale field experiments into what is called solar radiation management. As the planet’s […]

  Tagged under: Solar Energy


The U.S. Has Billions for Wind and Solar Projects. Good Luck Plugging Them In.

  2023-02-23 in The New York Times

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Greenhouse Gases | Solar Energy | Wind Power | Electricity Grid


China now has enough wind and solar to power every home

  2023-02-17 in Renew Economy | News and analysis for the clean energy economy

China installed 125GW of new wind and solar capacity in 2022, and now generates enough wind and solar to meet demands of every home, but not industry.

  Tagged under: China | Solar Energy | Wind Power


Across the country, a big backlash to new renewables is mounting - Idaho Capital Sun

  2023-02-16 in idahocapitalsun.com

Renewable energy development for wind and solar power has drawn opposition that has lead to bans, moratoriums and restrictions across U.S.

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Wind Power


Wind and solar output set landmark new milestone in Australia’s rapidly changing grid

  2023-02-12 in Renew Economy | News and analysis for the clean energy economy

Renewables output breaks above 20GW in Australia’s main grid for first time, while output of wind and solar jumps 900MW to new record.

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Electricity Grid | Wind Power


Solar’s stunning journey from lab curiosity to global juggernaut wiping out fossil fuels

  2023-02-10 in Renew Economy | News and analysis for the clean energy economy

Leading solar researcher predicts technology will “wipe fossil fuels” out of the global economy, and help deliver a resilient, reliable and extremely cheap energy grid.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Predictions | Fossil Fuels | Electricity Grid


The Question of Community and “Rewilding”

  2023-01-31 in Bella Caledonia

An invited response to Jeremy Leggett by Alastair McIntosh on re-wilding in Scotland. Last week the solar energy entrepreneur, Jeremy Leggett, published a blog titled Highlands Rewilding: governanc…

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Rewilding


Who Needs Transmission Wires Anyway? — Episode 175 of Local Energy Rules – Institute for Local Self-Reliance

  2023-01-19 in Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Dan Juhl develops integrated clean energy projects that combine solar, wind, and/or battery storage. He shares how commercial-scale, hybrid solar and wind systems are a “real match” that can circumvent transmission system concerns.

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Wind Power


8 Ways To Protect Your Solar Panels from Hail Storm Damage

  2023-01-17 by in blog.ecoflow.com

Solar panels can withstand most extreme weather, but hail is a unique threat. Protect your solar panels from a hailstorm and safeguard your investment.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy


UK needs 'onshore wind and solar revolution': MP Skidmore's net zero study

  2023-01-13 in Recharge | Latest renewable energy news

Nation needs to set goals and roadmap for key onshore renewables like those seen in offshore sector, says former energy minister

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Net Zero | Wind Power


Silicon Ranch raises $600M for its holistic take on solar development

  2023-01-11 (or before) in Canary Media

The company owns solar plants for the long haul, grazes sheep among its panels and works to be a good neighbor in rural communities.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy


Big solar smashes Australian generation record, crunches coal, to close out 2022

  2023-01-10 in Renew Economy | News and analysis for the clean energy economy

Utility-scale solar generation notches up biggest month ever in Australia in December of 2022 and helps send NSW black coal output to new low.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Coal


Fueling Resistance

  2022-12-14 (or before) in MIT

In Fueling Resistance, Kate Neville dissects the processes, and political economy framework, of resistance to two different alternative fuel projects in two distinct and disparate locations. The comparison centers on resistance to a biofuel project in Kenya and a fracking project in the Yukon territory of Canada. The unwritten premise is that these two energy projects, and the subsequent resistance to them, may not have obvious similarities given their distinct characteristics and locations but in fact have several elements in common. Neville outlines how these cases can be viewed as similar and concludes that understanding the ...

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Climate Change | Colonialism | Rivers | Fracking | Fossil Fuels | Wind Power | Health | Climate Justice | Food Production and Consumption | Finance


Solar PV Global Supply Chains – Analysis - IEA

  2022-11-30 (or before) in IEA – International Energy Agency

Solar PV Global Supply Chains - Analysis and key findings. A report by the International Energy Agency.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy


'Like a hostage negotiation': Indiana bill on renewable energy standards dies after pushback

  2022-11-23 (or before) in indystar.com

An Indiana bill that would have established statewide standards for wind and solar projects died on the Senate floor over concerns about local control

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | US Politics | Wind Power


How solar farms in space might beam electricity to Earth - BBC News

  2022-11-04 (or before) in The BBC

The UK government is supporting projects to put solar panels in space and beam energy back to Earth.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Electricity


Carbon emissions from energy to peak in 2025 in ‘historic turning point’, says IEA

  2022-10-27 in The Guardian

International Energy Agency says Ukraine invasion boosted state spending on clean energy and ‘will accelerate transition to renewables’

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Nuclear Power | Greenhouse Gases | Fossil Fuels | Wind Power | Russia


POLITICO Pro

  2022-10-22 (or before) in Politico PRO

Emissions associated with energy use are on track to increase 1 percent this year, according to the International Energy Agency. That's far less than what many observers projected months ago.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Wind Power


White House pushes ahead research to cool Earth by reflecting sunlight

  2022-10-14 (or before) in CNBC

There are several kinds of sunlight-reflection technology, and none have been thoroughly researched due to a perceived moral hazard. But sentiment is shifting.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Geoengineering


Solar energy firms struggle as demand goes through the roof - BBC News

  2022-10-13 (or before) in The BBC

Installers say they are struggling to deal with the number of inquiries sparked by the energy crisis.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy


Is the government about to 'blow a hole' in the UK's net zero strategy?

  2022-10-11 in Business Green

The government's 'attack on nature' and its opposition to new solar farms could have serious consequences for the UK's long-term net zero strategy

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Farming | Net Zero


China now has 30 CSP projects with thermal energy storage underway - SolarPACES

  2022-10-08 by in SolarPACES - International CSP research

Email from CSP Focus China 2022, Nov 2&3 in Beijing The development of CSP is entering into a fast track in 2022 here in China.  Within the Multi-Energy RE complexes combining with PV and/or Wind, CSP is playing a role as stabilizer and regulator, easing the power fluctuation and curtailment of PV and Wind, through […]

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | China


Light fantastic: BP’s solar venture launches biggest UK project yet

  2022-10-06 in The Guardian

From solar farms to floating arrays, from Australia to Bedfordshire, Lightsource BP is ramping up its renewable energy push

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | BP | Greenhouse Gases | Solar Energy


The Choice for Rural Officials: Oppose Solar Power or Face Revolt - Inside Climate News

  2022-09-30 by in Inside Climate News

This story is the third in a series about the conflict over solar power in Williamsport, Ohio, reported in partnership with ABC News. WILLIAMSPORT, Ohio—Chris Weaver stood up from his chair in the audience and looked across the village hall at the mayor. “I’m here to ask you to resign,” said Weaver, a journeyman carpenter, […]

  Tagged under: Solar Energy


The Supply Chain to Beat Climate Change Is Already Being Built

  2022-09-08 (or before) in Bloomberg

Look at the numbers. The huge increases in fossil fuel prices this year hide the fact that the solar industry is winning the energy transition.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | China | Climate Change


Three Myths About Renewable Energy and the Grid, Debunked

  2022-09-03 (or before) in Yale E360

Renewable energy skeptics argue that because of their variability, wind and solar cannot be the foundation of a dependable electricity grid. But the expansion of renewables and new methods of energy management and storage can lead to a grid that is reliable and clean.

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Electricity | Electricity Grid | Wind Power


U.S. Needs A Lot More Land to Go Green by 2050

  2022-08-31 (or before) in Bloomberg

We may need 250 million acres for wind farms alone.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Farming | Greenhouse Gases | Land Use | Wind Power | Electricity Grid


Factory to build subsea cable from Sahara to Devon approved

  2022-08-26 (or before) in constructionenquirer.com

Ambitious £17bn Morocco-UK solar/wind power project will power 7m UK homes by 2030

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Wind Power


Factcheck: Is solar power a ‘threat’ to UK farmland? - Carbon Brief

  2022-08-25 by in Carbon Brief

The “threat” posed to UK farms by the expansion of solar power has emerged as a campaign issue for the final two in the race to become PM.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy


Solar power opens the door to banking for rural Indians

  2022-08-05 (or before) by in Eco-Business.com - Asia Pacific's Sustainable Business Community

In remote areas suffering frequent power cuts, solar panel systems help keep banks running as they curb climate-warming emissions.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy


'Our fields shouldn't be full of solar panels': Truss vows to crackdown on renewables development

  2022-08-02 in Business Green

Latest Tory leadership race hustings sees favourite double down on support for domestic fossil fuel extraction

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy


The new ultra-thin solar cell: low-cost, non-toxic and more efficient

  2022-07-30 (or before) in cordis.europa.eu

Could there be a cost-efficient, eco-friendly alternative to today’s solar power technology? Quite possibly, thanks to a much more...

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Climate Change


The Applications of Polymers in Solar Cells: A Review - PMC

  2022-07-30 (or before) in National Center for Biotechnology Information

  Tagged under: Solar Energy


US energy secretary says switch to wind and solar “could be greatest peace plan of all”

  2022-07-12 in Renew Economy | News and analysis for the clean energy economy

“No country has ever been held hostage to access to the sun.” US energy secretary says switch to renewables could be world’s best peace plan.

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Wind Power


Wind and solar power are 'bailing out' Texas amid record heat and energy demand | CNN

  2022-06-14 by in CNN International

Energy experts told CNN the Texas electric grid is holding up well this week in large part to strong performances from renewable energy.

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Wind Power | Texas | Electricity Grid


Solar power shines through after a slow start in Africa | Financial Times

  2022-05-26 in Financial Times

The case for the renewable energy source is becoming clearer on the ‘sun continent’

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Africa


Solar power at Pennsylvania schools doubled during the pandemic - EHN

  2022-05-20 in Environmental Health News

  Tagged under: Solar Energy


Storage Requirements and Costs of Shaping Renewable Energy Toward Grid Decarbonization

  2022-05-15 (or before) in Cell Press

Solar and wind energy can help to decarbonize electricity production but require other technologies, such as energy storage, to reliably meet demand. We study systems combining intermittent renewables with storage and other technologies and compare their electricity costs to alternatives. We estimate that in high-resource regions, with optimal resource mixes, low storage energy capacity costs (

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Electricity | Electricity Grid | Wind Power


The role of tropical volcanic eruptions in exacerbating Indian droughts - Scientific Reports

  2022-05-02 (or before) in Nature

The Indian summer monsoon rainfall (ISMR) is vital for the livelihood of millions of people in the Indian region; droughts caused by monsoon failures often resulted in famines. Large volcanic eruptions have been linked with reductions in ISMR, but the responsible mechanisms remain unclear. Here, using 145-year (1871–2016) records of volcanic eruptions and ISMR, we show that ISMR deficits prevail for two years after moderate and large (VEI > 3) tropical volcanic eruptions; this is not the case for extra-tropical eruptions. Moreover, tropical volcanic eruptions strengthen El Niño and weaken La Ni&...

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Extreme Rainfall | Drought | Famine | El Niño


Dark Side To Solar? More Reports Tie Panel Production To Toxic Pollution

  2022-02-02 (or before) by in Forbes

A major new study of the economics of solar, published in Harvard Business Review, finds that the waste produced by solar panels will make electricity from solar four times more expensive than the world’s leading energy analysts thought.

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Shell | Solar Energy | Climate Change | Economics | Electricity


South Australia sets smashing new renewables record in final days of 2021

  2022-01-11 in Renew Economy | News and analysis for the clean energy economy

South Australia’s wind and solar supplied an average of just over 100% of local demand every day for a record stretch of almost one week in December.

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Wind Power


Solar - Fuels & Technologies - IEA

  2021-12-22 (or before) in IEA – International Energy Agency

Solar energy is the conversion of sunlight into usable energy forms. Solar photovoltaics (PV), solar thermal electricity and solar heating and cooling are well established solar technologies.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Electricity


Renewables - Fuels & Technologies - IEA

  2021-12-22 (or before) in IEA – International Energy Agency

Renewables, including solar, wind, hydro, biofuels and others, are at the centre of the transition to a less carbon-intensive and more sustainable energy system.

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Wind Power


"Sun-to-Liquids" Solar Fuels R&D Wins Recognition at Cop26 - SolarPACES

  2021-11-24 in SolarPACES - International CSP research

The Sun-to-Liquids project has been developed by a consortium integrated by the leading European solar research laboratories and CSP industry leaders: ETH Zurich, DLR, Bauhaus Luftfahrt, IMDEA Energy, HyGear Technology & Services B.V and Abengoa. The aim is to produce renewable transportation fuels from water and CO2 with solar energy: The first synthesis of solar […]

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | COP26 | Solar Energy


Imagine a nationwide energy system relying solely on distributed PV and V2G-equipped electric vehicles – pv magazine International

  2021-11-19 (or before) in pv magazine International

Norwegian researchers have sought to assess the theoretical technical feasibility of a country-level energy system based exclusively on distributed solar, electric vehicles, and vehicle-to-grid technologies. They applied the model to sunny Spain and found that 3.45 billion m<sup>2</sup> of PV systems would be necessary to build a 100% self-reliant energy system.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Electricity Grid


China to cut fossil fuel use to below 20% by 2060

  2021-10-25 in The Guardian

Despite pushing ahead with dozens of new coal power plants, China has a new plan to increase wind and solar power in its march towards carbon neutrality

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Greenhouse Gases | Coal | Wind Power


Expansion of wind and solar power too slow to stop climate change

  2021-10-22 (or before) in Phys.org - News and Articles on Science and Technology

The production of renewable energy is increasing every year. But after analyzing the growth rates of wind and solar power in 60 countries, researchers at Chalmers University of Technology and Lund University in Sweden and Central European University in Vienna, Austria, conclude that virtually no country is moving sufficiently fast enough to avoid global warming of 1.5°C or even 2°C.

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Climate Change | Wind Power


Bangladesh Really Is a Climate Success Story

  2021-10-10 (or before) by in The Atlantic

The country shows the power of self-determination when it comes to development and climate policy.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Extreme Weather | Climate Change | Geothermal Energy | Fossil Fuels | Economic Growth | Water Resources


Sun Cable: World’s biggest solar and battery project expands again, gets Indonesia approval

  2021-09-23 in Renew Economy | News and analysis for the clean energy economy

Sun Cable expands to a solar project of up to 20GW and up to 42GWh of battery storage, as it gains approval from Indonesia for a sub-sea cable.

  Tagged under: Batteries | Solar Energy | Indonesia


California ISO has 80GW of solar and 148GW of storage in its queue, smashing last year’s figures

  2021-07-16 in PV Tech

The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) has almost 80GW of solar and 148GW of storage in its interconnection queue.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | California


India’s solar industry makes a huge bet on beating China

  2021-07-01 (or before) in Quartz | Make business better

At the Reliance AGM, the Indian conglomerate announced it will produce solar panels, batteries, and hydrogen—but remains a major consumer of oil.

  Tagged under: India | Hydrogen | Solar Energy


In Boost for Renewables, Grid-Scale Battery Storage Is on the Rise

  2021-05-04 (or before) in Yale E360

Driven by technological advances, facilities are being built with storage systems that can hold enough renewable energy to power hundreds of thousands of homes. The advent of “big battery” technology addresses a key challenge for green energy — the intermittency of wind and solar.

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Batteries | Solar Energy | Wind Power | Electricity Grid


‘Insanely cheap energy’: how solar power continues to shock the world

  2021-04-24 in The Guardian

Australian smarts and Chinese industrial might made solar power the cheapest power humanity has seen – and no one saw it coming

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy


Innovations on Concentrated Solar Thermal Power | by Roberto Baldizon | Luszol | Medium

  2021-04-06 (or before) in Medium

Solar Thermal World’s published article on CSP innovations and companies in which the DOE is investing portrays an unusually positive and…

  Tagged under: Solar Energy


Concentrated solar power - Wikipedia

  2021-04-06 (or before) in Wikipedia

  Tagged under: Solar Energy


Solar Geoengineering: Ineffective, Risky, Unnecessary | Jonathan Foley | Medium | GlobalEcoGuy.org

  2021-04-03 (or before) in GlobalEcoGuy.org

Some people are proposing to counteract climate change by artificially dimming the Sun. But it’s ineffective. It’s risky. And it’s…

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Climate Change | Geoengineering


Climate Change Is Tightening Insurance Markets. That’s No Good for the Solar Industry

  2021-03-08 (or before) in Greentech Media | Clean Tech & Renewable Energy News

Solar project developers are starting to feel the financial pressure from rising insurance costs.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Climate Change | Insurance | Texas


Solar panels in Sahara could boost renewable energy but damage the global climate – here's why

  2021-02-14 (or before) by in The Conversation

In a bid to ditch fossil fuels, some countries are considering carpeting deserts with solar panels.

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Fossil Fuels


Queensland transition to renewables would generate almost 10,000 jobs, analysis shows

  2020-10-14 in The Guardian

Exclusive: Sunshine and available land offer a ‘world-class’ opportunity, expert says

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Hydrogen | Greenhouse Gases | Coal | Wind Power


'This is the Everest of zero carbon' – inside York's green home revolution

  2020-10-04 in The Guardian

The city plans to build Britain’s biggest zero-carbon housing project, boasting 600 homes in car-free cycling paradises full of fruit trees and allotments. When will the rest of the UK catch up?

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Housing | Trees


A history of the solar century so far: a tale of disruption, denial, and existential threat. – Jeremy Leggett

  2020-09-19 (or before) in Jeremy Leggett - Climate, energy, tech, and the future of civilisation

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy


Alabama Public Service Commission Upholds and Increases 'Sun Tax' on Solar Power Users - Inside Climate News

  2020-09-02 in Inside Climate News

Energy regulators in Alabama voted Tuesday to uphold what critics have dubbed a “sun tax” on people who put solar panels on their homes and businesses across much of the state. The Alabama Public Service Commission, which regulates the investor-owned Alabama Power Co., not only rejected a petition by the Southern Environmental Law Center to […]

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Alabama


California Reveals That the Transition to Renewable Energy Isn’t So Simple

  2020-08-19 by in Slate Magazine

Sometimes the features of a wind-and-solar system turn out to be bugs.

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Climate Change | Wind Power | California | Electricity Grid


What the heroin industry can teach us about solar power - BBC News

  2020-07-27 (or before) in The BBC

Afghan poppy farmers have embraced solar power to irrigate their crops, leading to a heroin boom.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy


New Solar Power Breakthrough From Maker Of Things That Make Solar Cells

  2020-07-01 in Cleantech News — #1 In EV, Solar, Wind, Tesla News

Solar power is getting yet another breakthrough makeover, this time from Meyer Burger, the company that gave us low cost, high efficiency PERC technology.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy


What Is the Carbon Footprint of a Solar Panel? Overview and Emissions

  2020-06-19 (or before) in Treehugger | Sustainability for All

Learn about the carbon footprint of solar panels, how it is calculated, and how emissions between solar panels and standard electricity compare.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Electricity


Trump admin slaps solar, wind operators with retroactive rent bills | Reuters

  2020-05-19 (or before) in Reuters

The Trump administration has ended a two-year rent holiday for solar and wind projects operating on federal lands, handing them whopping retroactive bills at a time the industry is struggling with the fallout of the coronavirus outbreak, according to company officials.

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | USA | Donald Trump | Solar Energy | Climate Change | Wind Power | US Politics | California | Alaska


Republican Congress members upset banks dropping support for fossil fuels

  2020-05-12 (or before) in Ars Technica

A letter to the president ignores the fact that wind and solar employ people, too.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | US Politics | Fossil Fuels | Wind Power


EU Power Sector 2019 - Ember

  2020-02-15 (or before) in Ember | Clean Energy Policy | Coal to clean energy policy

Ember and Agora's annual review of the electricity transition in Europe shows for the first time wind & solar power overtook coal

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Coal | European Union | Wind Power | Electricity


Green and Cool Roofs @ProjectDrawdown #ClimateSolutions

  2020-02-06 in Project Drawdown

Green roofs use soil and vegetation as living insulation. Cool roofs reflect solar energy. Both reduce building energy use for heating and/or cooling.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Insulation


UK solar company secures funding to build two major solar plants in Spain - Business Leader News

  2020-01-22 in Business News - Business Leader

UK-based solar energy company, Solarcentury, has secured new financing to build two of the largest solar plants in Spain demonstrating the UK’s leadership on climate change. UK Export Finance (UKEF), the […]

  Tagged under: Spain | Solar Energy | Climate Change | Finance


UK could tap into Africa's $24bn market for off-grid solar power

  2020-01-21 in The Guardian

Rapidly growing sector could prove lucrative as Britain seeks post-Brexit trade opportunities

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Africa | Electricity Grid


Renewables beat fossil fuels on 137 days in greenest year for UK energy

  2020-01-07 in The Guardian

Renewable energy up 9% on 2018 but nuclear outages are limiting progress, report warns

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Nuclear Power | Coal | Wind Power | Fossil Fuels


Start-up of the Day: New solar collector makes solar energy far more viable for developing nations - Innovation Origins

  2019-12-18 in Innovations Origins - Your Sneak Preview of the Future

Solabolic's collector makes solar energy much more viable for developing countries. It creates jobs and money via local manufacture.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy


Bill Gates backs startup using sunlight to create 1,000C-plus heat

  2019-11-19 in The Guardian

Heliogen uses mirrors to concentrate solar energy that can power heavy industry

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy


Why ending fossil fuel subsidies and investing in solar is essential for decarbonisation and prosperity - Solarcentury

  2019-11-15 in Solarcentury - International solar PV company

David Edwards, Solarcentury Strategy and Resources Director, takes us through the numbers. The Earth’s carbon budget is rapidly expiring. Since the Paris Agreement, world leaders, major corporations and financial investors have talked much about the importance of transitioning to a decarbonised global economy. However, their ongoing subsidising of and investment in fossil fuels is already […]

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Fossil Fuels | Decarbonisation | Economics


SRP plans to install Arizona's biggest battery for massive solar plant

  2019-11-15 (or before) in azcentral.com

  Tagged under: Batteries | Solar Energy | Rivers


Renewable energy to expand by 50% in next five years - report

  2019-10-21 in The Guardian

Energy agency says solar power will drive faster than forecast growth in renewables

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Wind Power | Tidal Energy


Rise of renewables may see off oil firms decades earlier than they think

  2019-10-14 by Jillian Ambrose in The Guardian

Pace of progress raises hope that fossil fuel companies could lose their domination

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Oil Industry | Renewable Energy | Climate Change | Wind Power | Fossil Fuels


Analysis: UK renewables generate more electricity than fossil fuels for first time - Carbon Brief

  2019-10-13 in Carbon Brief

In the third quarter of 2019, the UK’s windfarms, solar panels, biomass and hydro plants generated more electricity than coal, oil and gas put together.

  Tagged under: Fossil Fuels | UK | Renewable Energy | Coal | Solar Energy | Wind Power | Electricity


Solar PV Power Potential is Greatest Over Croplands - Scientific Reports

  2019-08-14 (or before) in Nature

Solar energy has the potential to offset a significant fraction of non-renewable electricity demands globally, yet it may occupy extensive areas when deployed at this level. There is growing concern that large renewable energy installations will displace other land uses. Where should future solar power installations be placed to achieve the highest energy production and best use the limited land resource? The premise of this work is that the solar panel efficiency is a function of the location’s microclimate within which it is immersed. Current studies largely ignore many of the environmental factors that influence Photovo...

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Land Use | Solar Energy | Electricity | Sustainability


THE DESTRUCTIVE MYTH OF GREEN ENERGY: IF YOU WANT ‘RENEWABLE ENERGY’ GET READY TO DESTROY THE ENVIRONMENT

  2019-08-07 in The International Chronicles - Interactive Forum of political culture

“Green Energy” advocates dream of powering society entirely with wind and solar farms combined with massive batteries. Realizing this dream would require the biggest expansion in mining…

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Batteries | Wind Power


Research Highlight: Loss of Arctic's Reflective Sea Ice Will Advance Global Warming by 25 Years

  2019-07-19 in Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Losing the remaining Arctic sea ice and its ability to reflect incoming solar energy back to space would be equivalent to adding one trillion tons of CO2 to the atmosphere, on top of the 2.4 trillion tons emitted since the Industrial Age, according to current and former researchers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego.

  Tagged under: Oceans | Solar Energy | Ice Melting | Global Warming | Arctic


UK energy-saving efforts collapse after government subsidy cuts

  2019-07-18 in The Guardian

Only 10,000 upgrades such as loft insulation happen each month compared with 65,000 in 2014, report shows

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Insulation | Collapse


Device could bring both solar power and clean water to millions

  2019-07-09 in The Guardian

Researchers say one invention could solve two problems for people lacking basic resources

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Health | Water Resources


Dutch start-up unveils the world’s ‘first long-range solar car’ - London Business News | Londonlovesbusiness.com

  2019-06-25 in LondonLovesBusiness

Lightyear a Dutch start-up has revealed why they claim to be the world’s first car company that has made the first long-range solar car. The company claims the car is…

  Tagged under: Solar Energy


HMRC pushes steep VAT increase for new solar-battery systems

  2019-06-24 in The Guardian

Treasury proposes rise from 5% to 20%, while the tax on coal will stay at lower rate

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Batteries | Solar Energy | Coal


BEC Completes £600,000 Solar Builds – Kicks of next £500,000!

  2019-06-12 (or before) in click.mlsend2.com

  Tagged under: Solar Energy


We're falling short on SDG7, but we can fix it

  2019-06-05 in Business Green

Jeremy Leggett surveys global progress against SDG7, and considers what must happen to deliver on the targets by 2030

  Tagged under: Solar Energy


SolarAid

  2019-05-26 (or before) in SolarAid | Combatting poverty and climate change

Lighting up every home, school and clinic in Africa by 2030

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Africa


MPs back solar industry call for fair market payment - London Business News | Londonlovesbusiness.com

  2019-03-07 in LondonLovesBusiness

MPs, Lords and the Solar Trade Association have called on energy minister Claire Perry to respect the right of ordinary people to a fair minimum floor price for the electricity they export to the grid. The consultation on…

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Electricity | Electricity Grid


Climate change: LED lights making dent in UK energy demand - BBC News

  2019-01-03 (or before) in The BBC

Energy efficiency is more important in the battle against climate change than wind and solar power, research shows

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Climate Change


Climate Policy that Actually Works: How Morocco is Meeting its Clean Energy Goals - SolarPACES

  2018-09-21 by in SolarPACES - International CSP research

The secret? MASEN (the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy) is actually a renewable energy “one stop shop” - from climate policy to completed projects

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy


Engaging with oil companies on climate change is futile, admits leading UK environmentalist

  2015-01-15 in The Guardian

After years working on sustainability projects with BP and Shell, Jonathon Porritt says he came to the conclusion it was ‘impossible’ for today’s oil and gas companies to adapt to the need to exit fossil fuels

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | BP | Shell | Climate Change | Fossil Fuels | Sustainability


What It Would Really Take to Reverse Climate Change

  2014-11-18 in IEEE Spectrum

Today’s renewable energy technologies won’t save us. So what will?

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Coal | Climate Change | Economics


Are solar farms really hitting British food production?

  2014-10-21 in The Guardian

Environment secretary Liz Truss has cut solar farm’s subsidies saying they harm food production, but most UK solar farms successfully produce food as well. Karl Mathiesen investigates

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Farming | Solar Energy | Food Production and Consumption


Fox News Claims Solar Won't Work in America Because It's Not Sunny Like Germany

  2013-02-08 by in Slate Magazine

Thanks to Fox News and its expert commentators, millions of Americans now understand the real, hidden reason why Germany's solar-energy industry is so...

  Tagged under: Solar Energy


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