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IRENA envisions doubling to a 36% energy share for renewables by 2030 in its new report – REthinking Energy 2017: Accelerating the global energy transformation

Renewable energy is a fundamental and growing part of the world’s ongoing energy transformation. Governments all over the world are joining that consensus. The use of renewables is their prime choice for enhancing access to a ordable, reliable and cleaner sources of modern energy services. More than 170 countries have established renewable energy targets, and […]

Solar Powered Ambulance Will Save Lives In Bangladesh

A solar-powered, three-wheel ambulance may look like a crude oddity to those of us who are fixated on whether a Tesla Model S P100D with Ridiculous Mode is faster than a Lucid Air or a Faraday Future FF91. But in the final analysis, all those cars miss the point of electric vehicles. They are not […]

Solar in Middle East: MESIA forecasts a massive 5.7 GW to be delivered across the region

2016 was a record-breaking year for solar in the Middle East. Record low tariffs below 3 US$ cents per kWh attracted worldwide press attention and even more in September 2016 when price went below 2.45 US$ cents per kWh.  The world record tariffs provided solar with an important jump-start of more large scale solar projects […]

U.S. Solar Surged 95% to Become Largest Source of New Energy – Total Installed Capacity to Reach 105 GW by 2021

Solar installations surpassed gas and wind for first time Record 14.6 gigawatts of solar panels added in 2016, SEIA says Solar developers installed a record 14.6 gigawatts in the U.S. last year, almost double the total from 2015 and enough to make photovoltaic panels the largest source of new electric capacity for the first time. […]

Solar Innovation: A decades-long running solar-powered water maker

A Dutch artist and inventor develops a solar-powered water maker with no moving parts and says he expects it to run for decades. Roselle Chen reports. VIDEO courtesy Reuters

Clean Disruption News: Elon Musk launches Tesla electric vehicles in Dubai

Dubai’s petrol-guzzling supercars will soon face greener, healthier competition.  Tesla co-founder and chief executive Elon Musk launched the company’s electric vehicles in the United Arab Emirates yesterday. This was the Californian company’s first foray in the ­Middle East, which is potentially a big market for its luxury cars and sports-utility vehicles. The electric car maker […]

Intersolar Europe 2017: New Technologies and Efficiency Concepts in PV Production Technologies

The investment trend in the photovoltaics industry (PV industry) is carrying through into 2017: Numerous PV manufacturers are set to build new production facilities or retrofit existing capacity this year. Innovative technologies are increasing the efficiency of solar cells, and at the same time, reducing manufacturing costs. Intersolar Europe, the world’s leading exhibition for the […]

How It’s Made – Foldable Solar Panels

The show is presented on the Science Channel in the US, Discovery Channel Canada in Canada, and on the Discovery Channel in the United Kingdom. Created by: Gabriel Hoss Presented by: Mark Tewksbury (2001) Lynn Herzeg (2002–2004) June Wallack (2005) Lynne Adams (2006–2016) How It’s Made – Flodable Solar Panels – Season 25 – Episode […]

TATWEER, the Gate to $50 bn renewable energy business in Saudi Arabia

Today in our Exclusive Coverage of WFES 2017 for SolarPV.TV & WFES TV in partnership with MESIA, we speak to the founders of Global Projects Development Holding Co. (TATWEER), a new venture on the promising Saudi Arabian solar & renewable energy market. This new company was set up by well known renewable energy industry pioneers […]

Mytrah Energy Announces $1.9 Billion Solar & Wind Energy Investment In India

One of the leading independent power producers in India’s renewable energy sector has announced a huge investment plan in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Mytrah Energy announced that it will invest Rs 13,000 crore ($1.9 billion) to set up wind and solar power projects in the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The company signed a memorandum […]

Onyx Solar Receives Contract for World’s Largest PV Skylight

Onyx Solar won a contract to supply 60,000 square feet of semi-transparent photovoltaic glass for Somerset Development’s Bell Works Complex in Holmdel, New Jersey. The project is part of the complete revitalization of the two-million-square-foot former Bell Labs facility into a mixed-use “metroburb” community. Originally designed by Eero Saarinen, the building’s existing glass will be replaced […]

India Solar Costs Fall to Record in Competitive Biding Auction

The price of solar power in India fell to a record in a competitive tender in the central Madhya Pradesh state, underscoring an appetite among developers to work in the nation as growth slows in leading markets of China and Japan. Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Power, a joint venture involving Solar Energy Corp. of India and the state government, […]

Sonnedix announces partnering with GSSG Solar for a 170MW expansion in Japan, taking its global reach well beyond 1GW

Sonnedix, through its Japanese operator Nippon Solar Services (NSS), has partnered with GSSG Solar (GSSG) to deploy a 170MW portfolio of Solar PV plants, with 47MW under construction, and the rest currently under development. The announcement comes at a period of sustained growth for Sonnedix, taking its global reach well beyond 1GW, with almost 500MW […]

Sharing the Passion & Shaping the Market’s Growth: MESIA Strategy 2017 and Beyond with Board Members – James Stewart, Karel De Winter & Wim Alen

Today in our Exclusive Coverage of WFES 2017 for SolarPV.TV & WFES TV in partnership with MESIA, we speak to three of their Board Members: James Stewart, MESIA’s VP, and General Manager at ALEC Energy, Karel De Winter, MESIA’s International Development Director and General Manager at Alsa Solar Systems & Wim Alen, MESIA’s Secretary General […]

Solar in USA: Former President Jimmy Carter brings massive solar array to his hometown

Building on a clean energy legacy that includes installing the first thermal solar panels on the roof of the White House, former President Jimmy Carter is bringing the renewable energy revolution to his hometown of Plains, Georgia.  The 92-year-old, who served as the 39th president from 1977 to 1981, recently leased 10 acres of farmland […]

Solar Trade War: EU proposes shorter extension of China solar duties

New recommendation for 18-month extension vs initial 24 months Majority of EU countries voted in January against extension Measures include duties and minimum price agreement (Adds Commission source on commissioner discussion) The European Commission has softened a proposal to extend anti-dumping duties on Chinese solar panels, a document seen by Reuters showed, after opposition from a […]

China’s solar power capacity more than doubles in 2016 and reaches 77.42 GW

China’s installed photovoltaic (PV) capacity more than doubled last year, turning the country into the world’s biggest producer of solar energy by capacity, the National Energy Administration (NEA) said on Saturday.  Installed PV capacity rose to 77.42 gigawatts at the end of 2016, with the addition of 34.54 gigawatts over the course of the year, data from […]

U.S. Solar Jobs Jumped Almost 25% In the Past Year

The U.S. solar industry employed 260,077 workers last year, a nearly 25% increase in the number of jobs from 2015. That jump was largely driven by a massive increase in solar panel installations, according to a report released Tuesday by the non-profit solar advocacy group The Solar Foundation. The rise in installations was caused by a […]

Solar Innovation: First Wattway solar road pilot in US pops up in rural Georgia

The first Wattway solar road pilot in America has popped up in rural west Georgia. The Ray C. Anderson Foundation, named for sustainable manufacturing pioneer Ray Anderson, is testing renewable technologies along an 18-mile stretch of road, and recently installed 538 square feet of Colas‘ Wattway solar road system near the border between Georgia and Alabama. Part of Georgia’s Interstate 85 was […]

Tired but extremely happy! an exclusive talk with Naji El Haddad, Group Event Director at Reed Exhibitions ME, THE man behind the WFES 10-year’s history

Today we speak to Naji El Haddad, Group Event Director at Reed Exhibitions ME, the man behind WFES organisation and success. The World Future Energy Summit (WFES), part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, celebrated its 10-year anniversary in 2017 & SolarPV.TV had an opportunity to be an active part of it as TV Media Partner. […]

Solar in India: 15,000 schools to go solar in Punjab

With an aim to shift all public schools to solar energy, the Punjab government will install solar panels at 15,000 school buildings across in the province in the first phase. Moreover, 700 health centres and the University of Bahawalpur will also be converted to solar energy. On Sunday, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif chaired a meeting […]

U.S. utilities seek solar power as Trump sides with coal, fossil fuels

The plunging cost of solar power is leading U.S. electric companies to capture more of the sun just when President Donald Trump is moving to boost coal and other fossil fuels. Solar power represents just about 1% of the electricity U.S. utilities generate today, but that could grow substantially as major electric utilities move into smaller-scale solar […]

ORC-PLUS: Innovative CSP & Storage Projects in Morocco & Enerray’s vision for Africa and the MENA region – Michele Scandellari, CEO at Enerray

Today in our Exclusive Coverage of WFES 2017 for SolarPV.TV & WFES TV in partnership with MESIA, we speak to Michele Scandellari, CEO at Enerray. In our talk with Michele we focused on their innovative CSP & Storage Projects in Morocco (shortly described below) as well as on the company strategy in Africa & the MENA […]

Building Four Green Dreams of Wang Chuanfu in the Middle East & Africa – Exclusive talk to Tom Zhao, General Manager of Global Sales Solar at BYD

Today in our Exclusive Coverage of WFES 2017 for SolarPV.TV & WFES TV in partnership with MESIA, we present our talk to Tom Zhao, General Manager of Global Sales Solar at BYD. Tom shares with us the company’s vision on how BYD is going to build its founder Wang Chuanfu four green dreams in the Middle […]

Solar PV milestone: 300 GW installed worldwide

On Sunday, the German Solar Association (BSW-Solar) announced the growth of solar photovoltaic (PV) technology has now reached a significant milestone with 300 GW of total installed solar power capacity around the world. The global solar PV market increased by nearly 70 GW in 2016, reaching 294.69 GW, led by China, according to research and […]

Equis Energy to invest $300 mln in two solar plants in Australia

Equis Energy said on Wednesday it plans to build two solar power plants for A$400 million ($303 million) in Australia, marking the Singapore-based renewable energy developer’s first investments in the country. The two 100-megawatt solar plants would be in South Australia and Queensland, moving the country a step closer toward the federal government’s target for at least 20 […]

Faced with blackouts, Pakistan’s largest public park goes solar

Mushtaq Khan, a 48-year-old bank manager, used to enjoy his nightly jog in Islamabad’s huge Fatima Jinnah Park – until worsening power cuts two years ago began plunging him into darkness mid-stride, forcing him to run in the morning instead. Now, however, new large-scale solar lighting for the Pakistani capital’s largest public park has let Khan return […]

Solar in USA: NRG’s Massive California Solar Plant Finally Making Enough Power

Ivanpah solar-thermal plant struggled to produce enough power One-year forbearance deal with PG&E expired Wednesday The world’s biggest solar-thermal power plant is finally producing enough electricity. The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in Southern California initially failed to meet contractual obligations, and a yearlong forbearance deal with Pacific Gas & Electric Co. expired Wednesday. After fine-tuning the […]

Brexit Markets Give the U.K. Solar Industry a Moment in the Sun

Trading volumes are up 153 percent since Brexit referendum Lower pound and interest rates seen as benefit to funds Brexit has brightened the outlook for U.K. solar funds, with higher power prices lifting earnings for the industry and burnishing its attraction for investors seeking to insulate themselves from political upheaval. Trading volumes at three London-listed […]

Solar in LATAM: Brazil solar energy drive stalled by high costs, strict rules

A government plan to spur the construction of solar energy farms in Brazil is faltering because of high costs, strict rules requiring local components and low-priced competition from Chinese suppliers, say regulators and power sector executives. Developers had been excited about solar power’s potential in a continent-sized country with 200 million consumers and plentiful sunlight. But many […]