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Solar in USA: In Brooklyn, you can now sell solar power to your neighbors

In Brooklyn, you can buy honey collected from an urban bee hive. You can buy lettuce grown atop an old bowling alley. And now, you can purchase free range, gluten-free, fresh, organic solar power right off your neighbor’s roof. Brooklyn startup LO3 Energy is revolutionizing the way homeowners buy and sell electricity. They are making it possible to auction rooftop solar power […]

Clean Disruption News: Microsoft Wants Clean South African Energy

The two new data centers that Microsoft Corp. plans to build in South Africa will one day provide cloud computing services to the entire African continent. The power they use, however, will be generated and consumed entirely within South Africa’s grid. While a decade ago that would have meant buying electricity from the utility regardless of generation […]

Russian Billionaire & Ex-Oilman, Viktor Vekselberg, Plans 1st Nonstop World Solar Flight

Russian seeks place in record books with trailblazing project Businesses, spies among those interested in such technologies After building up a $15 billion fortune pumping oil, Viktor Vekselberg is turning to solar for his attempt to win a place in history. The Russian tycoon and his Renova Group plan a record-breaking effort to send a plane around […]

Solar in Europe: U.K. Breaks Solar Power Record on Hottest Day of the Year – Solar Provided 24 % of U.K. Demand at Lunchtime

Solar panels provide 24 percent of U.K. demand at lunchtime Output exceeded 8.7 gigawatts on Friday ahead of rainy weekend Britain’s fleet of solar panels generated a record amount of electricity on Friday, as the nation basked in sunshine during the hottest day of the year. U.K. solar power output rose to a record 8.75 […]

Solar in LATAM: RECOM Solar as strong partner to Nicaragua’s 100 MW pipeline

RECOM, a top tier German manufacturer, with steady growth, proven quality, reliability and financial solidity, is delighted to announce successful commissioning of a 12.5MW solar project in the region of Puerto Sandino in Nicaragua. The project is first part of Nicaragua’s pipeline totalling 100 MW, which is expected to be built and commissioned in its entity until end […]

Clean Disruption News: Move Over Tesla, Europe’s Building Its Own Battery Gigafactories

Global battery capacity set to double by 2021 and slash costs Daimler joins Tesla in investing in battery factory capacity Battery-making gigafactories are about to arrive in Europe, challenging a lead Tesla Inc.is building at a plant in Nevada and opening the way for a quicker shift toward green power for both cars and utilities. German […]

SolarWorld files notice of potential mass layoff or closure in Hillsboro

The U.S. arm of the financially insolvent SolarWorld AG sent certified letters over the weekend warning all 800 employees in Hillsboro that there could be a mass layoff or plant closure within 60 days. The notice comes a week after the German solar company’s U.S. subsidiary, SolarWorld Americas, said that it was continuing to operate normally. Solarworld […]

UK firm designs ‘world’s most affordable solar lamp’

A UK design consultancy has teamed up with a giant Chinese manufacturer to produce what they say is the world’s most affordable solar lamp. Manchester-based firm Inventid designed the SM100 solar light, which retails for $5 (£3.85) in African countries. It was developed in collaboration with China’s Yingli and charity Solar Aid. The hand-sized lamp […]

Solar in USA: Minnesota governor vetoes state legislature’s attempt to gut renewables

The Republican-led legislature is doing a full-court press against clean energy this session. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton has locked horns with Minnesota’s Republican-led legislature over a set of budget bills that must pass before the session ends next week, or the state risks a shut-down. On Monday, the governor vetoed five omnibus bills over concerns that the legislature […]

Solar Battle: China vs India – “the fight” or “hand in hand”? Pranav R. Mehta, Chairman of NSEFI (National Solar Energy Federation of India), Co-Chair of Global Solar Council & Vice-Chair of APVIA

During SNEC 2017 in Shanghai we spoke on Solar Leaders TV Stage with unexpected guest, Pranav R. Mehta, Chairman of NSEFI (National Solar Energy Federation of India), Co-Chairman of Global Solar Council & Vice-Chairman of Asian Photovoltaic Industry Association (APVIA). India and China seem to be amongst the nations that aim at leading the world’s transition towards […]

Clean Disruption News: Shell shareholders to vote for new climate change goals

Investors including the Church of England and activists will send signal to Anglo-Dutch company’s board at AGM this week. Shell shareholders including the Church of England, European pension funds and Dutch activists will send a signal to the board of the Anglo-Dutch company this week by voting for it to set new climate change goals. […]

SOLAR FUTURE.TODAY FORUM ASIA 2017 Visionary Debate: Solar & Cleantech Revolution in Asia: Towards 100%!

SOLAR FUTURE.TODAY FORUM ASIA 2017 at SNEC 2017 in Shanghai – PILLAR I. POLICY Visionary Debate: Solar & Cleantech Revolution in Asia: Towards 100%! (one of our most controversial debates ever) Hans-Josef Fell, President of the Energy Watch Group, Author of draft of German Renewable Act 2000, Member of the German Parliament 1998-2013 & Chair of […]

Solar in Australia: Large-scale solar industry takes off as 12 new plants secure finance

Australia’s large-scale solar industry now appears to be on solid ground, with all 12 plants recently awarded grant funding by the Australian Renewable EnergyAgency reaching “financial close” this month. That means they are fully financed and have locked in engineering, construction and grid connection agreements, as well as council and environmental approvals. Construction has already begun […]

Search for the Super Battery (NOVA Documentary)

We live in an age when technological innovation seems to be limitlessly soaring. But for all the satisfying speed with which our gadgets have improved, many of them share a frustrating weakness: the batteries. Though they have improved in last century, batteries remain finicky, bulky, expensive, toxic, and maddeningly short-lived. The quest is on for a […]

SolarWorld Americas Inc. maintains full operations amid Parent’s Insolvency

 After the insolvency of the German SolarWorld AG the American daughter SolarWorld Americas Inc. announces: „SolarWorld Americas Inc., based in Hillsboro, Ore., is operating as usual and maintaining full operations as it produces and sells its market-leading solar technology.“ Parent company SolarWorld AG and its German subsidiaries are undertaking insolvency proceedings in Germany. However, SolarWorld […]

Top 6 Electric Car Concepts from Geneva 2017

These are the best, coolest, craziest electric cars we’ve spotted on the floor of the Geneva Motor Show 2017! VIDEO Courtesy Charged

Musk Cousin Lyndon Rive, Former SolarCity CEO, to Leave Tesla

Tesla: ‘We wish him the very best on his next venture’ Departure comes as Tesla prepares Model 3 sedan, solar roof Lyndon Rive, the former chief executive officer of SolarCity and first cousin of Tesla Inc.CEO Elon Musk, will leave the electric automaker next month, saying he plans to start another venture. Tesla acquired SolarCity in […]

Solar Disruption: SoftBank and Foxconn Bring India Some of World’s Cheapest Solar

Government auction sees bids below 4 cents a kilowatt-hour Offers to build solar farms help Modi reach clean energy goals Companies led by SoftBank Group Corp. of Japan and Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology Co. Ltd. are bringing India some of the cheapest solar power in the world, helping Prime Minister Narendra Modi reach his ambitious clean-energy goals. In two auctions […]

Solar & Cleantech in Africa: Challenges to Overcome – Jesper Hörnberg, Co-Funder of GIVEWATTS

During, a Side Event of G7 Energy Ministerial: “Africa 2030: Empowering the continent through innovation, green tech solutions and capacity building”, Under the auspices of the Italian G7 Presidency, we spoke to Jesper Hörnberg, Senior advisor, entrepreneur, business angel & speaker, Co-Funder of GIVEWATTS. Jesper is definitively one of The Solar Pioneers in Africa, and we were truly glad […]

Kenya is paving the path for Solar & Renewables but also for Electric Vehicles, Jeremiah Kiplagat, Director, Institute of Energy Studies & Research at KPLC (Kenya Power & Lighting Company)

During, a Side Event of G7 Energy Ministerial: “Africa 2030: Empowering the continent through innovation, green tech solutions and capacity building”, Under the auspices of the Italian G7 Presidency, we spoke to Jeremiah Kiplagat, Director, Institute of Energy Studies & Research at KPLC (Kenya Power & Lighting Company) about his country paving the path for Solar & […]

Towards 100% Renewable Energy in Africa & Worldwide – Exclusive talk to Christine Lins, Executive Secretary at REN21

During, a Side Event of G7 Energy Ministerial: “Africa 2030: Empowering the continent through innovation, green tech solutions and capacity building”, Under the auspices of the Italian G7 Presidency, we spoke to Christine Lins, Executive Secretary at REN21 about the organization’s role in achieving 100% Renewable Energy in Africa & Worldwide.  REN21 is the global renewable energy policy multi-stakeholder […]

Intersolar Europe 2017: A first glimpse of the solar industry’s top event

From large-scale power stations to tenant solar power: Find out everything you need to know about the hot topics in the solar industry at this year’s Intersolar Europe, dedicated entirely to the new energy world. For a glimpse of what is in store at the upcoming exhibition and future broadcasts, take a look at the […]

Solar in USA: Sunlight Financial gets $500 million for home solar loans

Sunlight Financial, a startup that provides loans for home solar systems, on Wednesday said it received a $500 million commitment from Technology Credit Union that will finance about 20,000 new rooftop installations. The announcement, Sunlight’s largest single funding commitment to date, comes as demand for residential solar is slowing in California, by far the industry’s […]

Solar in Asia: Is Pakistan’s solar power poised to take off amid energy crisis?

Solar energy production in Pakistan is poised to take off – just as the South Asian country is ramping up coal production to help plug a crippling power crisis, energy experts say. New high quality solar maps – essential to securing financing for major solar projects – show Pakistan is one of the world’s best […]

Canadian Solar Announces Investment in eNow Solar-Based Power Management for Commercial Transportation

Canadian Solar Inc., one of the world’s largest solar power companies, today announced that the company has acquired a minority equity interest in eNow, a U.S. company specializing in solar-based energy management system for the commercial transportation industry. Canadian Solar is now a 10% shareholder of eNow. The investment will accelerate the expansion and growth […]

Solar Disruption: Tesla’s Solar Roof Sets Musk’s Grand Unification Into Motion

Tesla has begun taking orders for its transformative new solar roof. The pricing is competitive, and it marks the final piece in Elon Musk’s vision for a grand unification of his clean-energy ambitions—combining solar power, home batteries, and electric cars. “These are really the three legs of the stool for a sustainable energy future,” Musk said. “Solar power […]

Germany’s SolarWorld files for insolvency as prices fall

German solar panel maker SolarWorld AG has filed for insolvency, citing the effect of falling prices in the industry. The company said late Wednesday its management had concluded that “due to the ongoing price erosion and the development of the business, the company no longer has a positive going concern prognosis.” It added that the […]

SOLAR FUTURE.TODAY & Solar Business Club Leaders at BYD Dynasty Launch, SNEC 2017 & FORUM ASIA 2017 in Shanghai, China

“SOLAR FUTURE.TODAY FORUM ASIA” was held from 18 to 20 April 2017 in Shanghai, China on the occasion of  SNEC 2017 – 11th International Photovoltaic Power Generation Conference & Exhibition. The Forum brought together Chinese and Asian solar and cleantech industries as well as notable policy-makers, personalities, business leaders and investors with its international peers and featured  “Black-Tie Gala Asia Celebration” held in the House […]

Cambodia makes first solar power play

Cambodia has made its first major investment in solar energy. A US$9.2 million solar farm, slated to be operational by August 2017, will be Cambodia’s first sun-powered electricity source to be connected to the national grid. The farm will provide Southeast Asia’s second poorest country with 10 megawatts of power. This is enough to meet […]