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BNEF: Australia’s Energy Guarantee Could ‘Decimate’ Wind, Solar

PM Turnbull plan calls for emissions reduction of 28% by 2030 Government to debate national energy guarantee plan on Friday Australia’s proposed National Energy Guarantee program could slash investment in large-scale wind and solar projects if the government fails to boost its 2030 emissions-reduction target, according to a report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Prime […]

Solar Disruption News: China on Pace for Record 54 GW of Solar Installations in 2017

BNEF boosts estimate to 54 gigawatts from about 30 gigawatts Rooftop plants and projects for the poor were a surprise China, the world’s biggest carbon emitter, is poised to install a record amount of solar-power capacity this year, prompting researchers to boost forecasts as much as 80 percent. About 54 gigawatts will be put in […]

Solar Innovation: Scientists Have Printed Bio-Solar Cells Onto Paper With An Inkjet Printer

A team of scientists from Imperial College London, University of Cambridge and Central Saint Martins have created a two-in-one solar bio-battery and solar panel by printing circuitry and living cyanobateria onto paper. The bio-solar cell that was created using an inkjet printer to print the living cyanobacteria onto paper. Cyanobacteria are micro-organisms that gain their […]

New IRENA Report: Renewables 2017 – Solar leads the charge in another record year for renewables

Solar leads the charge in another record year for renewables Boosted by a strong solar PV market, renewables accounted for almost two-thirds of net new power capacity around the world in 2016, with almost 165 gigawatts (GW) coming online. This was another record year, largely as a result of booming solar PV deployment in China […]

Facebook Signs PPA With Enel Green Power NA for 320 MW Rattlesnake Creek Wind Farm

Enel Green Power North America has announced this week it has begun construction on the 320 MW Rattlesnake Creek wind farm, which will also provide 200 MW of renewable energy to Facebook’s new data center in Nebraska. US renewable energy company Enel Green Power North America, part of the Enel Group, announced several big items […]

Clean Disruption by Elon Musk: Tesla Semi truck and Roadster event in 9 minutes

Elon Musk unveiled Tesla’s new Semi truck and (in a surprise) a second-generation Roadster. The truck is supposed to get 500 miles per charge, while the Roadster is said to achieve 620 miles. Watch the full event cut down to 9 minutes. VIDEO Courtesy The Verge

New Study Launched at COP23: 100% Renewable Electricity Worldwide is Feasible and More Cost-Effective than the Existing System

A global transition to 100% renewable electricity is not a long-term vision, but already a tangible reality, a new groundbreaking study by the Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) and the Energy Watch Group (EWG) shows. The study was presented on November 8, 2017 during the Global Renewable Energy Solutions Showcase event (GRESS) on the sidelines […]

Clean Disruption News: Swiss insurance giant Zurich ends coal investments as insurers pull $20bn from sector

Zurich has become the latest insurance giant to cut ties with coal-intensive businesses, bringing the amount insurers have pulled from these companies to around $20bn (£15.2bn) in just two years.  A growing number of insurers are trying to distance themselves from fossil fuels amid climate change concerns, with coal mining the biggest single source of carbon dioxide emissions from human activity. Zurich has decided to pull money […]

Chinese Solar Maker Longi Mulling U.S. Plant as Tariffs Loom

Longi Green Energy Technology Co., a Chinese solar manufacturer, is considering opening a U.S. factory, a decision that may hinge upon the looming threat of import tariffs. Longi began evaluating the move before a U.S. trade case was filed in April seeking tariffs to protect domestic manufacturers, Archie Flores, general manager of the Xian, China-based […]

Clean Disruption News: Solar Companies Are Scrambling to Find a Critical Raw Material

Prices for polysilicon have spiked 35% in four months ‘We don’t have direct control on those raw materials’ Solar manufacturers are being battered by higher costs and smaller margins after an unexpected shortage of a critical raw material.  Prices of polysilicon, the main component of photovoltaic cells, spiked as much as 35 percent in the […]

International Solar Alliance to set up 1000 GW of solar energy by 2030

The 1000-GW objective, more of a desire when the ISA was launched last year, has now become its official target Three years ago, India had surprised many by announcing that it would develop 100 gigawatts (GW) of solar energy by the year 2022, scaling up its then-existing target by almost five times. Now, the International […]

Clean Disruption News: China’s Geely buys U.S. startup that makes ‘flying cars’

Chinese automaker, Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, will soon have a “flying car” in its portfolio. The company said on Monday that it has agreed to the purchase of U.S. startup Terrafugia that is making the world’s first flying car for practical use by 2019, pushing the Hong Kong-listed shares in its subsidiary to an all-time […]

Solar in USA: Sunrun is catching up to Tesla in the U.S. residential solar market

Following Tesla’s shift in its solar power business after the acquisition of SolarCity, which has been dominating the US residential solar market for years, SunRun has now come within, at least, 17% of Tesla’s residential solar construction volume in the 3rd quarter. Tesla and SunRun are the two largest residential solar installation companies in the […]

Leonardo Camilo Curioni – Solar Disruptor in the Distributed Generation Space in Brazil

Today we present you our exclusive talk to Leonardo Camilo Curioni – Solar Disruptor in the Distributed Generation Space in Brazil. Leonardo, a visionary Italian entrepreneur, founder & CEO of SICES Brasil tells us about the history of the company that drove a development of solar distributed generation in Brazil. He also shares with us shares with us […]

Solar & Cleantech Revolution in Latin America: Towards 100% – Pietro Torretta, Sales Director LATAM at Enerray & Rodrigo Lopes Sauaia, CEO at ABSOLAR

During Intersolar South America 2017 held recently in Sao Paulo in we hosted another SOLAR FUTURE.TODAY discussion. This time we spoke to  Pietro Torretta, Sales Director LATAM at Enerray & Rodrigo Lopes Sauaia, CEO at ABSOLAR (Brazilian Solar Industry Association) about the Solar & Cleantech Revolution in Latin America.

Clean Disruption News: Banking giant makes $100 billion sustainable financing pledge

HSBC has announced it will provide $100 billion in “sustainable financing and investment” by the year 2025. In a statement Monday, the banking giant said its pledge was one of five new commitments to support what it described as “the transition to a low-carbon economy.” In addition to the $100 billion in financing HSBC said […]

Modern FITs (Feed in Tariffs) vs Auctions – Most successful policies for Renewable Energies growth

We observed that there is a big discussion in the MENA region about auctions (tenders) for solar & other renewables vs FITs, that is why we were so happy when Hans-Josef Fell (Co-Author of FIT in Germany) invited us to the webinar at IRENA headquarters in Masdar City devoted to this topic. Today we publish the webinar […]

SICES SOLAR – The Biggest Solar Company in Brasil in the Distributed Generation Space (PT)

Corporate video of SICES SOLAR, The Biggest Solar Company in Brasil in the Distributed Generation Space (PT) VIDEO Courtesy SICES BRASIL LTDA

Solar PV Jobs & Value Added in Europe – New Report by SolarPower Europe

Following up from the Jobs & Growth report in 2015, SolarPower Europe has commissioned a new study assessing the socio-economic contribution of solar to jobs and value added in Europe for 2017 through to 2021. This study has been conducted by EY and notes the impressive contribution that solar is making to job and wealth […]

Solar in India: Delhi metro to cover pedestrian bridges, install solar panels to generate power

Delhi Metro will install solar panels on the roof of pedestrian overbridges to generate clean and cheaper energy for use at stations. The first project will be taken up on a 250-metre overbridge at Kalkaji station on the soon-to-start Botanical Garden-Janakpuri West line in the phase 3 expansion of the rail network. Power comprises 34% […]

Clean Disruption: E.ON’s response to IONITY – 10,000 ‘ultra-fast’ electric car charging points network announced in Europe

Just a week after the unveiling of Ionity, the new ‘ultra-fast’ joint electric car charging network by BMW, Mercedes, Ford and Volkswagen, electric utility E.ON is one-upping them with the announcement of its own ‘ultra-fast’ charging network across Europe. The difference is that the company is a lot more ambitious in term of the number of charge points. Ionity […]

Must see: Cinesolar – an amazing educational initiative by Sices Brasil in the country (PT)

Learn more about Cinesolar – an amazing educational initiative by Sices Brasil in the country by clicking here (PT) VIDEO Courtesy SICES BRASIL LTDA

Cornelius Matthes: Intro to 8th Desert Energy leadership Summit, 13-14 November 2017, Dubai, UAE

During Solar World Congress 2017 held just few days ago in Abu Dhabi, UAE we had an opportunity to speak to Cornelius Matthes, the most famous German person in the solar industry in the MENA region.  Cornelius, founder of couple companies in the region, and  Senior VP of Dii Initiative tells us more about the […]

Joint ‘ultra-fast’ electric car charging network unveiled by BMW, Mercedes, Ford and Volkswagen

Last year, 5 major automakers, BMW, Daimler, Ford and the Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche, announced that they joined forces to deploy 400 ultra-fast (350 kW) charging stations for electric vehicles in Europe. Today, they unveiled that network, which is now called IONITY, and they elaborated on their plans. They changed their “ultra-fast” name for the stations, […]

ENEL wins 242 MW of new solar, wind & geothermal capacity in Chile’s tender

Enel has been awarded the supply of 1.180 TWh/year to Chilean distribution companies to meet the energy demand of their regulated customers over the 2024-2043 period The award, equal to 54% of the 2.2 TWh/year offered in the tender, places Enel ahead of any other participant The energy will be provided by 116 MWp of […]

Solar in the MENA Region: Milestones 2017 & Surprises 2018 – Exclusive Report from Intersolar Middle East 2017

During Intersolar Middle East 2017 held recently in Dubai we had an opportunity to speak with its key speakers what milestones did they observe in solar business in the MENA region and what will surprise us in region during the year 2018. We spoke to Jenny Chase, Manager, Solar Insight at Bloomberg New Energy Finance […]

Tesla Energy update: 110MWh of energy storage and 109MW of solar

In Tesla’s Q3 2017 earnings report, they gave an update on their ‘Tesla Energy’ division. They highlighted being on track to meet the 100-day deployment deadline of the 100MW/129MWh energy storage project for South Australia. Mention was made of the work being done in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria – ‘solar panels, Powerpacks […]

Solar Trade War: ITC suggests Trump impose up to a 35% tariff on imported solar modules

The International Trade Commission (ITC) issued its recommendations for solar panel component tariffs on Tuesday, a month after it decided that US manufacturers of cells and modules had been harmed by cheap equipment imports. The commissioners offered three different recommendations, but it will be up to President Trump to decide on which recommendation to follow—or […]

Clean Disruption: Electric cars will come of age in 2018, according to The Economist

Electric cars will come of age in 2018. For the first time they will compete in price and performance with petrol and diesel cars. But in the year ahead we will also be confronted with some uncomfortable truths about going electric. VIDEO SOURCE: The Economist