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Solar in USA: Tesla May Be About to Lose Its Throne as King of Rooftop Solar

Tesla Inc. may be losing the lead in the rooftop solar market. The company installed 87 megawatts of solar systems in the fourth quarter, according to a statementWednesday. That’s down from the 201 megawatts installed in the same quarter a year earlier and the lowest since it paid $2 billion in 2016 to buy SolarCity — […]

Vestas, World’s Biggest Wind Turbine Maker Pivots to Solar and Batteries

Vestas sees new revenue in projects with wind, solar, storage Hybrid market expected to be 2 gigawatts in size: Runevad Vestas Wind Systems A/S will offer solar power and storage, allowing the world’s biggest turbine maker to sell hybrid renewable plants that generate electricity around the clock. “We broaden the scope to sustainable energy,” Chief […]

Pay as You Go – a reliable solution for rural electrification with business opportunities

Pay as You Go, or PAYG, is a prepayment energy solar home system that allows the user to pay only for the amount of energy he consumes, thus avoiding the initial purchasing cost of the system. The purchase, installation and maintenance of Pay as You Go systems can be made by a third parties investor […]

Solar in ASEAN: Vietnam sees solar power construction boom as nation goes green

Numerous projects to build large solar power facilities are underway in Vietnam, as the country scrambles to make up for the anticipated power shortage due to the recent cancellation of nuclear power plant construction projects. Thien Tan Group will by 2020 spend $2 billion to build five large solar power plants in the southern province of […]

Clean Disruption News: Tesla Tapped by Australia Anew in Virtual Power Plant Plan

Project pairs solar panels with batteries in South Australia Cites analysis showing plant will reduce energy bills by 30% South Australia plans to roll out solar panels and Tesla Inc. batteries to at least 50,000 homes to form what its government says will be the world’s largest virtual power plant. Beginning with a trial of […]

Cleantech Disruption News: Shell buying spree cranks up race for clean energy

Royal Dutch Shell has spent over $400 million on a range of acquisitions in recent weeks, from solar power to electric car charging points, cranking up its drive to expand beyond its oil and gas business and reduce its carbon footprint. The scale of the buying spree pales in comparison to the Anglo-Dutch company’s $25 […]

Clean Disruption News: Five renewable energy trends to watch in 2018

Falling costs, Chinese dominance and competition in battery technology are some of the main developments to monitor in 2018.  It’s been a rollercoaster year for renewables. The price of solar and wind plummeted, China smashed its target for solar installations – but Donald Trump also withdrew the US from the Paris climate agreement. So what […]

Enel Europe’s Biggest Utility Is Sending Its Staff to Tech Boot Camp, Enel X

Europe’s biggest utility has created its Enel X tech unit The unit is trying to move Enel from energy to tech company The future of energy is not energy.  At least, not for Italy’s Enel SpA. Europe’s biggest utility is quietly shifting hundreds of employees and senior managers to a newly refurbished office in Rome’s […]

Solar Trade War: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi defends free trade as the U.S. raises tariffs

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned Tuesday that the recent wave of trade protectionism, in which governments raise barriers to free trade between nations, is “worrisome.” Modi delivered the warning in a speech Tuesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, just hours after the U.S. government of President Donald Trump approved tariffs on […]

Al Gore defends Trump solar tariff at World Economic Forum in Davos – Fox News

Al Gore defends Trump solar tariff at World Economic Forum in Davos. Source: Fox News

SOLAR FUTURE.TODAY Leaders at MESIA (Middle East Solar Industry Association) SOLAR AWARDS 2018

In the welcoming setting of the Aloft Hotel in Abu Dhabi and in partnership with the World Future Energy Summit – Solar Expo 2018, the Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA) unveiled the winners of the 2018 Middle East Solar Awards during a gala ceremony on January 17, 2018. In total, there were 12 trophies […]

SOLAR FUTURE.TODAY Black-Tie Gala Abu Dhabi 2018 & Visionary Influencers Awards: Dr Jane Goodall, Tony Seba, Hans-Josef Fell…

SOLAR FUTURE.TODAY Black-Tie Gala Abu Dhabi at its The 2nd SOLAR FUTURE.TODAY World Annual Forum that brought together Middle East solar and cleantech industries as well as notable policy-makers, personalities, business leaders and investors with its international peers.  ORGANIZED BY: SolarPV.TV, Solar Business Club, SOLAR FUTURE.TODAY & Partners including Visionary Corporate Partners: BYD, LTI ReEnergy, SUMEC Group, SICES Solar, Enerray, […]

Solar in USA: California Will Spend $1 Billion on Low-income, Multifamily Solar

California is ready to spend $1 billion over the next decade on rooftop solar installation for low-income residents. In December, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved the creation of the Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) program. Funded by the statewide greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program, it will provide $100 million in annual solar installation […]

Solar in USA: Tesla’s New York Gigafactory Kicks Off Solar Roof Production

Photovoltaic glass shingles produce electricity from the sun Tesla built factory in Buffalo with help from New York State Tesla Inc. has kicked off production of its long-awaited electricity-producing shingles that Elon Musk says will transform the rooftop solar industry. Manufacturing of the photovoltaic glass tiles began last month at a factory in Buffalo built with […]

India Consider 7.5% Tariff on Imported Solar Panels

Government mulling tax on shipments for future solar bids Solar panels may be reclassified as motors to attract tax India, the largest buyer of solar equipment from neighboring China, is considering a 7.5 percent tax on imported solar panels, according to government officials with knowledge of the situation. Such imports aren’t taxed now, but might […]

Solar in Middle East: In Saudi Arabia, REPDO shortlists ACWA Power and Marubeni for 300MW solar project

On 4th January 2018 REPDO announced that two consortiums have been shortlisted to develop the 300MW Solar PV project in Sakaka, Al Jouf as part of Round 1 of the National Renewable Energy Program (NREP).  The two bidders are: 1. ACWA Power 2. Marubeni Corporation with consortium members Khaled Ahmed Juffali Energy & Utilities Limited and Axia […]

Cleantech Disruption News: China halts production of 553 car models over fuel efficiency

The new year is proving to be a headache for some car makers in China. As of January 1st, the country has suspended production of 553 car models that didn’t meet its fuel efficiency standards. Some of these come from partnerships with foreign heavyweights, including Beijing Benz Automotive, Chery and FAW-Volkswagen. It’s not certain how […]

Solar in MENA: Expanding Enerwhere business, everywhere where is the sun! Daniel Zywietz, CEO

During an amazing 8th Desert Energy Leadership Summit held recently in Dubai and organized by our friends at Dii we spoke to Daniel Zywietz, CEO of Enerwhere about his company achievements & milestones in 2017 and amazing plans for the future.

Solar in MENA: Exponential growth expected in 2018 by Yellow Door Energy, UAE’s Private Utility – Jeremy Crane, CEO

During an amazing 8th Desert Energy Leadership Summit held recently in Dubai and organized by our friends at Dii we spoke to Jeremy Crane, Founder & CEO of UAE’s Private Utility – Yellow Door Energy about an expected exponential growth of his company in the year 2018.  

India becomes the first country to launch a massive 10 GW floating solar power programme

The Indian government has launched an ambitious floating solar power programme in order to boost the development of the niche technology and invest in the next generation of solar power. The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), which operates under the administrative control of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy of India, has invited […]

Cleantech Disruption: Chinese City Shenzhen to Become World’s First to Switch Entire 16.000 Bus Fleet to Electric

The city of Shenzen, China is home to a staggering 16,000 buses. To compare, that’s more buses than the five largest North American bus fleets combined (New York City, Los Angeles County, New Jersey Transit, Chicago and Toronto). Now, after a six-year effort to replace its diesel-fueled buses, the major Chinese city is well on […]

The First Solar Expressway in The World, Opened Today in Shandong, China

The idea of solar roads has been dismissed by many as being impractical. But that didn’t stop China from opening one for testing today, joining the ranks of France, Holland, and other countries giving it a shot. In Jinan, the capital of the northeastern Shandong province, traffic is now rolling over a stretch of expressway […]

Costa Rica has just run on 100 percent renewable energy for 300 days

Costa Rica, known primarily as a honeymoon destination, is a veritable paradise. Not only is it full of picturesque scenes featuring white sand beaches, and crystal clear waters, but you’re pretty much guaranteed sunshine all year round. And boy is it atmospheric – jam packed with misty jungles, mind-boggling wildlife and active volcanoes. However, it’s […]

Solar in Middle East: Ibri to host Oman’s first, 500 MW, solar power project

A Request for Qualifications (RfQ) for Oman’s first utility scale solar Independent Power Project (IPP) will be issued here today, paving the way for the aggressive and accelerated adoption of renewables as a source of power generation in the Sultanate. The landmark project, which will be located in Wilayat of Ibri in Al Dhahirah Governorate, […]

Renewable energy outstripped coal use in the UK for most of 2017

The UK has been working to significantly reduce its carbon emissions and with that effort, it hit some major green milestones this year. In April, the country went a full day without coal-generated power for the first time in 135 years. And in June, the country saw more than half of its energy being generated […]

Cleantech Disruption News: 2018 will usher in the green cryptocurrency revolution

Headlines sounding the death knell of fossil fuels and the internal combustion engine do not quite add up to the birth of a global green economy. For that, we need green money as much as we need clean technology. Far too often, buying green still means paying more. Policies and subsidies have helped lower consumer […]

An Australian who “Fell in Love with Solar” 17 years ago – exclusive talk to Andrew McCarthy, Founder and Managing Director of Gippsland Solar

Few weeks ago, on a special invitation of our friends, founders of Solar Juice, Rami Fedda & Andrew Burgess, we attended All Energy Conference & Exhibition in Melbourne as well as an amazing Solar Juice & its partners party “The Energy That Newer Sleeps”. Australia was the only one continent missing on the map of SolarPV.TV […]