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Solar in MENA: Lebanon issues call for expression of interest for 300-MWp solar, storage tender

The government of Lebanon has issued a call for expression of interest (EoI) for three large-scale solar projects of up to 300 MWp in total, coupled with energy storage capacity. Lebanon’s Center for Energy Conservation (LCEC) is looking for companies willing to design, develop, finance, build and operate between 210 MWp and 300 MWp of photovoltaic […]

Clean Disruption News: Google hits its incredible 100% renewable energy goal

Google just announced that it has officially bought enough renewable energy to match all of the electricity they consumed last year. Senior Vice President, Technical Infrastructure Urs Hölzle announced the milestone on Google’s blog — and said the company’s purchases even exceeded the total electricity used by their offices and data centers. Google purchased renewable […]

Clean Disruption News: China becomes a ‘driving power’ for solar energy with $86.5 billion invested last year

The world has invested $2.9 trillion in green energy sources since 2004, according to new research, with China leading the way in recent years with its push towards solar power. The “Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2018” report was published Thursday by UN Environment, the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Center, and Bloomberg New Energy Finance. […]

SoftBank, China’s GCL team up for $930 million and 4GW production capacity Indian solar venture

GCL System Integration Technology Co (GCL-SI), a subsidiary of the world’s leading clean energy conglomerate GCL announced that on March 29, GCL Group signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Softbank Vision Fund (SBVF) through its manager Softbank Investment, a subsidiary of Softbank Group. The main content of the memorandum is that GCL Group and […]

Clean Disruption News: Saudi Arabia, Softbank, sign $200bn deal to build world’s largest solar park

Saudi Arabia and SoftBank Group signed a memorandum of understanding to build a $200 billion solar power development that’s exponentially larger than any other project. SoftBank founder Masayoshi Son, known for backing ambitious endeavors with flair, unveiled the project Tuesday in New York at a ceremony with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. The powerful […]

Clean Disruption News: French state-owned utility EDF to invest 8 bln euros in power storage business

French state-owned utility EDF plans to invest eight billion euros ($9.94 billion) between 2018 and 2035 to become a European market leader in electricity storage. EDF, which already operates pumped storage hydropower plants and some utility-scale power storage batteries, said on Tuesday it aimed to become a French and European market leader, offering storage batteries […]

IRENA to Help Deliver Low-Carbon 2022 Winter Olympics in Zhangjiakou, China

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has signed a co-operation agreement with the People’s Government of Hebei Province, China to provide the city of Zhangjiakou with a renewable energy roadmap that will support its ambition to deliver a low-carbon Winter Olympics in 2022. The agreement will also help the city become China’s first energy transition […]

Solar in MENA: Fourth phase of world’s largest single-site Concentrated Solar Power Project (CSP) launched

The largest single-site Concentrated Solar Power Project (CSP), which broke ground at the Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park on Monday, will begin producing power by 2020. His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, launched the the fourth phase of the solar […]

Trump claims the U.S. makes better solar panels than China. That’s not quite right.

At a White House meeting focused on the Florida school shooting, President Trump took a brief detour into the world of solar power, bragging that he’s brought back domestic manufacturing and that America makes better solar panels than China. The problem? Those statements aren’t supported by facts, experts say. Veering away from remarks on preventing […]