25 May 2016 12:31 PM GMT

Intersolar North America is the most attended and first major solar industry event of the year. It brings together thousands of solar professionals, industry leaders, press and key influencers to recharge and accelerate business goals through the end of the year and beyond. It unites people and companies from around the world with the aim of increasing the share of solar power in the global energy supply.

May 9th 2016
Scotland Striding Towards A 100% Renewable Electricity Generation System By 2030

WWF Scotland has published findings, which found that the supply of Scottish wind turbines was enough, on average, to meet the electrical needs of 70 percent of Scottish households. Besides wind power, there was also good news for solar power. According to WWF Scotland Director, Lang Banks; “homes fitted with solar panels were able to obtain 70 percent or more of their electricity or hot water needs from the sun.” He stated that the “Scottish Government must bring forward an energy strategy that ensures Scotland is the first EU nation to have a completely renewable electricity generation system by 2030”.

May 6th 2016
US Boosts Solar Power Projects In Africa, Highlighting Huge Potential

A number of African nations are to receive a new loan to enhance solar power projects awarded by the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). The loan is one of the latest financial investments by the US in support of Africa-based development initiatives, aimed at supporting regional entrepreneurs and improving power infrastructure. According to Adnan Amin, the director-general of the International Renewable Energy Agency, there is a “huge appetite for investment in renewable energy projects in Africa”, however, African governments still need to ensure reduced risks by implementing regulatory frameworks and incentive schemes.

April 6th 2016
EU-India Summit: Added Impetus For EU and India Strategic Partnership

The EU and India decided to step up their cooperation to fight climate change and adopted the ‘Joint Declaration between the EU and India on a Clean Energy and Climate Partnership’. It is key to the implementation of the Paris Agreement and triggers a renewed climate dialogue with India. It intends to reinforce energy cooperation, mainly on renewable energy sources, promote clean energy generation and increased energy efficiency. It will bring together relevant stakeholders, including the EU Member States and the Indian States creating business and technology opportunities between the EU and India.

March 30th 2016
Climate Scientist Calls For Pricing Fossil Fuels To Accelerate Energy Transition

Former NASA climate director and Columbia University scientist, James Hansen has long called for a straightforward rising price on greenhouse gas emissions, which he argues would “quicken the transition to cleaner energy.” We could already be phasing out fossil fuel emissions, if only we stopped allowing the fossil fuel industry to use the atmosphere as a free dumping ground for their waste. “This is a tragic situation, because it is unnecessary,” he says

March 9th 2016
As European Solar PV Installations Slow, China, US, Japan Surge Ahead

Five countries; China, the United States, Japan, Germany and Italy will account for 70 percent of global installed PV capacity, projected to be 310GW at the end of 2016. A substantial increase from 40GW at the end of 2010. Continued stagnation of major European PV markets due to weaker financial incentives has caused PV additions in Europe to slow dramatically in recent years, but global demand remains strong. IHS says, “the supply chain continues to benefit from a period of relatively stable pricing, and there could be a new wave of capacity expansions.”

February 19th 2016
California’s Electric Vehicles and Support Infrastructure To Increase Rapidly

San Diego Gas & Electric’s (SDG&E) will install charging stations at up to 350 businesses and communities in the region, with 10 chargers at each location for a total of 3,500 separate chargers. It will install at least 10 percent of the chargers in disadvantaged communities. The project overcomes many obstacles to EV growth and reassures local EV drivers that they’ll have a place to charge their vehicles. With SDG&E’s energy portfolio being made up of 33% percent renewable energy and zero coal, drivers will be plugging into one of the cleanest electric grids in the country.

February 4th 2016
CaliforniaFIRST Launches Clean Energy Financing Program

Innovative PACE program provides financing for energy efficiency, renewable energy, water efficiency upgrades with no out-of-pocket costs. CaliforniaFIRST financing doesn’t rely on a credit score and does not require any money down, opening the program to a wide range of Californians. It allows homeowners to choose a participating contractor in their area and install a variety of custom-tailored clean energy, water efficiency and EV charging projects.

January 22nd 2016
Innovation Wins US Department of Energy SunShot Initiative Award

The innovation, from the Fraunhofer Center seeks to resolve one of the biggest challenges facing utilities; of how to integrate large quantities of PV production with the electric grid without compromising power-reliability and quality. It’s a further indicator of the US Dept. of Energy, aggressively driving innovation to make solar energy fully cost-competitive with traditional energy sources before the end of the decade.

January 11th 2016
7 Market Leaders Join Forces To Spur Clean Energy Growth

Senior Executives at Johns Manville; Johnson Controls; Microsoft; Recurrent Energy; Veolia North America; Vestas Americas and Schneider Electric join the Board of Advanced Energy Economy to support it’s efforts to spur the growth of secure, clean, affordable energy in the United States.

December 18th 2015
UK Government Stops Renewable Obligations, Cuts FIT for Solar

The UK government has confirmed its decision to close an incentive program and cut feed-in tarrifs for solar projects.

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