Diesel supply bedevils investments in Africa’s internet: solar can help.

July 19, 2014 Clean Energy 

FT: “If you wake me up at 2 am and ask me what I am thinking about, the answer is power,” says Pankaj Kulshrestha, chief operating officer of Eaton Towers, one of a crop of infrastructure companies that have sprung up in the past five years to control some 15 per cent of Africa’s telecoms towers.”
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Solar displacing oil for lighting, en route to the rest of fossil fuels.

Robyn Williams on ABC Radio National: “Jeremy Leggett describes kerosene lamps as the vampires of developing communities in Africa. They suck financial resources to provide pitiful light, noxious fumes, lost houses and schools due to accidents, as well as damaging emissions.”
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Solar on UK commercial buildings: big vacant spaces, big opportunity.

July 18, 2014 Clean Energy, Commentaries 

Jeremy Leggett in the Guardian: “As the cost of solar energy plunges, the solar industry is growing at what some describe as “lightning speed”. But that is a global picture. Nationally, the situation varies greatly, depending on the attitude of the incumbent government.”
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UK High Court rules for solar companies’ £132 million damages claim.

July 9, 2014 Clean Energy 

Solar Power Portal: “The High Court has ruled in favour of 14 UK solar companies who brought a £132 million damages claim against the government.”
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“Fossil industry is the subprime danger of this cycle” / solar the future.

July 9, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Finance, Gas, Oil 

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard in the Telegraph: “The cumulative blitz on energy exploration and production over the past six years has been $5.4 trillion, yet little has come of it.”
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Deep decarbonization pathways available to hit 2˚C climate target: report.

July 9, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Finance, Gas, Nuclear, Oil 

Guardian: “The United Nations was presented with a roadmap to avoid a climate catastrophe on Tuesday, prescribing specific actions for the world’s biggest economies to keep warming below 2C.”
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Deutsche Bank to lend $1 billion for solar in Japan.

July 8, 2014 Clean Energy, Finance 

REW.com: “Deutsche Bank AG plans to lend about $1 billion for Japan solar projects, joining Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in funding cleaner energy as the government struggles to restart nuclear power plants after the Fukushima disaster.”
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150 UK companies appeal to PM to stop undermining solar industry.

July 7, 2014 Clean Energy, Commentaries 

SolarPowerPortal: “A letter to Prime Minister, David Cameron urging him to support Britain’s thriving solar industry has been signed by more than 150 businesses.”
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Companies, restaurants etc all selling solar power to grid in Japan.

Bloomberg: “Watami Co., a restaurant chain in Japan known best as a hangout for salarymen, is getting into the business of selling power — and it isn’t alone.”
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Insurers plan to cover withdrawal of wind and solar subsidies.

July 6, 2014 Clean Energy, Finance 

FT: “Insurers are developing plans to protect investors in solar and wind power projects against the sudden withdrawal of crucial state subsidies that have battered the European renewable energy industry.”
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German renewables in electricity generation exceeded 30% in first half.

July 3, 2014 Clean Energy 

Solarserver: “Energy generation of German solar PV installations increased by 28% compared to the first half of 2013, wind grew by around 19% according to new figures published by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE, Freiburg).”
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Renewables to win two-thirds of energy investment by 2030: Bloomberg.

July 1, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Finance, Gas, Nuclear, Oil 

Bloomberg: “Renewable energy may reap as much as two-thirds of the $7.7 trillion in investment forecast for building new power plants by 2030 as declining costs make it more competitive with fossil fuels.”
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Solar and wind leaving “a trail of blood” on German utility balance sheets.

June 27, 2014 Clean Energy, Coal 

Bloomberg: “Germany is headed for its biggest electricity glut since 2011 as new coal-fired plants start and generation of wind and solar energy increases, weighing on power prices that have already dropped for three years.”
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German parliament votes in revisions of clean-energy law.

June 27, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate 

REW.com: “German lawmakers backed an extensive revision of the country’s EEG clean-energy law to curb subsidies and slow gains in power prices that are the second-costliest in the European Union.”
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Renewables generated nearly 20% of UK electricity in first quarter.

June 26, 2014 Clean Energy, Gas 

Guardian: “One fifth of all electricity was generated in Britain by windfarms or other green technologies in the first three months of the year, according to new statistics released by the Department of Energy and Climate change (DECC).”
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Berlin accuses Brussels of trying to scupper the Energiewende.

June 26, 2014 Clean Energy 

FT: “Brussels and Berlin traded barbs on Thursday amid a bitter row over EU competition rules allegedly scuppering reforms to Germany’s prized renewable energy programme.”
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Solarcity joins the crowdfunding megatrend.

June 26, 2014 Clean Energy, Finance 

Recharge: “SolarCity has not entirely ruled out the yieldco model, but for the foreseeable future will focus on funding its development through tax equity, securitization and – newly – crowdfunding, says chief executive Lyndon Rive.”
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Solar researchers discover route to non-toxic thin-film manufacturing.

June 26, 2014 Clean Energy, Commentaries 

Independent: “….Researchers believe they have found a way of overcoming one of the most serious limitations of the next generation of solar panels, which are based on toxic cadmium chloride, by simply adding magnesium chloride, an abundant salt found in seawater.”
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Finance is the biggest tool in the US solar race, SolarCity shows.

June 25, 2014 Clean Energy, Finance 

Gigaom: “….now SunPower is facing a more unusual challenge in the dramatically growing solar market in the U.S.: an aggressive startup that, until recently, had little in the way of solar cell manufacturing chops.”
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UK and Germany beat solar records as community schemes multiply.

June 24, 2014 Change for Good, Clean Energy 

TreeAlerts (no url): “As EU Sustainable Energy Week begins, the UK and Germany have demonstrated what can be achieved, announcing they have both broken records for generating solar electricity this month.”
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