SolarAid wins £500k in Google Challenge.

Telegraph: SolarAid, Integrity Action and CDI Apps for Good, each won a £500,000 Global Impact Award, as well as mentoring from Google staff to deliver their projects.

“This madness is easily fixable, in principle.” Thoughts on solar trade war.

May 31, 2013 Clean Energy, Climate, Commentaries 

Jeremy Leggett in Recharge: “Europe is on the verge of joining the US in a trade war with China over PV, one of the world’s fastest-growing industries. This job-rich pillar of the renewables family is heading for severe impairment, at best.”

Solar = random desecration of the countryside: comedian.

Guardian: “The comedian Griff Rhys Jones has accused the government of “random desecration” of the countryside and despoiling “pristine landscapes” through its subsidies to wind turbines and solar power.” Read more

SolarAid wins a Guardian Sustainable Business Award.

May 16, 2013 Change for Good, Clean Energy 

Lucy Thorpe, in the Guardian:  “So how did SolarAid create so much demand that sales for solar lights in Tanzania grew by 720% in 2012?” Read more

European Commission recommends tariffs up to 67% on Chinese solar.

May 9, 2013 Clean Energy 

REW: “ Wall Street Journal reports that the tariffs will affect more than 100 companies, and be implemented at a range from 37.3 to 67.9 percent at an average of 47.6 percent, close to projections earlier this week.” Read more

EU trade commissioner favours 40% tariffs on Chinese solar panel imports.

May 5, 2013 Clean Energy 

FT: “Europe’s trade chief is pushing to impose provisional duties of about 40 per cent on Chinese solar panels in a move that risks stirring wider trade tensions with Beijing and dividing the EU industry.” Read more

Saudi minister: we do not plan to lift production before 2040.

April 30, 2013 Clean Energy, Nuclear, Oil 

FT: The Kingdom does not need to lift production in the next 30 years, given US shale and resurgent Iraqi output, says Ali Naimi, the country’s oil minister. Read more

FERC Chairman: Solar roofs help a US grid vulnerable to terrorist attack.

April 30, 2013 Clean Energy 

Bloomberg: “The U.S. power grid is vulnerable to terrorist attacks, and the growing use of rooftop solar panels will provide protection against lengthy blackouts, the chairman of the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said.” Read more

Mosaic rolls out its third solar crowdfunding offer.

April 29, 2013 Change for Good, Clean Energy, Finance 

REW: “Barely three years old, the company has attracted over 1,200 investors to finance solar power generation projects, with contributions ranging from $25 to $10,000.” Read more

US solar company & Taiwanese manufacturer partner in Mexico.

April 29, 2013 Clean Energy 

REW: “SunEdison, one of the companies that sparked the third-party ownership revolution with businesses — allowing them to install solar with little to no up-front costs — announced on April 23 that it partnered with Foxconn Technology to produce photovoltaics (PV) in Juarez, Mexico.” Read more

Global solar PV industry became a net electricity producer in 2012.

April 25, 2013 Clean Energy 

Solar Industry Magazine: “Researchers at Stanford University have answered a question that has been on the minds of industry observers and critics. A recent study – “Energy Balance of the Global Photovoltaic (PV) Industry – Is the PV Industry a Net Electricity Producer?” – found that the amount of energy that solar panels produce has likely surpassed the amount of energy needed to manufacture them.” Read more

Anonymous donations for solar projects grow across the US.

April 24, 2013 Clean Energy 

REW: “As the enthusiasm for solar power grows, so does the generosity. Anonymous donors have been coming forward to fund solar projects at K-12 schools, universities and municipalities across the nation.”

Saudi Arabia partners with US lab in kingdom’s solar plan.

April 22, 2013 Change for Good, Clean Energy 

REW: The hook-up with the US National Renewable Energy Lab is “a crucial part of Saudi Arabia’s plan to spend $109 billion over the next two decades to install more than 50 gigawatts of renewable power in the country and meet at least 30% of its electricity needs with solar energy by 2032.” Read more

ABB places a billion dollar bet on a solar upturn.

April 22, 2013 Clean Energy, Finance 

FT: ABB “is to buy the US solar energy company Power-One for $1.03bn, in a bet that growing emerging market demand will offset the volatility of a sector in which western firms have recently struggled.” Read more

“The drive to clean up the world’s energy system has stalled”: IEA.

April 17, 2013 Clean Energy, Climate 

REW: “Today in New Delhi the International Energy Agency (IEA) revealed the latest figures from its annual report on global progress towards a low-carbon future.” Read more

Why is Warren Buffett investing in solar? Because he sees the future.

April 11, 2013 Clean Energy, Finance 

REW: “In its first 12 months in business, MidAmerican Renewables has acquired some of the largest solar projects in the world.”. Read more

Over 1,000 solar firms demand end to EU-China trade war.

April 9, 2013 Clean Energy 

Business Green: “Over 1,000 companies from across the industry have written to the European Commission warning import duties could have a grave impact on the industry. The European Commission recently launched an anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigation against Chinese solar manufacturers, after European solar manufacturers lodged a series of complaints alleging that Chinese rivals were benefitting from unfair subsidies.” Read more

For Iraq War cost, US electricity could now be 40% wind and solar.

April 8, 2013 Clean Energy 

Paul Gipe in REW: “Now, after a decade, that bill has come due. How much renewable energy could we have built with the money we spent? How far along the road toward the renewable energy transition could we have traveled? The answer: shockingly far.” Read more

Solar Mosaic approved to offer $100m solar investment.

Billy Parish on REW: “Mosaic has just been approved to offer $100 million in solar investments to residents of California.” Read more

“List of Deceased Solar Companies: …sad inevitable result of VC bubble”.

April 6, 2013 Clean Energy, Finance 

greentechsolar: “The sad, inevitable results of the VC bubble and solar shakeout. We listed the more than 200 VC-funded solar startups back in 2008. We knew that we’d be writing about most of them on their way up — as well as on their way down.” Read more