US solar jobs growing 10x > national average employment growth.

January 27, 2014 Change for Good, Clean Energy “….In total there were 142,698 solar workers in the U.S. as of November 2013. A solar worker is defined as someone who devotes at least 50 percent of his or her work to solar-related activities.  This is a 20 percent increase over 2012 figures and ten times higher than the national average employment growth rate, which was 1.9 percent.”
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Renewables provide 37% of all new 2013 US generating capacity.

January 27, 2014 Clean Energy, Gas “According to the latest “Energy Infrastructure Update” report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects, renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) accounted for 37.16 percent of all new domestic electrical generating capacity installed during calendar-year 2013 for a total of 5,279 MW.”
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EU’s renewable energy plan is a ‘lame-duck’ ‘setback’, industry says.

January 23, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Commentaries 

Bloomberg: “Wind and solar power producers said they’re at risk of losing investment after the European Union’s executive arm scrapped proposals for a mandatory target on renewable energy use in 2030.”
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Storage for renewable energy: expect big advances in 2014.

January 23, 2014 Clean Energy “….new energy storage systems are helping grid operators fine-tune their management of wind and solar variability. Energy storage is a natural partner to renewable energy since it evens the peaks and valleys created by wind and solar production on the grid.”
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SEIA appeals for negotiated solution to the US-China solar trade war.

January 22, 2014 Clean Energy “The ongoing U.S.-China solar PV trade war continues this week, with China finalizing its tariffs and duties against U.S. polysilicon suppliers, after SolarWorld launched another volley to further tighten tariff definitions against China.”  Read more

World’s largest solar bridge opens in London.

January 22, 2014 Clean Energy 

Business Green: “After nearly five years in the making, Network Rail has today cut the ribbon on the world’s largest solar-powered bridge at Blackfriars Bridge across the River Thames.”
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Plans for a European solar PV super-fab.

January 21, 2014 Clean Energy “Reports came out this week that Germany, France, Switzerland, and possibly other European nations are mulling a plan to pool efforts and establish a combined massive-scale solar cell manufacturing operation, inspired by the aerospace consortium Airbus.” Read more

Deutsche Bank hails second solar ‘gold rush’: UK in 6th place.

January 6, 2014 Clean Energy 

PV Tech: “In a new detailed report by Deutsche Bank’s US-based solar industry analysts, the PV industry is said to be heading into its “second gold rush” with a base demand of 46GW in 2014, topped by an expected 56GW of demand in 2015.”

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Ford to unveil a solar-powered hybrid car.

January 3, 2014 Clean Energy, Oil 

WSJ blog: “Ford Motor plans to roll out a solar-powered version of its C-Max hybrid compact car during next week’s International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. ….The C-Max concept car uses solar cells on its roof to charge a range-extending battery instead of plugging into the electrical grid.” Read more

Minnesota Judge: solar beats natural gas for utility procurement

January 3, 2014 Clean Energy, Gas “In what is being called an unprecedented decision, solar energy went head-to-head with natural gas in a competitive evaluation for utility resource planning — and solar came out on top.” Read more

“Solar panel craze on Wall Street”: NY Times.

January 3, 2014 Clean Energy, Finance 

NYT: “….not even Mr. Musk, the billionaire behind the Tesla electric car, could have foreseen the solar power craze that is sweeping Wall Street. He and his cousins Peter and Lyndon Rive are riding a wave of exuberance over the industry and their young business, SolarCity.” Read more

Chinese solar and coal giants form an energy JV.

January 2, 2014 Clean Energy, Coal 

Recharge: “Yingli Solar is to set up a joint venture with one of China’s largest coal groups to develop PV plants in Shuozhou city, Shanxi province. The JV is with Shuozhou Coal Power, a subsidiary of Datong Coal Mine Group – the third-largest state-owned coal mining operation in China.” Read more

Solar farms = industrialisation of the UK countryside? Try fracking.

December 22, 2013 Clean Energy, Commentaries 

Guardian:”….Solar farms, each with thousands of panels, are popping up all over the country and now number 250. Costs have halved in two years and are still falling fast – on track to be cheaper than both onshore wind and nuclear power within a few years – and solar is by far the public’s most popular energy technology.” Read more

UK closes in on half a million solar homes but solar factory shuts.

December 20, 2013 Clean Energy 

Solar Power Portal: “Over 495,000 homes across the UK are now solar powered, according to the latest statistics published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).” Read more

“Global solar industry is on the rebound”: IHS.

December 19, 2013 Clean Energy  “After two years of a punishing downturn, the global solar industry is on the rebound,” says Ash Sharma, senior research director for solar at IHS.” Read more

Proving renewables can run modern economies: one solar light at a time.

Interview with Jeremy Leggett on Business Green Solar Hub (sponsored by Solarcentury and SolarAid): Q: SolarAid and SunnyMoney recently won the Euro Solar award, what do you think others can learn from that model? A: SolarAid and SunnyMoney believe that modern economies can, and will, be run by renewables in the future, and we’re proving it one solar light at a time.” Read more

“I no longer sell kerosene”: everyone wants solar lights.

December 15, 2013 Change for Good, Clean Energy 

Guardian: “….Sally Kayoni, the shopkeeper, stands on tiptoe to be seen over a counter lined with car batteries, radios and DVD players. Yet the prime retail space on the eye-level shelf behind her is given over to small solar lamps presented in a neat row. They get pride of place because they are among her bestsellers.” Read more

How solar lighting is spreading fast in Africa.

December 8, 2013 Change for Good, Clean Energy 

Guardian, on why SolarAid is part of its Christmas appeal: “Chepnyaliliet school, with its rough concrete walls and tin roof at the end of a dusty lane lined with cacti and wild roses, seems an unlikely place find early adopters of technology. But that is exactly what Rhoda Sigei is. The determined nursery teacher was the first person in Bomet county, a verdant patch of Kenya‘s Great Rift valley, to buy into the potential of using solar lamps.” Read more

UK renewable subsidy cuts hit onshore wind and solar pv.

December 4, 2013 Clean Energy 

Guardian: “Reduced subsidies for onshore windfarms and solar power announced on Wednesday are “good news”, according to a leading renewable energy trade body, because it shows the costs of the technologies are coming down. The cuts set out by the energy secretary, Ed Davey, mean onshore windfarms will for the first time receive lower subsidies than future nuclear power stations.” Read more

SolarAid wins a Eurosolar Prize for solar light mobilisation in Africa.

Planet Solar: “Tomorrow evening SolarAid will be awarded with the EUROSOLAR European Solar Prize 2013 at an awards ceremony at the Berlin Branch of KfW Bankengruppe in Germany.” Read more