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India To Offer Subsidies To Domestic, Foreign Solar Module Manufacturers

The Indian government is planning new measures to promote domestic manufacturing of solar power equipment following another setback from the World Trade Organisation earlier this month. According to media reports, the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) has prepared a draft policy to offer subsidies to all companies that manufacture solar power modules and […]

September 30th

Egypt Changes Solar Power Scheme To Attract International Investors

Egypt plans to change regulations for the next push of solar power expansion following concerns raised by some international project developers. The Egyptian government has announced plans to change rules and regulations pertaining to the second phase of solar power expansion. The government will now allow international arbitration to address disputes. Earlier, several foreign project […]

September 30th

China NEA Drafts Proposed Cuts To 2017 Solar FiTs

The National Energy Administration (NEA) of China has published its draft version of proposed 2017 feed-in tariff (FiT) levels for ground mount and distributed generation PV power plants. The lowered tariffs represent significant cuts to both sectors and overall curtailment of installations. According to PVTech, the Asia Europe Clean Energy (Solar) Advisory (AECEA) has estimated […]

September 30th

UL Courting Solar Market With New Acquisition

Independent global testing and certification body UL (Underwriters Laboratory) has acquired renewable energy engineering services and support firm, AWS Truepower for an unspecified sum. Underwriters Laboratory (UL) announced its AWS Truepower acquisition will strengthen its full lifecycle solutions. “There is strong alignment between the two brands,” said Jeffrey Smidt, vice president & general manager for UL Energy […]

September 28th

Indian State Of Andhra Pradesh Eyes 25% Renewable Energy Share By 2022

The state of Andhra Pradesh in India has proposed the most ambitious renewable energy target among all states. The Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC) has proposed to increase the share of renewable energy in its electricity mix to 25.25% by March 2022. The commission issued a draft regulation which, if approved, will require the […]

September 28th

Kazakhstan To Push For Renewable Energy Despite Low Oil Prices

Kazakhstan plans to aggressively invest in renewable energy in the next decade inspite of the current and prevailing low oil prices. Future Energy Forum in Astana, Energy Minister Kanat Bozumbayev said that his country will gradually increase the share of renewable energy in its energy mix till 2020 but will look to increase its share […]

September 24th

Denmark To Help Indonesia Develop Wind Energy Projects

Denmark and Indonesia have signed an agreement to promote and expand renewable energy infrastructure in the south-east Asian country. According to media reports, the two countries signed an agreement to set up a 60 MW wind energy project in the South Sulawesi province; the project will be the first wind energy project in the province. […]

September 23rd

India Prepares To File Solar Content Cases Against US At WTO

With an intent to gain leverage over US, India is looking to file complaint against the US over the latter’s use of domestic solar power equipment. India recently lost an appeal at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) against a decision that found the country’s regulations that mandate use of local content for some solar power […]

September 23rd

Backlash on Planned Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant Closure

UtilityDIVE has reported local mayors and nuclear energy supporters now represent parties challenging Pacific Gas & Electric’s plan to close the 2,240 MW Diablo Canyon nuclear plant and replace it with a combination of renewables and efficiency. Presently, six mayors of cities in San Luis Obispo County, where the plant is located, filed with regulators last […]

September 21st

First Atlantic Ocean Marine Monument Designated by USA

Permanently protecting nearly 5,000 square miles of underwater canyons and mountains, the first national marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean was designated by President Barack Obama on September 15, 2016. Formed millions of years ago by extinct volcanoes and sediment erosion, seamounts and sea canyons are some of the oldest and most mysterious locations on […]

September 21st

Solar Bid Prices Hit New Low In Abu Dhabi

For those measuring the bid price index of recent solar electricity bids, add Abu Dhabi as the new low price leader. PV Tech reports this current bid — 2.42¢/kWh for the planned 350 MW solar plant in Sweihan, in the United Arab Emirates — ranks 17% lower than the tariff awarded to Solarpack in Chile in […]

September 20th

Egypt Cuts Solar Power Feed-in Tariffs

Egypt has reduced solar power feed-in tariffs as the country’s solar power market expands and attracts several international developers. The Ministry of Electricity and Energy recently announced that it will reduced the feed-in tariffs for solar power projects. Projects with size of 500 kW to 20 MW will now have feed-in tariffs of US¢7.8/kWh, down […]

September 17th

Morocco’s Mosques are ALL Transitioning to Solar Power

Originally published on EdenKeeper.org With the first phase deadline set for 2019, Morocco has launched an ambitious “Energy Efficiency in Mosques” program aiming to provide solar power for all the mosques in the kingdom. By switching to energy-saving LED lighting, solar water heating, and rooftop solar PV electricity generation, significant savings are anticipated for the […]

September 14th

Greening the Hajj Pilgrimage to Mecca

Originally published on EdenKeeper.org The Hajj season of 2016 is underway in Saudi Arabia and the world’s attention is finely tuned to the environmental impacts of four million pilgrims converging on Mecca. The pilgrimage crowd is phenomenal and attempts to “green” the hajj, as we’ll cover in this update, are continuously improving and as innovative […]

September 13th

Alaska’s Inupiat Climate Refugees Need a New Home

Originally published on EdenKeeper.org Retreating onto the uncharted territory of today’s “climate refugees,” the entire indigenous community of Shishmaref, Alaska, is losing the land under its feet. Shishmaref has a population of around 600 members of the Native American Inupiat Tribe, located on Sarichef, a tiny island north of the Bering Strait. For over 400 […]

September 5th

An Update on US Methane Emissions from Fracking

Originally published by gws on SkepticalScience.com A relatively large number of research publications has appeared in the peer-reviewed literature since we last updated our readers on fracking and methane, CH4, emissions. We cannot discuss them all here. However, in summary, it can be concluded from these papers that EPA is very likely underestimating fossil fuel […]

September 3rd

Environmental, Tribal, Landowner Groups Seek Obama Repeal Of Permits For Dakota Access Pipeline

Another fossil fuel pipeline project — the Dakota Access pipeline — is being held to a considerable level of environmental scrutiny. Leading national and local environmental, tribal, and landowners’ rights organizations have submitted a letter on to President Obama voicing concern about the Army Corps of Engineers’ approval of some of the permits for the […]

August 31st

The Calamity Of The Century, & Then Again, In St. Petersburg, Florida — Tropical Storm & Sewage Crisis

Unchecked development causes many urban crises with water problems. Troubles such as too much impervious infrastructure are overwhelmed when strong storms arrive. A recently reported crisis in St. Petersburg, Florida — “The Calamity of the Century” — examines one of the many water problems of this complex environmental conundrum in South Florida. The plight of the Gulf Coast […]

August 31st

Sri Lanka To Introduce Cash Payouts In Solar Net-metering Programme

In a bid to attract more consumers towards the net-metering scheme the Sri Lankan government is planning significant changes in the way excess power generation accounted. The Cabinet has approved a proposal to introduced cash payout to consumers for the excess electricity they generate. At present, the excess electricity generation by rooftop solar power systems […]

August 31st

How To Hack A US Presidential Election

I get a lot of press releases emailed my way. One flew in this week regarding how easy/difficult it is to hack a presidential election. I didn’t spend time on it since it didn’t seem like a story for us and this election seems like one where election-day cheating is least likely to matter, but […]

August 31st

Native Americans Standing Up Against Dakota Access Pipeline

Originally published on EdenKeeper.org   Holding down two fronts in the battle against the Dakota Access Pipeline, Native Americans and supporters are swelling in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, and outside a courthouse in Washington, D.C. Joining several hundred members of North Dakota’s Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in D.C., actors Susan Sarandon, Shailene Woodley, and Riley […]

August 30th