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Sri Lanka Eyes 70% Renewable Energy Share In Power Generation By 2030

Sri Lankan government intends to significantly increase the share of renewable energy in electricity generation by the end of the next decade. Sri Lankan Cabinet of Ministers has approved a ‘Battle for Solar energy’ program which aims to boost the sustainable power generation in the country. The ‘Battle for Solar energy’ program aims to encourage the […]

August 30th

Uncertainity Looms As India Eyes First Wind Energy Auction

Project developers are apprehensive about India’s latest wind energy policy which calls for large-scale auction of projects. The uncertainty amongst wind energy project developers in India originates from the fact that there is lack of clarity on the extension of crucial incentives like the accelerated depreciation and generation-based incentive. These two support mechanisms have been […]

August 27th

India Plans 10 GW Solar-based Pumped Hydro Storage Capacity

India is planning to initiate work on several fronts to maximise the use of renewable energy at least cost possible. Officials of the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) recently told media outlets that the central government is planning to set up 10 GW of pumped storage capacity across the country. The entire plan is expected to […]

August 27th

Indonesia To Add 5 GW Of Solar Capacity In 2 – 3 Years Offering FiTs

Plan on solar-powered electricity in Indonesia to grow markedly in the next few years using FiTs. As reported by SolarServer, the Ministry of Energy & Mineral Resources (ESDM) has issued a Government Decree to provide support mechanisms for utility-scale solar photovoltaic systems, exhibition and management services. The driving support mechanism will be the solar FIT priced […]

August 23rd

Unitarians Sue for Religious Liberty to Use Solar Panels

Originally published on EdenKeeper.org First Parish Unitarians are crying ‘foul’ over a recent denial to allow solar panels on the rooftop of their iconic church in Bedford, Massachusetts. Declaring the Historic District Commission’s (HDC) decision was “legally untenable, unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious,” the congregation has filed a suit against the Town of Bedford. Specifically pointing […]

August 23rd

GOP EPA Chiefs Endorse Clinton over Trump’s “Profound Ignorance of Science”

Endorsing Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, two former EPA chiefs, both Republicans, are warning that Donald Trump’s energy policy “would set the world back decades.” William D. Ruckelshaus, head of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under Presidents Nixon and Reagan, and William K. Reilly, EPA Chief under George H. W. Bush, signed the joint […]

August 17th

Energy Storage Mandate In Massachusetts

A new law will now provide Massachusetts with the third US energy storage mandate. Look for storage legislation to gain favor in the upcoming years. “Irrespective of the eventual target, Massachusetts could become the first non-West Coast state to set forth a storage goal,” said Ravi Manghani, director of energy storage at GTM Research. “It […]

August 11th

Vancouver Carbon Reduction Initiatives Announced

Under the aegis of its Renewable City Strategy, the city of Vancouver has committed to generate 100% of its energy from renewable sources before 2050. In implementing this renewable energy goal, International Wastewater Systems (IWS) has announced a series of wastewater heat recovery projects will be installed in Vancouver. The installations will be launched in partnership with […]

August 10th

Namibia Working On Renewable Energy Policy

Namibia is working on policy document which will determine the role of renewable energy in  south African country’s energy mix over the next few decades. According to media reports, the government has prepared a draft policy document which includes a number of possible scenarios regarding the share of renewable energy. The most aggressive of those […]

August 9th

Nevada Supreme Court Nixes Net-Metering Ballot Proposal

 Write the words ‘Nevada’ and ‘net-metering’ together and you will soon discover a first-rate oxymoron. To the dismay of many rooftop solar enthusiasts and litigants, the Nevada Supreme Court last Thursday rejected a ballot proposal backed by state solar advocates which sought to restore retail rate net metering. The Court ruling stated the language was misleading […]

August 8th

FERC Gives Nod To Apple Petition For Selling Electricity

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) last Thursday approved a June 6 application from Apple’s energy subsidiary to sell electricity in six regional power markets around the country at market rates. “Based on your representations, Apple Energy meets the criteria for a Category 1 seller in all regions and is so designated,” Steve Rodgers, director […]

August 8th

India Takes First Steps To Restrict Solar Power Curtailment

With a record amount of solar power capacity being added to the grid in India, the threat of curtailment is looming large on the project developers. The government has now taken first steps to address this problem. The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy has issued an advisory asking central as well as state regulatory […]

August 8th

Portugal Solar Impossible Without Subsidies Claims APREN

In spite of recent news from the government of Portugal stating solar subsidies are not needed to advance industry growth, José Manuel Medeiros Pinto, general secretary of the Portuguese Renewable Energy Association (APREN) responded, saying solar cannot work without financial support in current market conditions. Following Portugal approving 180MW of unsubsidized solar PV production, Pinto sees subsidized […]

August 5th

Philippines Issues Climate Change Complaint Against 47 Carbon Emitters

According international reports, the Philippines’ Commission on Human Rights has issued a complaint directed at 47 of the world’s largest carbon-emitting companies. The action is potentially seeking compensation for human rights damages related to 2013 super typhoon Yolanda, which resulted in the deaths of more than 6,000 people. Triple Pundit has reported the governments of other […]

August 3rd

Solar Leads In Ukraine Renewable Energy Mix

Solar-powered electricity has claimed the biggest share in the renewable energy mix of Ukraine, closely trailed by wind energy production. As reported by pv-magazine, the total capacity of renewable energy plants in Ukraine in midyear had reached 1,028 MW. According to a report released by the SEF-2016 KYIV International Forum of Sustainable Energy in Ukraine, […]

August 3rd

Minnesota Power Calls For Tenders On Up To 300 MW Utility-Scale Solar & Wind

Minnesota Power has released the first in a series of RFPs as part of its plans to address environmental responsibility to further its EnergyForward strategy. EnergyForward calls for a diversified power supply to meet customers’ needs reliably and cost-effectively in an environmentally responsible manner. “EnergyForward is how Minnesota Power is doing its part to change the […]

August 2nd

Spain Mulling 3 GW Renewable Energy Auction

The Spanish authorities are mulling a new 3 gigawatt (3,000 megawatt) renewable energy auction in the country, according to recent reports. Until an actual government is formed in the country, though, nothing is certain. For those who don’t follow Spanish politics much: following the 2015 general election, there was a failure to form a government, as […]

July 31st

Brazil Cancels 2016 First Solar Auction, Delaying Second

Solar has taken a back seat this year in the first scheduled Brazil solar auction, The event has been cancelled and will not occur until December. Brazil’s Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) has announced only hydroelectric energy projects can be submitted to its 1st Reserve Energy Auction, which has also been delayed and rescheduled from […]

July 31st

The Huge Environmental Costs of Pork

Originally published on EdenKeeper.org Producing more than enough poop to fill over 15,000 Olympic-size swimming pools every year, hog facilities and other animal operations in North Carolina are placing an atrocious strain on the environment. A recent report by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and the Waterkeeper Alliance (Waterkeepers) outlines the high environmental costs of […]

July 31st

NV Energy Proposes Grandfathering Nevada Rooftop Solar Customers

Nevada utility NV Energy filed a proposal this week to grandfather rooftop solar customers into Nevada’s original net metering rates for 20 years, writes the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “After a number of recent failed attempts to negotiate a resolution of this grandfathering issue with out-of-state private solar suppliers, it became clear that NV Energy needed to […]

July 28th

Nevada PUC Chair Noble Speaks On Nevada Rooftop Solar Net Metering Ruling

David Noble, now the outgoing chairman of the Nevada Public Utilities Commission, in his address at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) meeting, elaborated about the ongoing Nevada net metering battle, “…just as a caution for commissioners around this table about who you’re dealing with and what’s going on.” As reported by UtilityDIVE, Noble told […]

July 28th

Portugal Processes Licenses For 2 GW Of Solar Electricity, Sans Subsidies

In notable solar news, Portugal has authorized the processing of licenses for solar projects which total more than 2,000 megawatts (2 gigawatts) of potential power. Specifically, 180 MW of solar projects have presently been authorized under the existing market system in the nation’s southern region, and an additional 68 licenses for solar projects are being processed, which […]

July 26th

Solar First: Palestine Licenses West Bank Solar Power Plant

Palestine has licensed its first solar power plant in West Bank. According to pv-tech and Saur Energy International, the 5.7MW solar PV project represents the first utility-scale solar electricity project to get a license in Palestine. The Palestine Energy Ministry has granted licensing and permits for its first large-scale solar power plant near the city of […]

July 26th

India Announces ‘Solar Zones’ Policy

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy in India has finally announced a solar zones policy with an aim to significant boost the development of large-scale solar power projects. According to the policy document released recently, the Ministry will identify and designate 10 solar zones across the country having 10,000 hectares area each. The solar […]

July 25th