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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

Great Wind Energy Deals Are Swaying Major Players

In search of low-cost, fixed-rate electricity, great wind energy deals are swaying Fortune 500 companies and other major players to throw their money “into the wind.” Signing contracts for over 2,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity, big brands, high-tech companies, and other non-utility customers represented 52 percent of wind energy generating capacity in 2015. An Emerging […]

July 19th

Coal Power’s Decline, & Associated Politics

Originally published on CleanTechnica. First of all, let’s get this straight — I don’t think anyone is purely against the people who pull coal out of the ground, the people looking for steady jobs and decent income, or the people who try to help people from losing their jobs. But we are against burning coal […]

July 14th

Chile Passes Electricity Transmission Law Benefitting Solar

Chile has aggressively moved forward on an electricity transmission law which benefits solar, as well as other sources of energy. Following the Chilean Congress’s passage of a major electricity transmission law, experts contend this will help the development of both renewable and non-renewable energy projects in the country. Under the adopted policy, a new national […]

July 13th

Nigeria Inks First Solar PPA

Nigeria is in the midst of enhancing its support for solar-powered electricity, having signed the nation’s first power purchase agreement. According to pv-tech, the government-owned energy overseer, the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading (NBET), has signed the country’s first-ever solar power purchase agreement (PPA) with more than ten project developers, totaling 975MW of utility-scale solar. “Nigerian Bulk […]

July 13th

France Issues Solar Tenders To Produce 20 GW By 2023

France recently issued new tenders for solar energy, targeting an increase its installed PV capacity by 20 GW in 2023. The French environment and energy minister Segolene Royal announced the introduction of a number of new solar tenders in France for the development of various PV applications. This means France may triple its solar PV […]

July 12th

European Renewable Organizations Call For Removing Trade Measures Against Chinese PV

A letter signed by 34 European solar and renewable energy organizations has called on the EU to immediately remove trade measures which exist against imports of Chinese PV modules and cells. As reported by pv-magazine, these European solar and renewable energy organizations, led by SolarPower Europe, have requested the EU to take prompt action. “Representing the formalization […]

July 9th

PG&E Will Close Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant, Using Renewables Instead

Pacific Gas & Electric has announced its Diablo Canyon nuclear plant will close. CleanTechnica reports the electricity provider for northern California has reached a deal with environmental and labor groups to close the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant and replace it with renewable energy + greater energy efficiency + energy storage. On June 21, PG&E provided this perspective: “Reflecting California’s changing energy landscape, PG&E […]

June 26th

East Africa Off-Grid Connections Growing With Mobisol

German off-grid solar provider Mobisol has now installed over 50,000 systems in East Africa. The company estimates a quarter of a million people now receive sustainable electricity from its solar solutions, which is an incredible landmark in a growing markets of Tanzania and Rwanda, defined once as having little access to the electric grid. “Mobisol […]

June 25th

Ontario Now Accepting Micro-FiT Incentive Applications

Applications to the 2016 micro-FiT program in Ontario are now being accepted. As reported by pv-magazine, the Canadian province of Ontario would launch version 4.0 of its micro-FiT program, even though installation levels are significantly lower than those last year. Ontario’s electricity authority announced that it would re-open its feed-in tariff program for solar PV […]

June 24th

Solar PV Recycling Market May Be $15 Billion Industry By 2050

According to a report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the International Energy Agency (IEA), the PV recycling industry may be worth as much as $15 billion by 2050. By weight, this PV recycling number is based on 78 million tons of decommissioned PV materials. This projected total represents a sizable industry in comparison to […]

June 22nd

Extension Request For Brazil Solar Farm Development Hits Roadblock?

According to Bloomberg, Brazil has rejected requests from developers seeking more time to complete the country’s first large-scale solar farms. Brazil’s energy regulator Aneel reportedly sent a statement to a group of solar developers scheduled to completing solar farms by 2017, denying their request for extensions of as long as two years. Brazil economy blamed Financing […]

June 22nd

El Salvador To Auction 170 MW Of Renewables

El Salvador will conduct its second auction seeking to deploy 170 MW of renewable electricity. This follows an award of 100 MW of PV projects in its previous auction, even though no project are operational yet. According to pv-magazine, officials anticipate the auction will be completed in December. The auction solicitation is structured for a […]

June 17th

India Plans 16.6 GW Renewable Energy Capacity Addition This Fiscal

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in India has come out with most ambitious capacity addition target of 16,600 MW for renewables this fiscal year. According to MNRE, during the current fiscal solar capacity is expected to reach its largest-ever capacity addition target of 12,000 MW which would be followed by wind (4,000 […]

June 17th

National Electric Power Regulatory Authority Of Pakistan Publishes Proposed Revisions To Feed-In Tariffs

The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) of Pakistan has published its proposed revisions to feed-in tariffs for solar electricity projects in two regions generating between 1-100MW of capacity. According to PVTECH, the notice of “Suo Moto proceedings” concerned the proposed new tariffs.  (Suo moto generally refers to a situation wherein a judge acts without request […]

June 16th

Zambia Solar Auction Inks Record-Low 6.02¢ Price Benchmark

Solar auction bids in Zambia reached record low prices on Monday. According to pv-tech, this nation has set a new benchmark for low-cost solar electricity in Africa, posting a competitive auction under the ‘Scaling Solar’ program, which saw winning bids as low as 6.02 cents/kWh. Green and clean electricity is look highly price-competitive on a […]

June 15th

The Top 10 US Solar Installers Are…

Originally published on Solar Love. These top 10 lists are a little peculiar sometimes because one might conclude that they are objective. However, while they can appear to be that way, they are usually more subjective, based in assessments conducted by particular websites or publications. Depending on which criteria are used, their results might not […]

June 15th

Liter Of Light Campaign Targets Energy Poverty

Fighting energy poverty for some 1.3 billion people worldwide is a primary goal for many innovators, including the Liter of Light campaign. This open-sourced movement has launched a modest 30-day $27,000 Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign in oder to help provide ecologically sustainable illumination to people who have none. Liter of Light aims to provide ecologically sustainable and […]

June 12th

The Last Stand Of Renewable Energy Subsidies?

The clean energy chorus now takes the stage as the pro and con arguments are being heard loud and clear for either maintaining or eliminating renewable energy subsidies. As reported by GTM, a recent report from the International Energy Agency on transitioning policy frameworks for renewables. IEA researchers argue that renewable energy projects will continue to need […]

June 10th

Chile Reports Excess Solar Electricity

Chile is reported to have an oversupply of solar electricity — so much it is said to be giving away free solar electricity. This is a problem many cloudier nations would be more than happy to trade for. Chile is now giving away solar energy for free, states a recent Bloomberg report. This may be […]

June 8th

Greece Plans Two Pilot PV Auctions

As part of a broadened effort to boost renewable electricity in Greece, two pilot photovoltaic auctions have been announced by the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change. In June, the country plans to publish a new policy framework supporting renewable electricity, with the aim of putting it into law by July. The two pilot […]

May 31st

Off-Grid African & South Asian Lighting Boom Saves Poor Households $3.4 Billion

According to the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA), poor households in Asia and Africa saved some $3.4 billion based on the rapid uptake of solar lighting. GOGLA has released its Social Impact Report, which addresses a significant increase in solar lighting products in off-grid locales. The impact of having such lighting solutions available is viewed as “more […]

May 25th

Solar & Storage Could Save Thousands For Multifamily Affordable Rental Housing

A new report shows how the combination of solar and storage could save residents of multifamily affordable rental housing thousands on electricity bills. According to the authors of Closing the California Clean Energy Divide, which explores how battery storage technology combined with residential solar PV could provide greater control to system owners, “significant electric bill […]

May 24th

Home Energy Africa To Develop Solar In Ghana

Home Energy Africa, which specializes in the development and sales of renewable energy products for businesses, governments, and residential homes in Africa, has obtained a $705,000 grant from the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) for the development of a solar PV power generation project in Ghana. Projected to begin construction in 2017, ESI Africa […]

May 23rd

Solar Project Uncertainty Reigns In Maine Following Gubernatorial Veto

Following a recent gubernatorial veto on a solar bill, the Portland Press Herald has reported large-scale solar generation projects are being reviewed or delayed because legislation to make them more financially viable is absent. Maine Governor Paul LePage’s decision to veto a solar bill, L.D. 1649, which would have increased the amount of solar-generated electricity in […]

May 19th