The annual Conference of Parties (COP) first kicked off in Berlin, Germany in 1995. COP21 aims, for the first time, to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.
Between November 30 and December 7, around 50,000 participants, including 25,000 official delegates from government, intergovernmental organizations, UN agencies, NGOs and civil society from over 190 countries, are expected to attend the Paris talks.
Hopes are high that this round of climate talks will, for once, yield tangible results. Indeed, since the last event, held in Copenhagen in 2009, costs have plummeted, while technological progress has come on in leaps and bounds. The share of renewables over the past few years has increased dramatically, and countries, governments, businesses and individuals are placing increasing importance on clean energy.
The news coming out of Paris supports this movement. See below for pv magazine’s coverage of the event:
Opening ceremony for the World Future Energy Summit outlines renewable energy challenges and announces winners of Zayed Future Energy Prize.
BNEF calculates that 57 GW of solar PV was installed last year, marking an increase of around 30% on 2014. Latest figures also show that, despite factors which could have impeded growth, clean energy financing reached US$329.3...
With an international agreement in Paris on emissions reductions inspiring ambitious renewable energy goals, an extension of the U.S. Investment Tax Credit (ITC) and record low prices for installed PV, 2015 was a positive year...
Famous musician and popstar Akon is figurehead and founder of the Akon Lighting Africa initiative, which has provided affordable solar power to more than one million Africans. Akon's goal, with the help of his business partners...
Off Grid Electric has secured US$45 million in investment to realize its aim of installing solar and battery storage in one million homes in Tanzania over the next three years.
The U.K. Government has set the new solar PV tariffs. Representing a partial victory, cuts will not be severe as anticipated – 64% instead of 87% for residential – however, fears are nearly 19,000 jobs could still be lost....
The fossil fuel industry is facing a US$33 trillion hit to its expected revenues over the next 20 years, following the dramatic and unexpected result of the Paris climate change conference last weekend. RenewEconomy reports.
Agreement among nearly 200 countries to hold temperature increase to below 1.5C hailed as a progressive step by Irena, but green groups say aspirations are meaningless unless appropriate measures put in place.
pv magazine speaks with Solar Impulse pilot and co-founder Andre Borschberg at the COP21 Summit in Paris.
COP21: Africa calls for $55 billion annual energy investment, 1.5°C limit to global temperature rise
Africa has been well and truly in the spotlight at this round of climate talks. Identifying over 11,000 GW of renewables potential, it has called for an annual energy investment of US$55 billion, annual climate financing of $11...
The French Government has announced the winners of its 800 MW CR3 tender, for projects larger than 250 kW. Tariffs for the winning projects have fallen between 15% and 23% on the previous tender, to an average of €0.082/kWh...
Senior executives from global internet giants Google and Facebook say that renewable energy is now a valid economic alternative, and more companies could and should be following their path to 100 per cent renewable energy.
Canadian Solar CEO and guest speaker at the Global Solar Council launch Shawn Qu says solar can only tackle climate change effectively if there is global commitment to free trade.
Abengoa’s stumble leaves questions marks as to its U.S. yieldco, Europe’s biggest PV plant flicks the switch and bold aspirations for renewables provides reasons to be cheerful. Big developers, projects and renewable ambitions in...
There is considerable concern in Paris – and elsewhere – about whether the deal negotiated at the UN climate change conference will be strong enough to drive the global decarbonization effort that everyone recognizes is needed.
Israeli company Ecoppia will supply its autonomous module cleaning robots to the 40 MW Ketura solar plant in Israel. Ecoppia signed the deal with joint owners of the Ketura EDF RE and Arava Power.
According to a new study, removing trade barriers associated with the import of solar PV products into the European Union will positively benefit the European jobs market. Between 2008 and 2014, both the number of jobs created...
Africa has pledged its support for renewables in Paris this week by announcing the launch of the African Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI). The goal is to achieve universal access to energy on the continent. 10 GW of new and...
Kingfisher, owner of companies including B&Q and Screwfix, has announced a £50 million (around US$75 million) investment in renewables, the majority of which will be channeled into solar energy. The move is part of the company’s...
Group founder and various management executives of the Taiwanese power management company are in Paris to actively support the goals of the conference and showcase Delta's efforts in renewables, green buildings and energy...
Day three of the UN Climate Change Summit in Paris continues to draw the opinions of some of the world's foremost climate advocates, with naturalist Sir David Attenborough urging greater investment in the sun.
In addition to the world’s leading development banks agreeing to work together to increase climate investment, the last two days have seen the RE100 initiative welcoming a number of new participants looking to commit to 100%...
At the unveiling of the International Solar Alliance on the first eve of COP21, Indian Prime Minister Modi said India will see 12 GW of new solar capacity installed in 2016. He added that the alliance is a "sunrise of new hope"...
The solar-powered aircraft, grounded in Hawaii since July, has raised the funds required to complete its round-the-world journey attempt, confirms pilot and co-founder Andre Borschberg.
New solar and wind capacity additions between 2015 and 2020 will add more power globally than U.S. shale-oil production did during 2010-2015, according to a new report by Goldman Sachs.
Government aims to raise that investment goal to around $4 billion per year within 3-4 years and will identify opportunities to source low-cost foreign investment, said energy minister Piyush Goyal.
Under two initiatives aiming to work in tandem, an international coalition of billionaires, including Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Alibaba’s Jack Ma, and African Rainbow Minerals’ Patrice Motsepe have pledged to channel their cash...
Solar alliance first of many anticipated agreements and pledges over the coming two weeks in Paris, which could prove crucial in determining how the globe tackles climate change in the few years.
Contrasting fortunes for the German and U.K. solar PV markets in 2016 will suppress the European solar landscape as policy changes take effect.
World Bank will push for investment from development organizations, private partners and governments, while footing $5.7 billion itself to help stem the causes of climate change in Africa.
Funds issued as part of the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy to be issued ahead of the UN Climate Change talks in Paris as part of wider investment in low carbon economy.
Report by KPMG India finds that the levelized cost of solar power in India will be around 10% cheaper than coal by 2020, with PV penetration rates set to reach around 5.7%.
The Prime Minister reiterated his desire to see more than $100bn invested in his Global Solar Alliance during the G20 meeting held in Turkey over the weekend.
IEA's World Energy Outlook 2015 acknowledges the increasing importance of non-hydro renewable energy, but retains unrealistically pessimistic estimates of cost reduction and future market growth.
The International Energy Agency's World Energy Outlook labels level of pledges made as impressive, but urges governments to do more if world is to avoid a 2c temperature rise by 2100.
The Italian group remains active in South Africa, where it has developed more than 30 renewable energy projects. The company is strengthening ties with the country's government, which is eager to expand the use of clean energy.
Growing opportunities around the world are attracting new and established O&M operators as global PV forecasts rise. In Tawian, the world's second largest solar PV manufacturing industry takes center stage.
Ahead of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP21, five multilateral development banks (MDBs) have pledged to increase climate financing to US$170 billion over the next five years.
German chancellor Angela Merkel meets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss development of a clean energy corridor, with investment in solar power chief on the agenda.
The International Energy Agency anticipates that renewable energy will make up the majority of new electricity generating capacity over the next five years, with solar PV being the second largest generation technology.
Clinton trumps rivals, SolarCity and PERC are on the up and China is installing more solar than you can shake a stick at, but our dirty smalls could bring an end to life on earth as we know it.
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