Climate Negotiations

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:


Oil giants dig up $1bn for climate change fund, but renewable industry skeptical

Total sign.

As reported earlier this week, the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) is to invest $1 billion over the next ten years in the development and deployment of innovative low emissions technologies. Funds unlikely to find their way...

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U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions hit lowest level since 1991

Data for the first six months of 2016 shows warmer weather and increasing renewable energy use cutting into demand for fossil fuels.

UK and Germany fossil fuel subsidies undermining Paris deal, says UN

Mary Robinson.

Climate change envoy critical of Germany's coal compensation and the U.K.'s tax breaks for oil and gas as concern grows over lack of tangible progress post-Paris among many leading nations.

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ISA confirms plans for $1 trillion of investments into solar

ISA’s side event was held at the UN headquarters in New York

International Solar Alliance launches its first two initiatives, aiming to ensure affordable financing for solar projects and scale up solar applications for agricultural use.

WFES: Off Grid Electric and BYD big winners at Zayed Future Energy Prize awards

Off Grid Electric's Graham Smith (left) and CEO and co-founder Xavier Helgesen discuss how winning the Zayed Future Energy Prize will aid their efforts at bringing more solar power to communities in Tanzania and beyond.

Opening ceremony for the World Future Energy Summit outlines renewable energy challenges and announces winners of Zayed Future Energy Prize.

2015: 57 GW of solar PV installed, clean energy investment hits highest ever levels

BNEF calcuates around 30% more solar PV capacity in 2015 than in the previous year

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...

2015: The year in solar

The COP21 agreement raised spirits and inspired a number of ambitious national pledges

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...

Interview: Akon discusses solar opportunities in Africa

Akon in conversation with Solar Impulse co-founder and pilot Bertrand Piccard at the COP21 summit in Paris.

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 secures $45 million for solar, storage deployment in Tanzania

The aim is to install solar in one million homes and businesses in Tanzania

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.

Partial victory for UK solar industry, huge job losses still expected

Some positive changes, but challenges still remain

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....

Paris deal: Great for renewables, and a $46 trillion hit to fossil fuels

Renewables have emerged a winner at COP21

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.

COP21: Paris climate agreement a watershed moment, says Irena

UN and global leaders join hands to hail the singing of the Paris Agreement at the COP21 summit.

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.

COP21 Interview: Reliving the tension of Solar Impulse's round-the-world attempt

Solar Impulse airplane.

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

AfDB says there is 11,000 GW of solar potential on the African continent

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...

French CR3 800 MW tender winners announced

French flag

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...

COP21: Google and Facebook on why renewables make economic sense

COP 21 banner.

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.

COP21: Global Solar Council launches with call to end all trade barriers by 2020

Board members of the Global Solar Council sign a MoU with the Terrawatt Initiative, which will work towards installing 1 TW of solar PV worldwide by 2030.

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.

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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...

Paris COP21: Climate talks may not matter, because coal and oil will be redundant anyway


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.

Ecoppia to retrofit robotic cleaning to 40 MW Ketura plant

A robot module cleaner.

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.

SolarPower Europe: Removing trade barriers could create 50,000 solar jobs

Jobs in the European solar industry have decreased since 2008, although moderate growth is forecast to 2020

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...

COP21: African Renewable Energy Initiative launched, 300 GW 2030 target

African leaders aims to electrify the entire continent by 2030

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 pledges $75 million renewables investment

Currently, Kingfisher is installing solar at the Screwfix distribution center in Trentham

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...

Delta to showcase energy conservation efforts at COP21

Delta's Taipei HQ.

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...

COP21: Sir David Attenborough says solar can protect "happiness of humanity"

Eiffel Tower, Paris.

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.

COP21: Banks, businesses step up clean energy investment commitments

The COP21 summit runs from November 30 to December 7.

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%...

COP21: India to install 12 GW of solar in 2016

Modi launched the International Solar Alliance in Paris, yesterday

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"...

Solar Impulse secures $20m funding to complete second leg of journey

Solar Impulse 2 at its home hangar in Switzerland.

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.

Solar, wind power output to surpass shale in five years, says Goldman report

Solar and wind will grow by more than 110 GW this year, with PV surpassing wind annually for the first time in 2018, the report finds.

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.

India plans $1bn private equity fund for solar and renewables

Indian solar installation.

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.

COP21: Coalition of billionaires, 20 governments pledge increased clean energy investment

Bill Gates unveiled the Breakthrough Energy Coalition in Paris on the first day of the climate talks

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...

India and France to launch solar alliance on opening day of COP21

The COP21 summit in Paris begins today, kickstarting two weeks that could prove crucial in determining the world's stance on tackling climate change.

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.

Forum Solarpraxis: It's all political for Europe's big two solar powers

Attendees at the 16th Forum Solarpraxis in Berlin have been buoyed by the news that the German storage subsidy is set to be extended for three 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 plans $16bn fund to fight African climate change

Solar in Kenya.

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.

US DOE awards $125m for 41 transformational energy tech projects, including solar

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

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.

India: Solar to beat coal on cost by 10% in five years, says KPMG

The conditions are already in place for solar to undercut coal on cost, and the price disparity could grow once adoption of clean energy is embraced more fully.

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%.

India's Modi puts solar firmly on G20 agenda

Modi and Obama.

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 talks Energy Transition, but still low-balls future growth of wind and solar

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.

IEA says global climate pledges fall short on required decarbonization efforts

The graph shows growth in world electricity demand and related CO2 emissions since 1990 (left) and related CO2 emissions by region (right).

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.

Building Energy sees 'huge potential' in South Africa

Building Energy CEO Fabrizio Zago meets with South African Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and Saul Kgomotso Molobi, consul-general of South Africa to Milan.

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.

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Q Cells plant, Finsterwalde, Germany

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.

5 MDBs pledge $170 billion in climate financing

Clean energy financing is ramping up ahead of COP21 next month

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 government to invest EUR 1.5 billion to aid India's solar transition

Angela Merkel.

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.

IEA: Renewable to add more than 700 GW of capacity by 2020

Sunrise image.

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.

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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.

Price volatility dogs energy leaders across the globe

An oil well in the U.S.

World Energy Council report cites oil price plunge and falling cost of renewables as most critical issue facing energy policymakers in 2015.