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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...

UK: STA notes solar job losses already underway

Solar installation, Bentley.

Up-to-date survey of just 10% of the British solar sector reveals that thousands of jobs have already been lost; extrapolated for the entire industry the data suggests that as many as 6,500 positions could have been lost.

Energy Watch Group releases PV graphics to again highlight IEA’s unrealistic renewable scenarios

IEA's solar PV projections have "consistently" missed the mark

Following its comment in September that the International Energy Agency (IEA) is "holding back" global renewable expansion by consistently underestimating its supply potential, the Energy Watch Group (EWG) has now released...

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: From energy decentralization to digitization

The 16th Forum Solarpraxis discussed the transition from energy decentralization to digitilization

The energy sector has undergone huge changes over the last years, mainly due to the decentralization of energy systems and the increasing role of renewables. While the sector’s defining characteristics continue to shift, a new...

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Berlin, Germany

The 16th Forum Solarpraxis kicked off in the German capital this week showcasing international developments in technology and policy and offering market assessments from industry reps. Developments in Germany and the U.K. could...

Underwater solar cells turn greenhouse gases into 'solar fuel'

under water

The process could one day play a key role in fighting climate change. The engineers have also provided design principles to help the photovoltaic industry build energy-efficient, corrosion-protected solar cells for other...

German utilities demand financing assistance for nuclear exit

Grafenrheinfeld Nuclear Power Plant in Germany

The country's big four energy providers are struggling with the immense cost of decommissioning the remaining nuclear power plants. Finding a final waste site remains a key issue.

The world could be 100% renewable by 2050

Stanford 100% renewables by 2050 world map

Researchers from Stanford University have layed out exactly how the planet could forego fossil fuel and nuclear power and adopt renewable energy across the board.

Qatari firm to offer solar training for Syrian refugees

Zaatari refugee camp, Jordan

GreenGulf is partnering with the Norwegian Refugee Council and other organizations to improve the quality of life for residents with solar installations and a training program. The project is part of a greater effort to meet the...

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.

NREL: Economic potential of renewable power rising fast

Solar engineer, Aurora, Colorado

"In just four years, thanks to falling renewable energy technology costs, economic potential has more than tripled," the National Renewable Energy Laboratory says.

DOE: New report paves way for energy future

National Solar Thermal Test Facility, Sandia National Laboratory

Solar PV power has increased tenfold over the past four years, according to the U.S. Department of Energy's 2015 Quadrennial Technology Review.

IRENA: Renewables set to deliver climate solution

IRENA's REthinking Energy 2015 report

The renewable energy organization's latest report outlines actions that can limit the global temperature increase to below 2 degrees Celsius by accelerating the transition to renewable energy.

Latin America: IDB backs energy efficiency green bonds

Mexico City

The Inter-American Development Bank is facilitating up to $450 million in financing to underwrite energy efficiency projects in several Latin American countries.

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