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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...

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.

UK embraces nuclear, gives energy intensive sector free ride

George Osborne, chancellor of the Exchequer

David Cameron's government is aiming to make the U.K. a leader in nuclear reactor technology while spending billions on cleaning up ageing nuclear sites. While eliminating environmental tariffs for big industry, it's also...

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Blue Earth picks up an all-star cast of executives

The solar developer has hired talent from SunEdison, Recurrent Energy and NRG Renew.

Sonnenbatterie launches solar+storage community platform

Sonnenbatteries presentation.

German specialized solar battery manufacturer Sonnenbatteries has unveiled its new concept of a virtual network that can pool solar+storage arrays and trade surplus energy on the wholesale market. The goal is to build a virtual...

Low utilization at Yingli results in $581 million Q3 write down

Yingli workers in solar factory.

China’s Yingli Green Energy continues to be plagued by low utilization rates and will book a RMB3,694.2 million (US$581.3 million) "non-cash impairment charge on long lived assets" in Q3.

Ireland's solar landscape could reach 3.7 GW by 2030, says report

KMPG's report analyzes the forecasted levelized cost of solar in Ireland, and suggests that grid parity could be reached by 2030.

Report produced by KPMG and commissioned by the Irish Solar Energy Association foresees a potential nationwide solar sector reaching 3.7 GW by 2030 with just EUR 670 million of support.

Swiss team develops low-temperature deposition for transparent perovskite

EMPA produced flexible perovskite cell.

Researchers have developed a method to produce perovskite PV cells at low temperature, which does not result in a device exhibiting hysteretic current-voltage behavior. The technique employs a semi-transparent indium oxide rear...

India: Punjab state reaches 1.5 GW of allocated solar PV

Punjab Chandigarh Palace of Assembly.

Punjab's New and Renewable Energy Minister Bikram Singh Majithia confirms that the state now has projects amounting to 1,550 MW at various stages of development; a 172-fold increase in just three years.

Sky Solar reaches 242 MW of shovel-ready projects

Sky Solar PV plant.

Hong Kong-based solar firm releases solid third quarter financial report revealing a 1 GW solar park pipeline and year-over-year revenue increase of 17.3%.

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