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Divine intervention in climate talks

Pope Francis in  the Philippine city of Tacloban, January 2015

Pope Francis is set publish an encyclical on ecology and climate change this year with the aim of inspiring real action at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris. The pontiff's actions are defining the Vatican's new role as a...


Plummeting oil prices could adversely affect off-grid uptake

A mine in Australia.

Falling oil prices have the potential to harm the uptake of solar-diesel hybrid systems, according to research from German consultancy firm THEnergy.


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.


'Six-cent energy is not the new normal'

A desert scene.

The ultra-low LCOE agreed for the latest phase of Dubai's 1 GW project is not typical but may point to an expectation of further falls in panel prices up to 2018.


ABB and Solar Impulse form tech alliance for round-the-world-flight

The Si2 in flight.

Three engineers from the power and automation company will work alongside the Solar Impulse team as it embarks on its solar-powered circumnavigation of the globe.


Bidders land 200 MW solar deal

The Dubai skyline.

Winning tender announced for second phase of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. The Dubai scheme will have a 1 GW capacity by 2030.


UP acquires stake in 50 MW project developer

Xinjiang.

ZNShine sells off majority stake in project in Xinjiang in return for EPC contract for next phase of 50 MW scheme.


Gap in the lith-ion market in China

A BMW lith-ion battery.

Foreign manufacturers could move in as domestic manufacturers struggle to meet rising demand driven by EVs. Samsung, LG and Foxconn are already making significant investments.


Photon Laboratory files for insolvency

Photon

A German district court has opened insolvency proceedings for Photon Laboratory GmbH. A creditor filed a claim against the PV testing lab as early as June.


Russia develops high-efficiency HIT modules

The flag of the Russian federation.

Industrial prototypes of above 20% efficient HIT modules produced in Russia. News comes as Chinese company plans cell and module manufacture on Russian soil.


Indian solar 2015: A breakthrough year?

The city of Surat, in Gujarat, India.

The first few weeks of 2015 have seen India's solar industry grab the headlines, but can the momentum be sustained throughout the year and beyond?


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A rooftop installation in California.

How the incompetence of politicians gave the world large scale PV and Angela Merkel says it is time for a 'respite from solar', Germany's gift to the world, but developers who head to Greece will have all their prayers answered,...


Serbia shuns solar

Power lines in the U.S.

Belgrade government hopes to entice energy project investment, and impress the EU, by liberalizing electricity market but is still only aiming for 10 MW of new solar.


US utility's plans to manage DG transition

NRG Energy has told investors of its plans to surf the wave of DG and renewables... whilst maximising returns from its fossil fuel generators.


Japan earmarks $1.12 billion for renewable energy

Mount Fuji, Japan

The government's budget is expected to include nearly $40 million aimed at lowering the cost of solar power generation.


Merkel: Respite from photovoltaics

Angela Merkel, BEE New Year reception

The somewhat cynical wording of the German chancellor was like a punch in the gut to the solar industry. Speaking at the German Renewable Energy Federation's new year reception in Berlin, Angela Merkel said she shared the...


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