15 May 2017 08:15 AM GMT

As the cost of clean technology continues to fall, the world added record levels of renewable energy capacity in 2016, at an investment level 23 percent lower than the previous year, according to new research. For instance, new investment in solar totalled $113.7 billion, down 34 percent from the record high in 2015, yet solar capacity additions rose to an all-time high of 75 gigawatts. “The investor hunger for existing wind and solar farms is a strong signal for the world to move to renewables,” said Prof. Dr Udo Steffens, President of Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, commenting on record acquisition activity in the clean power sector, which rose 17 percent to $110.2 billion.

May 11th 2017
Today, Every Fifth Utility Company In Germany Offers Photovoltaics To Households

The energy transition is changing the face of the energy market and its stakeholders. For utilities, this process also means a restructuring that will affect all areas. The energy transition involves products and services in the energy efficiency, mobility, electricity and heat sectors. It, therefore, creates numerous opportunities for utilities to grow by coming up with innovative solutions, but it also brings many risks. Customer relationships are changing. Simple power delivery is being replaced by more complex prosumer relationships. The portfolio of utility companies now consists of products such as photovoltaic installations and electrical storage systems, as well as new services in the mobility sector.

May 8th 2017
The Evolution of Solar: 10 Years of Solar Pride in San Francisco With Intersolar

2017 marks the 10th anniversary of Intersolar North America, a leading trade event that has grown alongside the solar industry. During this decade, the U.S solar industry has seen exponential growth. Since 2007, photovoltaic (PV) solar installations have skyrocketed from 1,063 megawatts in 2007 to 14,762 megawatts in 2016. Intersolar North America has been there every step of the way and experienced a similar boom. More than 550 exhibitors and more than 18,000 visitors participated in Intersolar and ees North America in 2016, with an even larger crowd expected to attend in 2017.

April 24th 2017
JA Solar’s Module Shipments to India Reach 1GW; Strengthens Regional Position

JA Solar has announced that the company’s cumulative module shipments to India have reached the milestone of 1GW of capacity equivalent to electricity generation of approximately 1.7billion kWh, which can reduce carbon emissions by 1.47 million tonnes annually. This further strengthens the company’s position in India, which is emerging as one of the largest PV markets in the world. Globally, JA Solar now has cumulative shipments of over 20 GW and the company does business in more than 92 countries around the world.

April 21st 2017
Renewables For Philippines: Accelerated Development And Energy Independence

A new report released by the IRENA, says that renewable energy policy making and institutional evolution can support Philippines’ development momentum and allow it to achieve energy independence. “Like many countries in its region, the Philippines faces a growing population and rising energy demand to power economic growth. Uniquely, the archipelago is also frequently exposed to tropical storms and natural disasters that affect its energy structure. Renewable energy can play a role in helping the country achieve greater energy security and distribution despite these challenges,” said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin.

 
April 15th 2017
Intersolar North America In Its 10th Year: Blazing a Trail Where Others Follow

Celebrating its 10-year anniversary, Intersolar North America will once again be the first major solar event of the year. It takes place July 11-13 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco and is co-located with ees North America and SEMICON West. These combined events bring together professionals from the solar, energy storage and semiconductor industries to share knowledge and innovation, network, and accelerate business goals. With its consistent growth to 18,000+ attendees in 2017, Intersolar North America is the most-attended solar event in North America.

April 4th 2017
Clean Energy Revolution For Japan: Inauguration Of Asia’s First E3 Power Plant

Six years after the natural disaster and the reactor catastrophe in the Fukushima prefecture, governor Masao Uchibori has inaugurated the first E3 power plant by pressing the button that starts the operations. The clean energy power plant by ENTRADE, located at the small health resort Nishigo, uses biomass which is available in the region – for instance pellets derived from waste wood and sawdust – to provide a hotel and a spa resort with electricity, heat and cooling. After the successful start-up of the pilot plant further E3 power plants shall be set up during the following weeks.

March 24th 2017
Kalyon Enerji, Hanwha Q CELLS JV – Winners Of Turkey’s Largest Ever Tender

A joint venture formed by Kalyon Enerji and Hanwha Q CELLS. has won the tender to build a 1,000 MW solar power plant in the Karapınar region in Turkey with the bid of 6.99 USD-cent per kWh. It is the conclusion to the tender for the biggest renewable energy project in Turkey’s history. According to the tender rules, this price will be valid for 15 years and companies have 30 years of usage rights. Also, all components used in this project will be manufactured locally. The 1 GW solar power plant, which will be operational within 36 months.

March 15th 2017
Engie Consolidates Solar Energy Leadership In France; Wins 78 MW Of PV Projects

ENGIE, through its subsidiaries ENGIE Green, La Compagnie du Vent, CNR and Solairedirect, has won bidding organised by the French Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) for 10 photovoltaic projects representing 78 MW of installed capacity. With these additional projects, ENGIE is consolidating its leading position in photovoltaics in France with, at the end of 2016, an installed or construction capacity of 522 MW. According to the company, the selected projects have all been developed in consultation with local stakeholders and will make a priority use of local providers. As France prepares to triple its solar capacity by 2023, Engie wants to improve its market share with a target of reaching 2.2 GW by 2021. At the end of 2016, Engie had 522 MW solar power installed or under construction in the country.

March 7th 2017
SolarAfrica Delivers East Africa’s Largest Industrial Solar System

SolarAfrica has announced the official handover of the 991 kWp PV hybrid system developed for Kenya’s largest, most progressive salt producer, Krystalline Salt Limited. The bespoke solar solution will generate approximately 1.6 gigawatt-hours of electricity per year, saving Krystalline around 22% of their electricity costs. The system will operate in Malindi, Kenya. The company partnered with SMA Sunbelt and Kenyan based installation partners, Harmonic Systems to construct and execute the project efficiently and to the highest industry standard, resulting in the project being completed two months ahead of schedule.

March 5th 2017
DEWA To Build 97 New Substations To Meet Future Energy Demand

DEWA plans to build 97 new 132/11 kilovolt (kV) substations over the next three years, at a projected cost of AED 10 billion, supporting the directives of its leadership and showing DEWA’s commitment to meeting growing demand for energy in Dubai. The new substations will be located at Hassyan, the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, and other locations to support the expansion of other power plants in Jebel Ali and Al Aweer.

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