8 August 2016 12:26 PM GMT

With ambitious targets for electric mobility, Japan and China are currently driving the organisation of their national vehicle markets forward; both in the hydrogen and fuel cell technologies as well as in the further development of battery-driven systems. Emission-free drives for cars and buses are being advanced. The combination of rigid pollutant regulations and attractive incentive systems is — in China and in leading European markets as well as the USA, with Tesla — the unavoidable path that needs to be taken in order to meet the requirements of the Paris World Climate Convention.

July 25th 2016
East Africa: Mobisol Installs 50,000 Solar Systems, Connects 250,000 Households

The Berlin-based company’s solar systems are powerful enough to cover the entire electricity needs of average African households. The solar systems are paid off over three years in small instalments and are thus also affordable for low-income customers. Mobisol systems are designed specifically for the African market and come with an extended warranty and comprehensive customer service – including remote maintenance via the well-developed East African mobile network.

July 22nd 2016
EON Enables Digital Realty To Be 100% Clean Energy Powered

E.ON and Digital Realty, have announced a long-term agreement to procure energy from the Colbeck’s Corner Wind Farm. The agreement allows Digital Realty to offset 100% of its U.S. colocation and interconnection energy footprint. Colbeck’s Corner is a 200.48 MW wind farm located 37 miles east of Amarillo, Texas. It has 112 GE 1.79-100 turbines that can create enough electricity to power approximately 64,000 homes. E.ON has developed more than 3GW of wind projects in the US since 2005.

July 18th 2016
Colbún, Total And SunPower Agreement Highlights Clean Energy Growth In Chile

Colbún S.A. recently announced the award of 15-year power purchase agreement to Total and SunPower for 500-gigawatt hours (GWh) of photovoltaic solar energy per year and the construction of a 164MW solar power plant. The award was selected from 13 competitive tender bids and submission of more than 20 power purchase agreement alternatives. Colbún is the second largest energy generation company in Chile and owns 23 power stations in its Central Interconnected System (SIC) and one in Peru (SEIN, through which it delivers 3,852MW of the installed capacity.

July 5th 2016
Report: Renewables Can Supply All Of USA Power Needs

A new report lays out the reasons and means to alter the United States’s energy supply entirely to renewable energies. It examines the fall in wind and solar costs and the fact that solar growth has exceeded energy advocates’ expectations. It states that The United States has the technical potential to achieve its electricity needs more than 100 times over with solar energy and more than 10 times over with wind energy. Detailed studies on clean energy systems have shown that there are no obstacles in achieving a move to 100% renewable energy; it is entirely possible to make a complete transition at a cost that would be comparable or less than is currently spent on dirty energy.

 
July 4th 2016
Solar Plant Becomes Better Priced Option Than Coal-Fired Plant In Dubai

At a time of plummeting costs of solar, renewable energy will account for 40% of global electricity output capacity by 2030. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), it will almost double today’s capacity. Profitability of the cheaper projects has come under increased scrutiny during this time of plunging costs, along with the bankruptcy of the largest global clean energy developer, SunEdison. Nevertheless, Renewable Energy projects, with Solar, in particular, are surging and their growth continues to be attractive for investors.

June 29th 2016
E.ON CEO Unimpressed With Government Policy Changes; Calls For Market Stability

Michael Lewis, CEO of E.ON Climate and Renewables GmbH, has voiced caution on the UK government clean energy policy reversals. “The UK has been E.ON’s largest market in terms of gross investment but since the election last year, there have been a number of very substantial policy reversals here. This sends completely the wrong signals to investors.” He outlined that, the “EU generally and the UK specifically needs to come together and deliver some coherent policies across the renewable energy area”.

June 20th 2016
Intersolar, ees North America Workshop Program for Installers And Developers

Intersolar and ees North America, the most attended solar plus energy storage industry exhibition and conference dedicated to the North American market, will host more than 20 workshops this year to educate installers and project developers on the key trends and new products shaping the industry. The featured workshops this year are developed in partnership with the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA), the North American Board of Certified Energy Professionals (NABCEP) and the National Alliance for Advanced Transportation Batteries (NAATBatt).

June 17th 2016
Indian Railways Commences Trial For Its First Solar Panel-Powered Train

India has moved one step closer to the goal of using purely solar-powered trains in the near future. The Indian train system is the fourth largest in the world and Indians are heavily dependent on the railways. Due to the large population, more and more trains are being utilised to keep up with the ever-increasing demand, which means more electricity. Studies show that trains using solar power can reduce diesel consumption; bring down CO2 emissions and additionally, solar and further alternative sources of energy can save on expenditure significantly .

June 6th 2016
A World After Oil: Saudi Arabia Plans $2 Trillion Fund Transforming Its Economy

Saudi Arabia is planning to create a $2 trillion sovereign wealth fund to reduce the country’s reliance on oil and fundamentally change its economy. The fund will then be in a position to buy the four largest publicly traded companies in the world; among them Apple Inc., Alphabet Inc. (Google parent company), Microsoft Corp. and Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and still be left with over a billion remaining. It’s a vision driven by the Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia who stated “undoubtedly, it will be the largest fund on Earth.

May 30th 2016
Masdar Boosts Small-Scale Projects In Remote Pacific Islands With $50Mn Fund

Abu Dhabi’s state-owned renewable energy company Masdar has announced the inauguration of a series of renewable energy projects in the Pacific Island countries and territories, made possible by the $50 million UAE-Pacific Partnership Fund (UAE-PPF). The projects are designed to drive economic growth and sustainable development across the islands, in addition to job creation and capacity-building efforts. Highlights included cyclone-proof wind turbines, space-optimising solar solutions, and plants providing 50 percent of local energy requirements.

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