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Five countries; China, the United States, Japan, Germany and Italy will account for 70 percent of global installed PV capacity, projected to be 310GW at the end of 2016. A substantial increase from 40GW at the end of 2010. Continued stagnation of major European PV markets due to weaker financial incentives has caused PV additions in Europe to slow dramatically in recent years, but global demand remains strong. IHS says, “the supply chain continues to benefit from a period of relatively stable pricing, and there could be a new wave of capacity expansions.”

February 19th 2016
California’s Electric Vehicles and Support Infrastructure To Increase Rapidly

San Diego Gas & Electric’s (SDG&E) will install charging stations at up to 350 businesses and communities in the region, with 10 chargers at each location for a total of 3,500 separate chargers. It will install at least 10 percent of the chargers in disadvantaged communities. The project overcomes many obstacles to EV growth and reassures local EV drivers that they’ll have a place to charge their vehicles. With SDG&E’s energy portfolio being made up of 33% percent renewable energy and zero coal, drivers will be plugging into one of the cleanest electric grids in the country.

February 4th 2016
CaliforniaFIRST Launches Clean Energy Financing Program

Innovative PACE program provides financing for energy efficiency, renewable energy, water efficiency upgrades with no out-of-pocket costs. CaliforniaFIRST financing doesn’t rely on a credit score and does not require any money down, opening the program to a wide range of Californians. It allows homeowners to choose a participating contractor in their area and install a variety of custom-tailored clean energy, water efficiency and EV charging projects.

January 22nd 2016
Innovation Wins US Department of Energy SunShot Initiative Award

The innovation, from the Fraunhofer Center seeks to resolve one of the biggest challenges facing utilities; of how to integrate large quantities of PV production with the electric grid without compromising power-reliability and quality. It’s a further indicator of the US Dept. of Energy, aggressively driving innovation to make solar energy fully cost-competitive with traditional energy sources before the end of the decade.

January 11th 2016
7 Market Leaders Join Forces To Spur Clean Energy Growth

Senior Executives at Johns Manville; Johnson Controls; Microsoft; Recurrent Energy; Veolia North America; Vestas Americas and Schneider Electric join the Board of Advanced Energy Economy to support it’s efforts to spur the growth of secure, clean, affordable energy in the United States.

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December 18th 2015
UK Government Stops Renewable Obligations, Cuts FIT for Solar

The UK government has confirmed its decision to close an incentive program and cut feed-in tarrifs for solar projects.

December 11th 2015
ADB Commits US$1 Billion to Support India’s Renewables Plan

The Asian Development Bank will make available US$1 billion to build and upgrade high voltage transmission lines and substations in Rajasthan and Punjab states, as part of the Indian government’s Green Energy Corridor initiative.

December 7th 2015
ARENA Provides Funding Support for Perovskite Solar Cells Technology

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency is providing up to A$892,000 (US$654,000) to support CSIRO to develop and apply guidelines for assessing the performance of perovskite solar cells, which have the potential to be a cheaper competitor to traditional silicon cells with comparable efficiency and adaptability.

December 1st 2015
US Finalizes Renewable Fuel Standard Volume Requirements

The US Environmental Protection Agency has announced final volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard program for 2014, 2015 and 2016, and final volume requirements for biomass-based diesel for 2014 to 2017.

December 1st 2015
Melbourne Consortium Seeks to Fuel Renewable Energy Investment

A City of Melbourne-led consortium is collaborating to drive new investment in renewable energy in the Australian city that is the capital of the state of Victoria.

November 26th 2015
US Offers US$125 Million for New Technology for Renewables

The US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has announced US$125 million across 41 cutting-edge energy technologies awarded by the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy.

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