Five famous buildings with solar

What the common point between famous buildings around the world such as the White House in the United States, the Vatican, the Taj Mahal in India, the Burj Khalifa in the United Arab Emirates and the Eiffel Tower in France ? You give up ? They are all at least partly powered by solar. This… Continue reading Five famous buildings with solar

Latest news from China

I originally wanted to write a post only on how the People’s Republic of China is willing to quadruple its solar PV capacity by 2015.  But given other news from there got my attention, I thought it would be better to present them all. First thing first : the Chinese government is not messing around… Continue reading Latest news from China

Selling solar power in India’s slums

I have already written a few posts on how poor populations of Asia or Africa are leapfrogging from no electricity to renewables without going through the distributed fossil fuels electricity phase. Electrical grids are expensive and so is coal. In countries with so much sun such as India, solar energies such as solar PV looks… Continue reading Selling solar power in India’s slums

India to add 30 GW of renewables by 2017

India is willing to increase significantly its clean energy output as it is willing to reach 53 GW by 2017. In the next five years it will add almost 30 GW, to be compared to the 13 GW added to the grids in the last five years. As Bloomberg notes : ” to add 15,000… Continue reading India to add 30 GW of renewables by 2017

A bright future for solar in India

The recent launch of a 600 MW solar park in the state of Gujarat – the largest in Asia – was the occasion for The Economist to publish an interesting article on the huge potential of solar energy in India. The British weekly notes : ” solar power would appear to be an obvious winner… Continue reading A bright future for solar in India

Sustainable architecture : Earthship Biotecture

While browsing the Internet I discovered something that is completely in adequation with the topics tackled here, such as sustainability, energy and water use and scarcity and so on. Earthship Biotecture is about : “ radically sustainable buildings made with recycled materials. Earthships can be built in any part of the world, in any climate… Continue reading Sustainable architecture : Earthship Biotecture

Germany is still adding a lot of solar PV capacity

To GreenTech Media : ” Germany installed more than 2 gigawatts of solar in the month of December alone. (…) Installations for the full year will be nearly 7 gigawatts according to the German Solar Industry Association (BSW).” The article goes further : ” According to the BSW, solar power contributes approximately three percent of the German electricity… Continue reading Germany is still adding a lot of solar PV capacity

Toward super efficient solar panels

I came across two news today that could revolutionize solar panels by drastically increasing their efficiency. Given the current potential of this energy source with today’s technology, tomorrow will be bright for solar ! To the MIT Technology Review :” Replacing flat panels with three dimensional structures (see left) can significantly change the economics of… Continue reading Toward super efficient solar panels

How Africa is embracing cleantech

I have recently noted that cleantech is booming globally, but what does it mean for Africa ? In today’s post I will try to give a few answers to this crucial question as still 600 million Africans have no access to electricity. To a study titled Mega Trends in Africa: A bright vision for the… Continue reading How Africa is embracing cleantech

Greece plans 10 GW of solar by 2050

What if the answer to all the economic and financial woes Greece is witnessing came from solar ? This is the bet the local government is willing to place as more than 16 percent of the population is unemployed. To Ecogeek : ” Greece has laid out a plan to get out of a recession… Continue reading Greece plans 10 GW of solar by 2050