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 … Read more

Latest news from China

A solar 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 anymore on pollution as no less than the death penalty will be proclaimed for the most serious cases.

Second, according to a study quoted by Treehugger, the air pollution due to coal burning slashes the life expectancy by no less than five years and a half in Northern China.

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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 … Read more

Solar reaches grid parity around the world

A solar installation

A solar installationWhile fossil fuels keep gathering billions and billions of subsidies around the world, solar PV is reaching grid parity around the world. In the past few weeks I was mentioning how it already happened in the United States.

Now, Climate Progress reports that according to Deutsche Bank, the global solar market would grow by twenty percent in 2013 (with as much as 30 Gigawatts to be installed). But wait, there is more.

Still to Deutsche Bank, solar has already achieved grid parity in India, Italy and under certain conditions, Germany. Even better, this is only the beginning.

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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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 supply, with a goal of 10 percent by 2020. “

The European leader in renewables installed in a single month more solar photovoltaic capacity than the whole United States of America installed in a whole year !

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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 … Read more

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 growing continent ” Investment in renewable power in Africa is set to grow from a total of US$3.6-billion in 2010 to $57-billion by 2020. “

I have found several other articles on cleantech in Africa in the past few weeks. Let’s review the main ones.

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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 and to spread renewables through the country and the EU. The plan would see the country expanding its solar capacity to 10 GW by 2050 through financing by international investors.”

Ten gigawatts of capacity in 40 years seems very little when one knows that Germany installed no less than seven gigawatts of capacity in 2010 alone.

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