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Solar cookers produce more than food for Mexican women

By Emilio Godoy Villa De Zaachila, Mexico, Oct 30 2019 (IPS) – The sun’s rays are also used to cook food and thus replace the burning of firewood and gas, improve the health of local residents and fuel the energy transition towards the use of renewable sources – the objectives of an enterprise in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. Read More »

The clean-energy fast track

by Kingsmill Bond, Angus McCrone, Jules Kortenhorst London – The global transition from carbon-intensive fossil fuels to cleaner, more reliable renewables like wind and solar is already well underway. But the big question – for the 2020s and beyond – is how fast it will happen. A slow transition would mean that energy-sector incumbents continue to flourish, and we would ... Read More »

Rooftop solar plants for BD Railway stations, workshops

Dhaka, Jul 30 (UNB) – Bangladesh Railway (BR) is going to set up rooftop solar plants in its stations, office buildings, junctions, workshops and staff quarters across the country as part of government’s plan to promote green energy across the country. Three major stakeholders — Power Division, Bangladesh Railway, and state-owned financing agency IDCOL (Infrastructure Development Company Limited) — have ... Read More »

BD move for 10pc power from renewables looks uncertain

Most of the 23 solar projects that received “approval” from PM Office remain unimplemented Dhaka, Jun 16 — Bangladesh’s goal to generate 10 percent of its electricity from renewables by the next year will be a tough one to achieve as many solar power projects are yet to take off. The government had set a target to generate about 2,000 ... Read More »

China should lead on air pollution

by Kris Hartley, Asit K. Biswas Singapore/Hong Kong – The United Nations expects 68% of the world’s population to live in urban areas by 2050. As governments scramble to manage this flood of urban migration, they must address not only basic needs such as housing and employment but also issues impacting liveability and public health – including air pollution. Nowhere ... Read More »

Planning can save the Planet: China chooses renewable energy

By Sara Flounders 23 Apr 2019 – The very corporations that are responsible for the problem are denying global warming, with immediate consequences for the whole world. Carbon emissions from the burning of oil, gas and methane are heating the planet, creating a crisis of rising sea levels, droughts, extreme weather, poisoned ground water and polluted air that puts all ... Read More »

BD solar power sale to national grid growing fast

Dhaka, Jun 8 (UNB) – The sale of solar power from consumers’ end to the national grid under the Net Metering System (NMS) is growing fast as its volume has already reached 8.213 MW across the country. According to official statistics, now all the six government distribution utilities are purchasing solar power from 359 consumers in May which was 179 ... Read More »

Solar-powered dug-wells bring hopes to drought-prone BD people

Naogaon, May 26 – The phrase ‘drought-prone region’ to describe a cluster of districts in Bangladesh’s north sounds almost benign, and hardly captures the perpetual hardships of people engaged in a daily battle for water, the other name of life. The paucity of water also makes it extremely difficult for farming or any form of agriculture to thrive in the ... Read More »

BD govt to buy surplus power from solar irrigation pumps

Dhaka, Apr 5 (UNB) – The government has planned to purchase unconsumed or surplus electricity from solar-run irrigation pumps across the country aiming to promote renewable energy. “We’ve prepared a draft policy to purchase such electricity from pump operators. But, the policy will be finalised after a meeting with stakeholders,” said Siddique Zobair, additional secretary of Power Division and a member ... Read More »

Hybrid solar-powered boat, ‘Sunflower’, to be launched

Chattogram, Feb 19 (UNB) – ‘Sunflower’, a solar-powered hybrid boat, will soon be launched in Bangladesh by Rahimafrooz Renewable Energy and Chattogram-based Taratari Shipyard. The boat, locally known as kayak, was designed by French-born Bangladeshi Yves Marre, who is also the managing director of Taratari Shipyard. “For the first time in Bangladesh, a kayak has been equipped with a hybrid ... Read More »

WBG’s $1bn for battery storage to boost renewable energy

Historic low prices for solar and wind energy, and countries want to use as much of it as possible to meet their energy needs. A new, first-of-its-kind $1 billion World Bank Group program aims to help fast-track investments in battery storage, so it can be deployed affordably and at scale in middle-income and developing countries, including some of the fastest ... Read More »