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Poland quadruples solar energy output – 5th largest producer in EU

The European Union increased its solar energy market by more than 100% making 2019 the most successful year so far. Being one of the five countries contributing to this growth the most, Poland has almost quadrupled its solar capacities in one year to reach 784MW. The leading solar developer in the region, Sun Investment Group, credits the self-consumption model and ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

Solar plane completes historic round-the-world trip

Solar Impulse 2 landed Tuesday in the UAE, completing its epic journey to become the first sun-powered airplane to circle the globe without a drop of fuel to promote renewable energy. The plane touched down at 04:05 (0005 GMT) in the capital Abu Dhabi after a more than 48 hour-long flight from Cairo, the final leg in its journey which ... Read More »

Bangladesh 1st country to receive UN funds for solar home systems

Bangladesh was in news on August 20, 2015 as it received 3.56 million US Dollar Carbon Credit from UN Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) for its fast growing solar home systems. With this, Bangladesh became the first country to receive funds from UN for solar home systems. Some other countries such as Senegal and India are in line to ... Read More »

Pathway to affordable, sustainable energy in Dominican Republic

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday July 7, at the Energy Ministry of the Dominican Republic in Santo Domingo, the Worldwatch Institute presented analyses and recommendations to government officials and energy stakeholders to support a transition to a sustainable energy system in the country. Minister for Energy and Mines Dr. Antonio Isa Conde, Vice Minister of Energy Ernesto Vilalta, Secretary of State ... Read More »

Renewable energy’s helps uncouple growth & CO2 Emissions

Record installations for wind and solar PV in 2014; Renewable energy targets created in 20 more countries, new total: 164; Renewables account for over 59% of net additions to world’s power capacity; Policy-makers more attentive to green energy heating / cooling; Developing world investments on par with developed world, total $301 billion Washington, D.C.—     Renewable energy targets and other support ... Read More »

Your next home may run off a battery

The future of home energy sits in Josh and Susan Fried’s Rockville basement near shelves of old tools and canned soup, an unadorned box the size of a wine cooler filled with a dozen silent batteries. Annoyed by blackouts, the retired dentist and his wife paid $50,000 for the batteries and other technology that could keep their suburban home supercharged. ... Read More »

Why India is still looking for a perfect cookstove

By Vaishnavi Chandrashekhar On many mornings, especially in winter, a pall of smoke hangs over the villages of Palwal district in Haryana, a landscape of tractors, brick kilns and new colleges. It’s the haze of thousands of hearth fires burning in the courtyards of homes, boiling dal, baking rotis, and producing fine particles of soot and other pollutants at levels ... Read More »

UN: New renewables broke through 100GW barrier in 2014

New renewable generating capacity broke the 100GW barrier in 2014, equivalent to the entire fleet of nuclear power plants in the US, a UN report shows. Global investment in renewable energy during 2014 increased by 17 per cent from 2013 levels to US$270bn (£183bn). Investors have been attracted by the increasing cost effectiveness and low risk of the solar and ... Read More »

Bangladesh aims to be world’s ‘first solar nation’

By Pantho Rahaman DHAKA, Bangladesh (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Residents of Islampur, a remote village in the northern Bangladeshi district of Naogaon, were stunned one night last summer when the darkness was suddenly illuminated by electric lights coming from a village home. Why the surprise? The community has no connection to the country’s power grid. The owner of the house, ... Read More »

Sustainable energy starts with the sun

By Malini Shankar Baroda, India, Jan (IPS) – It began with an experiment to install photovoltaic cells over an irrigation canal that forms part of the Sardar Sarovar canal network – a massive hydel power project across the River Narmada that irrigates some 1.8 million hectares of arable land in the western Indian state of Gujarat. After a successful pilot ... Read More »

Solar mamas engineer energy security in a Rajsthan community

Ranjan Panda and Hema Yadav To buck migration, the Barefoot College has turned to mothers and grandmothers to light up villages Satabhaya village, in Kendrapada district of Odisha, is barely 65 km from the district headquarters, but it can be called remote by any yardstick. Located inside the Bhitarkanika wildlife sanctuary, it remains deprived of basic facilities such as roads ... Read More »

Harnessing canal top solar power: Gujarat way

By Nava Thakuria It was a sunny afternoon, when the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon inaugurated a canal top solar power plant at Vadodara (earlier known as Baroda) of Gujarat in western India, where the UN chief  highly commended the vision and leadership of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who initiated the impressive project during his tenure as the Gujarat chief ... Read More »

Renewable energy market barriers in Latin America, the Caribbean

Washington DC – The region of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is already a global low-carbon leader in terms of power generation from hydrological and biomass resources. Declining costs, maturing technologies, and vast untapped potentials including geothermal, solar, and wind offer an unprecedented opportunity to further develop the market for other renewable energy sources in the region. Continuing to ... Read More »

Rise and Shine: Haiti’s sustainable energy future

Washington D.C- Haiti’s electricity sector stands at a crossroads. Haiti depends on imported petroleum for 85% of its electricity generation, diverting 7  percent of its annual gross domestic product to importing fuel. Still, only 25%  of the Haitian population has regular access to electricity, bringing barriers to advances in economic opportunity, health, education, and social equality. Yet,according to the Worldwatch ... Read More »

Bangladesh solar revolution fanfare misses principal actor

The role of the Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL) has been acclaimed for the installation of three million solar home systems in the country in the last one decade. Amid huge media hype a plan to install another three million solar home systems has been announced, but no mention has been made of the organisation – Grameen Shakti – that ... Read More »

The solar revolution and prospect of green energy

Dr. Atiur Rahman I want express my heartfelt congratulation to IDCOL for their excellent achievement. But, this is not only celebrating moment, but also turning point for green energy investment. WHY? The energy sector poses a particular challenge for green growth given the scale of change required and the extent to which many countries are locked into polluting and greenhouse ... Read More »

PM joins 3million solar home systems celebration

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the target has been set to bring three million more families under renewable solar energy system through Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL) in the next three years. The PM was inaugurating programme organised at a city hotel to celebrate a landmark three million solar home systems installed in the country. Read More »

IDCOL wins Asia Power and Electricity Award

Bangladesh’s Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL) has won the ‘Asia Power and Electricity Award 2014’ in the category of ‘Solar Project of the Year’. A press release on Wednesday said the award was given for IDCOL’s efforts, accomplishments, and positive contributions under the Solar Home System (SHS) programme. IDCOL Director (Investment) and Head of Advisory Nazmul Haque received the award ... Read More »