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UAE to invest $163bn to diversify energy by 2050
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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced plans to invest 600 billion dirhams ($163 billion) in projects to generate almost half the country’s power needs from renewables. “Our aim is to balance our economic needs with our environmental goals,” Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum said on Twitter as the Gulf state unveiled its “Energy Strategy 2050” on Tuesday, ...

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World’s first ‘solar panel road’ opens in France
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Forget solar roofs. The world’s first solar road is here, in the small village of Tourouvre-au-Perche in Normandy, France. The 1km road was opened a week ago by French Ecology Minister Ségolène Royal and could generate enough electricity to power the street lights. That might not sound very impressive for 30,000 square feet of solar panels – and it kind of isn’t, ...

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Seven Pacific islands transition to renewable energy
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The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has approved funding to support a proposed Asian Development Bank (ADB) programme that will assist seven Pacific island countries to transition to a renewable energy future. The proposed Pacific Islands Renewable Energy Investment Programme will assist Cook Islands, Tonga, Republic of Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, and Samoa move away ...

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Solar-panel roads to be built on four continents
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Electric avenues that can transmit the sun’s energy onto power grids may be coming to a city near you. A subsidiary of Bouygues SA has designed rugged solar panels, capable of withstand the weight of an 18-wheeler truck, that they’re now building into road surfaces. After nearly five years of research and laboratory tests, they’re constructing 100 outdoor test sites and plan ...

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Developing countries lead clean energy drive
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Developing countries have made unprecedented pledges to consume more clean energy tomorrow even as they are leading the way today with record new wind and solar project completions, a recent edition of Climatescope concludes. Climatescope, the clean energy country competitiveness index and online tool supported by the UK and US governments, offers a compelling portrait of clean energy activity in ...

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U.S. builds first offshore wind farm
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America’s first offshore wind farm has commenced commercial operations and is now sending electricity to New England’s grid, it was announced on Monday, December 12 2016. The Block Island Wind Farm is located off the cost of Rhode Island and is a 30 megawatt, five turbine installation. A submarine transmission cable system is linking the energy produced by the wind ...

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East Africa’s largest solar plant commences operations in Uganda
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Made up of 32,680 photovoltaic panels, the new 10 megawatt facility is the country’s first grid-connected solar plant and will generate clean, low-carbon, sustainable electricity to 40,000 homes, schools and businesses in the area Uganda’s first major – and East Africa’s largest – solar plants officially commenced operations on Monday, December 12 2016. The country’s Minister of State for Energy, ...

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Google targets 100% renewable energy in 2017
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Google, a trendsetter in the field of corporate purchases of wind and solar energy, made a striking proclamation Tuesday, December 6, 2016 – it forecasts that, by next year, it’ll be purchasing as much renewable electricity as it uses across its vast operations. Overall, the company now has, under contract, 2.6 gigawatts (or billion watts) of renewable energy generating capacity, predominantly wind ...

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UN to cut environmental impact of peace operations
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Underscoring the importance of environmental protection and management in the work of peacekeeping missions, the United Nations Department of Field Support (DFS) has launched a new strategy to maximise its peace operations’ efficiency in the use of natural resources, and to minimise their risk to people, societies and ecosystems. “Environmental performance is crucial to ensure that we do no harm ...

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Austria supports Vanatu’s renewable energy NAMA
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At a signing ceremony on the margins of the recent UN Climate Change Conference (COP22) in Marrakech, the Austrian Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management and the Ministry of Climate Change of Vanuatu signed a funding agreement amounting to $1 million to electrify rural areas. The Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) on “Rural Electrification in Vanuatu” aims to boost sustainable income ...

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