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Solar emerges largest source of new energy in U.S.

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Solar developers installed a record 14.6 gigawatts in the U.S. last year; almost double the total from 2015 and enough to make photovoltaic panels the largest source of new electric capacity for the first time. Solar energy information, Solar water heater, Alternative energy sources. Solar panels on rooftops and fields accounted for 39 percent of new generation last year, according to ...

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How government can motivate citizenry to conserve energy


With an estimated 8.7% increase in world’s population by 2020 and continual rise in industrialisation especially in the developed nations, it is expected that there will be an increase in global energy production to meet our daily demands; yet some of the major sources of energy are perilous to the environment. An annual CO2 emissions report published in 2015 by ...

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Report urges global leaders to prioritise off-grid renewables

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A new report looking at the needs of energy poor communities in West Africa reveals misunderstandings of poor people’s needs amongst development banks, aid donors and governments. Written by energy experts at Practical Action, the Poor People’s Energy Outlook for 2016 found key targets agreed by world leaders to reduce poverty, and bring access to modern energy, will be missed ...

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Developing nations need finance to green power sectors, says study


Countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean urgently need financial support to green their power sectors and thereby implement their national climate action plans under the Paris Climate Change Agreement. This is a key finding of a survey conducted by the secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on behalf of the Nairobi Framework Partnership (NFP), which looks ...

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China doubles solar power capacity in 2016

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China’s installed photovoltaic (PV) capacity more than doubled last year, turning the country into the world’s biggest producer of solar energy by capacity, the National Energy Administration (NEA) said on Saturday, February 4, 2017. Installed PV capacity rose to 77.42 gigawatts at the end of 2016, with the addition of 34.54 gigawatts over the course of the year, data from ...

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Electric cars, solar panels threaten fossil fuel, says report

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Falling costs of electric vehicles and solar panels could halt worldwide growth in demand for oil and coal by 2020, a new report has suggested. A scenario that takes into account the latest cost reduction projections for the green technologies, and countries’ pledges to cut emissions, finds that solar power and electric vehicles are “gamechangers” that could leave fossil fuels stranded. Polluting ...

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Africa embracing solar for energy security, growth

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Africa has abundant renewable energy resources. Traditionally reliant on hydropower, the continent is turning to solar photovoltaics (PV) to bolster energy security and support rapid economic growth in a sustainable manner. With recent substantial cost reductions, solar PV offers a rapid, cost-effective way to provide utility-scale electricity for the grid and modern energy services to the approximately 600 million Africans ...

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More companies commit to renewable energy


Wells Fargo & Co., Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and VF Corporation – owner of many apparel and footwear brands including The North Face, Timberland, and Wrangler – are among a group of world-leading businesses from diverse sectors of the economy that on Tuesday, during Climate Week NYC 2016, joined RE100 with commitments to 100% renewable power. The eight new joiners also include cloud computing companies VMware Inc. and Rackspace Inc.; global alcoholic ...

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Investment flows signal shift towards cleaner energy


A new IEA report – World Energy Investment 2016 – shows the electricity sector leading a broad reorientation of energy investment but warns more is needed to meet climate targets and address energy security concerns In a first-ever detailed analysis of investment across the global energy system, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Wednesday in London that global energy investment ...

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Why BoI is championing solar power, by Olagunju


Acting Managing Director, Bank of Industry (BoI), Waheed Olagunju, has said that the persistent problem of electricity supply from the national grid in the country made it imperative to explore alternative power supply options to lift the nation – and its rural communities in particular – out of darkness and provide them a new lease of life afforded by the presence ...

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