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Learning From Obama: How to Make the Energy Transition Happen

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Solar energy is expensive and only available to the rich and the privileged – a prejudice that politicians love using again and again to justify thwarting photovoltaics. Not so for U.S. President Barack Obama who has just presented his “Clean Energy Savings for All” initiative. The initiative’s goal is to install PV systems with a total of 1 gigawatt of power in low- to moderate-income households by 2020.

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5 reasons why Australia’s Renewable Energy Target should be kept

SAVE THE RET

Australia has a target to source 20 per cent of our electricity from renewable sources by the year 2020. The Renewable Energy Target (RET) was developed to drive the deployment of at least 41,000 GWh of renewable electricity by 2020 to meet the 20 per cent target.

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What is the German Energiewende?

 

Germany has drawn a lot of international attention for its aim to switch to a renewable energy economy and leave nuclear and fossil energy behind. A lot of the international reporting about the German Energy Transition, or Energiewende, has, however, been misleading — for instance, when it comes to the role of coal power, energy price trends, and carbon emissions.

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Energy Unlimited

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How can we succeed in providing the growing world population with access to clean and affordable energy, thus offering a chance of economic development? 

Raymond Carlsen, Chief Executive Officer of the international solar project developer Scatec Solar, has been a manager in the energy industry for more than 20 years and has traveled the world. “Access to energy is a prerequisite for prosperity. Almost everything we do in the modern world requires energy, especially the running of a company and the creation of jobs. This is a mammoth task,”said Carlsen a native of Norway and hits right at the heart of the challenge – globally, 1.3 billion people still do not have access to energy – and thus have very little chance of improving their standard of living.

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Renewable Energy Target Under Threat in Australia

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The Australian Federal Government is conducting a review of the Renewable Energy Target (RET), with a particular focus on the level of the target and its impact on electricity prices. This presents a real risk to the industry and warrants a concerted effort to defend the policy at the heart of the clean energy sector.

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The Most Important Solar Statistics of 2013

Sunny Year for Solar

Add these numbers together and what do you get? Another big year for solar PV. 

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Season’s Greetings and a Sunny 2014

Season’s Greetings and a Sunny 2014

A turbulent year is drawing to a close. The solar industry experienced highs and lows, as it does every year. We had the pleasure to work on a lot of great projects, and saw how using photovoltaic diesel hybrid systems is gaining importance in remote regions of the world.

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The Top 5 Solar Stories in November 2013

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These are the top stories you can’t miss in November:

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The Top 5 Solar Stories in October 2013

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Source: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Source: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

These are the top stories you can’t miss in October:

 

1.      The 7 Reasons Why The Solar Revolution Took Off

 Solar is up 700% since 2001. Fossil fuels and nuclear barely even register. Reason enough to chronicle how solar has been able to explode in the past decade.

Read this interesting Business Insider article to learn about the rise of solar.

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Welcome to the Energiewende – Documentary to Celebrate Renewables

Welcome to Energiewende

Craig Morris, a US born energy blogger, has been living in Germany for over 10 years. Right when he got here, his fire for renewable energies was ignited. The Energiewende, the transition from fossil fuels to renewables energies, has always been a big topic in Germany. For Craig “living with the Energiewende” (title of a documentary by German filmmaker Frank Farenski) sounded like “living with cancer”. Instead, he felt, this revolution needed to be celebrated. This is why the editor of Renewables International decided to make his own documentary – a loveletter to the Energiewende.

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The Top 5 Solar Stories in September 2013

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As renewables become an integral part of the energy mix around the world, you sometimes lose track of the global developments. Things change on a daily basis, articles are published almost every minute which is why we will recommend five stories you must read every month. They will vary from interesting comments to fascinating reports or images from the world of renewable energies.

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Why Solar Is Far from Finished but Has Just Begun

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In times of feed-in tariff cuts, there are many prophecies of doom for solar. Companies in different countries around the world have gone bankrupt and have had to shut down their factories. Reason enough for many to believe that the end is near. Not quite. Yes, in 2012 as the industry began consolidating, PV production recorded its first annual drop. But because demand continues to rise this contraction will be short-lived. Global solar developments show that this industry is far from finished but that the journey has only just begun.

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