Swiss company HopSol built the third largest PV farm in Namibia and connected it to the utility grid in just two years—with the help of SMA inverter technology and my colleague Manuel März. He told me what mining bees have to do with PV farms and the possibilities that this, at first glance rather inhospitable, country offers.
The world is celebrating the international climate change conference in Paris as a success. However, it remains uncertain whether the agreement will actually make history by curbing climate change. It all depends on whether countries actively implement their ambitious climate targets, and it won’t be possible without a real transition to clean energy.
On Monday, November 30, 2015, the World Climate Summit negotiations will start in Paris. The goal: a world climate agreement to reduce global warming before it’s too late. Up to now, international climate policy has meant no more than minimal consensus. No surprise then that expectations for a breakthrough in Paris are subdued. And yet, the chances for successful negotiations are not so bad, after all.
For years, the world’s heads of state and government have been striving for a new regulation to follow up the Kyoto Protocol—so far without success. However, time is of the essence. If the states do not finally agree on binding targets at the upcoming climate conference in Paris and also implement these targets consistently, global warming will continue to intensify. It’s time to set the course—for a global economy that largely manages without fossil fuels.
With his Clean Power Plan, President Barack Obama is promoting the energy transition in the U.S. and taking the lead—rhetorically, at least—on international climate protection. In doing so, he is taking decisive action primarily against those great perpetrators of harm to the climate, the operators of coal-fired power plants. Although Europe is a long way ahead of the U.S. in the fight against climate change, heads of state and government in this part of the world can learn a thing or two from the way in which Obama has taken this step—with boldness and determination in the battle against CO2 emissions, even in the face of resistance.
We all know how important it is to push renewables – and to use the sun as one source of free energy. But have you even been ask by a child how all this works? How sunlight is used to gain clean energy? Well, our colleagues from SMA UK might have produced something that’ll help you explain the benefits of solar energy – in a cute little book that uses terms even your children will understand.
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.
Solar panels that you can drive, park, and walk on. They melt snow and… cut greenhouse gases by 75-percent?!!!
Check this inspiring video and tell us what you think! Is this the future of mobility?
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.