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Why the Renewable Energy Industry Must Enable Platform Thinking in Order to Enter the Next Phase of the Energy Transformation

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 22:49

A combination of physical hardware and assets, software, products and services, and networked actors, Energy Cloud platforms sit at the confluence of highly disruptive technologies and enable new business models supporting multi-sided value exchanges.

Lithium Seen as Lifeline for Oil Majors in Clean Energy Future

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 20:06

Lithium could be a lifeline for oil majors as the energy industry shifts toward lower-polluting alternatives to fossil fuels, said Jeff McDermott of Greentech Capital Advisors LLC.

Japan Funds Upgrade of Olkaria Geothermal Facility in Kenya

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 16:14

The Kenyan National Treasury on Mar. 16 secured financing from Japan to upgrade the Olkaria 1 geothermal plant in Naivasha, Kenya.

Inside Renewable Energy: The Language of Climate and Energy—How to Find Common Ground in Today’s Energy Transition

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 14:59

How we talk about climate-related energy issues drives a wedge between stakeholders, but people with differing opinions do meet on some issues, and it’s possible to maximize the benefits of that common ground.

New Solar Finance Options Will Target 10 GW for African Sahel

Sun, 03/18/2018 - 16:20

A partnership between the African Development Bank and International Solar Alliance will create finance instruments for solar deployments in Africa’s Sahel region.

Contractors named for Site C civil works, associated infrastructure construction

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 21:17

Canadian utility BC Hydro has awarded three contracts associated with the construction and supply of its 1,100-MW Site C hydroelectric plant.

Do Electrified Villages in Developing Regions Need Microgrids?

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 18:25

A new video produced with support from international development agency USAID takes a closer look at microgrid development in India and the need to bring these independent solar and battery-based systems to villages already connected to the main grid.

Clean Energy Issues Highlight “New Hampshire Energy Week”

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 17:43

At a breakfast during “NH Energy Week,” Governor Sununu said that its time to take the politics out of energy. His office is set to release a long-term energy plan in the next few weeks that lays out the direction that the state should be going regarding energy.

“What we do today should be different than what we did five years ago,” he said, adding that the “old school” way of pitting renewables against cost-savings is no longer valid.


The Global Leader in Pay-As-You-Go Solar Is Downsizing

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 17:05

M-Kopa, the Kenyan pay-per-use solar power provider, is downsizing in a bid to improve its competitiveness, ensure long-term sustainability, and increase return for investors. The Nairobi-headquartered company said it laid off more than 150 of its over 1,000 staff members as part of a company-wide restructuring that took place at the end of 2017.

From Residential to Utility-Scale, Solar Wins in Recent State-Level Actions

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 15:41

A series of recent state-level actions have been lauded by industry advocates as positive steps for driving deployments of residential, community-scale and utility-scale solar.

Biomass to Help Clean Up One of EU’s Most Polluting Countries

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 19:11

A newly formed business partnership is working to find a way to use biomass with legacy coal waste in a “super-fuel” blend to help clean up one of the most polluting coal countries in the European Union.

What's the Most Important Thing California Can Do with Its Clean Energy?

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 17:51

Not often is running the electric grid as simple as applying lessons from childhood. Right now it is — California is learning to share with its neighbors.

World's Energy Giants Flock to Latin American Renewables Market

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 15:30

Latin America’s booming clean energy market is attracting the world’s energy giants, which are driving down prices and squeezing out the little guys.


Norway’s Statoil Embraces Broader Energy Future with New Name

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 14:48

Norwegian multinational oil and gas company Statoil yesterday said that it plans to change its name to Equinor to reflect its evolution into a “broad energy company” that will include renewables.

World Bank approves US$375 million IDA credit to support Ethiopia 2025 goal

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 21:52

The World Bank Group has approved a US$375 million International Development Association (IDA) credit to support Ethiopia’s goal of achieving universal electricity access by 2025.

Global Solar Installations Jumped 29 Percent in 2017

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 20:35

Global solar power saw considerable success last year, with installations increasing by about 29 percent to 98.9 GW from 76.5 GW in 2016, according to data released today by SolarPower Europe.

Puerto Rico-Based Fortune 500 Company Banks on Reliable Power for a New Microgrid

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 18:46

On Wednesday, March 14, 2018, Fairbanks Morse announced that it has delivered its PoweReliability-as-a-Service platform to a Fortune 500 company in Puerto Rico. The installation provides a dual fuel combined heat and power (CHP) microgrid with approximately 10 megawatts of capacity.


Efficiency Startup Gets Funding to Cut Energy Use by Buildings

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 17:13

Carbon Lighthouse, a San Francisco-based energy-efficiency company, raised $27 million to expand its engineering and marketing efforts. GRC SinoGreen Fund led the oversubscribed funding round and JCI Ventures, SV Tech Ventures and EBay founder Pierre Omidyar’s Ulupono Initiative also participated, according to Carbon Lighthouse Chief Executive Officer Brenden Millstein. Other investors included Ekistic Ventures, Tom Steyer’s Radicle Impact Partners, former General Motors Co. Vice Chairman Steve Girsky and Tesla Inc. Chief Technology Officer Jeffrey B Straubel.

Egypt Brings Online First Plant in 1.8-GW Solar Park

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 16:52

Egypt inaugurated the first solar power plant at a remote desert complex where the government plans to generate as much as 1.8 GW from the sun, cutting the most populous Arab nation’s reliance on dirty and expensive fossil fuels.

A Global Game Changer for Energy Efficiency Investments

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 14:23

A new underwriting and risk assessment standard could help scale up this $1 trillion global market.