NOVEMBER 2011 | View archive list
Wednesday 30 November, 2011
- Energy Matters Video News - Episode 50 - November 30, 2011
In this episode, Virginia covers IPART missing the mark on valuing solar electricity, Victorian households struggling with skyrocketing power bills, 80,000 South Australian households go solar and AGL's massive profits.
- Fraunhofer Institute Seals Space Solar Cell Deal
Germany’s prestigious Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems has cemented a long-standing relationship with Azure Space Solar Power to develop the next generation of solar panel technology for use in space applications.
- Concentrated Solar Energy Plant To Power COP17
South Africa's first Concentrated Photovoltaic (CPV) plant will be supplying electricity for the 17th annual Conference of the Parties (COP17) climate talks in Durban.
Tuesday 29 November, 2011
Monday 28 November, 2011
Friday 25 November, 2011
Thursday 24 November, 2011
- 80,000 South Australian Electricity Customers Go Solar
A new report from the Essential Services Commission of South Australia (ESCOSA) estimates 80,000 electricity customers in the state will have installed solar panels by December this year.
- GE Metcap To Double Output Of Hybrid Power Plant
A deal struck earlier this year between GE and Turkish energy company Metcap Energy Investments to expand renewable energy development in the Middle East is now bearing fruit, with Turkish officials signing an agreement to double the output of the world’s first Integrated Renewables Combined-Cycle (IRCC) power plant.
Wednesday 23 November, 2011
- Energy Matters Video News - Episode 49 - November 23, 2011
In this episode, Virginia covers Australia's top solar postcodes, Energy Matters announced a winner of this year's Deloitte Technology Fast 50 awards, big solar gets a big break in Canberra and the World Bank financing a massive solar farm in Morocco.
- 32MW Long Island Solar Farm Completed
The completion and commissioning of the Long Island Solar Farm (LISF) Project in New York State, the largest solar panel array in the eastern U.S., was celebrated last week.
- Funding Aims To Reduce Solar Installation Costs
The U.S. DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy says it will release $7 million in funds under the SunShot Incubator program directed at developing tools and approaches to reduce non-hardware costs related to going solar.
- Origin Energy Buying Electricity From Gunning Wind Farm
Origin Energy has expanded its renewable energy portfolio, entering into a long-term power purchase agreement to buy electricity from Acciona's Gunning Wind Farm.
Tuesday 22 November, 2011
Monday 21 November, 2011
Friday 18 November, 2011
Thursday 17 November, 2011
Wednesday 16 November, 2011
Tuesday 15 November, 2011
- Solar Panels Slash Backyard Swimming Pool Ownership Costs
With summer on our doorstep, thousands of backyard pools around Australia are already beginning to get a workout - as are their owners' wallets. However, some savvy pool owners are offsetting related costs by installing solar power systems to provide clean electricity for their pool pumps.
- APEC - Fossil Fuel Subsidies Targeted
The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Honolulu, Hawaii has adopted a declaration to phase out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies while giving green goods a break on tariffs.
Monday 14 November, 2011
- O'Farrell's Anti-Solar Crusade In NSW Continues
A plan by the New South Wales Government to force electricity retailers to note the cost of the upcoming carbon tax and renewable energy schemes on electricity bills has created an uproar as the plan doesn't appear to include showing the massive costs of fossil fuel subsidies and damage coal fired power generation has wreaked.
- 'Explosive' Coal Seam Gas Emissions Report Suppressed
According to Australian non-profit think-tank, Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE), a report thoroughly dismantling the claim coal seam gas (CSG) is "clean energy" has been suppressed by Worley Parsons, the company that compiled it, even though the company is under contractual obligation to deliver it.
Sunday 13 November, 2011
Friday 11 November, 2011
Thursday 10 November, 2011
- SolarCon 2011 Puts India In The Solar Spotlight
India’s solar power industry is grabbing headlines with a flood of new announcements coming out of SolarCon 2011, currently taking place in the city of Hyderabad.
- A Million Solar Rooftops Not Just California Dreaming
According to a new report from Environment California Research & Policy Center, the state is on track to hit its goal of installing 3 gigawatts of solar capacity by 2016, having installed 1 gigawatts of rooftop solar panels already.
- IEA World Energy Outlook 2011 Paints A Grim Carbon Soaked Picture
The renewable energy revolution is making headway, but not fast enough. The International Energy Agency's (IEA) latest World Energy Outlook shows the world still locked into a fossil-fuel reliant, inefficient and carbon intensive energy system in 2035. The Agency says this future can be avoided, but time is running out.
Wednesday 09 November, 2011
- SunPower Providing Home Solar Charging Stations For Nissan LEAF
SunPower Corp. USA has announced it will partner with Nissan North America (NNA) to supply household solar power systems to charge Nissan’s new 2011 model LEAF Electric Vehicle (EV).
- Facebook's New Solar Power Project
Facebook's new Menlo Park facility in California is about to get a little greener, courtesy of solar energy.
- IPCC Report Supports Feed-In Tariffs
Australian states without solid feed in tariff programs or reviewing their current arrangements should take note of the Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Tuesday 08 November, 2011
- Space Mapping To Improve California Solar Planning
The United States may have decommissioned its space shuttle program, but the thousands of images of the Earth’s surface captured over three decades by astronauts are being used to build a precise solar modelling system that can help measure solar power output across California’s often rugged landscape.
- Australia's Renewable Energy Sector To 18X Larger By 2050
The passing of Australia's Clean Energy legislation today in the Senate will result in the nation's renewable energy sector, excluding hydro, to grow 18 times larger by 2050 than it is currently according to a Ministerial press release just received.
- Sharp Unveils Record Breaking Solar Cell
Sharp Corporation has announced it has achieved the world’s highest non-concentrator solar cell conversion efficiency of 36.9% using a three-layered, triple-junction compound solar cell.
- NSW Auditor General Solar Bonus Scheme Report Reactions
The NSW Auditor General’s Report into the state's Solar Bonus Scheme says the Government and its agencies "grossly underestimated" the cost and popularity of the initiative.
Monday 07 November, 2011
- U.S. Shouldn't Wave The White Flag On Solar : Chu
U.S Energy Secretary Steven Chu has continued to support government funding for renewable energy projects, saying America cannot afford to "wave the white flag" in the face of an ever-growing global market for clean energy.
- Coal Seam Gas Greenwash Must Be Retracted
Matthew Wright, executive director of Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE), says blanket claims by gas industry majors that coal seam gas is a cleaner energy source than coal have been proven to be wrong and are a greenwash myth.
- Solar Powered Oil Skimmer
Solar energy is cleaning up after the damage caused by fossil fuels in many different ways.
Friday 04 November, 2011
Thursday 03 November, 2011
- Scale Of NSW Government Coal Subsidy 'Scandal' Revealed
A report on Climate Spectator reveals the enormous scale of coal subsidisation in New South Wales and asks a very important question: will the government’s criteria for solar incentives, that they not cost either consumers or the government, be applied to coal-fired generators?
- Energy Matters CEO A Clean Energy Council Board Nominee
Jeremy Rich, the CEO of Energy Matters, has announced he is a nominee for a critical position on the Board of Australia's Clean Energy Council.
- 4th Singapore International Energy Week
The 4th Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) is under way, incorporating Clean Energy Expo Asia, which kicked off with the Second Minister for Trade and Industry of Singapore referring to the nation "as a living laboratory for renewable energy".
Wednesday 02 November, 2011
- USA Survey Shows Strong Solar Support
New national polling from the USA shows 9 out of 10 Americans support the use of solar energy and want to see more government money spent on developing a secure solar power industry.
- Emcore Lands New NASA Solar Panel Deal
Producer of solar panels with eye-popping conversion efficiency, US-based Emcore has announced it has been awarded a contract to supply solar modules for NASA Ames’ Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission.
- Suntech's Dr. Zhengrong Shi Appointed Head Of APVIA
Suntech's CEO and founder, Dr. Zhengrong Shi, has been appointed Chief Chairman of the Asian Photovoltaic Industry Association (APVIA).
Tuesday 01 November, 2011
- More Floating Solar Power Systems
With so much of the Earth covered by water, it makes sense to utilise this sprawling canvas for the production of solar electricity.
- UK Solar Feed In Tariff Honeymoon Over?
It's a situation that has been repeated around the world - governments launching solar incentives programs, but underestimating how many people wish to install solar power systems to buffer against spiraling electricity costs.
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