US DoE Announces More Funding For Solar

The US Department Of Energy has announced USD $32 million in funding to help train more American solar support workers, to further drive down the cost of solar and to increase access to important solar data. Up to $12 million will be available to develop a solar support workforce, including professionals in the real estate […]

RnB Singer Akon To Create Solar Academy

Announced last week by Akon Lighting Africa, the creation of a solar academy in Bamako, Mali will help beef up Africa’s solar workforce. Akon Lighting Africa founders Akon, Thione Niang and Samba Bathily say the facility will be the first on the continent to cater to African solar entrepreneurs, engineers and technicians. “We are doing […]

Home Solar Australia’s Most Popular Energy Source

New community consultation guidelines for large scale solar projects provide a very interesting revelation about residential rooftop solar power in Australia – and of coal-fired generation. A study commissioned by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) designed to inform industry understanding of public perceptions of the role of solar energy and drivers and barriers to […]

Australian Solar Leverages $30 Billion Of Investment

Addressing media coverage of a report on Australian solar subsidies, the Clean Energy Council points out the huge amount of investment that the nation’s solar revolution is responsible for – and many other positive outcomes. “Cost of household solar has outweighed benefits” “Reform network rules to cut PV money waste” “Billions wasted on solar subsidy, […]

GE Creates Digital ‘Twin’ Wind Farm

GE Renewable Energy has released details of a new digital wind farm concept that it says would make wind power production 20 per cent more efficient and create $100 million in extra value over the lifetime of a 100 megawatt facility. The concept uses software to pair physical wind turbines located on real-world wind farms […]

Trina Solar Reports A Bumper First Quarter

Last week, Trina Solar (NYSE: TSL) reported its strongest first quarter in the company’s history. Total solar panel shipments during Q1 were 1,026.2 MW, consisting of 891.7 MW of external shipments and 134.5 MW to the Trina’s own downstream solar power projects. This compares with total shipments of 1,098.8 MW in the final quarter of […]

More Major California Solar Projects For SunEdison

SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE: SUNE) announced last week it had been awarded a contract to build 33 megawatts of rooftop solar in California. Part of Southern California Edison’s (SCE) program to update the grid in metropolitan areas, the project will see solar power systems constructed on rooftops throughout the Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Los Angeles […]

Solar Powered Water ‘ATMs’ For Pakistan

Solar powered ATM’s may soon be delivering clean water in the Punjab region of Pakistan. Punjab was once one of the most fertile areas on Earth. After agriculture with a focus on water intensive crops went into overdrive in the 1970’s, groundwater levels began dropping at a frightening rate. According to the Columbia Water Center, […]

A Bright Future For Solar In Queensland

Queensland’s solar power industry is back on track after three years of neglect under the former government said Minister for Energy and Water Supply Mark Bailey recently. Under the Liberal National Party, Queensland saw the biggest job losses of any Australian state according to the Minister. “For three years, the previous Newman government didn’t just […]

$6.73 Trillion – The Cost Of Fossil Fuel Subsidies In 2015

Post tax energy subsidies reached USD $4.9 trillion globally in 2013 and are projected to reach $5.3 trillion (AUD $6.73tn) this year – 6.5 percent of global GDP – states a Working Paper recently published by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The massive figure includes the costs imposed on governments through air pollution and events […]