Panasonic HIT Solar Cells And Batteries Power Car To Victory

A team from Tokai University in Japan has won the Carrera Solar Atacama 2014 in a car powered by Panasonic’s HIT solar cells and lithium-ion batteries. South America’s biggest solar car race runs over 1,400-kilometres; from the desert to the Andes. Tokai University’s solar car team covered the distance in 15 hours and 20 minutes. […]

UK Large Scale Solar Cheaper Than Gas By 2018

A report from the UK Solar Trade Association (STA) says assuming the nation’s Government provides stable policy support, it will be cheaper to generate electricity from large scale solar plants than by burning gas as soon as 2018. The Association says the cost of building large scale solar farms will drop faster than current Government […]

Renewable Energy Important To Victorian Voters

Political parties’ stances on renewable energy may be given careful consideration when Victorians go to the polls on the 29th of November. According to BusinessSpectator, a recent survey commissioned by GetUp!, found 53 per cent of respondents considered it was “very important” for the state government to invest in renewable energy and a further 25 […]

96 MW Jasper Solar Farm Completed

SolarReserve has announced the completion of South Africa’s 96 MW Jasper solar power plant, the final link in a 246 MW chain of grid-connected PV projects designed to solve intermittency problems in the country’s Northern Cape electricity network. The Jasper plant came online two months ahead of schedule and joins sister solar farms Lesedi and […]

Wind To Power New Google Datacenter

Google has announced its new Eemshaven datacenter will be 100% powered by renewable energy from its first day of operation. Google says it has struck an agreement to buy all the output of a new Eneco wind farm currently under construction at Delfzijl, near Eemshaven in the Netherlands for the next decade. “By entering into […]

SunEdison To Be World’s Largest Renewable Energy Developer

SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE: SUNE) and TerraForm Power, Inc. (Nasdaq: TERP) have announced the signing of a USD $2.4 billion agreement to acquire First Wind, one of the USA’s  leading developers, owners and operators of wind farms. SunEdison says it will purchase over 1.6 GW of First Wind pipeline and backlog projects for Terraform Power, which […]

Australian Renewable Energy – State Snapshots

A new report from the Climate Council  provides a snapshot of current statistics, targets and policies on emissions and renewable energy in each of Australia’s states and territories. Australia has more than enough renewable energy resources to provide for all our electricity needs. In fact, our country’s potential for renewable generation is around 500 times […]

Labor Pledges $200K For Victoria’s First 100% Solar Town

If elected, an Andrews Labor Government has committed to make Newstead in Victoria the state’s first ‘Solar Town’. Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources, Lily D’Ambrosio and Labor Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards, announced Labor will provide a grant of $200,000 to community group Newstead 2021, to be used to create a master plan […]

US Wind Industry Praises Climate Pact

The USA’s top wind power body is celebrating the historic agreement between America and China to curb greenhouse gas emissions. American Wind Energy Association CEO, Tom Kiernan, said the bilateral treaty sent a strong signal to investors that U.S. was open for business in wind power projects and other clean electricity solutions. “Wind power is […]

Solar Cloth Company Scores Industry Award

The Solar Cloth Company, based in the UK, has developed an award-winning solar solution for non-load bearing roofing and car parks. The firm produces lightweight, flexible thin film photovoltaic (TFPV) solar panels that weigh less than 3.3kg/m2 – ten percent of the weight of traditional glass-face solar panels. The Solar Cloth Company states the panels […]