209MW Of Solar Panels Installed In Scotland

More than 50,000 solar power systems have been installed across Scotland; but the tally could have been much higher by now according to WWF Scotland and the Solar Trade Association. At least 49,000 homes and 1,000 business premises in Scotland now have solar panels fitted. One of the significant commercial installations we recently covered was […]

Alberta, Canada Kicks Off New Carbon Tax

The Canadian province of Alberta has started the new year with a carbon levy, which together with tougher rules for large industrial emitters will cover 78-90% of Alberta’s emissions. As originally announced in 2015, the carbon levy has been charged on all fuels that emit greenhouse gas emissions, depending on the circumstances, from January 1. […]

The UK’s Renewables Powered Xmas

More than 40 percent of the UK’s electricity was generated by renewable sources on Xmas day 2016. According to figures released by power company Drax, renewables generation was  up 63 percent on the same day in 2015, which saw 25 percent of British energy generated by green sources. On Xmas Day in 2012, just 12 […]

Victoria’s Legacy Solar Feed In Tariffs End

Victoria’s Transitional and Standard Feed-in Tariff Schemes (TFiT and SFiT) ended on Saturday night, affecting approximately 70,000 solar households and businesses. The TFiT replaced Victoria’s Premium Feed-in Tariff in 2011 and closed to new customers on 31 December 2012. Up until the 31st of  December 2016,  the TFiT provided participants a minimum rate of 25 […]

The World’s Greenest University 2016

The seventh annual GreenMetric ranking from the University of Indonesia compared 516 colleges and universities in 74 countries against various sustainability criteria, including energy. University of California Davis in USA was ranked first with a score of 8398, followed by University of Nottingham in the UK and Waganigen University and Research, Netherlands. “This ranking not […]

New South Wales Legacy Solar Feed In Tariff – 2 Days To Go

As of just after midnight Saturday, around 146,000 households in New South Wales participating in the state’s legacy solar feed-in tariff scheme will be receiving far less for their high-value solar electricity. As the calendar flips over to January 1, 2017, participants in the NSW Solar Bonus Scheme who had been receiving 60 cents or […]

$155 Million Townsville Solar Farm Project Commences

The winner of a contract to build a huge solar farm in Queensland for the aptly-named zinc metals producer Sun Metals has been announced. The Sun Metals Solar Farm will be built by RCR Tomlinson Ltd and initially have a total capacity of 98.5MWac; with an option to expand to 116MWac. One million solar panels […]

Hawai’i To Accelerate Renewable Energy Expansion

The U.S. state of Hawai’i has set its sights on reaching a target of 48% renewable electricity by 2020 and 100% by 2040. A plan filed with the Hawai’i Public Utilities Commission by the Hawaiian Electric Companies last week outlines the steps for fast-tracking the installation of renewables in the state. The new goals are […]

Mexico’s Big Wind And Solar Power Push

The Government of Mexico says it expects the country to have 20 times the current level of installed solar capacity by the end of 2019. Mexico’s Energy Secretariat (SENER) published a Progress Report last week on the status of clean energy in the country (note: the Government also considers nuclear as “clean”). SENER says the […]

2016 A Solid Year For German Renewable Electricity Generation

Nearly a third of Germany’s gross electricity consumption in 2016 is expected to have been sourced from renewables including wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and hydropower. The Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) and the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) last week estimated 32% of the nation’s electricity will have […]