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Huge 320 MW Solar Hydro Project Starts Trial Run in China

Huge 320 MW Solar Hydro Project Starts Trial Run in China

A 320 megawatt solar photovoltaic plant, located next to an existing hydroelectric dam in western China, has begun its trial run. According to China Daily, the Longyangxia Dam in Qinghai Province integrates both solar and hydro-power generation to bring renewable energy to the grid. It is the largest hydro-solar project in the world to date.

127 Countries Greenlight Renewable Energy Policies

A total of 127 countries have enacted policies to encourage the development of renewable energy projects this year found the Worldwatch Institute’s latest Vital Signs Online report. According to the Worldwatch Institute, support policies for renewable energy technologies have increased dramatically over the last decade. Starting the mid-200’s policies focused on deployment of renewable energy

IBM Wants More Solar & Wind in the Smart Grid

Computing giant IBM has developed an advanced power and weather modeling technology that will increase the reliability of renewable energy resources. The IBM solution combines weather prediction and analytics to accurately forecast the availability of wind power and solar energy. This will help utilities integrate more renewable energy into the power grid. The solution, named

Renewables to Surpass Gas and Nuclear by 2016

Power generated from renewable sources is projected to surpass that of natural gas and twice the power generated by nuclear by 2016, according to a report by the International Energy Agency. Renewable sources will be the second most important global source of energy by 2016 due to its continuing growth, according to the “Medium-Term Renewable

Japan’s Solar Market: Growth is an Understatement

Japan is making significants stride toward renewable energy development, particularly in solar and wind, in the aftermath of Fukushima disaster in 2011. This year, the country will add over 5 gigawatts of solar photovoltaic capacity, surpassing Germany and the United States, forecasted a new report from IMS Research, part of consultancy firm IHS Inc. According

IEA: Renewables to Grow 40% by 2018

Despite economic uncertainties, global power generation from renewable sources of energy is seen to grow by more than 40 percent to almost 6,400 terawatt-hours over the next five years, or roughly 1.5 times the current electricity production in the United States, according to a report from the International Energy Agency. Renewable energy generation from 2011

The 100K Solar Lantern Project Announced by Panasonic

Panasonic Corporation is set to distribute 100,000 solar L.E.D. lanterns to people in electricity scarce regions across the world by 2018 to mark the company’s centennial anniversary. The 100 Thousand Solar Lantern Project aims to help address many of the problems in non-electrified areas by using solar lanterns that can generate electricity from sunlight during

Asia Pacific Solar Market: Ready to Explode

A new report suggests that solar demand across the Asia Pacific region will increase by 13.5 gigawatts in 2013, a 50 percent growth year-over-year. According to the Q1’13 report of industry analyst NPD Solarbuzz, 90 percent of solar demand this year is expected to come from China, Australia, Japan and India – the Asia Pacific

Middle East Solar Industry Could Hit $6.8 Billion

The Middle East is boosting its solar power sector with $6.8 billion worth of projects in the pipeline, said Jigar Shah, the chairman of the inaugural Solar Middle East Conference. Mr. Shah told a Trade Arabia report that around 10 major projects are set to be plugged in the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman, Egypt,

World Solar Capacity Passes 100GW Milestone

The cumulative solar photovoltaic capacity of the world crossed the 100-gigawatt milestone in 2012, to reach over 101 gigawatts, according to figures from the European Photovoltaic Industry Association. The new global P.V. capacity generates as much electricity annually as 16 coal power plants or nuclear reactors of 1 GW apiece, said E.P.I.A. The solar association

13 Off Grid Solar Projects Light Up Sierra Leone

Electricity shortage is a common problem in the nation of Sierra Leone’s experience. Now a public-private partnership funded by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization is planning to bring solar power to some of the areas that need it most. In the western African country, just less than 10 percent of its population has access

First Solar Gobbles Up Largest Solar Project in New Mexico

First Solar, Inc. has acquired what will be the largest solar power project in New Mexico, the 50 megawatt Macho Springs Solar Project. The Macho Springs Solar project is being developed in Luna County, New Mexico by Element Solar Power. The project is expected to be completed in 2014, at which point it will produce

Latin America’s Largest Solar Plant Being Constructed by SunEdison

SunEdison is constructing a 100MW solar photovoltaic power plant in Chile for the mining and steel group CAP. The plant, which will be located in the Atacama Desert of Chile, will be the largest of its sort in the Latin American region and one of the largest in the world. It will produce as much

Empa Scientists Acheive 20.4% Flexible CIGS Efficiency

A record breaking thin film solar cell has been developed by scientists at Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology. A team of researchers led by Ayodhya N. Tiwari at the institute’s Laboratory for Thin Film and Photovoltaics have achieved 20.4 percent energy conversion efficiency for their C.I.G.S. solar cells on flexible

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