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Does Solar = Growth for Africa?

Does Solar = Growth for Africa?

Solar energy – African economies’ secret weapon. This was the headline of an article published in CNN earlier this year. It reinforced the recent global consensus on Africa that this region which receives generous quantities of sunlight throughout the year has become a haven for renewable energy for countries with high energy requirements. Mr. Garai


Demand from Asia Lifts Global Solar Industry

Demand for solar photovoltaic panels in the Asian Pacific is forecast to double in the second half of this year. Combined, China and Japan are expected to have 9 gigawatts of solar demand in the second half of 2013, according to a report released today by NPD Solarbuzz, a market analysis firm. That’s twice the

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Cyber-Attack Hits U.S Energy Grid

If Ben Franklin lived today, he might say that nothing is certain but death, taxes and cyber-attacks.  Cyber-attacks occur when individuals or groups hack into another group’s computer information systems to steal, alter or damage key infrastructure.  Our nation’s electric grid is under constant attack according to a survey of electric utilities by U.S. House


World Energy Use to Grow 56% By 2040

World energy demand isn’t going down any time soon, says the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) in its annual outlook. If the world stays on its current course of energy use, EIA expects consumption to rise by a challenging 56% between 2010- 2040, this time driven by rising prosperity in developing countries, notably China and India. While advanced countries’ energy


Suntech Supplying La Paz Solar Farm with Modules

Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. Will be supplying 132,000 Suntech Ve and Vd panels for the largest solar power plant in Latin America, a 30MW plant in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico. The panels will be installed by Martifer Solar, a Portugal-based fully-integrated solar company, on a 100-hectare (approx. 247 acres) site. Owned by


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


Electric Cars: $1 Gallon of Gas

Remember the days when a gallon of gas cost $1 or less? While those days are gone for cars that run on petroleum, people that drive electric cars are enjoying the good ‘ole days. The national average for an eGallon is $1.14 – the amount of electricity that equals a gallon of gas in terms


Tata Solar Moves Sees $$$ in India

Tata Power Solar Systems, a division of India’s biggest company Tata Group, sees installing solar systems in India as a $1.3 billion opportunity. That’s because it will cost more for commercial and industrial customers to get their electricity from the grid by 2016 than from their own solar systems. “We’re seeing a huge uptake as we get closer and


Solar Ready to Expolde in NYC

Thanks to solar’s resiliency, falling prices and ability to help out in disasters, New York is anticipating more solar installed in 2013 than ever before in the Empire state and in New York City. That’s based on experts who discussed the “Tipping Point for Solar in New York” at the City University of New York


In Focus: Environmental Activism in China

The Chinese are increasingly aware of environmental issues and support for action has been steadily growing. China’s fledgling green movement is responding to a host of serious concerns from the abysmal air quality in Beijing to the 750 dead pigs pulled from the Huangpu River in Shanghai in March. There is evidence of a growing


Japan’s Solar Industry: Ready to Explode

Japan’s existing 7.4 gigawatts of installed solar capacity is expected to double this year, thanks to the country’s aggressive feed-in tariff. Word of Japan’s rapid adoption of solar energy has the industry buzzing. Bloomberg New Energy Finance reported last week that Japan is expected to trail only China in new solar capacity installed this year.


The Bright Future for Renewables

Okay, the title is a bit of an overstatement. But when it comes to the economy, we don’t need a crystal ball to understand what is coming next. Rarely in history has there been a time when the greatest opportunity available has also been so obvious. People, groups and societies all wish to maintain and


The Solar Rooftop Boom in NYC

Things move fast in the city that never sleeps and solar’s been keeping pace. By the end of 2012, the amount of rooftop solar photovoltaic installations in New York City had boomed to 14 megawatts from 5.5 megawatts at the end of 2011—an increase of 8.5 megawatts in a year. That’s according to recent data