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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 [...]
It’s hard to believe the world’s largest solar panel manufacturer, Suntech (NYSE: STP) could go bankrupt, but right now its chances are greater than 50/50 – and it could file next week. When Suntech missed last week’s deadline to repay $540 million in bonds that came due, bondholders gave it another two months, but it doesn’t have the cash to make payments. [...]
This year, we’ve covered quite a bit on China’s pollution problem and the importance of tackling it as soon as possible. Long story short (okay, maybe not so short): China’s air pollution levels broke records this year and reached dangerous levels. So much so that the Chinese media has taken a stand on air pollution in China by calling on [...]
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 [...]
The photovoltaic market will continue its growth in 2013 albeit a little slower than in the past few years, according to a new NDP Solarbuzz report. The report projected that the PV market will grow about 7 percent this year to 31 gigawatts 29 GWs in 2012. The report also predicted that Germany’s solar market [...]
Alarming headlines from around the World are sharing the toxic tragedy regarding the current ticking time bomb within China; now, that they are officially admitting to clusters of ‘cancer villages’ scattered within their highly contaminated borders. Do we really dare open this Pandora’s Box of Pollution? The official statement by China’s Environment Ministry was part [...]
In the face of rapid urbanization and environmental degradation, China is scrambling for sustainable urban development solutions. The country, which is known for building huge cities from scratch, has ambitious plans for 100 model eco-cities, 200 model counties, 1,000 model districts and 10,000 model towns – all by 2015, reports Xinhua, China’s official news agency. Although [...]
Jinko Solar is well positioned to capitalize on the solar market in 2013 as it has the best balance sheet among their competitors. They are insulated from the high costs of silicone that is adversely impacting their peers. The higher costs of silicone have put upward pressure on the manufacturing costs associated with PV but [...]
Looking into my green crystal ball, here’s my bold prediction about the US-China wind energy race. Around this time last year, I blogged about some misconceptions on U.S. and China’s installed wind capacity and wind energy generation, highlighting that the U.S. was producing 64% more wind energy than China in 2011 with the same amount of turbines. I explained [...]
After smog reached untenable heights in Beijing and other Chinese cities last month, China is moving forward on new rules to clean up the environment. It is implementing a Carbon Tax and mandating that certain industries buy insurance to make sure funds are available to pay for damages and to incentivize them to clean up their [...]
A metropolis is a large densely populated urban area that has a significant economic, political and cultural function to its inhabiting country or region. A city’s population has to exceed 1 million inhabitants to even be considered a metropolis in today’s context. Another term has been coined to describe cities with super densely populated urban [...]
PV has grown dramatically since Bell Labs displayed the first demonstration unit in 1954. The International Energy Agency notes that the annual growth rate has averaged a mind-boggling 40% for the last two decades. Despite recently achieving the milestone of 100GW of worldwide installed capacity, growth continues – GlobalData estimates a 16.5% compound annual growth [...]
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