India sets new clean power goal

India Clean Energy Goal

Government has announced a new goal for renewable energy The government of India has announced a new clean power goal. The country has been pursuing renewable energy aggressively in recent years. India is committed to combating climate change and increasing accessibility to electricity for its residents, especially in rural areas. The government’s efforts have made the country one of the largest and fastest growing solar energy markets in the world. New goal set at 227 GW The government has raised its renewable energy target to 227 gigawatts, up from its…

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China is boosting it’s focus on solar farms

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Country aims to embrace solar power more aggressively China has big plans for solar power and will be investing in this form of renewable energy quite heavily in the coming years. The country has embarked on an ambitious plan to derive much of its electrical power from solar farms. By 2020, the country aims to have some 110 gigawatts of installed solar capacity in place. This would be enough to power approximately 30 million average homes. China wants to replace fossil-fuels with renewable power China’s investments in solar farms highlights…

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Cost of solar energy continues to fall worldwide

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Solar power is now less expensive to produce than coal The cost of solar energy is falling at rapid pace, according to a new report from Lazard. The report shows that the solar production is now less expensive than coal and this trend is expected to continue well into the future. Notably, the electricity being generated from utility-scale solar plants has seen the most significant price drop: An 86% decrease since 2009. The report from Lazard shows that it costs approximately $50 to produce 1 megawatt-hour of electricity from a…

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Solar energy systems could power all new homes in California

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State could become the first to require all new homes to be powered by solar panels California may become the first state in the country to require all new homes to have their own solar energy systems. The California Energy Commission is set to vote on the matter this week. If approved, the new measure will go into effect in 2020. For the past seven years, solar energy has been optional for new homes being built in the state. The measure is meant to accelerate the adoption of solar power…

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Solar energy in Japan faces challenges from environmentalists

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Environmental groups are decrying the development of some solar projects Japan’s solar energy sector is beginning to face new challenges that could slow or completely halt the development of new projects. Environmental advocates throughout the country are beginning to protest the construction of new solar farms, claiming that these projects could have an adverse impact on the ecology. Residents in the Chiba Prefecture have taken issue with a particular solar farm that is meant to be built near the city of Kamogawa. New solar farm will need to clear 300…

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University of Hawaii announces commitment to solar energy

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University will receive all of its electricity from solar power The University of Hawaii will soon derive all of its electricity from solar energy. The university has been aggressively working to install solar panels and battery storage systems at its Maui College campus in an effort to become more environmentally friendly. These efforts are beginning to show results, as the university will receive 100% of its electricity from solar power, adding further momentum to Hawaii’s overarching endeavors concerning the use of renewable energy. Hawaii continues to show strong support for…

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India seeks to promote solar energy throughout the world

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Government leaders flock to India for the International Solar Alliance summit Leaders from 40 countries have come to India to participate in the world’s first official International Solar Alliance summit. The International Solar Alliance is a non-profit, treaty-based organization comprised of some 121 countries. The organization is committed to promoting the use of solar energy throughout the world. The summit is meant to encourage cooperation between countries that have a strong interest in clean power and combating climate change in the coming years. India aims to help other countries embrace…

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Massive solar energy system launched in India

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Kanataka becomes home to a new large-scale solar farm What may be the world’s largest solar energy farm has been launched in India’s Kanataka. The solar farm is called Shakti Sthala and covers an area of 13,000 acres. The project was developed by the Karnataka Solar Power Development Corp., which is a joint venture from Karnataka Renewable Energy Development and the Solar Energy Corp. of India. The solar farm represents a milestone in participation among several villages, with farmers leasing their land so that solar panels can be installed. Farmers…

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Maryland lawmakers seek to revitalize state’s solar energy sector

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Lawmakers are looking to show more support for clean power Lawmakers in Maryland are currently working to weighing the cost of the state’s growing focus on renewable energy. Two new legislations have been introduced that could have a major impact on Maryland’s solar power sector. Solar companies have been having a difficult time in the state due to uncertainty coming from homeowners over how much more expensive solar energy systems will be if new tariffs are introduced. These tariffs were proposed earlier this year and became active in February. Tariffs…

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New solar energy roadway is being constructed in China

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New highway will be capable of generating solar energy The Qilu Transportation Development Group, a state-run transportation firm in China, is building a solar highway. The highway will span some 2,000 meters and will be capable of generating electrical power by collecting sunlight. Called the Jinan South Ring Expressway, the new highway will be connected to an existing energy grid and serve as a research opportunity for those interested in solar energy and clean technology. Engineers from Tongji University will be collecting data concerning the capabilities of the new road.…

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New floating solar energy farm to be built in China

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Floating solar farm is helping China combat air pollution The Chinese government is working to combat air pollutions through the use of renewable energy. The government plans to invest no less than $360 billion into clean power by 2020. By that year, an estimated 13 million new jobs will have been created through this endeavor. The country recently completed a major solar energy project, which is one of several other projects that are set to be built in various parts of China. Solar farm will help power 15,000 homes A…

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Researchers develop new system to produce hydrogen fuel from sunlight and seawater

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Research team has developed a system that uses sunlight to produce hydrogen Scientists from the University of Central Florida have developed a new way to produce hydrogen fuel. A team has created a new system that uses nanoparticles to capture sunlight and convert electricity, which is then used to convert seawater into hydrogen. The process is completely reliant on renewable energy, taking the emissions problem out of hydrogen fuel production. Conventional hydrogen production is heavily reliant on fossil-fuels, which makes this fuel less environmentally friendly than intended. Using clean power…

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Solar energy continues to find success in India

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39% of new energy capacity in India came from solar Solar energy accounted for the largest growth in new energy generation capacity in India this year. The country has been aggressively investing in the development of new solar farms, hoping to replace older forms of power with clean energy. Solar capacity has, therefore, been growing quickly. Several new solar farms have begun operation in recent months, adding momentum to India’s energy revolution. India now has 14.7 GW of installed solar energy capacity According to data from the Mercom Capital Group,…

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Solar energy capacity set to break records in China

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China’s solar capacity is swelling quickly Despite prevailing curtailment issues, China is on track to install a record breaking amount of solar energy capacity this year. The country’s solar power sector has been growing at a very rapid pace, making China the world’s leading solar market. The rate at which solar capacity has been growing has lead many analysts and energy researchers to boost their forecasts by as much as 80%. These researchers and analysts believe that China’s solar energy capacity will only continue gaining momentum well into the future.…

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Solar energy is dominating the global energy sector

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Solar power is having an impact on other forms of clean energy The current solar energy boom could have a major impact on the world’s overarching energy industry. The International Energy Agency has released its latest World Energy Outlook report. The report suggests that by 2040, the world will need to add the equivalent of China and India’s current energy capacity in order to meet the demands of a growing global population. Solar power is the fastest growing segment of clean energy that currently exists. If this sector continues to…

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New solar energy fund emerges in Wisconsin

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New fun aims to help companies embrace solar power A new fund that aims to support solar energy adoption has emerged in Wisconsin. Cal Couillard, president of Componex, has committed some $125,000 to this fund in order to ensure solar power continues to thrive. The fund exists to provide the money needed to install solar panels on rooftops, something that is becoming increasingly interesting for businesses throughout the United States. Non-profit organization are looking to make use of the fund Ten non-profit organizations have already applied to receive money from…

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