IRENA chief critical of solar trade cases

Adnan Amin, director general of IRENA. Source: IRENA. Trade cases in the solar industry interfere with the larger objective of lowering the cost of energy, the head of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has told Reuters. Speaking to the newswire in Singapore, Adnan Amin said proposed trade tariffs on solar modules and cells in … Read more

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Will Molten Salt Outdo Batteries for Grid-Tied Storage?

Thermal storage hasn’t garnered the level of industry attention lately as battery storage, which enjoys quickly falling prices and rising deployments. But thermal storage, and molten salt in particular, actually exceeds the capacity of battery storage in operation so far, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency. A recent resurgence in concentrated … Read more

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Shell Charging Forward … E-Motorcycles … Ad-Supported Charging … Benefits Of Low-Energy-Density Renewables (Cleantech Talk #37)

Bicycles Published on October 23rd, 2017 by Matthew Klippenstein 0 October 23rd, 2017 by Matthew Klippenstein  Hello all, and a big thank you for suffering through Episode 37’s “laryngitis edition” of Cleantech Talk! You can listen to this episode and subscribe to Cleantech Talk on iTunes or Soundcloud. You can also listen via the embedded player above or download this episode. Jump … Read more

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Climate policy underestimates moral responsibility of polluters

Environmental and climate policy tends to overlook a phenomenon that has long since been recognized in behavioral economics: that people are driven not only by effectively reaching a goal but also by their moral responsibility. This was shown in a new study by researchers from the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change … Read more

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Global Revenue for Building Energy Management Systems Is Expected to Exceed $13 Billion by 2026

The market is being fueled by the Internet of Things, cloud, and edge computing A new report from Navigant Research analyzes the global market for building energy management systems (BEMSs), examining technology trends, and providing forecasts, segmented by region, offering type, and customer type, through 2026. The BEMS market continues to evolve with an increasing … Read more

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BBOXX claims ‘first of its kind’ trilateral financing for off-grid power in Rwanda

BBOXX already has 250,000 existing customers in Rwanda. Credit: BBOXX Global off-grid solar company BBOXX has closed on a US$5 million financing facility with Deutsche Asset Management’s fund Essential Capital Consortium that will help it bring off-grid power to 150,000 Rwandans. The financing will be managed in country by Atlas Mara’s Rwandan entity, Banque Populaire … Read more

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Hawaii’s PUC expands rooftop solar and energy storage offerings

PUC has also clarified the terms of its existing programmes. Credit: SolarCity The Hawai‘i Public Utilities Commission has approved two new programmes expanding its customers’ abilities to install rooftop PV and energy storage systems, while also clarifying the terms of its existing programmes. The new ‘Smart Export’ programme for customers exploring solar-plus-storage options allows customers … Read more

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