Renewable Energy Industry

Global supplies of renewable electricity are growing faster than expected and could expand by 50% in the next half of the decade leading up to 2030, powered by a resurgence in solar energy and The International Energy Agency (IEA) found that solar, wind and hydropower projects are rolling out at their fastest rate in the four years that led up to 2020.

Its latest report in 2019 predicted that by the middle of the next decade a new dawn for cheap solar power could see the world’s solar capacity grow by 600GW which equates to almost double the installed total electricity capacity of Japan that year. Overall, renewable electricity is expected to grow by 1,200GW in the next five years, the equivalent of the total electricity capacity of the US in 2019.

Renewable energy sources make up 26% of the world’s electricity today, but according to the IEA its share is expected to reach 30% by 2024. The resurgence follows a global slowdown in 2019, due to falling technology costs and rising environmental concerns. The IEA also expects solar energy to play the biggest role in jumpstarting fresh growth in global renewable energy due to the fact that falling costs are already below retail electricity prices in most countries. Solar PV is the single largest source of additional expansion potential, followed by onshore wind and hydropower.

The cost of solar power is expected to decline by a further 15% to 35% by 2024 which should spur further growth over the second half of the decade and the increasing requirements of energy-hungry businesses and factories is expected to be the main driver of the solar power boom as company bosses exploit falling costs to help cut their energy bills.

The number of home solar panels is also expected to more than double to reach around 100 million rooftops by the middle of the decade leading into 2030 with the strongest per capita growth expected in Australia, Belgium, California, the Netherlands and Austria. Despite this forecasted growth expected for solar over the next five years, panels will still cover only 6% of the world’s available rooftops, leaving room for further growth into the remainder of the decade.

China will account for 40% of global renewable capacity expansion leading up to 2024 and this will be in part due to improved system integration, lower curtailment rates and enhanced competitiveness of both solar PV and onshore wind. A more optimistic outlook for the European Union results from higher planned renewables auction volumes and faster distributed solar PV growth in member states to meet renewable energy targets. In the United States, wind and solar PV developers are rushing to complete projects before federal tax incentives end, while corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs) and state-level policies contribute to growth.

Industry News

  • Chicago EJ Advocates Notch Win After EPA Flags Civil Rights Violations
    by Nexus Media on May 10, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot indefinitely delayed a permitting decision on the relocation of a highly polluting metal shredding and recycling facility after the U.S. EPA said doing so could violate the civil rights of Black and Latino people who live there. “Substantial data indicate the current conditions facing Chicago’s southeast side epitomize the problem of

  • Insular Areas Climate Change Act: Strengthen Territories’ Response to Climate Disasters & Protect the Most Vulnerable
    by Guest Contributor on May 10, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    Courtesy of Union Of Concerned Scientists By Juan Declet-Barreto, Climate Vulnerability Social Scientist, co-authored by Dr. Adi Martínez-Román with the University of Puerto Rico Resiliency Law Center. Islands and their people are more vulnerable to climate impacts than continental jurisdictions. They are more unprotected from climate ravages that are becoming more ferocious. Their vulnerability is related to climate

  • Colonial Pipeline Shut Down By Ransomware Attack
    by Nexus Media on May 10, 2021 at 9:30 pm

    The largest U.S. fuel pipeline remains shut down following a massive ransomware cyberattack on Friday. The Colonial Pipeline, described by one analysis as “the jugular of the U.S. pipeline system,” carries gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel from Texas to New Jersey and supplies fuel to much of the Southeast. The attack and shutdown underscore the

  • Elon Musk Explains the Need for a “Carbon Tax”
    by Matt Pressman on May 10, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    Originally posted on EVANNEX. Elon Musk is working hard on a 360-degree clean energy strategy at Tesla. With solar, battery storage, and electric cars, Tesla is poised to reshape the global energy paradigm. However, Tesla’s products can only go so far. According to Mike Brown at Inverse, there’s something else — and it happens to be “the one

  • ASKA Flying Car Showroom Opens & Offers Pre-orders
    by Jonny Tiernan on May 10, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    The term ‘flying car’ is sometimes used by laypersons when describing eVTOLs, but it’s usually inaccurate. Most eVTOLs are designed purely for flight and have no capabilities for road transport. Enter NFT Inc. and its mission to develop a vehicle that is capable of traversing both the roads and the sky — the ASKA flying

  • California Targets “Diesel Death Zones” With New Rule
    by Nexus Media on May 10, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    Southern California air quality regulators approved a rule on Friday to cut down on air pollution related to the approximately 3,000 logistics warehouses that have proliferated in the region, disproportionately in and around Black and Latino neighborhoods. “You don’t only have the warehouse next door but the one down the street,” Ivette Torres, an author

  • How Big Utilities’ Climate Pledges Fall Short
    by John Farrell on May 10, 2021 at 7:23 pm

    Originally published on Can a utility company be carbon neutral by 2050 if it builds a gas plant now? Maybe if it shuts off the gas plant well before its 40 years of useful life are complete, leaving electric customers to pay off millions in debt. For this episode of the Local Energy Rules podcast, host

  • In Pictures: Building Canada’s largest remote solar + storage microgrid
    by Renewable Energy World on May 10, 2021 at 6:43 pm

    Fort Chipewyan is an isolated community in Canada that is not connected to the main power grid. The community, which used to rely on diesel for power generation, is now home to the country’s largest community solar and storage microgrid project. Before the microgrid, diesel fuel was the source for all electricity production but since delivery of

  • Teach Your Children Well — About Renewable Energy (Video)
    by Carolyn Fortuna on May 10, 2021 at 6:35 pm

    The transition to sustainable energy requires understanding and efforts from all kinds of citizens — including children. After all, it is children who will participate as the “adults of tomorrow” when they assume the role of caretakers of the Earth. To teach your children well is to include lessons about how to take responsibility for

  • BNEF Predicts Electric Cars Will Be Cheaper In Europe Than Conventional Cars By 2027
    by Steve Hanley on May 10, 2021 at 6:05 pm

    In a study for Transport & Environment, Bloomberg New Energy Finance claims electric cars and vans will cost less to manufacture in Europe than conventional vehicles by 2027.

  • USA Falling Way, Way, Way Behind In Floating Offshore Wind Race
    by Tina Casey on May 10, 2021 at 5:45 pm

    Global floating offshore wind race heats up as South Korea hatches plans to beat the US to the punch with world's largest array.

  • Don’t Be Fooled — Investment Bankers Still Love Fossil Fuel Companies
    by Carolyn Fortuna on May 10, 2021 at 5:25 pm

    Savvy promises about zero emissions goals do not hide the fact that major world banks still are propping up the fossil fuel industry through robust financing.

  • How To Get Started Watching Formula E Racing
    by Jennifer Sensiba on May 10, 2021 at 5:05 pm

    Formula E isn’t new at all. I knew that it had been around for years, and I’ve seen a short clip of it here and there. Initially, Formula One fans and other racing fans panned it, saying that it looked like the racing they loved, but didn’t have the noise and excitement of “real” racing.

  • Better Motors, Better Power Inverters = Better Electric Cars
    by Steve Hanley on May 10, 2021 at 4:45 pm

    The big strides in electric cars happened years ago. Now, the improvements are measured in tiny advances as the EV revolution moves forward.

  • Exploring Pumped Hydro In Kenya & Surrounding Countries
    by Michael Barnard on May 10, 2021 at 4:25 pm

    The opportunity for pumped hydro and other storage in the rapidly expanding African market are high.

  • Eco-Facism At Home & Abroad: Got Climate Change? Blame Immigrants!
    by Steve Hanley on May 10, 2021 at 4:05 pm

    More and more Republicans accept that climate change is happening and they blame it on immigrants. How deliciously ironic that one of their heroes is himself the son of a single mother who fled her native country to find safety in the United States.

  • The Ford F-150 Lightning — Ford’s Electric Pickup Truck Entry!
    by Zachary Shahan on May 10, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    The electric Ford F-150 is coming, and we have all the details! Well, no, not really, but we do have a name! The vehicle will be called the Ford F-150 Lightning. Good choice, Ford, good choice. Frankly, I’m surprised we haven’t had a Lightning on the market yet. But maybe I’m biased, being from the

  • Catalyst Partners makes its HQ a living demo for sustainable buildings
    by Melissa London on May 10, 2021 at 3:37 pm

    Allen Austin, ABB Catalyst President Keith Winn is one of the founding members of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). It’s not surprising, then, that his company helps clients to meet the requirements of LEED and other green building standards. Catalyst focuses on energy efficiency services including auditing, modeling, and incentives and aims to become

  • Injury Claims From Electric Vehicle Owners 40% Lower Than Identical Non-Electric Models
    by Zachary Shahan on May 10, 2021 at 2:47 pm

    Logging another win in the safety game, electric vehicle owners are putting in a lot fewer injury claims than owners of identical non-electric vehicles from the same years. Electric vehicles have long been shown to have significant safety advantages, thanks to bigger crumple zones, low center of gravity thanks to big batteries on the bottom,

  • The KBO Hurricane Is A Belt-Driven Single-Speed With A Built In Tailwind — CleanTechnica Review
    by Kyle Field on May 10, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    The KBO Hurricane is a new entrant into the world of e-bikes and strikes out on its own path. With a belt drive and no internal gearing, it carves out a new segment for single-speed bikes married together with all the benefits of electrification. As a single-speed bike, the KBO Hurricane is a purpose-built city

  • Why 2021 could be the perfect year to deploy your solar portfolio
    by Renewable Energy World on May 10, 2021 at 6:38 am

    Now that pandemic-related obstacles are lessening in many areas, what are the prospects for portfolio solar in 2021?

  • What’s Going On Between Tesla & China?
    by Guest Contributor on May 10, 2021 at 5:08 am

    Originally posted on EVANNEX. by Charles Morris Around the time Tesla announced plans to build the Shanghai Gigafactory, China’s government rolled out the red carpet. Relaxed regulations on foreign ownership, expedited building permits, even an offer of a residence permit — nothing was too good for Elon Musk and his team. China wanted the jobs and

  • Legacy Auto Paid To Advertise EVs On SNL Last Night, While Tesla’s Elon Musk Hosted
    by Johnna Crider on May 10, 2021 at 4:09 am

    In a move that proves that Tesla is the leader of the auto industry in at least one sense, legacy automakers — Ford, Audi, and VW scrambled to get some EV advertising on Saturday Night Live last night. Lucid also joined the legacy automakers in this endeavor. This is a win for those of us

  • Electric Vehicle Direct Sales vs. Auto Dealer Protectionism — Podcast with James Chen of Rivian (& Formerly Tesla)
    by Zachary Shahan on May 10, 2021 at 3:30 am

    This is the second part of a two-part CleanTech Talk interview with Vice President of Public Policy at Rivian James Chen. A video recording of our one-hour discussion is also now online for CleanTechnica Members, Supporters, Technicians, and Ambassadors to view on YouTube. But if you prefer straight audio, you can listen below (I’m embedding both

  • China’s Current Emissions Overtake OECD Nations
    by Nexus Media on May 10, 2021 at 2:40 am

    China now emits more greenhouse gas pollution than the 37 member nations of the OECD combined, a new report from the Rhodium Group says. China’s climate pollution has increased dramatically in recent decades and its cumulative emissions since 1750 are still far smaller than the cumulative pollution emitted by OECD nations. China now accounts for more than a

  • 6 Innovative Funding Methods to Achieve Climate Action & Equity in US Cities
    by RMI on May 10, 2021 at 2:26 am

    Originally published on By Alexander Dane & Alisa Petersen US city budgets are tighter than ever due to COVID-19. The American Rescue Plan Act, recently passed by Congress and signed into law by President Biden, will provide some relief in the near term, while the proposed American Jobs Plan offers a tantalizing vision of federal infrastructure investments that

  • 135 Million Americans Are Exposed To Unhealthy Air Pollution
    by Jake Richardson on May 10, 2021 at 2:09 am

    With the work-from-home trend’s emergence; lockdowns and closures of various typical gathering spaces like cinemas, restaurants, cafes, and shopping centers; most of us are driving less than we did before the pandemic. Air pollution levels declined during the pandemic, but the decrease may have been overstated. Air pollution remains a public health hazard, and as

  • Porsche Planning New Platforms For Electric Macan & Boxster/Cayman Twins
    by Steve Hanley on May 9, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    Porsche is moving quickly to bring more battery electric models to its customers. The electric Macan will go on sale in 2023.

  • Administration Releases “America The Beautiful” Conservation Plan
    by Nexus Media on May 9, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    The Biden administration laid out its plan on Thursday to conserve 30% of U.S. lands and waters by 2030. The report seeks to rebrand what has become known as “30×30” and emphasizes “voluntary efforts” by states, tribal nations, and private landowners instead of expanding the footprint of federal land ownership. The multiagency plan was signed by Interior

  • Elon Musk on Saturday Night Live (Videos)
    by Matt Pressman on May 9, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    Originally posted on EVANNEX. If you didn’t catch it, check out highlights from Elon Musk’s appearance on “Saturday Night Live” last night! He joined his mom, Maye Musk, onstage to give some Mother’s Day love during the monologue. He also made news admitting he’s on the spectrum and has Asperger’s Syndrome. That hasn’t stopped him from changing

  • UNFI’s Plan To Reduce Emissions: Adopting Zero-Emissions Emerging Transportation Technology
    by Johnna Crider on May 9, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    United Natural Foods, Inc (UNFI) has a plan to reduce its greenhouse gas emission footprint in California. The company is adding 53 all-electric transport refrigerated trail units (TRUs) to its fleet at the Riverside distribution center. Aside from being electric, the TRUs achieve zero-emission by using a high-efficiency refrigeration system that is powered by solar

  • Tesla Is Working On A Platform That Will Allow Car Owners In China Data Access
    by Johnna Crider on May 9, 2021 at 7:54 pm

    Tesla is developing a platform for its customers in China that will allow them to access the data that their vehicle generates, Reuters reports. Tesla aims to launch the data platform this year. The article noted that this is the first time an automaker has announced plans to allow customers to access car data in

  • AV Radar: Don’t Cross The Streams
    by Jennifer Sensiba on May 9, 2021 at 7:40 pm

    In Ghostbusters, Egon gives the other ghost hunters an important warning for the operation of their proton packs: don’t cross the streams. Why? Because it would be bad. Even “all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light” bad. Total protonic reversal. Definitely bad.

  • 1st Monkey Selfie on a TeslaCam
    by Johnna Crider on May 9, 2021 at 7:16 pm

    Tesla owner Sam Alburquerque and his wife went on a fun adventure recently and a cute little monkey got curious about the cameras on their Tesla. The trip to Longleat Safari Park was taken in a Tesla Model 3, which took amazing videos of the adventure. Sam’s wife, Karina, narrated the video below. The trip

  • That Time My 7-Year-Old Son Taught Me Something Important About Autopilot
    by Jennifer Sensiba on May 9, 2021 at 7:04 pm

    Over the years, I’ve had wheel time with everything Tesla sells, including the Model Y most recently. I liked basically everything about the vehicle, but was disappointed that cleaning up a mess (messes are common when you have kids) in the back seat could be a major problem in some cases. What I didn’t expect

  • Solar & Wind Provided 11% of US Electricity in First 2 Months of 2021
    by Zachary Shahan on May 9, 2021 at 11:10 am

    Following our US Power Capacity Report for the first two months of 2020, which showed that 99.7% of new US power capacity came from solar and wind, we’ve got a US Electricity Generation Report that is much less uplifting. Aside from the fact that 11% is a lot lower than 99.7% (of course), the bad

  • OneTrust's Phil Redman on the expansion of ESG reporting
    by taylor flores on May 9, 2021 at 4:19 am

    OneTrust's Phil Redman on the expansion of ESG reporting This video is sponsored by OneTrust. Grant Harrison, Senior Account Executive at GreenBiz, interviewed Phil Redman, Offering Mannager of ESG at OneTrust, during GreenFin 21 (April 13-14, 2021). View archived videos from the conference here: taylor flores Sat, 05/08/2021 - 21:19 Featured Off

  • As Electric Vehicle Sales Skyrocket, Tesla Continues to Dominate
    by Guest Contributor on May 9, 2021 at 3:47 am

    Originally posted on EVANNEX. by Charles Morris The events of the last year have dramatically demonstrated the truth of the old adage that major crises tend to accelerate changes that were already underway. The auto industry (among others) had a tough 2020, but it’s coming back strong — in the first quarter of 2021, the US

  • Oil, Gas, & Chemical Companies Don’t Want Louisiana Residents To Know What’s In The Air
    by Johnna Crider on May 9, 2021 at 3:40 am

    A Louisiana state committee has rejected a bill that would have required 473 plants to install real-time air monitoring systems and pay for it. The bill was sponsored by Sen. Cleo Fields (D-Baton Rouge) and it was inspired by conversations with his constituents after last year’s fire at the ExxonMobile refinery — the explosion that

  • Volta Trucks Road-To-Zero Emissions Strategy
    by Johnna Crider on May 9, 2021 at 3:30 am

    Volta Trucks has laid out its Road-to-Zero Emissions strategy and is launching four full-electric commercial vehicles. The trucks will be between 7.5t and 19t and manufactured at multiple facilities. The target is set to 27,000 vehicle sales annually across expanded markets. The company plans to launch these new trucks by 2025. The Volta Zero was

  • India Announces $600 Million Incentives Scheme For Solar Manufacturing
    by Saurabh on May 9, 2021 at 2:13 am

    The Indian government has announced a new incentive scheme to boost manufacturing in the solar power sector. Through this scheme, the government plans to disburse more than $600 million in incentives over the next five years. India’s Ministry for New and Renewable Energy recently announced the guidelines for a production-linked incentives scheme for the solar

  • Rivian Tells Us More About R1T Size & Storage
    by Jennifer Sensiba on May 9, 2021 at 1:24 am

    We got an email today with exciting news from Rivian. Not only are we on the list to get some in-person time with the R1T electric pickup truck this summer, but the company also just gave the public a much better virtual look at it. Sure, we’ve seen plenty of pictures of the truck floating

  • Charging Networks That Are Making Road Trip Adventures In Your Electric Vehicle Easy
    by Guest Contributor on May 9, 2021 at 12:58 am

    Originally published on EVmatch. By Jeff Pickett There have been some exciting recent developments for adventuresome EVangelists such as myself. While much of driving for most everybody is predictable commuting, sometimes one needs to get off the beaten track. Until now, for EV drivers, that often presented a challenge at best, and a complete roadblock at

  • California Energy Commission Proposal Makes Important Climate Progress, But Falls Short of Widely Supported All-Electric Building Code
    by RMI on May 9, 2021 at 12:40 am

    Proposal will reduce, but not fully eliminate, fossil fuel pollution from new buildings throughout the state

  • The 2021 proxy season: What’s on the menu?
    by Aman Singh on May 8, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    The 2021 proxy season: What’s on the menu? Aman Singh Sat, 05/08/2021 - 15:11 The 2021 proxy season is officially here — much awaited after the tumultuous events of 2020. From how businesses chose to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic to the escalating outcry over racial justice to the increasing urgency around climate change, there is much for companies to answer for this year. The annual proxy season is also an important harbinger of change in how companies are evolving their governance models and approach to environmental and social issues. So, what are some ESG issues rising to the top for investors this year? And what could that mean for a corresponding evolution in how companies manage, measure and disclose their ESG risks and efforts? Here’s what I found: Demand for climate disclosure is up — and up In one of the most high-profile examples, investment manager Neuberger Berman voted against the Berkshire Hathaway management last week in response to calls for analysis that shows how the conglomerate manages climate risks as well as diversity and inclusion. Global investment firm Federated Hermes also issued an open letter in the week leading up to Berkshire Hathaway’s proxy meeting, urging the company to disclose how it manages physical and transitional climate-related risks and opportunities, including climate-related financial reporting as well as the feasibility of the parent company and its subsidiaries in establishing science-based greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. ESG teams and committees will be wise to counsel their C-suite on this rising tide with expanded disclosure on their approach to climate change — and corresponding targets. With the European Union increasingly mandating disclosure on climate action, this is a tactic that increasingly will come handy for investors looking to standardize disclosure on this issue. Despite a dramatic uptick in ESG disclosure, there remains no preferred standard […]

  • Comparing the Best Electric Cars for 2021
    by Zachary Shahan on May 8, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    There are two ways to consider what the best electric cars on the market are. One way is to consider what the absolute best cars are, regardless of price. The other way is to consider what the best cars are when taking price into account. Or, as is the case below, you can include a

  • The Haoqi Fat Tire E-Bike — CleanTechnica Review
    by Kyle Field on May 8, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    Haoqi burst onto the e-bike scene with a lineup of fat tire e-bikes at a budget price. The company sent us the Haoqi Black Leopard variant for us to test out and after several weeks of fun rides, we’re back to tell the tale. Disclaimer: Haoqi sent us this e-bike free of charge for the

  • 99.7% of New US Power Capacity = Solar & Wind in January & February
    by Zachary Shahan on May 8, 2021 at 11:10 am

    New US power capacity in the first two months of 2021 came almost exclusively from wind and solar power plants, data from the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) shows. Looking at large-scale power capacity added to the grids across the country (which does not include rooftop solar power), 99.7% came from wind and solar

  • What We Know About Tesla’s “Bobcat Project”
    by Johnna Crider on May 8, 2021 at 3:43 am

    The Austin Business Journal has shared the news of Tesla’s latest project in Austin. It is nicknamed the “Bobcat Project,” but there are not a lot of details out yet. The article (which is paywalled) noted that there is a new site plan with an additional facility nearby. KXAN added a bit more detail in

  • Quantis CEO Dimitri Caudrelier on why courage is the critical driver of a planetary economy
    by taylor flores on May 8, 2021 at 3:34 am

    Quantis CEO Dimitri Caudrelier on why courage is the critical driver of a planetary economy This video is sponsored by Quantis. Sarah Golden, Senior Energy Analyst & VERGE Energy Chair at GreenBiz, interviewed Dimitri Caudrelier, CEO of Quantis, on April 19, 2021. taylor flores Fri, 05/07/2021 - 20:34 Featured Off

  • Tesla Cybertruck On Display In Manhattan, NYC
    by Johnna Crider on May 8, 2021 at 2:38 am

    Update: Here are several photos from the CleanTechnica team in NYC: The Manhattan Tesla store has a special vehicle in its showroom this weekend — the Tesla Cybertruck. Elon Musk confirmed that Tesla’s hottest new EV will be there until Sunday. The showroom is located in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan, NY. The Cybertruck’s appearance

  • PwC's Sara DeSmith on the evolving landscape of ESG
    by taylor flores on May 7, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    PwC's Sara DeSmith on the evolving landscape of ESG This video is sponsored by PwC. Pete May, President & Co-Founder of GreenBiz, interviewed Sara DeSmith, ESG Assurance Leader of Digital, Assurance and Transparency Practice at PwC during GreenFin 21 (April 13-14, 2021). View archived videos from the conference here: taylor flores Fri, 05/07/2021 - 09:29 Featured Off

  • Solar and wind’s competitiveness over coal is accelerating, analysis shows
    by Kathiann M. Kowalski on May 7, 2021 at 2:48 pm

    The report recommends that regulators, policymakers and others “critically examine each and every coal plant in their jurisdiction given the overwhelming amount of existing coal and the rapidly changing economics of possible alternatives.”

  • EU approves €400 million aid scheme to develop renewables in Denmark
    by Renewable Energy World on May 7, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a Danish aid scheme to support electricity production from renewable sources: onshore and offshore wind, wave power plants, hydroelectric power plants and solar PV. The measure will help Denmark reach its renewable energy targets without unduly distorting competition and will contribute to the European objective

  • Developer eyes economically distressed communities in rural Indiana for up to 1.6 GW of solar capacity
    by Renewable Energy World on May 7, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    Hoosier Solar Holdings said last week that it is developing solar power facilities in economically distressed, rural communities across Indiana that have been designated as Qualified Opportunity Zones.  Several solar and battery storage projects that collectively have a potential capcity of more than 1,600 megawatts (1.6 GW) are currently in active development, said the company. Many

  • IRENA members commit to advance the global hydropower fleet
    by Renewable Energy World on May 6, 2021 at 6:12 pm

    Members of the International Renewable Energy Agency and private sector representatives are joining forces to modernize and refurbish the existing hydropower fleet around the globe. This is one of the results of the third meeting of the Collaborative Framework on Hydropower organized by IRENA, which aims to expand collaboration and action between the agency’s global

  • US DOE announces $12 Million for enhanced geothermal technology improvement
    by Renewable Energy World on May 6, 2021 at 2:51 pm

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) last week announced up to $12 million for technologies that can make geothermal systems more efficient for clean, renewable energy production. The funding is designed to help scientists and engineers unlock the full potential of enhanced geothermal power to help tackle the climate crisis and achieve the Biden Administration’s

  • Solar industry employment dropped 6.7% in 2020, new report shows
    by Renewable Energy World on May 6, 2021 at 1:59 pm

    The U.S. solar industry employed 231,474 workers in 2020, a 6.7% drop from 2019 due to pandemic restrictions and increased labor productivity, according to the National Solar Jobs Census 2020 released today by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), The Solar Foundation, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), and BW Research. On the flip side, total solar installed

  • Enel’s portfolio of renewable projects under construction tops 2 GW
    by Renewable Energy World on May 5, 2021 at 6:44 pm

    Enel Green Power North America currently has over 2.3 GW of renewable generation under construction and by mid-year will have 606 MW of battery storage capacity under construction

  • What are solar cell windows and are they really something to watch out for?
    by Administrator The Renewable Energy Hub on April 28, 2021 at 12:19 pm

    We live in an ever-changing world of technology in which the things that we purchase often become obsolete before we know it. We have a throwaway culture that means we’re okay with wastage and we’re happy to invest in a new phone over and over again even if we don’t need one. But where is … Continue reading "What are solar cell windows and are they really something to watch out for?" The post What are solar cell windows and are they really something to watch out for? first appeared on The Renewable Energy Hub.

  • UK Subsidy Free Solar Market Continues To Flourish
    by Edward Richardson on April 28, 2021 at 12:14 pm

    Back in 2017, Clayhill Solar Farm was the first solar farm to be built without government subsidies. The 10MW site near Flitwick in Bedfordshire was developed by Anesco, a UK-based renewables developer and, crucially, after the Renewables Obligation scheme had been closed to new applicants. The scheme was one of the main support mechanisms for … Continue reading "UK Subsidy Free Solar Market Continues To Flourish" The post UK Subsidy Free Solar Market Continues To Flourish first appeared on The Renewable Energy Hub.

  • The Cost Benefits of Cloud Computing in Renewable Energy Systems
    by Administrator The Renewable Energy Hub on April 26, 2021 at 12:46 pm

    Renewable energy is the resource the world needs to move toward a more sustainable, clean future. While green power sources like solar and wind don’t produce any carbon dioxide emissions directly, they do come with high energy demands. Data centers are necessary to manage and distribute them properly, and cloud computing can curb the costs … Continue reading "The Cost Benefits of Cloud Computing in Renewable Energy Systems" The post The Cost Benefits of Cloud Computing in Renewable Energy Systems first appeared on The Renewable Energy Hub.

  • Work Begins On Army’s First Solar Farm To Support Its Commitment To Sustainability
    by Ellie Richardson on April 26, 2021 at 12:41 pm

    The installation of a 2.3MW photovoltaic solar farm at the British Army’s Defence School of Transport (DST) in Leconfield is part of a major project expected to deliver £1million in efficiency savings and a massive reduction of carbon dioxide emissions per year. The project will support the Government’s commitment to meet Net Carbon Emissions by … Continue reading "Work Begins On Army’s First Solar Farm To Support Its Commitment To Sustainability" The post Work Begins On Army’s First Solar Farm To Support Its Commitment To Sustainability first appeared on The Renewable Energy Hub.

  • IMS Heat Pumps
    by Richard Burdett on April 8, 2021 at 10:34 am

    When it comes to choosing a home central heating system the options are plentiful, but for those conscious of environmental factors and the need to futureproof their home, heat pumps are the obvious solution. And we thought the Government did too. However, the various schemes aimed at incentivising consumers and developers to install heat pumps … Continue reading "IMS Heat Pumps" The post IMS Heat Pumps first appeared on The Renewable Energy Hub.

  • Why It’s Worth Installing Solar Panels in 2021
    by Ellie Richardson on April 8, 2021 at 10:30 am

    There have been some significant changes to the economics of solar power in recent years. The popular and successful feed-in tariff closed to new applicants in 2019 meaning that photovoltaics were no longer subsidised. Further to that the government changed the rules so that not every installation is eligible for the preferential 5% VAT. However, … Continue reading "Why It’s Worth Installing Solar Panels in 2021" The post Why It’s Worth Installing Solar Panels in 2021 first appeared on The Renewable Energy Hub.

  • UK’s Flagship Green Homes Grant Scrapped
    by Ellie Richardson on April 8, 2021 at 10:26 am

    The government has abandoned its much-heralded Green Homes Grant scheme which was at the heart of Boris Johnson’s promise to build back greener after the Covid-19 pandemic. Just over 6 months after the scheme was launched in September 2020 the government has announced that the scheme will close to new applicants on Wednesday, 31st March. … Continue reading "UK’s Flagship Green Homes Grant Scrapped" The post UK’s Flagship Green Homes Grant Scrapped first appeared on The Renewable Energy Hub.

    by Ellie Richardson on April 8, 2021 at 10:21 am

    MCS certification is an internationally recognised quality and safety scheme for small-scale renewable energy technologies. This includes solar PV and solar thermal panels. Technology which is MCS accredited has been installed to a high standard and will operate both safely and efficiently. The MCS is certified by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy … Continue reading "WHAT IS THE MICROGENERATION CERTIFICATION SCHEME?" The post WHAT IS THE MICROGENERATION CERTIFICATION SCHEME? first appeared on The Renewable Energy Hub.

  • Why You Should Install Renewable Energy In Your Self Build Home In 2021
    by Ellie Richardson on March 23, 2021 at 11:42 am

    If you are a self-builder planning your own home building project in 2021 sustainability will no doubt be a priority for you. You will need to consider what types of renewable energy systems can power your home but make as low an impact on the environment as possible. There are a number of renewable energy … Continue reading "Why You Should Install Renewable Energy In Your Self Build Home In 2021" The post Why You Should Install Renewable Energy In Your Self Build Home In 2021 first appeared on The Renewable Energy Hub.

  • Using AI for Environmental Disaster Prevention
    by Administrator The Renewable Energy Hub on March 22, 2021 at 3:15 pm

    What comes to mind when you think of artificial intelligence? For most people, it’s things like the Terminator movie franchise or Elon Musk’s incessant and often intelligible fear of the technology. While the machines might not be sentient, AI is quickly becoming one of the most valuable tools we have in our collective arsenals. From … Continue reading "Using AI for Environmental Disaster Prevention" The post Using AI for Environmental Disaster Prevention first appeared on The Renewable Energy Hub.

  • Collaborating with the ocean is essential to addressing climate change and environmental justice
    by YanniGuo on November 10, 2020 at 1:01 am

    Collaborating with the ocean is essential to addressing climate change and environmental justice "The potential for the “blue economy” — one that combines more thoughtful stewardship of the ocean’s resources and economic opportunity with a more pragmatic, respectful approach to protecting coastal ecosystems — is vast. But with more than $1.5 trillion in annual economic value linked to ocean-based activities, the time is right to place the world’s seas at the center of a climate-centric post-pandemic recovery. This discussion will center on the role ocean solutions can play in addressing both climate change and systemic environmental justice issues. This session was held at GreenBiz Group’s VERGE 20, October 26-30, 2020. Learn more about the event here:   Watch our other must-see talks here:   OUR LINKS Website: Twitter: LinkedIn: Instagram: Facebook: YanniGuo Mon, 11/09/2020 - 17:01 Featured Off

  • Biden-Harris: The work begins
    by Joel Makower on November 7, 2020 at 6:39 pm

    Biden-Harris: The work begins Joel Makower Sat, 11/07/2020 - 10:39 Whatever your political leanings, the election of Joe Biden as President of the United States increases the odds of bringing America back into the community of nations addressing the climate crisis. “Increases the odds” is the key phrase in the above sentence. There’s a lot of work to do, and not just by our elected representatives, to regain our footing on this issue — and to regain our standing on the global stage. Now, the hard work begins. There is public policy to enact and implement. There are new commitments to be made. There are fractured alliances to mend. But more important, there is leadership to project. Not just by the new president or Congress, but by us all. The new administration will need to know that we have their backs. If America is to be seen as the climate leader so many of us desperately want it to be, we’ll need to stand with Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on climate (and environmental protection in general). We’ll need our voices to be loud and clear. We’ll need to push and prod them toward increasingly more ambitious action. The new administration will need to know that we have their backs. This is easier said than done. Most companies have been woefully silent on climate policy. Despite the explosion of net-zero commitments across the economy, there’s been relatively little hue and cry by business for national leadership on climate issues. Quite the opposite: Most companies have stood by as the current administration dismantled existing climate policies, which must now be pieced back together. It won’t be easy or quick, but nothing less will do. And getting back to where we were in 2016 is only the beginning. Elections are easy; governing is hard, particularly in this fractured age. But it’s heartening that the president-elect’s campaign website has a page dedicated to “a clean energy revolution and environmental […]

  • How the climate crisis will crash the economy
    by Joel Makower on September 14, 2020 at 9:11 am

    How the climate crisis will crash the economy Joel Makower Mon, 09/14/2020 - 02:11 The chickens are coming home to roost. Even before the western United States became a regional inferno, even before the Midwest U.S. became a summertime flood zone, even before an annual hurricane season so bad that the government is running out of names to attach to them, even before Colorado saw a 100 degrees Fahrenheit heatwave swan dive into a 12-inch snowstorm within 48 hours. Even before all that, we’d been watching the real-world risks of climate change looming and growing across the United States and around the world. And the costs, financially and otherwise, are quickly becoming untenable. Lately, a steady march of searing heat, ruinous floods, horrific wildfires, unbreathable air, devastating hurricanes and other climate-related calamities has been traversing our screens and wreaking havoc to national and local budgets. And we’re only at 1C of increased global temperature rise. Just imagine what 2C or 3C or 4C will look like, and how much it will cost. We may not have to wait terribly long to find out. It’s natural to follow the people affected by all this: the local residents, usually in poorer neighborhoods, whose homes and livelihoods are being lost; the farmers and ranchers whose crops and livestock are withering and dying; the stranded travelers and the evacuees seeking shelter amid the chaos. And, of course the heroic responders to all these events, not to mention an entire generation of youth who fear their future is being stolen before their eyes, marching in the streets. So many people and stories. But lately, I’ve been following the money. The financial climate, it seems, has been as unforgiving as the atmospheric one. Some of it has been masked by the pandemic and ensuing recession, but for those paying attention, the indicators are hiding in plain sight. And what we’re seeing now are merely the opening acts of what could be a […]

  • Welcome to Circularity 20
    by Holly Secon on September 11, 2020 at 3:41 pm

    Welcome to Circularity 20 What will it take to accelerate the circular economy? Welcome to Circularity 20. The opening will set the stage for the virtual event, offer an overview of the program and ground attendees in what circularity means today. Holly Secon Fri, 09/11/2020 - 08:41 Featured Off

  • How to Design for the Future
    by Holly Secon on September 9, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    How to Design for the Future How do we design for the future amid the disruptive present? In this closing plenary session, Lauren Phipps, director and senior analyst for the circular economy at GreenBiz, speaks with Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO, about how to design for the future. For example, how do you reconcile incremental change and the need to change more quickly to meet needs and goals? The COVID-19 pandemic has showed how quick change can happen. Now and in the future, organizations need to continue working together to develop better systems.   "We need to move toward the future with energy and enthusiasm and not just fear," Brown says during the discussion. Holly Secon Wed, 09/09/2020 - 13:17 Featured Off

  • Circularity 20 Closing: Where do we go from here?
    by Holly Secon on September 7, 2020 at 6:42 pm

    Circularity 20 Closing: Where do we go from here?   Lauren Phipps, Director & Senior Analyst of the Circular Economy at GreenBiz Group, discusses what's next in her closing thoughts. Holly Secon Mon, 09/07/2020 - 11:42 Featured Off

  • 6/18/20 - Are DACA and the DREAM Act Good for America?
    on June 18, 2020 at 6:00 pm - DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is an Obama administration policy implemented on June 15, 2012. DACA prevents eligible undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children from being deported, and it allows those immigrants to get work permits.

  • 6/15/20 - Sanctuary Cities: Top 3 Pros and Cons
    on June 15, 2020 at 6:00 pm - While there is no official legal definition of "sanctuary city," the term generally refers to towns, cities, or counties that decline to cooperate completely with federal detention requests related to undocumented immigrants, often with a "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Some argue that sanctuary cities such as San Francisco, New York, and Chicago should not receive federal funding because they are not enforcing federal immigration laws. Others say that sanctuary city policies protect both citizens and undocumented immigrants.

  • 6/12/20 - Kneeling during the National Anthem: Top 3 Pros and Cons
    on June 12, 2020 at 6:00 pm - The current debate over kneeling or sitting in protest during the national anthem was ignited by Colin Kaepernick in 2016 and has escalated to become a nationally divisive issue. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first refused to stand during "The Star-Spangled Banner" on Aug. 26, 2016 to protest racial injustice and police brutality in the United States. Since that time, many other professional football players, high school athletes, and professional athletes in other sports have refused to stand for the national anthem. These protests have generated controversy and sparked a public conversation about the protesters' messages and how they've chosen to deliver them.

  • 5/29/20 - Encyclopaedia Britannica Acquires
    on May 29, 2020 at 6:00 pm - The Britannica® Group today announced that it has acquired, the country's leading source for information and research on all sides of the controversial issues of the day.