Tag Archives: solar power

‘Way off the planet’: regional businesses use renewables to slash costs

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Businessman Jason Sharam’s Linked Group has spent $460,000 on a solar and battery installation. Photograph: Jason Sharam

From solar to running generators, some have quit the energy grid and several others are showing interest in ‘defecting’

October 29, 2017 — In the heart of Queensland’s mining belt, a businessman who has grown his enterprise mostly off the back of the coal industry sees the energy sector going only one way. Continue reading ‘Way off the planet’: regional businesses use renewables to slash costs

Draughty homes targeted in UK climate change masterplan

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Big winners in the 164-page Clean Growth Strategy include offshore windfarm developers. Photograph: Steve Morgan for the Guardian

Ministers publish long-delayed blueprint for hitting target of cutting emissions by 57% in next 15 years

October 12, 2017 — Millions of draughty homes in England and Wales will be insulated and overhauled by 2035 to save families as much as £300 a year on their energy bills, under the government’s climate change plans. Continue reading Draughty homes targeted in UK climate change masterplan

Time to shine: Solar power is fastest-growing source of new energy

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A rooftop covered with solar panels at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York. The US is still the second fastest-growing market for renewables despite Donald Trump’s pledge to revive coal. Photograph: Mark Lennihan/AP

Renewables accounted for two-thirds of new power added to world’s grids last year, says International Energy Agency

October 4, 2017 — Solar power was the fastest-growing source of new energy worldwide last year, outstripping the growth in all other forms of power generation for the first time and leading experts to hail a “new era”. Continue reading Time to shine: Solar power is fastest-growing source of new energy

Electricity demand in southern Europe to soar with air con – scientists

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Climate change is likely to see an increased reliance on air conditioners in southern Europe. Photograph: AKP Photos/Alamy

Study predicts power consumption to rise with hotter temperatures, increasing need for renewable sources, while northern Europe’s demand may fall

August 28, 2017 — Demand for electricity is set to soar in southern Europe as climate change takes hold, research has revealed, with the effect likely to be down to a boom in the use of air conditioning. Continue reading Electricity demand in southern Europe to soar with air con – scientists

Batteries included: Yorkshire village seeks to solve riddle of too much sun

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Solar panels on the roofs of trial homes in Oxspring, near Barnsley in South Yorkshire. Photograph: Powervault

Moixa trial at Oxspring to see if UK-made home batteries can store and use local solar power for longer, bypass National Grid and cut energy bills

January 21, 2017 — The bungalows of Oxspring may look an unlikely testing ground for a new technology billed as a way to help renewable power, stymie energy price rises and aid the local power grid. Continue reading Batteries included: Yorkshire village seeks to solve riddle of too much sun

China builds world’s biggest solar farm in journey to become green superpower

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Longyangxia Dam Solar Park – the 850MW plant has the capacity to power up to 200,000 households. Photograph: Tom Phillips for the Guardian

Vast plant in Qinghai province is part of China’s determination to transform itself from climate change villain to a green energy colossus

January 19, 2017 — High on the Tibetan plateau, a giant poster of the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, guards the entrance to one of the greatest monuments to Beijing’s quest to become a clean energy colossus. Continue reading China builds world’s biggest solar farm in journey to become green superpower

Solar power to rise from Chernobyl’s nuclear ashes

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This power plant in Belarus another example of a solar project on the site of the Chernobyl disaster. Photograph: Viktor Drachev/TASS

Chinese companies plan to spend $1bn building a giant solar farm on land contaminated by the nuclear disaster in Ukraine, reports Climate News Network

January 12, 2017 — It was the worst nuclear accident in history, directly causing the deaths of 50 people, with at least an additional 4,000 fatalities believed to be caused by exposure to radiation.  Continue reading Solar power to rise from Chernobyl’s nuclear ashes

Vast Moroccan solar power plant is hard act for Africa to follow

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Workers build a thermosolar power plant at Noor II near the city of Ouarzazate, Morocco, November 4, 2016. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal

The huge 160-megawatt first phase of the Noor plant near the town of Ouarzazate contrasts with efforts by some other nations focused on tiny roof-top solar panels to bring power to remote rural homes

November 5, 2016 — On the edge of the Sahara desert, Morocco is building one of the world’s biggest solar power plants in a project largely funded by the European Union.  Continue reading Vast Moroccan solar power plant is hard act for Africa to follow

How sun, salt and glass could help solve our energy needs

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‘A fabulous alien metropolis’: Crescent Dunes in Nevada. Photograph: SolarReserve

It looks like a set from a sci-fi epic, but this solar plant in the scorching Nevada desert has a far more practical purpose…

July 31, 2016 — High in the stark Nevada desert, a couple of hundred miles northwest of Las Vegas, is the shimmering circular mirage of Crescent Dunes. Ten thousand silvery glass panes, each measuring 115 square metres, surround a tall central tower, which Continue reading How sun, salt and glass could help solve our energy needs

The Africans buying sunshine with their phones

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US president Barack Obama talks with an M-Kopa representative during the Power Africa Innovation Fair in Nairobi last year. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Solar-powered electricity units are removing the need for dangerous kerosene lamps and allowing Africans to stay connected

July 30, 2016 — Julie Njeri did not believe her son when he declared he no longer needed spectacles to read his books and complete his homework.  Continue reading The Africans buying sunshine with their phones