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Q1/2018 Data Indicates That Tesla’s Solar Business Decline Has Ended

Since Tesla acquired SolarCity in 2016, the company’s solar business has deteriorated with volumes falling 38% from 836 MWs in 2016 to 522 MWs in 2017. Most of the decline was self-inflicted, as the company reduced its sales and marketing spend and moved away from a door-to-door sales model. Ohm Analytics’  Q-18 installation data indicates […]

Solar in USA: 200 Local U.S. Governments “Open For Solar Business”

Lee’s Summit, Mo., has been designated as SolSmart Gold, marking the 200th local government nationwide to be recognized under the SolSmart program, which provides no-cost technical assistance to help communities make it faster, easier and more affordable to go solar. Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office and led by The […]

Clean Disruption News: Electric Buses Are Hurting the Oil Industry

About 279,000 barrels a day of fuel won’t be needed this year China adds a London-sized electric bus fleet every five weeks Video Source: Bloomberg TV Markets and Finance

Renewables in USA: Solar & Wind deliver stunning 98% of new U.S. power capacity in January, February 2018

Solar and wind power was responsible for a remarkable 98 percent of all new U.S. power generation capacity that came online in the first two months of 2018. According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) latest “Energy Infrastructure Update,” the overwhelming majority of new power plants set up in January and February were renewable energy […]

Cleantech Disruption News: China Installs Nearly 10 GW Of Solar In Q1 2018, Up 22%

China’s National Energy Administration announced on Tuesday that the country installed an impressive 9.65 gigawatts (GW) of new solar PV capacity in the first quarter of 2018, up 22% on the same period a year earlier and up on analysts’ projections. At a press conference held on Tuesday, China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) published new data […]

Clean Disruption News: Jordan Eyes Power Storage as Next Step in Green Energy Drive

Jordan is pressing ahead with its first electricity storage project to bolster its expansion in solar and wind generation.  The Middle Eastern kingdom expects to sign a contract for a 30-megawatt battery in the third quarter, according to Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Saleh Al Kharabsheh. The project, which was tendered last year, will help […]

Cleantech Disruption News: Volvo Unit Eyes Autonomous Trucks to Ease Japan Driver Shortage

UD Trucks, a Japanese subsidiary of Swedish truckmaker Volvo AB, plans to introduce electric and autonomous trucks within the next two years, joining global rivals in developing driverless technologies to ease a labor shortage. The Japanese company will display autonomous and electric-drive prototypes this year, targeting field and and customer trials ahead of the Tokyo […]

Solar Innovation: Nanoparticle Breakthrough Could Capture Unseen Light for Solar Energy Conversion

An international team of scientists has demonstrated a breakthrough in the design and function of nanoparticles that could make solar panels more efficient by converting light usually missed by solar cells into usable energy. The team, led by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), demonstrated how coating tiny […]

Eni goes green with Enerray

The Maccaferri Industrial Group company inaugurates the first PV park for Eni Green Data Center Enerray has finished the construction and the setting up of the first photovoltaic system on land that will be used by Eni Green Data Center on the behalf of Eni New Energy, the new company of Eni group dedicated to […]

Solar in India: Rajasthan aims 3,780 MW solar capacity by April 2019

With 20 projects of 1,500 MW capacity in pipeline, Rajasthan is targeting to increase its solar power generation to 3,780 MW by April next year in order to achieve the goal of 7,000 MW clean energy capacity in the next four years. “The current solar power generation is contributing 10 per cent to the total […]

Clean Disruption News: SunPower buys SolarWorld to head off Trump tariffs

SunPower Corp (SPWR.O) on Wednesday said it would buy U.S. solar panel maker SolarWorld Americas, expanding its domestic manufacturing as it seeks to stem the impact of Trump administration tariffs on panel imports. The White House cheered the deal, saying it was proof that Trump’s trade policies were stimulating U.S. investment. Terms of the transaction […]

Clean Disruption News: World’s First Electric Car Charging-Road Opens In Sweden — The Road Charges Car Batteries On The Go!

The world’s first electrified road for charging cars and other vehicles has been opened in Sweden. Situated near Stockholm, the project was initiated in the wake of Sweden becoming non-dependent on fossil fuels from 2030. The road connects the Stockholm Arlanda airport to a logistics centre nearby, called PostNord. As of now, the construction spans […]

Elon Musk Responds “Model 3 Production Delays”

Elon Musks Responds “Model 3 Production Delays” (CBS) Video Courtesy Elon Musk Viral Videos

Solar power project to be built in Sindh, Pakistan with $100mln World Bank loan

World Bank will finance the Sindh Solar Energy Project by providing $100 million loan for generation of clean energy in the province. The bank is likely to approve the loan next month. The Sindh energy department, which will implement the project, has prepared an initial list of buildings in Karachi and Hyderabad, including hospitals and […]

Solar in MENA: Lebanon issues call for expression of interest for 300-MWp solar, storage tender

The government of Lebanon has issued a call for expression of interest (EoI) for three large-scale solar projects of up to 300 MWp in total, coupled with energy storage capacity. Lebanon’s Center for Energy Conservation (LCEC) is looking for companies willing to design, develop, finance, build and operate between 210 MWp and 300 MWp of photovoltaic […]

World Bank approves $55mln for renewable energy project in rural Bangladesh

The World Bank has approved 55 million U.S. dollars to expand use of clean renewable energy in rural areas of Bangladesh where grid electricity cannot reach easily. This additional financing to the Second Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Development (RERED II) Project will install 1,000 solar irrigation pumps, 30 solar mini-grids, and about 4 million […]

Clean Disruption News: Google hits its incredible 100% renewable energy goal

Google just announced that it has officially bought enough renewable energy to match all of the electricity they consumed last year. Senior Vice President, Technical Infrastructure Urs Hölzle announced the milestone on Google’s blog — and said the company’s purchases even exceeded the total electricity used by their offices and data centers. Google purchased renewable […]

Cleantech Disruption: Future Homes Might Be Powered By Car Batteries

New tech may turn your electric car into public power storage Half of all new cars sold will be EVs by 2040, estimates say When Damien Maguire moved to the countryside outside Dublin, he struggled to keep the lights on at home because of the town’s constant power outages. He found a solution inside his […]

Solar in Middle East: Enormous Saudi Arabian solar push could lead to new Middle East energy era

If we covered the entire land surface of the emirate of Dubai with solar panels, it would generate about 200 gigawatts – the same size as Saudi Arabia’s planned solar power venture with Japan’s SoftBank, announced at the end of March. This mindboggling scale – equivalent to two-thirds of all the existing solar worldwide – […]

Clean Disruption News: China becomes a ‘driving power’ for solar energy with $86.5 billion invested last year

The world has invested $2.9 trillion in green energy sources since 2004, according to new research, with China leading the way in recent years with its push towards solar power. The “Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2018” report was published Thursday by UN Environment, the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Center, and Bloomberg New Energy Finance. […]

Joint call for European ‘industrial leadership’ on renewables

A coalition of industries ranging from solar to geothermal and biomass has called on the incoming Austrian Presidency of the EU to support a target of “at least 35%” for renewable energies by 2030, saying it will provide a stable environment for investors. “Austria has shown great ambition as a leader in renewable energy,” the […]

Solar electric catamaran launches in Bora Bora

The government of French Polynesia looks upon the launch of the solar-electric catamaran SoelCat 12 approvingly and has waived all taxes. The solar-powered boat is a cooperative effort and has launched into the seas of Bora Bora. The electric boat has been designed by Soel Yachts with the support of the Okeanos Foundation for the Sea and […]

Solar in Europe: New solar power farm opens at Dublin Airport

The Dublin Airport Authority in partnership with ESB has installed 268 solar panels on top of the airport’s reservoir system which will provide more than half of the reservoir’s annual energy requirements. The solar panels are connected directly to the airport’s reservoir system which provides 500 million litres of water – the equivalent of 200 […]

JinkoSolar acquires largest 2.75 GW solar panel deal in history with NextEra Energy

JinkoSolar announced that, as the world’s largest solar module manufacturer, it has signed a 2750 MW solar panel supply deal with NextEra Energy, the world’s most valuable utility company.  The deal, at 2750 MW, is the largest single solar panel supply deal in history.   As the world’s most valuable utilities company with market capitalization […]

SoftBank, China’s GCL team up for $930 million and 4GW production capacity Indian solar venture

GCL System Integration Technology Co (GCL-SI), a subsidiary of the world’s leading clean energy conglomerate GCL announced that on March 29, GCL Group signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Softbank Vision Fund (SBVF) through its manager Softbank Investment, a subsidiary of Softbank Group. The main content of the memorandum is that GCL Group and […]

Joining Visionary DNAs by Solar & Social Business Leaders and Policymakers in Adelaide, Australia

We present our exclusive reportage from the 1st SOLAR FUTURE.TODAY Influencers Forum Australia, that was held on March 22, 2018 in Adelaide with Honorary Participation of Professor Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 2006  The Forum, held on the occasion of the Australian Social Business Forum, brought together for the first time in history Australian Solar and Cleantech industry leaders as well as notable Social Business Leaders […]

Clean Disruption News: Saudi Arabia, Softbank, sign $200bn deal to build world’s largest solar park

Saudi Arabia and SoftBank Group signed a memorandum of understanding to build a $200 billion solar power development that’s exponentially larger than any other project. SoftBank founder Masayoshi Son, known for backing ambitious endeavors with flair, unveiled the project Tuesday in New York at a ceremony with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. The powerful […]

International Solar Alliance and India ink host country agreement

There is a need for Indian industry to set up infrastructure in less developed International Solar Alliance (ISA) member countries for renewable energy, power minister R.K. Singh said on Monday. ISA has potential to change developmental paradigm in the world, he said. “There is need for our industry to go and set up infrastructure in […]

Clean Disruption News: French state-owned utility EDF to invest 8 bln euros in power storage business

French state-owned utility EDF plans to invest eight billion euros ($9.94 billion) between 2018 and 2035 to become a European market leader in electricity storage. EDF, which already operates pumped storage hydropower plants and some utility-scale power storage batteries, said on Tuesday it aimed to become a French and European market leader, offering storage batteries […]

IRENA to Help Deliver Low-Carbon 2022 Winter Olympics in Zhangjiakou, China

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has signed a co-operation agreement with the People’s Government of Hebei Province, China to provide the city of Zhangjiakou with a renewable energy roadmap that will support its ambition to deliver a low-carbon Winter Olympics in 2022. The agreement will also help the city become China’s first energy transition […]