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India’s wind market is ready for its comeback

India’s wind market is ready for its comeback

GE Renewable Energy will supply 810 MW of onshore wind turbines for upcoming projects in India.
EDF signs 300 MW solar+storage purchase agreement with LA-area clean electricity provider

EDF signs 300 MW solar+storage purchase agreement with LA-area clean electricity provider

The agreement will provide enough electricity to power more than 163,000 homes and avoid 669,000 metric tons of carbon emissions annually.
From Deserts to Rooftops: Solar’s California Battleground

From Deserts to Rooftops: Solar’s California Battleground

As California pushes the leading edge of renewable energy adoption in the United States, it's also approaching new legal hurdles that are slowly beginning to define the roles that solar developers and utilities will play in the year ahead.
Hot Housing Under a Desert Sun

Hot Housing Under a Desert Sun

Tangible evidence of Masdar PV's commitment to become a major player in the solar photovoltaic sector came precisely at the turn of the decade with commissioning of a thin-film installation on the roof of its production halls in Ichtershausen, Germany.
Solar Power in the Desert: MENA Update

Solar Power in the Desert: MENA Update

Wrought with desert conditions including sand, almost no rain and very hot sun, the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) region of the world has recently captured the interest of solar power developers who see it as holding great potential for generating vast quantities of solar energy. Organizations are hard at work analyzing the region for its cost-competitiveness with conventional forms of energy. Other companies are performing R&D to figure out how to adapt solar power equipment to work in the hot, dry and gritty environment. For now, the region relies almost exclusively on fossil fuels to meet its energy needs but that may be changing soon.
Solar Plane Crosses the Moroccan Desert

Solar Plane Crosses the Moroccan Desert

Friday last week, a solar-powered aircraft named “The Solar Impulse” flew over the Moroccan desert to promote renewable energy. The plane took of from Rabat at dawn on Thursday and spent almost one day in the air crossing the desert. Andre Borschberg, the Swiss pilot, said “the flight was magnificent” right before he took the plane down for landing in […]
CSP Key Players Focus on the Desert

CSP Key Players Focus on the Desert

By the end of 2013, the largest solar power plants in the world will be generating power from the sun and they won't be using photovoltaic (PV) technology. Brightsource's 277-MW Ivanpah in California, Areva's 250-MW project in Rajasthan, India and many others are all set to come online by the end of the year. The 100-MW Shams 1 project commenced operation in Abu Dhabi in March. "The outlook for CSP has never been brighter," said Alison Mason, Director of Marketing at SkyFuel.
A Wealth of Opportunity on Desert Land

A Wealth of Opportunity on Desert Land

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is a major energy consumer, with an annual energy bill running to $4 billion. To reduce its reliance on the commercial electricity grid, it also has become a major proponent of on-site energy generation via renewable energy sources.
Desert Power: A Solar Renaissance

Desert Power: A Solar Renaissance

[Geotimes] Sandy wastes, brutal sun, forbidding emptiness — those are the stark images of a desert. But these vast, sunburnt areas are also home to a powerful renewable energy resource: the sun. And solar energy is likely to become increasingly important as the world looks ever more urgently for alternatives to fossil fuels.
Greening Deserts for Carbon Credits

Greening Deserts for Carbon Credits

Poor farming practices have degraded the world's soils causing them to release carbon that should have stayed in the soil. In the past 150 years soils have released twice as much carbon as fuel burning. Improved farming methods could quickly rebuild degraded land and store enough carbon to offset the damage already done by fuel burning. Dr Rattan Lal of Ohio State University, a leading expert on soil carbon, estimates that the potential of economical carbon sequestration in world soils may be .65 billion to 1.1 billion tons per year for the next 50 years. This is enough to draw down atmospheric CO2 by 50 ppm by 2100. This is a one-time opportunity, however. We must ultimately stop burning fossil fuels.