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Solar energy: what cost, what outlook and what’s going on in Hawaii?

So with the 100GW milestone reached for global solar PV installations, what now when it comes to ...
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Editorial Leader: Time to pass on the renewables baton

It’s been some year since I took on the role of Managing Editor for Renewable Energy Focus. The highlight? When...
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New faces at Renewable Energy Focus

We welcome Reginald Tucker and Amanda Jacob to the editorial team...
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Today’s Top 10: A wish list for the renewable energy market in 2013

Guest Blog by John Peters, Managing Director, Engage Consulting
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Editorial Leader: Revolutionary time for the energy poor

By Gail Rajgor, Managing Editor, Renewable Energy Focus
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Article preview: Dutch renewables R&D seeks paradigm shift

An insight into the renewable energy industry in the Netherlands and key developments currently taking place.
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Renewable Energy Focus changes

This month we welcome Reginald Tucker – based out of Elsevier's New York office – who will become our US editor, with a remit to get to grips with the issues affecting renewable energy development Stateside.
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Latest Blog: Fuel price hikes, green agenda to blame, and UK renewables investment set for a two-year go-slow…so what’s new then?

I hate to say I told you so but … I did.
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So you're thinking of building a wind farm?

During 2011 we have run a series of articles looking at how to get a wind project off the ground. Get access to all the articles quickly here...
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What is the real cost of renewable energy (part 5)

Which energy technology really is the most economical, cost-effective solution for the long term? Gail Rajgor continues her foray into the real costs of renewable energy – looking closer at Solar PV.
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Germany's energy plan - where does renewable energy fit in?

Husum/EU PV SEC preview, part 1: Aiming for 80% of its electricity supply to come from renewables by 2050, Germany has set itself one of the hardest challenges around. So how can it be achieved?
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Germany's energy plan - where does renewable energy fit in?

Husum/EU PV SEC preview, part 2: Aiming for 80% of its electricity supply to come from renewables by 2050, Germany has set itself one of the hardest challenges around. So how can it be achieved?
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How viable are biofuels?

Part three: BP and Neste are looking to biofuels in the future.
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Building wind farms

Part two: when it comes to offshore wind farms, while the basic steps are the same on the surface, the actual construction is quite different...
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A breakthrough for CSP?

Part 1. A new molten salt has been launched by Yara with the potential to drive down the costs of solar thermal energy and boost plant efficiency. Gail Rajgor spoke to the company's Emilio Iglesias to find out more.
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EWEA 2013 roundup

Part 1. With the EU market battling major policy hurdles, it's no wonder the theme for this year's European Wind Energy Conference was one of emerging markets...
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EWEA 2013 roundup

Part 2. Some serious new markets are opening up and so the theme of this year's EWEA show was Emerging Markets.
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HVDC breakthrough heralds a new era for renewables

Power technology group ABB says it has made a breakthrough in the ability to interrupt direct current (DC), solving a 100-year oldelectrical engineering puzzle, and paving the way for a more reliable electricity system.
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Greater acceleration of renewables required to meet COP21 goal

Solar PV and wind power will be the keys to meeting carbon emission goals set at COP21 last year, but there needs to be a significant increase in deployment rates of all low carbon technologies for the goals to be met, says the International Energy Agency in a recent report. Gail Rajgor reports.
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New turbines' boost to energy yields

As ever, this year’s European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) exhibition played host to the launch and/or presentation of new turbines, components and ancillary services by key players in the market. In terms of turbine design, arguably the highlights came from Nordex, GE, NGentech and Siemens, al...
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How viable are biofuels?

Part one: With an increased focus on biofuels as an energy solution, have policy makers been too optimistic about how soon second-generation biofuels can be developed?
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How viable are biofuels?

Part two: Biofuels Standards. For European players, sustainability requirements add extra pressure...
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Germany's energy plan - where does renewable energy fit in?

Husum/EU PV SEC preview, part 3: Aiming for 80% of its electricity supply to come from renewables by 2050, Germany has set itself one of the hardest challenges around. So how can it be achieved?
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What is the real cost of renewable energy? (part 2)

Which energy technology really is the most economical, cost-effective solution for the long term? In this second installment, we look at renewable energy cost examples, LCOE and the importance of taking risk into account.
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Renewable Power Generation - 2011 figures

Special report. Part one: how much renewable electricity capacity was installed worldwide at the end of 2011, and which technologies were the most popular?
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Wind: Getting O&M under control

Part 6. Gail Rajgor looks at the importance of adopting a proactive O&M strategy in boosting the bottom line.
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What is the real cost of renewable energy? (part 3)

Which energy technology really is the most economical, cost-effective solution for the long term? Gail Rajgor continues her foray into the real costs of renewable energy – looking closer at wind power.
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What is the real cost of renewable energy (part 4)

Which energy technology really is the most economical, cost-effective solution for the long term? Gail Rajgor continues her foray into the real costs of renewable energy by looking at some case studies...
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What is the real cost of renewable energy? (part 1)

Which energy technology really is the most economical, cost-effective solution for the long term? And how do renewable technologies really stack up when compared to coal, gas and nuclear on cost? Gail Rajgor kicks off a new Renewable Energy Focus series by asking whether it is even possible to co...
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EU renewables: will the decade belong to onshore wind?

Onshore wind is set to be the star technology in helping the EU’s 27 Member States to meet their mandatory targets for 20% of the EU’s energy to come from renewable energy sources by 2020. Gail Rajgor speaks to Christian Kjaer, Chief Executive Officer of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA...
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Wind power: from conception to reality – an overview

In the first of a special Renewable Energy Focus series looking at the key stages and processes involved in taking a wind project from A to Z, Gail Rajgor gives some rules of thumb that are vital from the offset, and takes a closer look at the all important issue of choosing the right site for yo...
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Aussie blues as green policy chaos persists – Australian renewable energy

As pressure builds on Australia’s Federal coalition Government to get its climate change policy into shape once and for all. Gail Rajgor reports on the state of the country’s renewable energy market.
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The Interview: Christian Kjaer

Part 1. Christian Kjaer is soon to leave his role as CEO of the European Wind Energy Association, departing for pastures new in April. Here he speaks to Gail Rajgor, giving his final thoughts on the state of the wind industry.
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Interview: is there still too much uncertainty for investors?

Part 3. Having vented his frustration on the politics of UK renewables policy on the Renewable Energy Focus website, Altium's Adrian Reed gets more off his chest, talking in depth to Gail Rajgor.
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The Interview: Christian Kjaer

Part 2. Christian Kjaer is soon to leave his role as CEO of the European Wind Energy Association, departing for pastures new in April. Here he speaks to Gail Rajgor, giving his final thoughts on the state of the wind industry.
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Interview: is there still too much uncertainty for investors?

Part 1. Having vented his frustration on the politics of UK renewables policy on the Renewable Energy Focus website, Altium's Adrian Reed gets more off his chest, talking in depth to Gail Rajgor.
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Interview: is there still too much uncertainty for investors?

Part 2. Having vented his frustration on the politics of UK renewables policy on the Renewable Energy Focus website, Altium's Adrian Reed gets more off his chest, talking in depth to Gail Rajgor.
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Tidal developments power forward

If it can be made to work at scale and cost-effectively the predictability of tidal power gives it a significant advantage over wind and solar PV technologies. Gail Rajgor takes a look at the latest project developments in the sector.
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Time for tidal lagoons?

While tidal stream technology is seen as closer to commercial viability, tidal lagoon (tidal barrage) projects arguably could make an even bigger impact on electricity supply networks in the nearer term, says Gail Rajgor.
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Blog: an introduction from our new Managing Editor Gail Rajgor...

When David passed on the editorial metaphorical torch to me for Renewable Energy Focus, I knew it was going to be a whirlwind first month or two...
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Building wind farms

Part one: the precarious construction phase of a wind farm development needs careful preparation.
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Market focus: renewables development in Hamburg

With the influx of firms to the region gaining pace, a 40% boom in renewables employment between 2011–2015 is forecast for Hamburg.
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A plan to succeed for wind power

Securing the green light for a wind farm is one of the biggest challenges any developer will face. So how can developers give themselves the best chance?
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Spotlight on due diligence for wind power

The more cautious lending environment means wind projects will only get off the ground once they pass the scrutiny of some major due diligence investigations.
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Fighting the NIMBY war with a gamble

THE COST of owning or operating an onshore wind project of 5 MW or more in England has just risen by a minimum of £5000 a year, or £100,000–125,000 over the average 20–25 year lifespan of an onshore wind farm. Why? At the instigation of the industry itself.
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Finance for wind farms

When it comes to financing a wind farm there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Tailoring the right funding structure for a wind development depends on where in the world you plan to build, what scale of project you have in mind, and whether it's a purely private or community endeavour.
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Interview: Gamesa's India Adventure

Ramesh Kymal, chairman & managing director of Gamesa Wind Turbines Private Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Spain's Gamesa Corporación Tecnológica SA, talks to Sarosh Bana about Gamesa's plans for India.
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Surge in solar energy news from South Africa – Top 5 solar power project announcements this month (so far)

The solar power market in South Africa has ramped up a gear, with a stream of project news emanating from the country in recent days.
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Tough times, tough actions - time for a greentech patent amnesty?

Guest Blog by Barry Johnston
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ABB leads $12mn investment in tidal power firm

ABB, the global power and automation technology group, has led a $12mn investment in Scotrenewables Tidal Power, a provider of tidal turbine systems, to support the rollout of a new hydrokinetic device and expand ABB’s renewable energy assets.
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Mar/Apr preview: New turbines' boost to energy yields

As ever, this year’s European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) exhibition played host to the launch and/or presentation of new turbines, components and ancillary services by key players in the market. In terms of turbine design, arguably the highlights came from Nordex, GE, NGentech and Siemens, al...
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Mar/Apr preview: HVDC breakthrough heralds a new era for renewables

Power technology group ABB says it has made a breakthrough in the ability to interrupt direct current (DC), solving a 100-year oldelectrical engineering puzzle, and paving the way for a more reliable electricity system.
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New markets for a new era of power - Editorial leader from the March/April 2013 issue of Renewable Energy Focus

AND WOW, there are certainly plenty of new markets for the renewable energy industry – and they are finally coming out into the light. Deployment of renewables is an “idea whose time has come”.
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Wind power components news: Winergy certification, SKF deal with Nordex

HybridDrive system certified while Nordex secures bearing supply
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Consent granted for North Selby anaerobic digestion facility in Yorkshire

City of York Council in the UK has given the green light to Peel Environmental’s plans for an Anaerobic Digestion and Horticultural Glasshouse Facility on the former North Selby Mine site, New Road, Wheldrake in Yorkshire.
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Power yield from Germany's first offshore wind farm continues positive trend

The annual yield of the alpha ventus offshore wind farm again exceeded expectations in 2012.
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New wave and tidal knowledge sharing hub launched

The Crown Estate has launched a website to support industry collaboration in the emerging wave and tidal industry.
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Tesco fuels food deliveries with green Bio-LNG from Gasrec

The distribution division of the world’s third largest grocery retailer, Tesco, has committed a fleet of HGVs to fill up at facilities run by leading Bio-LNG supplier Gasrec.
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UK: BRE National Solar Centre opens in Cornwall

The BRE National Solar Centre (NSC) was officially opened by Energy Minister Greg Barker in St Austell last week transforming the UK solar industry into a global player.
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US Energy Department announces projects to develop advanced drop-in biofuels for military jets and ships

As part of the Obama Administration's all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department has announced nearly $18mn in four pilot-scale biorefineries in California, Iowa, and Washington that will test renewable biofuels as a domestic alternative to power cars, trucks, and planes that meet mi...
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REC powers Northern Thailand’s largest solar power plant and sets up local office

REC, a leading global provider of solar electricity solutions, has announced its first venture in Thailand.
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£2mn fund now available for marine renewable device developers

To further strengthen Cornwall’s position as a leading centre for marine energy, approximately £2mn of Convergence European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) has been made available for marine renewables companies.
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Niagara Tunnel hydro power project completed - will generate 100 plus years of renewable electricity

Ontario’s new Niagara Tunnel is now in service to produce more clean, renewable electricity at the Sir Adam Beck generating complex.
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Siemens receives 270MW wind power order in Canada

It will install 124, 2.3MW wind turbines for the South Kent wind project in Canada.
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Trina Solar announces slimline module frames

The design makes installations easier and reduces logistics costs, it says, and is available across its full range of 72-cell monocrystalline and 60-cell polycrystalline modules.
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DSM acquires innovative light trapping technology for solar modules

Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, has acquired the SolarExcel company.
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Offshore Wind: Principle Power announces partners for Pacific WindFloat project

Renewable energy technology developer, Principle Power - awarded a Department of Energy grant worth $4M and up to $47M in total funding to support its WindFloat Pacific Demonstration Project. - has announced its list of official project partners.
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Availon signs full service maintenance contract for three German wind farms

The multi-brand provider of wind turbine maintenance services has signed a new full service contract for three wind farms, with a combined capacity of 38MW, in Germany.
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TenneT awards DolWin3 offshore wind grid connection project to Alstom

The project connects the North Sea wind farms off the German coast to the mainland supergrid and has an investment volume of more than €1bn.
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Solar PV production: Singulus Technologies strengthens its PV activities in Korea

The company has signed an exclusive representation contract with DKSH Korea which will introduce solar cell technology from Singulus Technologies to Korea’s photovoltaic (PV) market.
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New SolarMax outdoor solution for large-scale plants

Sputnik Engineering's new SolarMax 360 TS-SV central inverter and the TS-SV Compact Station, with a rated output power of 720kW, are, together, a cost effective complete solution for large PV power plants, the firm says.
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EIA 2012 year-end report shows renewable energy power generation up, with solar increasing 139%

The latest issue of the US Energy Information Administration's (EIA) "Electric Power Monthly," with preliminary data through to December 31, 2012, shows that non-hydro renewable sources (biomass, geothermal, solar, wind) increased by 12.8% last year compared to 2011 and provided 5.4% of net US el...
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Report: Innovative laser based wind measurements reduce cost of energy for wind farms

Using LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) can increase the value of a typical Dutch wind farm by over €1mn, according to Ecofys consultants, which recently initiated a study to help bring down barriers for wind energy projects in the Netherlands.
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Wave and tidal energy: Government urged to act to secure UK's global lead

The UK’s wave and tidal energy industries say they will only be able to grow successfully if they get the right level of support from Government - otherwise Britain risks surrendering its world lead in marine energy.
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UK wave and tidal: two companies share £20mn funding pot to take turbine technologies to next stage

MeyGen Ltd and Sea Generation Wales Ltd have both won funding under the government’s Marine Energy Array Demonstrator scheme (MEAD), launched in April last year, to support the development and testing of pre-commercial marine devices in array formations out at sea.
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First Solar sets new world record for CdTe thin film solar PV cell efficiency

The company says it has set a new world record for cadmium-telluride (CdTe) photovoltaic (PV) solar cell conversion efficiency, achieving 18.7 percent cell efficiency in tests confirmed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
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America’s solar energy industry looks to play key role in grid modernisation

“Solar is critically important to our nation’s energy security and national security – and we’re doing our part to fight climate change,” said the head of the Solar Energy Industries Association, Rhone Resch, stressing the sector has a key role to play to ensure the lights stay on should disaster...
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IKEA buys Irish wind farm

The furniture retail giant is buying the 7.65MW Carrickeeny Wind Farm from Mainstream Renewable Power.
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Major construction work starts on world's largest solar power development

The 579MW Antelope Valley Solar Projects – two projects co-located in Kern and Los Angeles counties in California – is being developed by SunPower and MidAmerican Solar, which owns the development.
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Natural Power secures Biotricity Biomass contract in Ireland

International renewable energy consultancy Natural Power has been awarded its first biomass contract in Ireland.
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Masdar and GIB form investment alliance

The UK Green Investment Bank plc (GIB) and Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s state-backed renewable energy company, are signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today to explore project investment opportunities in the UK’s clean energy sector.
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Hybrid generator cuts off-grid power cost and emissions

Firefly Solar, a solar-powered generators design and manufacture company, has launched its Cygnus Hybrid Power Generator (HPG).
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Invenergy to test out GE’s Brilliant wind turbine with integrated battery storage

The first order for GE’s new 2.5-120 brilliant wind turbines has been announced - Invenergy has ordered three units as part of an 86-turbine deal with GE for its Mills County, Texas, wind farm.
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Institution of Engineering and Technology Seeks World’s Brightest Engineering Innovations

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has launched a worldwide search for the best engineering innovations via its awards programme – the IET Innovation Awards.
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Aid project in Liberia: Trina Solar donates solar panels to provide school with electricity

Trina Solar is providing solar panels to support a joint aid project in Liberia carried out by the charities Project for Liberia and Engineers Without Borders.
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JCM Capital seeks partners for utility-scale solar PV project development in Japan

JCM Capital (JCM) has set up a company in Japan to invest in utility-scale ground based solar photovoltaic (PV) projects.
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Industry Perspective Preview: R&D gaps for off-grid power - time to think big about going small

A major drive to bring renewable energy to the 'electricity poor' is underway, but despite the progress made so far, under a business-as-usual scenario around 600 million people will still not have access to electricity by 2040, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
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Renewable Power Generation - 2012 figures

Special report. Part five: The market for wind energy continued to grow in 2012 despite the difficulties in financing and slow economic growth in many OECD countries...
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Renewable Power Generation - 2012 figures

Special report. Part six: US dominated the electricity from biomass world market in 2012
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Renewable Power Generation - 2012 figures

Special report. Part seven: Average year of growth for geothermal but vast potential...
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Solar PV in perspective - from 2012 to 2014

Part 1: In this series of articles we examine the recent history of the Solar Photovoltaic industry, as well as look forward to 2014. In our first few articles to set the scene we look back to how the PV industry fared in 2012.
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UK’s Crown Estate hails plans to scrap 1.2GW Atlantic Array offshore wind farm a “positive development”

The offshore wind industry hit media headlines in the UK today (26 November 2013) after German firm RWE Innogy scrapped plans for the 240-turbine 1.2GW Atlantic Array wind farm in the Bristol Channel.
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Support grows for ocean energy

Special report. Part 4. Ocean energy (wave and tidal) still remains at an early stage, mainly at a research and development (R&D) phase with a few projects going into demonstration status or scaling their prototypes up.
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New markets for solar thermal power gain some momentum

Special report. Part 3. The solar thermal power market gained ground in 2012, with a number of new projects on the horizon.
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China continues its dominance of the global hydropower market

Special report. Part two: China continues its dominance of the global hydropower market
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Renewable Power Generation - 2012 figures

Special report. Part one: how much renewable electricity capacity was installed worldwide at the end of 2012, and which technologies were the most popular?
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What is an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)?

Planning permission and consents can be the death of many a renewable energy project. Which is why it remains vital to properly assess the environmental impacts of development.
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New methods for measuring the wind

Although computer models of wind flow over terrain have improved dramatically in the past few years, there is still no substitute for data recorded at the site.
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New methods for measuring the wind

Although computer models of wind flow over terrain have improved dramatically in the past few years, there is still no substitute for data recorded at the site.
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China gets serious on offshore wind

Even with downgraded expectations for China’s offshore wind market, there is still a major opportunity for the country to power up its coastal regions from turbines at sea. And so, even as some industry leaders stress the need to read with caution in venturing offshore, little seems set to deter ...
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Husum Wind 2012: Lifting, handling and positioning of wind turbine nacelles solution

Danish based Fyns Kran Udstyr has developed a hydraulic yoke it says makes lifting, maneuvering and mounting wind turbine nacelles quicker and safer.
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Proposed land use rules will “penalise biofuels producers in Europe” warns European Biomass Association

The European Commission (EC) is preparing new rules on indirect land use change (ILUC) for the biofuels sector, but the current draft, if adopted, will have a number of negative impacts on biofuels sector, according to the European Biomass Association (AEBIOM).
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Husum Wind 2012: juwi boss slams German government for energy policy backtrack and offshore wind support

juwi CEO Matthias Willenbacher has criticised the German government for backtracking on its energy revolution agenda and looking to slow it down on the basis of cost.
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New Blog: Water use in electricity generation: the sobering facts that make a case for wind and solar power

Did you know it takes 100,000 gallons of water to produce a single megawatt hour of electricity?
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Deployment of utility-scale PowerBuoy wave energy device delayed to 2013

Originally planned for next month, bad weather has delayed the planned deployment of a utility-scale wave energy device off the coast of Reedsport, Oregon, until spring 2013.
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Global renewable energy investments continue to grow

Emerging from the global economic recession, investments in renewable energy technologies continued their steady rise in 2011, with total new investments in renewable power and fuels (excluding large hydropower and solar hot water) reaching $257bn, up from $220bn in 2010.
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Editor's Blog: A startling fact for you...

For the decade 2002 to 2011 there were some 4130 natural disasters globally, resulting in more than a million deaths and an economic loss of at least $1.195 trillion.
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Around 900 job losses as SunPower trims back Philippines solar cell manufacturing operations

As part of the restructuring plan, the company is temporarily shutting down half of its Fab 2 cell manufacturing plant and 20% of panel manufacturing in the Philippines to "significantly reduce inventory, lower operational costs and improve efficiency".
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Atlantis completes first Narec tidal power turbine test

Atlantis Resources Corporation has completed the first ever tidal turbine testing programme at the National Renewable Energy Centre’s 3MW capacity, onshore, turbine drive train testing facility.
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Editor's Blog: Great Expectations

CLIFF EDGE or bright future? That’s the question on everyone’s mind right now, with fortunes at the mercy of election outcomes, as in the US, or long-term policy decisions facing yet further consultation, as in the UK.
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50MW wave power project planned for Ecuador

SDE Energy has formed a joint venture with Green Energy International to develop the wave power plant along the coastline of the Republic of Ecuador.
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First TÜV-certified smart solar PV module to cut balance-of-system costs now available

In recent months, the race has been on within the solar PV industry to determine which "smart module" - incorporating performance-enhancing capabilities of onboard power electronics - will be the first to achieve certification across Europe and the US.
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Ingeteam develops inverter to manage energy storage at solar PV power plants

The Ingecon EMS Plants, a new inverter concept for batteries, has been designed for large-scale solar PV plants and successfully tested at Acciona in Tudela (Navarre - Spain).
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Blog: Renewable energy at home - the 6 key steps to getting it right you need to know

As energy demand rises and consumer electricity bills increase, more and more attention is turning to renewables.
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Guest Blog: Ahead of this week's US election the message is clear - the green revolution will be crowdfunded

The green blogosphere has been ablaze with posts, tweets, and comments about the second US presidential debate in which the two candidates squared off on their respective energy approaches.
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Shocking wake-up call on global warming – report stresses renewable energy investment needs

Despite the billions of investment being ploughed into renewable energy and low carbon technologies across the globe, the world is failing dramatically in its battle to stem the tide of global warming, according to research published yesterday by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
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New calculations show nuclear is "much more expensive" than offshore wind power

Renewable energy makes sense on cost, security, and environmental grounds, says group
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Editor's Blog: Paradise lost?

Who doesn’t dream of a few weeks escape to a tropical island paradise like the Maldives?
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Case study: Solar social enterprise in the UK sees positive growth

A green energy firm based in the Midlands in the UK is bucking the economic trend as the number of property owners looking to generate green energy increases.
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Guest Blog: Global Energy Access by 2030?

By Mathias Aarre Maehlum, EnergyInformative.org
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Indo-European joint initiative to assess biomass and bio-waste conversion potential

An Indo-European joint initiative for strengthening networking on biomass research and bio-waste valorisation for a sustainable bio-based economy has been initiated through 'SAHYOG' under the joint sponsorship of European Commission and Government of India's Department of Biotechnology.
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US set to overtake Germany for utility-scale solar power next year

With more than 1GW installed capacity of large scale solar farms, the US has surpassed Spain to become the second largest market behind Germany, according to the latest data from sector specialists Wiki-Solar.
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Renewable energy to become world's second-largest power generation source by 2015, says IEA

The global energy map is changing “in dramatic fashion”, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said today, as it launched the 2012 edition of its World Energy Outlook.
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Private equity firm Conduit enters solar power market with stake in Peruvian projects

The investment in the 40MW of solar power capacity is expected to be its first portfolio investment in Latin Power IV.
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AES Solar completes $752mn debt financing and kicks off construction on 266MW utility-scale solar project in US

The company's global solar PV portfolio now totals more than 500MW in operation or construction in seven countries.
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SolarReserve consortium completes $586mn financing for South African solar PV power projects

Joint venture's two 75-megawatt solar photovoltaic projects will spur economic development, create jobs and contribute to South Africa's renewable energy goals
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Wind industry urged to adopt a networked approach to deal with slowdown and boost innovation

There needs to be less vertical integration in the wind industry and companies in the sector need to start working together better, according to Jukka-Pekka Mäkinen, President and CEO of wind turbine generator supplier The Switch, based in Finland.
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Mainstream Renewable Power ramps up after securing €60mn corporate finance deal

As it builds up for rapid expansion, Global renewable energy company Mainstream Renewable Power has signed an agreement for €60mn in corporate funds to be provided by Macquarie Group.
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Report: Cash incentives better than federal tax credits for US renewable energy

Replacing federal tax credits with cash incentives for renewable energy could deliver big savings for taxpayers, according to a new report.
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FERC order fails to end discrimination against renewables

New grid connection and transmission rules issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) fail to ensure renewable energy plant operators in the US are not discriminated against, says the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).
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Renewable Power Generation - 2011 figures

Special report. Part two: Hydropower falls behind wind and biomass as growth dips.
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Editor's Blog: Now the campaign really begins ...

HURRAH! THE UK’s Energy Bill has finally landed – following months of delays and turbulence caused by conflicting interests within Government departments. And so now, the hard work begins.
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Wind powers carbon fibre reinforced plastic composites market to value of $20.68bn

The latest analysis from Visiongain indicates the global carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) composites market will reach a value of $20.68bn in 2013, driven by growth in the wind energy market, and strong potential in the automotives market.
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Renewable Power Generation - 2011 figures

Special report. Part three: Wind market still on the up and dominated by China
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UK’s largest single-phase district energy scheme completed in Leicester

Cofely, a GDF SUEZ company, has completed the first phase of the Leicester District Energy Scheme, enabling thousands of homes, as well as council-owned and other buildings in Leicester, to be provided with environmentally friendly energy.
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Renewable Power Generation - 2011 figures

Special report. Part four: 2011 strong year for solar PV despite support subsidies being slashed
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European Wind Energy Association appoints new CEO to replace Kjaer

Thomas Becker, a former Danish civil servant, will replace Christian Kjaer as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), effective 1 April 2013.
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Renewable Power Generation - 2011 figures

Special report. Part five - Cost drivers fuel technology switch for concentrated solar
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Iberdrola moves forward with 400MW offshore wind plan but announces sale of more onshore wind projects

Spain’s Iberdrola has selected offshore wind turbines from French giant Areva for its 400MW Wikinger offshore wind power project 35km off Germany’s Baltic Sea coast.
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Wind and bioenergy industries celebrate as US renewable energy tax credits saved

The renewable energy industry’s new year has kicked off to a good start after the United States’ Congress extended the wind energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) by one year as part of a package of measures to avert a “fiscal cliff” in the US budget.
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Renewable Power Generation - 2011 figures

Special report. Part six - Biomass bolsters energy lead with increased electricity use
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Renewable Power Generation - 2011 figures

The global geothermal power market takes a major dive in 2011...
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Renewable Power Generation - 2011 figures

Surge in big name activity for the ocean and tidal sector
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An inconvenient truth - Editorial leader from the January/February 2013 issue of Renewable Energy Focus

The global growth of renewable energy over the last few years cannot be disputed, but can it really play a major role in the world of large-scale electricity generation?
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Renewable Power Generation - 2011 figures

Our Renewable Energy Focus power generation focus previewed the latest REMIPEG update, carried out in the first four months of 2011...
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Call for wind industry to sign up to new framework for wind energy project assessments in bid to boost transparency

A newly published framework document, developed over two years in collaboration with leading consultants and developers, will lead to more transparency and advancements in the quantification of wind energy project losses and uncertainties, according to DNV KEMA.
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Green light for 288MW wind farm in Scotland

Iberdrola, through its British subsidiary ScottishPower Renewables (SPR), has received consent from the Scottish Government to construct Kilgallioch wind farm in Scotland.
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Tata Power registers its 50.4MW wind power project under the CDM

Tata Power, India's largest integrated power utility, today announced the successful registration of its 50.4MW wind power project at Samana, Gujarat, under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) programme of UNFCCC.
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KKR to acquire Ontario solar projects

KKR is acquiring three solar photovoltaic (PV) energy projects from SSM Solar, an affiliate of Starwood Energy Group.
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Arise announces SEK 400 million Swedish wind power plan

Arise Windpower AB has confirmed plans to install15 wind turbines across three projects in southern Sweden.
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Solar Flow-Through applies for 126 solar contracts with Ontario Power Authority

Solar Flow-Through Limited Partners has raised $2,857,000 in Q4 2012 through a private placement. The funds will be used to develop and operate solar power generation projects in the Province of Ontario under the Ontario Power Authority's (OPA) Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) programme. FIT contracts provid...
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juwi starts build on its first solar park in South Africa

The 7MW solar park near Rustenburg / will generate clean electricity for more than 10,000 thousand households and create economic opportunites for more than 200 people during construction phase, the firm says.
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More job losses at Vestas as it closes China factory and restructures Asia businesses

As it continues to grapple with its restructuring plans, Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has announced it is ending production of kilowatt size machines, including its V52-850kW and V60-850kW turbines.
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Seabed set for installation of Borwin2 HVDC cable connection for German offshore wind farms

Offshore Marine Management (OMM) has prepared the seabed for the BorWin2 high-voltage direct current export cable, which will connect new wind parks off the German coast.
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New service and supply deals give Vestas hope

Vestas has signed its largest ever service and maintenance renewal agreement with EDP Renováveis (EDPR).
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Wind farms in Wales face public inquiry

A joint public inquiry will be held into two applications for Section 36 development consent for onshore wind farms in Powys, mid-Wales.
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DOE announces R&D funds to take promising renewable energy technologies to market

The US Energy Department is awarding new funding to the tune of $102 million to 104 small businesses in a bid to help advance cutting-edge clean energy innovations, the country’s Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced.
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German legislators reach "halfhearted" compromise on solar FIT subsidy support

Germany’s fiercely disputed solar subsidy policy has finally been agreed after federal and provincial governments reached a “compromise” agreement this week, although the industry has dubbed it “halfhearted”.
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Planning approval granted for largest solar PV farm in UK

TGC Renewables, an independent renewable energy project developer, has secured planning approval for the largest UK solar PV project in the UK to date.
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Schott Solar to stop c-Si PV manufacturing within the year

Yet another solar PV manufacturer has announced a scale back in production.
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Contract signed for 12MW biomass plant in Philippines

DP CleanTech has taken a significant step towards consolidating its business in the Philippines, signing a contract for a 12MW biomass power plant in Aklan province with AseaOne Power Corporation.
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Australia's 250MW Solar Dawn CSP project suffers A$75 million funding setback

One of Australia’s largest solar power projects – Solar Dawn - has taken a heavy blow, after the Queensland state government formally withdrew its support from the project.
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RWE Innogy expands Polish wind farm portfolio with purchase from Gamesa

RWE Innogy has commenced operation of the 14MW Krzecin onshore wind farm in Poland.
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Nordex wins supply contract to extend wind farm in Norway

Nordex has been awarded the 57.5MW contract for the phase 2 extension of the Midtfjellet wind farm on the island of Stord in Norway.
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China Ming Yang forms 2.5GW strategic partnership with Indian giant Reliance

China Ming Yang Wind Power Group is to gain a significant foothold in India, thanks to an agreement to co-develop up to 2.5GW of clean energy projects with one the country’s biggest companies, Reliance Group.
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German cable firm Leoni joins Desertec clean power project

Leoni has joined the Desertec consortium as an associated partner, the German cables and cable systems supplier announced today.
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GT Energy and E.ON team up to develop five geothermal projects in the UK

Ireland’s GT Energy and E.ON UK, one of the UK’s leading power and gas companies, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop five new deep-geothermal heat and distribution systems.
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UK gives go ahead to another 1GW of offshore wind but projects await outcome of Renewables Obligation review

Two offshore wind farms approved by the UK government last Friday are only likely to proceed if the economics stack up under new prices for offshore wind power, to be unveiled by ministers within the next two weeks.
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Valos and Gehrlicher joint venture to offer large-scale solar PV projects for utilities in California

Valos Solar Ventures and Gehrlicher Solar America Corporation, a subsidiary of Germany’s Gehrlicher Solar AG, have joined forces to provide solar energy to investor and municipal-owned utilities in California.
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JinkoSolar PV modules pass TUV Rheinland salt mist corrosion test

The entire range of JinkoSolar solar modules has passed the salt mist corrosion test in accordance with International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)61701 standards, the Chinese company announced today.
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IEA sees renewable energy growth accelerating but accuses world governments of “collective policy failure”

In its first-ever renewable energy market report, the International Energy Agency (IEA) accuses the world’s major governments of a “collective policy failure”, but still forecasts a 40% increase in global renewable power generation in the next five years, largely due to growth in deployment in no...
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IEA roadmap shows solar can meet one-sixth of world’s heating and cooling needs

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has launched a roadmap showing how solar energy could account for around one-sixth of the world’s total low-temperature heating and cooling needs by 2050.
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Reef Subsea wins £40m contract to install array cables for Gwynt y Môr offshore wind farm

A subsidiary of Reef Subsea AS has been awarded the £40m contract to install the inter array cable for the Gwynt y Môr offshore wind farm.
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Spanish research centre CENER selects technology from AdvanceBio Systems in bid to produce cellulosic ethanol from biomass

The National Renewable Energy Centre of Spain (CENER) has selected AdvanceBio Systems' SuPR2G Bench Scale Pretreatment Reactor to conduct basic research and development work related to the production of fermentable sugars from lignocellulose rich biomass feedstocks.
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IEA warns Ireland to invest even more in renewables to meet 40% by 2020 target

Ireland must invest even more in renewable technologies, expand grid integration and improve energy efficiency, the International Energy Agency says in a review of Irish energy policies, published today.
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Korean solar power supplier Hanwha teams up with US energy storage firm

Korean solar photovoltaic (PV) supplier Hanwha SolarOne is forming a strategic partnership with US energy storage systems company Silent Power.
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Ocean Power Technologies and Lockheed Martin join forces to develop 19MW wave energy project in Australia

Ocean Power Technologies and Lockheed Martin are teaming up again, this time to develop a 19MW wave energy project off Australia's coast.
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NAREC moves forward with £1/3bn Blyth offshore demonstration project to test next generation technology

The UK’s National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) has awarded a multi-million pound contract to SeaRoc to install its Offshore Anemometry Hub.
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Chinese solar imports to US down 45% year-on-year as import duties start to hit

Imports of Chinese solar cells and panels into the United States decreased for the second straight month in May year-over-year, according to the Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing (CASM).
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1000MW wind power plan in India is world's first CDM project under UNFCCC's new POA umbrella

EKI Energy Services Limited is launching a strategic 1000MW wind power project in India.
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Siemens secures 1.8GW supply deal for its 6MW offshore machine from Dong

Dong Energy and Siemens Energy have signed a framework agreement for the supply and servicing of wind turbines totaling 1.8GW in capacity.
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Offshore wind turbine installations in Europe up 50% on last year

2012 could turn out to be the best year ever for offshore wind energy in Europe, says the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).
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Renewables industry warns of "devastating impact" as UK government delays ROC review subsidy decision again

The UK government is facing a wave of criticism after again delaying its planned announcement on future financial support for renewables.
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Renewable Energy Assocation wins £60,000 EU funding for UK biogas sector training in Germany

The UK’s Renewable Energy Association (REA) has been successful in a bid to manage a €76,000 (£60,000) biogas training programme.
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NREL certification boost for TetraSun's passivation solar PV cell technology

TetraSun has announced the successful completion of its SunShot Initiative PV Incubator grant from the US Department of Energy (DOE).
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Carnegie signs grid connection and power purchase agreements for Perth wave energy project

Wave energy developer, Carnegie Wave Energy Limited, has signed key agreements with the Australian Department of Defence.
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WAAREE wins order for 5.75MW solar PV plant in Indian state of Maharashtra

India’s WAAREE Energies Pvt Ltd has won a turnkey project order for a 5.75MW thin film solar PV power plant.
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UK announces new feed-in tariffs for small scale renewables

The UK government has announced new feed-in tariffs (FITs) for renewable heat and small-scale renewable electricity technologies (not including solar PV).
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Maple Energy brings 37MW ethanol and electricity power plant project online in Peru

Maple Energy, an integrated energy company with assets in Peru, has announced that its Ethanol Plant is now complete and producing both ethanol and electricity.
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Scotland confirms ROC prices for renewables and challenges UK government to act now

The Scottish Government has announced plans to step in and "save the renewable energy industry" in Scotland “from the damage being caused by ongoing uncertainty over Westminster’s plans” for Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs).
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UK ROC Review: DECC deals blow to investor confidence as it paves wave for more price cuts and a new dash-for-gas

After a week of heavy criticism, the UK Government finally published its decision on prices for large-scale renewable energy and banding levels under the Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROC) system from April 2013 in England and Wales last week, but it did not ease industry fears.
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Solar Thermal: Spain shows the way forward for CSP

Solar thermal power, or concentrated solar power (CSP), can make a sizeable impact on the world’s renewable energy industry, if governments across the globe can maintain supporting policies, says a new report by alternative energy analysts GBI Research.
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Investment shift for algae biofuels to see market grow 43.1% annually

Algae biofuels technologies are ripe for double-digit growth potential over the short term, claims a new study.
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Global wind turbine orders down 30% on last year

Orders for wind turbines in the first six months of 2012 were down 30% on the same period last year, according to figures published by Make Consulting.
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Turbine installation completed for second stage of Thornton Bank offshore wind farm

The last Repower 6M wind turbine has been installed at C-Power’s Belgian offshore wind farm Thornton Bank Phase II on time.
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Alliance formed to develop wave power projects in El Savador and California

Israel's SDE Wave Power Plants company and El Salvador's El Esplendor Development Corporation have joined forces to develop wave energy projects in El Salvador and California.
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GE Wind to supply turbines for 22MW wind farm in Mexico

GE Wind is supplying eight 2.75MW turbines for a wind project in Santa Catarina, Mexico.
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Quabbin Solar commissions 2MW solar farm in Massachusetts

Quabbin Solar has commissioned its 2MW Vernon Avenue solar farm in Barre, one of the largest ground mounted solar farms in Massachusetts.
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OCI secures 400MW solar energy agreement in Texas

A landmark deal signed municipal utility CPS Energy and OCI Solar Power will result in the construction of 400MW of solar energy, bring several manufacturing facilities that produce solar panel components, and create 805 jobs in San Antonio.
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France gives go ahead to 541MW of solar power projects

French energy minister, Delphine Batho, has given the go ahead to 214 solar power projects totaling 541MW.
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Energy storage to become a key growth market

Energy storage seems ready to move away from the dominance of pump-storage facilities and is set to become a key growth market for investors, according to market analysts Frost & Sullivan.
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UK and China research collaboration to develop next generation energy storage

The University of Leeds and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have teamed up to create a joint research institute to develop next generation energy storage systems.
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Mainstream applies for consent to build 450MW offshore wind farm in Scottish waters

Renewable energy developer Mainstream Renewable Power has submitted its application for consent to build its Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm.
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UK wave and tidal developers to get their say on future site leasing

The Crown Estate has opened an industry engagement exercise to shape the future of wave and tidal leasing in the UK.
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Major offshore wind cable connection supply chain gaps put project plans in jeopardy

The current manufacturing capacity of export power cables for offshore wind farms does not meet the needs of developers, both in UK and in the rest of the world, concludes a new study from The Crown Estate.
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Marine energy park launched in Scotland

Scotland’s first marine energy park was launched yesterday.
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New company established to build Japan's largest solar power plant

Plans for Japan’s largest solar power plant have taken a step forward.
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Qatar Solar Technologies signs MoU to build polysilicon production plant

Qatar Solar Technologies (QSTec) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) committing to support utility Kahramaa with the future distribution of solar energy .
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Siemens secures 270MW wind turbine order in Australia

Siemens has won its first major order for wind turbines in Australia.
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As US wind power gets tax extension boost Spanish industry fights for its life

As the Spanish wind industry faces the crushing prospect of an 11% tax to be levied on it, its US counterpart is sighing with relief after proposals to extend the wind energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) gained “overwhelming” bipartisan support in the Senate Finance Committee.
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RWE Innogy increases Polish wind power project portfolio with Gamesa takeover

Germany's RWE Innogy has acquired the Taciewo onshore wind farm in northeast Poland from Spain's Gamesa.
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ABB wins $55mn energy infrastructure order to support wind power growth in Brazil

ABB has secured a key order to supply substations and transmission infrastructure to increase wind-generated electricity in Brazil’s energy mix.
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Chinese government takes control to safeguard the future of its solar PV manufacturers

China’s photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing base saw a major setback in the first and second quarters of 2012, with a severe slump in exports sparking the government to step in and further raise its PV installation target to 50GW according to the latest quarterly report on China’s PV market from IMS ...
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Clegg welcomes news that Spanish solar firms increase UK investment

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has welcomed news that two Spanish firms are expanding their UK solar power activities.
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Clegg and Davey launch Team GB bid to woo renewable energy investors to the UK

Britain’s Coalition Government launched an Olympic-style offensive yesterday to persuade renewable energy investors that the UK is a safe, stable place to pump their cash.
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Germany's TÜV SÜD expands reach with acquisition of UK renewable energy specialist

Germany’s TÜV SÜD has acquired UK wind power consultancy Project Management Support Services Limited (PMSS), continuing its growth strategy in the field of renewable energy.
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Massachusetts doubles net metering allowance clearing the way for more solar power

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has signed into law the 2012 Energy Act, which among other provisions, raises the cap on its net metering solar programme.
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Triodos launches public share issue to raise funds for community wind projects

Triodos Renewables, an independent renewable energy company, has launched a new public share issue offering consumers the chance to participate in direct ownership of the UK’s growing community renewable energy infrastructure.
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Construction starts on Germany’s €1.3bn Meerwind offshore wind farm project

Offshore construction work has got underway for the Meerwind Süd and Ost Offshore Wind Farms.
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Obama: seven utility-scale wind energy and solar projects to be expedited in the US – 3GW wind plan in the mix

US President Barack Obama has given his support to seven “nationally and regionally significant solar and wind energy projects” – including a 3GW wind farm proposal - as part of his We Can’t Wait initiative, proclaiming they will be “expedited”.
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Anaerobic digestion: £8mn finance deal secured for first commercial AD plant in North East England

Emerald Biogas has secured the funding for a new anaerobic digestion (AD) facility in North East England.
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Construction completed at offshore wind turbine blade testing facility in UK

Shepherd Construction has completed the construction of a new offshore wind turbine blade testing facility in at Blyth, Northumberland.
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Call to waive Renewable Fuels Standard as US drought crisis hits ethanol and livestock producers hard

As the IEA today confirmed that US ethanol production has plunged to a two-year low, pressure is being placed on the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to waive the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), which mandates that 13.2 billion gallons of ethanol be produced this year.
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Cape Wind offshore wind power proposal gets federal aviation authority approval

The long running dispute over the Cape Wind offshore wind project in Nantucket Sound, 30 miles from the shore of the state of Massachusetts, has come another step closer to a successful conclusion, with the issue of a DNE (Does Not Exeed) determination for 130 wind turbines.
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Work starts on 15.2MW solar park at former German military airport

Construction on the Rothenburg IV solar park in Saxony is underway.
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German-Austrian joint venture for wind farms featuring the world's biggest turbine

German project developer juwi has formed a joint venture with Austria’s Verbund AG.
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Maerdy wind farm reaches financial close and starts construction

Construction has commenced at Maerdy wind farm in South Wales, after Scottish renewable energy consultancy, SgurrEnergy, supported the project to a successful financial close.
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MREC partners with NREL on marine renewable energy

A new partnership to advance research and development of renewable energy captured from ocean waves, tidal currents and offshore wind in the US has been announced.
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