By Jennifer Kite-Powell, Forbes
A new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency
(IRENA) in Brussels, says that to accelerate low-cost renewables
in the power sector, countries will need innovative technology tools which enable them to benefit from renewable scale-ups. The
report, Innovation Landscape For A Renewable-Powered Future, mapped 30 key innovations and 11 solutions in the variable
renewable energy (VRE) landscape expected to transform the power sector while simultaneously creating cost-effective global energy transformation. Read more here.
MORE NEWS & OPINION
- Time to Unleash $8 Trillion of Climate Defense Firepower, Bloomberg Opinion
Sovereign wealth funds have been too slow to use their investments to tackle climate change.
- America can afford a Green New Deal – here’s how, The Conversation, by Edward Barbier, Professor of Economics at Colorado State University and author of A Global Green New Deal, Cambridge University Press
- The Energy Burden: How Bad is it and How to Make it Less Bad, Union of Concerned Scientists Blog
- California rolls out $100 million low-income solar energy program, Red, Green and Blue
California’s investor-owned utilities are preparing to spend up to $100 million this year bringing solar to low income buildings, with an expected launch of the Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) program this spring or summer, says Somah Program Administrator Chris Walker.
- Australia on track for 50% renewables by 2024, at “zero net cost”, PV Magazine International
- Costa Rica Launches Plan To Become The World’s First Decarbonized Country, The Climate Group
CORPORATE RENEWABLE ENERGY PURCHASING
Ford Facilities To Be Powered By Local Renewable Energy, Ford Authority. As Michigan’s greatest producer of renewable energy, DTE will more than double its renewable energy generation capacity. DTE is
investing an additional $2 billion in wind and solar energy by 2024.
General Motors partners with DTE on wind energy in Michigan, WILX
Rob Threlkeld, global manager of Sustainable Energy and Supply
Reliability for GM, told CleanTechnica how it’s done.
SOLAR PANEL MANUFACTURING NEWS
Inside JinkoSolar’s Jacksonville factory, by Christian Roselund, PV
Magazine. JinkoSolar has begun producing mono-PERC modules at the Jacksonville factory, which at 400 MW of annual production is the third-largest U.S. module factory by capacity, behind Tesla’s Buffalo
gigafactory and First Solar’s Perryburg facility. All told, pv magazine has confirmed four new factories are under construction or have come online, with a combined capacity of 3.8 GW.
All module makers with U.S. factories, as well as their products and capacities, can now be seen in
pv magazine USA’s new module maker directory.