Brazil’s distributed generation reform to respect existing users

The distributed generation arrangements of tens of thousands of Brazilians will be respected by a reform poised to see the light later this year, power market regulator ANEEL has confirmed. Continue reading

SolarPower Europe launches supply side industrial policy for solar in Europe

At the SolarPower Summit, which took place on 6-7 March in Brussels, SolarPower Europe called for the adoption of an ambitious supply side industrial strategy to increase solar jobs to 300,000 by 2030 and to guarantee that 20% of Europe’s electricity demand is powered by solar by 2030. Continue reading

SolarPower Europe signs cooperation agreement with National Solar Energy Federation of India

Brussels, 7 March 2019 -  SolarPower Europe and the National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen cooperation and explore new business opportunities for solar companies in the European and Indian solar market.  Continue reading

Solar Serves the Next Generation in Uganda

Pine River, Minnesota – March 7, 2019, – The Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL) is partnering with African Children Today (ACT) to install a solar microgrid for the ACT Junior Academy in Rakai, Uganda. Continue reading

Solar optimism sweeps Europe

SolarPower Summit opened in Brussels announcing another year of growth for the global solar sector in 2018 to 104 GW; and huge solar optimism in EU. Continue reading

A productive collaboration begins with a dominant goal: to became Crete zero-emission island in 2030

Greening the Islands Observatory & Crete Region will involve Crete population in a new green growth strategy.  Heraklion, Crete, 05 March 2019 - Crete, one of Greece’s top holiday destinations and battered by flooding last week, has identified key actions become a zero-emissions island by 2030 by boosting use of renewable energy and electric cars, optimising its water resources and recycling waste as a way to protect its local environment and make the island more resilient to climate change. Continue reading

The Spanish photovoltaic sector is prepared to meet the objectives of the National Energy and Climate Plan

The sector values positively and coherently the renewable targets set by the Government in the Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan. The photovoltaic sector has the will and capacity to invest and develop the photovoltaic capacity from 37 GW to 2030 announced. The green transition plan approved by the Government represents a great opportunity for economic development, employment generation and to offer cheaper energy to society. The expansion of economic development will be based on the establishment of a country project in which all the actors involved are aligned on a stable and consensual goal. The launch of this energy transition process requires the approval of the following pending regulations: Law Draft of Reasonable Retribution, RD for Access and Connection, RD for Self-consumption, and call for internationally comparable Energy Auctions and Auctions in the Canary Islands. Continue reading

South Africa: Proposed IPP “renegotiations” will threaten green energy investments and job creation

The recent stance by Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, as reported in the Business Day; to “renegotiate” contracts with companies that won the first two rounds of SA’s renewable energy Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) will not afford South Africa the opportunity to create value, especially on the job creation front. R 5 Billion, is what the current Eskom Load shedding crisis costs South Africa’s economy daily.  The last thing needed in this current crisis is a “renegotiation” of electricity tariffs with Renewable Energy IPPs given the urgent need to stabilize supply of power to our economy. Continue reading

Photovoltaic energy in Spain grows after 94% increase in installed power in 2018

In 2018, installed capacity reached 261.7 MW, mainly due to the increase in self-consumption facilities, which account for 90% of the total. However, the figure represents only 3% of the new installed capacity in Europe, which has reached a total of 8.5 GW. UNEF values positively the effect of RDL 15/2018, which establishes a free market system for self-consumption, eliminating economic and administrative barriers to self-consumed energy. UNEF values the recent draft of the law on self-consumption in a positive way. It provides clarity and transparency and shows a clear willingness from the Government to promote self-consumption. However UNEF expects that some aspects will be improved in the period of allegations in order to eliminate legal gaps that are hindering certain procedures. Continue reading

Brazil to surpass 3,000 megawatts of PV in 2019

According to projections from ABSOLAR, the photovoltaic solar sector will invest more than US$ 1.3 billion in 2019, generating more than 15 thousand new jobs in the country.  In 2018, Brazil reached the historical milestone of 2.000 megawatts (MW) of operating PV capacity connected to the national grid and the strong market growth will continue in a fast pace during 2019. Continue reading