More jobs in renewable energy and energy efficiency

“In 2017, altogether 54 thousand full-time jobs in the Netherlands were associated with renewable energy and energy efficiency. This number was up from 35 thousand in 2008. Employment in these activities has increased continuously since 2008, with only a small dip in 2011. Employment in conventional energy grew steadily from 2008 to 2014 and subsequently…

Skills gap holding back global decentralised renewable energy sector

“The distributed renewable energy (DRE) sector, necessary in a world with millions of people without power, is being held back by a chronic shortage of skilled workers. Indeed, Sub-Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa) has just 16,000 people working in renewable energy in a region with 600 million un-electrified people, according to the founders of a…

Consumer reports survey finds most Americans want more renewable energy

“The Trump maladministration wants to choke us all with more emissions from coal-fired generating plants, but a survey of 1200 Americans conducted by GfK for Consumer Reports finds the vast majority of Americans want more renewable energy and less power plant pollution. The survey also reveals that plenty of utilities seem to have a credibility…

A solar cell that does double duty for renewable energy

“In the quest for abundant, renewable alternatives to fossil fuels, scientists have sought to harvest the sun’s energy through “water splitting,” an artificial photosynthesis technique that uses sunlight to generate hydrogen fuel from water. But water-splitting devices have yet to live up to their potential because there still isn’t a design for materials with the…

Utilities benefit from renewable energy growth

“Even at a glance, NextEra Energy’s (NYSE: NEE) third-quarter results are impressive. Earnings per share grew 18 percent, thumping management’s long-term compound annual growth target of 6 to 8 percent. That keeps the utility on track for another 12 to 14 percent dividend boost early next year. But the best news is inside that performance.…

VSPT Wine Group to produce wines using 100% renewable energy by 2021

“Two year’s ago, VSPT introduced two renewable energy projects, the first being the installation of the first biogas plant to use organic waste material from the grape harvest as fuel. In addition, the company installed a hydroelectric plant at its Tarapacá estate winery. With the challenge now being set of converting all production to renewable…

Puerto Rico considers 100% renewable energy, but natural gas may come first

“As Puerto Rico rebuilds from last year’s hurricanes, lawmakers on the island territory have introduced an ambitious clean energy bill that would commit Puerto Rico to getting 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energy by 2050. Environmental advocates praised the proposed legislation’s long-term target, but they are raising concerns about its emphasis on establishing…

Legislating a just transition off fossil fuels: San Diego champions lead on climate and energy policies

“Californians are united in our commitment to transitioning the state’s power grid to renewable energy. A strong step in that direction was the passage of SB 100 (De León) into law, which sets a goal of transforming our state’s electricity grid to zero-carbon sources by 2045, with an upgrade to the 2030 goal from 50…

South Africa isn’t ready to make a major switch to renewable energy yet

“There’s a lively debate raging in South Africa about the extent to which renewables should replace coal, particularly given the threat of climate change. The country’s electricity supply is currently highly dependent on coal. While it’s clear that coal power won’t disappear any time soon, a 100% renewables-driven electricity generation scenario is feasible—and desirable—in a…

Collection and Use of Solar Resource Data for Solar Energy Applications

Designing, financing, and operating successful solar heating, concentrating solar power, and photovoltaic systems requires reliable information about the solar resource available and its variability over time. In the past, seasonal and daily variability has been studied and understood; however, with new solar technologies becoming more important in energy supply grids, small time-scale effects are critical…
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