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…

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…

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…

Floating offshore wind begins to commercialize in Europe

“Two European projects aiming to advance floating offshore wind technologies marked milestones this month. In the first, a consortium working to commercialize floating offshore wind farms received a significant boost from a European Union innovation fund. Separately, the Norwegian government is set to unveil two new sites for floating offshore wind plants later this year,…
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