Sympa Solar Power Limited, a joint-venture company of Thailand based solar PV developer, Symbior Solar, and leading Agro based firm in Bangladesh, Paragon Group, announced this week that they signed an Implementation Agreement and Power Purchase Agreement (“PPA”) for their 8MWac solar power plant to be installed in Tetulia, Panchaghar in north-western Bangladesh.
According to latest Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA) ‘BIPV in the MENA Region’ report, for the upcoming Big 5 Solar Exhibition, which will run from 26-29 November 2018 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, the construction sector across MENA countries can expect to see an increase in Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) components as the region strives to achieve decarbonisation targets.
Dr Azmy Gowaid and his team from Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) in Scotland have devised solar tiles that will allow outdoor pedestrianised areas to double up as renewable energy makers. The tile can be used in virtually any outdoor pedestrian walkway exposed to daylight. This includes public squares, pavements, schools and university campuses.
Stanford researchers have developed a water-based battery that could provide a cheap way to store wind or solar energy generated when the sun is shining and wind is blowing so it can be fed back into the electric grid and be redistributed when demand is high.
The renewable energy industry created more than 500,000 new jobs globally in 2017, a 5.3 per cent increase from 2016, according to the latest figures released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in the fifth edition report Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2018, launched at IRENA’s 15th Council which took place in Abu Dhabi from 8 to 9 May 2018. The report states that the total number of people employed in the sector (including large hydropower) now stands at 10.3 million globally, surpassing the 10 million figure for the first time.