Massachusetts-based Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), a national, nonprofit coalition of public agencies and organizations working together to advance clean energy, has taken an in-depth look at successful and promising policies and programs that can be used to bring the benefits of solar to low-income consumers. “Bringing the Benefits of Solar Energy to Low-Income Consumers” , a guide authored by Bentham Paulos of PaulosAnalysis, outlines the obstacles that low-income households face in accessing solar power and provides a detailed overview of strategies that policymakers and government agencies can use to encourage low-income solar adoption.
The positive effect of solar energy as a sustainable energy source offsets the negative impact of the production of solar panels. This applies to energy consumption as well as greenhouse gas emissions during the production process, according to a comprehensive study by Atse Louwen and Wilfried van Sark from Utrecht University and colleagues from University of Groningen and Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands. Their research results were published 6 December in the leading journal Nature Communications.
Researchers from the Technical University of Madrid (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, UPM) in Spain have developed an innovative energy storage system which is able to store up to ten times more than the existing solutions using materials abundant in nature.
The national strategy of the kingdom of Morocco is based on diversified products that are economically sustainable and socially advantageous.
The kingdom started its integration in a clean model whose power come from the important renewable energy resources that it has. This new strategy is in line with the international changes that are due to the scarcity of classical resources of energy and the increase of the prices of oil and gas.
To satisfy their increasing needs and to deal with the issue of climate change, developed countries prioritized the renewable energies.In addition to their national territories, they are seeking for fields internationally, primarily the solar and wind energies Morocco is now in a position to affirm its opportunities that were explained in its strategy so that it can be positioned as a regional power exporter.
The kingdom of Morocco is determined to seize the opportunities that the green economy offers. Thus, Morocco adopted a clear policy to build its development based on green economy that respects the principles of protection of ecological system and preservation of the environment.
After the success of the first edition, the second edition of Photovoltaïca, International Photovoltaic Exhibition & Conference that will be held on 7th, 8th and 9th of September 2016 in Casablanca confirms its role as a platform for networking where projects related to the renewable energies -that are initiated by the Moroccan Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and its various subsidiaries -will be presented.
Do not miss the opportunity to be part of this revolution in the renewable energy sector … Be at the appointment on the 7th, 8th and 9th of September 2016 at the Office des Changes in Casablanca. Visit the events’s website to learn more.
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REN21 announced last week the release of “The Renewables 2016 Global Status Report” which shows that renewables are now firmly established as competitive, mainstream sources of energy in many countries around the world.
2015 was a record year for renewable energy installations
Renewable power generating capacity saw its largest increase ever, with an estimated 147 gigawatts (GW) added. Modern renewable heat capacity also continued to rise, and renewables use expanded in the transport sector. These results were driven by several factors:
- Renewables are now cost competitive with fossil fuels in many markets.
- Government leadership continues to play a key role in driving the growth of renewables, particularly wind and solar, in the power sector.
- As of early 2016, 173 countries had renewable energy targets in place and 146 countries had support policies.
- Cities, communities and companies are leading the rapidly expanding “100% renewable” movement, playing a vital role in advancing the global energy transitio.
- Better access to financing, concerns about energy security and the environment and the growing demand for modern energy services in developing and emerging economies.
Christine Lins, Executive Secretary of REN21, said,
“What is truly remarkable about these results is that they were achieved at a time when fossil fuel prices were at historic lows, and renewables remained at a significant disadvantage in terms of government subsidies. For every dollar spent boosting renewables, nearly four dollars were spent to maintain our dependence on fossil fuels.”
Increase in investments and job growth in renewable energies
2015 was a record year not only for new installations, but also for investment – reaching USD 286 billion worldwide in renewable power and fuels; if investment in large hydropower (>50 MW) and in heating and cooling is taken into account, the total is far higher. With China accounting for more than one third of the global total, developing countries surpassed developed countries in total renewable energy investments for the first time.
With increased investment came an increase in technological advances, cost reductions and jobs.
There are now 8.1 million people working in the renewable energy sector – representing steady growth in stark contrast with depressed labour markets in the broader energy sector.
Solar PV added a record 50 GW in 2015
The solar PV market was up 25% over 2014 to a record 50 GW, lifting the global total to 227 GW. The annual market in 2015 was nearly 10 times the world’s cumulative solar PV capacity of a decade earlier. China, Japan and the United States again accounted for the majority of capacity added, but emerging markets on all continents contributed significantly to global growth, driven largely by the increasing cost-competitiveness of solar PV.
While trends are generally positive, the report highlights several challenges that remain to be addressed if governments are to fulfill their commitments to achieve a global transition away from fossil fuels.
These include: achieving effective integration of high shares of renewables into the grid; addressing policy and political instability, regulatory barriers, and fiscal constraints. Further, there is far less policy focus on transport and, particularly, heating and cooling, so these sectors are progressing much more slowly.
See all key findings below. For more information visit REN21 website.
Source: Press Release by REN21. Image Credit: Team Massachusetts 4D Home via Flickr (CC BY 2.0).