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Germany Breaks Its Own Record For Solar Power Generation

Germany Breaks Its Own Record For Solar Power Generation | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Grey skies aren't stopping Germany from continuing to smash solar power records.
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For a change some good news from the renewable energy sector.

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New light on competitiveness of solar PV power

New light on competitiveness of solar PV power | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
The paper, Reconsidering the Economics of Photovoltaic Power, looks at the implications of the sharpest falls in the prices of PV technology in recent memory.

 

Interesting results from a new report "Reconsidering the Economics of Photovoltaic Power" by Bloomberg's New Energy Finance.

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La filière solaire européenne dans la tourmente

La filière solaire européenne dans la tourmente | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Confronté à la concurrence chinoise et à la baisse des aides publiques, le secteur s'interroge sur son avenir.

 

Good Le Monde article on the challenges of the solar energy industry in Europe. Killing the goose with the golden eggs?

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Falling solar prices good for climate, bad for firms

Falling solar prices good for climate, bad for firms | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
There is a bright side to the plunge in solar panel prices that has brought down some U.S. and German manufacturers which relied too heavily on subsidies for green energy - solar power costs have fallen faster than anyone thought possible.

 

Very good Reuters article on recent developments in the solar PV industry.

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Solar grid parity 101—and why you should care

Solar grid parity 101—and why you should care | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
We're rapidly approaching solar grid parity -- that magical tipping point when installing solar power will cost less than buying electricity from the grid. Learn more about the details of this complex concept.

 

Grist has this very interesting article on grid parity of solar power in the US.

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The Chinese Solar Machine

The Chinese Solar Machine | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Chinese manufacturers have ­dominated the international ­market for conventional solar ­panels by ­building bigger ­factories faster. Now they will need to ­innovate to maintain their lead.

 

Excellent article in MIT's Technology Review on China's manufacturing of solar panels.

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Solar Power Much Cheaper to Produce Than Most Analysts Realize, Study Finds

Solar Power Much Cheaper to Produce Than Most Analysts Realize, Study Finds | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
The public is being kept in the dark about the viability of solar photovoltaic energy, according to a study conducted at Queen’s University.
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Brussels discusses Greek ‘solar bailout’ | EurActiv

Brussels discusses Greek ‘solar bailout’ | EurActiv | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
EU’s energy commissioner Gunther Oettinger, the director general for energy Philip Lowe, and the head of the EU’s Athens task force Horst Reichenbach have discussed the idea of enabling Greece to repay some of its debts to EU member states, such as Germany, by providing them with solar energy.

 

Interesting approach which has the advantage that it indirectly connects the financial crisis with the sustainability crisis but several questions remain: is this in the interest of Greece or of Germany? Could solar energy become the new resource curse?

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Solarworld in Renewable Energy ‘War’ With China, Closing Factory

Solarworld AG, Germany’s largest module maker, plans to close a factory to cut costs and compete against Chinese manufacturers that its chief executive officer says are subsidized by the state.

Is the Chinesee communist model of "state capitalism" defeating Western free-market capitalism?

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How renewables will change electricity markets in the next five years

How renewables will change electricity markets in the next five years | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

Photovoltaic (PV) cells, onshore wind turbines, internet technologies, and storage technologies have the potential to fundamentally change electricity markets in the years ahead. Photovoltaic cells are the most disruptive energy technology as they allow consumers of all sizes to produce power by themselves—new actors in the power market can begin operating with a new bottom-up control logic. Unsubsidised PV markets may start to take off in 2013, fuelling substantial growth where PV power is getting cheaper than grid or diesel backup electricity for commercial consumers.

 

Good overview of the potential of renewables in the science magazine Energy.

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What Today's Euro Elections Mean for Energy

With new leadership in France and Greece, energy funding and development in Europe could see some changes and challenges on the horizon.

 

Interesting analysis by Forbes of the possible impact for nuclear in France and solar in Greece.

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German ministers agree to speed up solar cuts

BERLIN (Reuters) - The German government has agreed to accelerate the next round of cuts in state-mandated photovoltaic incentives by three months to April 1 after a record-breaking expansion of solar...
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PwC report confirms big growth in renewable energy deals

PwC report confirms big growth in renewable energy deals | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

Deals for 'new generation' renewable technologies – wind, solar, biomass - are entering the big time driving the market to new record highs, reports PwC in its annual global analysis of merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions in the renewable sector.

 

Despite the global economic slowdown and the debt crisis in Europe, the renewable energy sector keeps showing strong growth and market consolidation.

 

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India’s Solar Future Burns Bright

India’s Solar Future Burns Bright | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"India is poised to become a solar powerhouse, a possibility on its way to becoming a reality, with sunny prospects for the awakening subcontinent’s economic future."

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The Oil Drum | Wind Fights Solar; Triangle Wins

The Oil Drum | Wind Fights Solar; Triangle Wins | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

On the Oil Drum, physics professor Tom Murphy does the maths on wind, solar and fossil fuels. Some fascinating figures in this excellent analysis.

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Here Comes Solar Energy

Here Comes Solar Energy | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"Will our political system delay the energy transformation now within reach?"


Paul Krugman supports solar power and has some relevant questions on shale gas and fracking in his NY Times column.

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Solar power industry responsible for large lead emissions

Solar power industry responsible for large lead emissions | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"The study appearing in the journal Energy Policy shows that solar power is the cause of large lead emissions in China and India. The reason for this is that solar power systems in these countries rely heavily on lead batteries for energy storage, due to their inadequate power grids. This could potentially lead to a release of more than 2.4 million tons of lead into the environment, forming a danger not just for the environment itself, but also for human health."

There is no such thing as a free lunch - even renewable energy has its environmental challenges.

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