Dutch government proposes 33 percent increase in renewables spending for 2017.

Dutch government proposes 33 percent increase in renewables spending for 2017.

The Dutch government on Wednesday proposed a 33 percent increase in its budget for renewable energy projects in 2017, as it attempts to catch up after lagging on its 2020 emission reduction targets. In a letter to parliament, Economic Affairs Minister Henk Kamp said the government plans to spend 12 billion euros on subsidies for […]

Solar progress in Laos hindered by hydro focus.

Solar progress in Laos hindered by hydro focus.

Household solar systems have taken hold in Laos, but PV deployment on a grand-scale is being held back by a focus on hydropower, according to delegates at the Solar & Off-Grid Renewables Southeast Asia Event in Bangkok. A total of 30,000 solar household systems already installed in the country under its Rural Electrification Fund, according […]

NEPAD to boost Africa’s renewable energy project initiative.

NEPAD to boost Africa’s renewable energy project initiative.

NEPAD, being the implementing arm of the African Union (AU), is embarking on an exercise that hastens the expansion and execution of Africa’s Renewable Energy Projects. This is NEPAD Agency’s input in the execution of the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative that was approved by the AU Summit in June 2016 and also to the SE4ALL […]

Applications up for Hawaiian Electric rooftop solar program.

Applications up for Hawaiian Electric rooftop solar program.

Demand is up for Hawaiian Electric Co.’s only solar rooftop program for homeowners. By mid-November, 322 applications had been filed for the self-supply program that allows homeowners with rooftop solar panels to draw power from the grid. Six months ago, almost no applications were filed. “We expect it will continue to grow,” said Darren Pai, […]

Abu Dhabi issues regulations on solar PV.

Abu Dhabi issues regulations on solar PV.

Small-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in Abu Dhabi have come under the spotlight after an announcement by Abu Dhabi to have them regulated. The Regulation and Supervision Bureau (RSB) in Abu Dhabi will, starting next month, roll out a set of regulations governing small-scale PV energy netting. RSB is the regulatory body for water, wastewater […]

International Solar Alliance opens for signing.

International Solar Alliance opens for signing.

The alliance led by India is on its way to become an intergovernmental treaty-based organisation On the sidelines of the November 7-18 UN climate summit in Marrakech, Morocco, the governments of over 20 countries signed a framework agreement designed to make the International Solar Alliance (ISA) an intergovernmental treaty-based organisation that will be registered under […]

USAID invests US$4 million in African off-grid solar.

USAID invests US$4 million in African off-grid solar.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced US$4 million in new investments for off-grid solar in Africa during the COP22 conference in Marrakesh, Morocco. The funds will go to eight selected companies that are supporting solar start-up ventures for the residential sector through the US$36 million ‘Scaling Off-Grid Energy’ programme. Andrew Herscowitz, […]

Danish company seeking to invest in construction of solar power plants park in Chornobyl exclusion zone.

Danish company seeking to invest in construction of solar power plants park in Chornobyl exclusion zone.

The plans were announced by Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine Ostap Semerak during a meeting with representatives of the international consortium represented by Midas Consulting, as reported by the ministry’s press service. “Over these 30 years has been significant progress on safety in the exclusion zone and at the Chornobyl nuclear power […]

Indian Railways to install 5GW of solar by 2025 in partnership with UNDP: Report.

Indian Railways to install 5GW of solar by 2025 in partnership with UNDP: Report.

Indian Railways is reportedly targeting to install 5GW of solar by 2025 in partnership with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). It was reported that Prodyut Mukherjee, national technical consultant, UNDP at his presentation at the International Conference on Decarbonisation of Indian Railways stated that the target will be realized using vacant Indian Railways land and rooftop […]