India announced last year that it would take its installed solar energy capacity from near zero to 20,000 MW in a matter of just over a decade, by 2022. This is quite an ambitious agenda and several people had doubts regarding the feasibility of such a plan, especially during these tough economic times. (more…)
Canada’s federal commitment in establishing a cohesive renewable energy (more…)
Massachusetts may seem like an unlikely state for solar power. When you look at its solar insolation value of only 4.0 kilowatt-hours (compared to California’s 6.0 and Florida’s 5.0), the New England state seems lacking in sunshine.
(Reuters) – When Mike Peterson jumped into a colleague’s single turboprop Pilatus and flew over the remote central California valley that he now hopes to turn into a solar plant, he saw sunshine, flat land that would require little grading and two big transmission lines to tap into. “Wow,” he remembers thinking at the time. “God made this to be a solar farm.” (more…)
The Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) has awarded its Solar PV Project of the Year Award to Arizona’s First Solar, Inc. (First Solar), for its successful completion of the Canadian industry’s biggest solar energy installation, located in Sarnia, Ontario.
First Solar built the Sarnia installation and owns and operates it on behalf of Canada’s (more…)
Solar energy is the predominant source of alternative energy that the Middle East could try and exploit. Other sources such as wind, hydroelectric, thermal, and tidal energy cannot be supported or justified given the obvious constraints and limitations to make them work.
When one thinks of the Middle East, ‘Solar’ (more…)
Although most of you are probably in St. Martin enjoying fruity cocktails on the beach, we here at GBLB are hard at work. So take a break from your mai-tai to read about a very interesting appellate decision out of California on weighing the relative priorities of green development. The case, brought to our attention by a loyal (more…)
From wind turbines to solar photovoltaic cells, sustainable business ventures have produced a plethora of well-tested methods for converting renewable energy into electricity. Though much remains to be done when it comes to actually replacing coal and other fossil fuel-based electricity with a clean energy grid, there is little doubt (more…)
On Thursday, December 16th, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) was scheduled to vote on two provisions that will affect current and future solar energy projects in the Coachella Valley. That vote is still delayed, and apparently will remain so until the end of the month.
In a recent article in the Financial Post the authors make the case that while the Ontario government and its feed-in tariff (FIT) program quickly make the province a leader in renewable energy, other, traditionally “greener” economies are shifting away from subsidizing the industry. “Across the world,” says the sub-heading, “unsustainable subsidies for wind and solar (more…)