In 20 years we’ll look back on 2017 as a turning point for the climate challenge. It hasn’t been all good news – carbon emissions increased globally and in Australia – but the mission to avoid dangerous climate change through renewable energy no longer appears completely hopeless. Until recently few in the mainstream were calling time on coal – yet numbers out of China and India showed that the coal building spree is fast
Internet giant says renewable energy is increasingly lowest cost option and it will not rule out investing in nuclear power Google’s data centres and the offices for its 60,000 staff will be powered entirely by renewable energy from next year, in what the company has called a “landmark moment”. The internet giant is already the world’s biggest corporate buyer of renewable electricity, last year buying 44% of its power from wind and
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Now a Chinese energy company said they were building the world's first solar panel farm that looked like giant pandas, the country's national treasures. The solar farm, located in Datong, northern China's Shanxi Province, was connected to the grid on June 29. The 248-acre solar farm was designed to look like a cute panda. The black sections are monocrystalline silicon (the light-absorbing part of most solar panels) while the white parts are
France’s Minister of Environment Ségolène Royal has officially opened the world’s first solar panel road this week with one kilometer and 2,880 solar panels in Tourouvre-au-Perche. Now the country is waiting to see if the road, built with construction company Colas‘ Wattway technology, will live up to the hype surrounding the clean energy experiment. The road is designed to produce sufficient power to electrify street lighting in the 3,400-person village.
A new solar energy efficient electricity generation system that developers claim is the most efficient in the world, is being tested in South Africa’s Kalahari desert. The Swedish company behind the project - which combines military technology with an idea developed by a 19th-century Scottish engineer and clergyman - says it is on the verge of building its first commercial installation. In the remote Northern Cape province, huge mirrors reflect
As part of its Climate Leadership Plan, the Alberta Government is making funding available for the installation of solar panels at 36 school projects that are now in the planning or design phase and have not gone to tender. “We have heard directly from students from across Alberta and their message is clear – they want us to be leaders on climate change. A number of school boards had already
In the five years since the White House launched its Joining Forces program to help post-9/11 veterans join the American workforce, the unemployment rate among vets has declined dramatically. In 2011, the jobless rate was more than 12%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. By 2015, that dropped to 5.8%. But in spite of the program's efforts and commitments from some 40 companies, including solar energy, to hire more than
Marks & Spencer is using crowdfunding to back the installation of solar panels on its stores. The retailer is partnering with Energy4All, a not-for-profit group that helps community groups set up energy co-ops, with the aim of raising £1.23m to put panels on nine large stores including Torbay in Devon, Truro in Cornwall and Cheshunt in Hertfordshire. A new entity, M&S Energy Society, is inviting investments of between £100 and
Solar power in the US has had a rocky existence. Ever since Ronald Reagan symbolically removed Jimmy Carter’s solar panels from the White House roof in 1986, federal policy has been unpredictable, such that manufacturers and consumers could never depend on reliable incentives to produce and install solar energy systems. Remarkably, the US solar energy industry is now entering what may be its most prosperous decade ever, thanks to a new