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Shedding Light on the Future of Photovoltaics

Cambridge, MA, 31 October 2014

Several government agencies, academic researchers, and firms have proposed scenarios for the future in which photovoltaic (PV) technologies grow rapidly. To support such growth, PV technologies would need to be developed with resource constraints in mind. For some PV technologies, the production of the required input materials would need to grow at a rate never before seen in the metals industry, according to a new analysis by MIT researchers.

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Solar Energy prices see double-digit declines in 2013

London, 21 October 2014

Distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) system prices dropped by 12 - 19 percent nationwide in 2013, according to the third edition of a jointly written report on PV pricing trends from the Energy Department's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL).

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Revealed: Top Climate Change Combators

London, 15 October 2014

A new global index based on companies that exhibit leadership through action to mitigate climate change outperforms The Bloomberg World Index by 9.6%.  So finds analysis released today by CDP, an international NGO that drives sustainable economies.

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‘An invisible powerhouse’ worth at least $10bn per year

Verona, 8 October 2014

The global energy efficiency market is worth at least USD 310 billion a year and growing, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency that confirms the position of energy efficiency as the world’s “first fuel”. The report also finds that energy efficiency finance is becoming an established market segment, with innovative new products and standards helping to overcome risks and bringing stability and confidence to the market.

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Fed Up With Federal Inaction, States Act Alone on Cap-and-Trade

London, 1 October 2014

Unsatisfied with the pace at which the federal government is acting to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, several U.S. states and a few Canadian provinces are forging ahead with their own initiatives.

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Solar could be the largest source of electricity mid-century

To achieve that vision, IEA reports call for clear, credible consistent signals from policy makers

Paris, 29 September 2014

The sun could be the world’s largest source of electricity by 2050, ahead of fossil fuels, wind, hydro and nuclear, according to a pair of reports issued today by the International Energy Agency (IEA). The two IEA technology roadmaps show how solar photovoltaic (PV) systems could generate up to 16% of the world’s electricity by 2050 while solar thermal electricity (STE) from concentrating solar power (CSP) plants could provide an additional 11%. Combined, these solar technologies could prevent the emission of more than 6 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide per year by 2050 – that is more than all current energy-related CO2 emissions from the United States or almost all of the direct emissions from the transport sector worldwide today.

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How to make stronger, “greener” cement

Cambridge, Mass, 26 September 2014


Analysis of material’s molecular structure leads to a new formula that could cut greenhouse-gas emissions: Concrete is the world’s most-used construction material, and a leading contributor to global warming, producing as much as one-tenth of industry-generated greenhouse-gas emissions. Now a new study suggests a way in which those emissions could be reduced by more than half — and the result would be a stronger, more durable material.

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The New Climate Economy report

London, September 2014

A major new report released by a commission of global leaders finds that governments and businesses can now improve economic growth and reduce their carbon emissions together. Rapid technological innovation and new investment in infrastructure are making it possible today to tackle climate change at the same time as improving economic performance.

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China solar installations to reach 14GW

London, September 2014

China announced a set of incentives for photovoltaic projects connected to the local distribution grid last week, paving the way for a much more robust growth in the second half of this year, and beyond.
 
The National Energy Administration called on local authorities to identify projects in regions where electricity can be distributed to customers living nearby, according to a statement on the agency’s website. The subsidy scheme was expanded from a premium subsidy to include a feed-in tariff option, removing the risk of relying on an off-take contract. 

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Unlikely Bedfellows: Mines That Run On Solar Or Wind Power

London, August 2014

Mining companies are often seen as dinosaurs when it comes to making changes that will benefit the environment, but that perception may be shifting as some companies turn to renewable energy to cut costs and lighten their carbon footprint.

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