Tag Archive | clean energy

“Corporate Giants Are Buying so Much Clean Power This Year They Already Broke 2017’s Record”


Businesses and public agencies are buying more clean energy than ever before.


“Tech giant Apple turns green”


Over the last seven years, Apple, through its renewable energy projects, cut total emissions of greenhouse gas by 54 percent. The company has 25 renewable energy projects in its books already and 15 more in the construction stage.

“Ignoring Trump’s Skepticism, Davos Elite Bets on Climate Change”


Donald Trump has often ridiculed global warming and promised to withdraw the U.S. from the global accord signed in Paris in 2015. Yet despite the change of political weather in Washington, the captains of business and finance gathered in Davos this week will spend a lot of time talking about climate change — and how to make money from it.

The World Economic Forum is devoting 15 sessions of its 2017 annual meeting to climate change, and nine more to clean energy — the most ever on the issues.

“These Technologies May Actually Deliver Elon Musk’s Dream of Changing the World”


As Tesla founder Elon Musk promises to change the world, starting with giant battery factory in the Nevada desert, investors from Toronto to Tokyo are quietly developing the next-generation technologies that may actually get him there.


“Clean Energy Investment Rises 9%, Led by Solar Power”



Clean energy investment rose by 9 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier on surging demand for rooftop solar panels from the U.S. to Japan.

New investment in renewable power and energy efficiency rose to $47.7 billion in the first three months of the year from $43.6 billion, Bloomberg New Energy Finance said today in an e-mailed statement.

“U.S. Lags Behind China in Renewables Investments”



For the second year, an annual Pew Charitable Trusts report, “Who’s Winning the Clean Energy Race?”, shows that China is the world leader in clean energy investment, with $54 billion in investments in renewables in 2013, well above total U.S. investment of $36.7 billion.

“Experts develop low-cost solar panels by recycling rare metals”


Swedish firm Midsummer, a leading supplier of production lines for cost effective manufacturing of flexible thin film CIGS solar cells, has developed a unique process to recover leftover rare metals such as indium and gallium when manufacturing thin film CIGS solar cells.

“Sustainable nuclear fusion breakthrough raises hopes for ultimate green energy”

The sun


Scientists have moved a step closer to achieving sustainable nuclear fusion and almost limitless clean energy.

US researchers have achieved a world first in an ambitious experiment that aims to recreate the conditions at the heart of the sun and pave the way for nuclear fusion reactors.

The scientists generated more energy from fusion reactions than they put into the nuclear fuel, in a small but crucial step along the road to harnessing fusion power. The ultimate goal – to produce more energy than the whole experiment consumes – remains a long way off, but the feat has nonetheless raised hopes that after decades of setbacks, firm progress is finally being made.

Green Back or Greenback?



Goldman Sachs has plans to invest $40bn in clean energy by 2021 — not to save the planet, but to make a killing.


Is that hissing noise the sound of the next financial bubble being blown up?

“Germany Tax on Own Use of Renewables Is First in Europe”



Germany is set to become the first nation in Europe to charge owners of renewable energy plants for their own use of electricity, part of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s effort to contain rising power bills.

Germany would be the first European country to penalize the self-consumption of solar energy, something only Arizona has done so far. Spain is also working on a similar plan to ensure small solar power generators, which reduce total grid users, help pay for network costs. As many as a dozen U.S. states are also considering charges for solar rooftop owners.


Germany’s “Energiewende” economic policy aims to make clean energy pay its way, in terms of helping to balance the budget, rather than to just live off taxpayer-funded subsidies. There is no free-lunch for clean energy providers in Germany.