North America: Solar and political struggle

2017 is already a banner year for solar in the United States. Following on record levels of deployment in 2016, the solar industry has been hitting a series of new records, with utility-scale solar costs falling below $1 per watt, power purchase agreements being reported at under $0.03 per kilowatt-hours, and the leading state, California, getting 13% of its electricity from solar on an annual basis. But at the same time that the...

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Smart housing and urban development plans for Singapore

At the Urban Land Institute Asia Pacific Summit 2017 held in Singapore, Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong delivered a keynote address on creating competitive and innovative cities. Infrastructure planning Mr Wong said that cities need to find a balance between two opposing goals. Cities need to be liveable and sustainable, with good public spaces, walkable streets and greenery. At the same time, cities need modern...

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Russia: 1.9GW auction for solar, wind and hydropower

A large scale renewable energy project has been announced by the Russian administration of the Treading System. It is open to solar, wind and hydropower projects and is expected to award contracts for projects with a combined capacity of 1.9 GW. According to the Russian Association of Wind Power Industry (RAWI), all of the 1,900 MW of applications can be submitted for the tender this year. Of this capacity, however, only 250 MW will...

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400MW Solar Capacity to be added in Indian Railways

A 400 Megawatt solar energy generation plan has been granted on Indian railways as they work on their ambitious plan to reduce its independence on conventional fuels and to cut down their energy bill. The transporter plans to award 200 MW of rooftop solar and 200 MW of land-based solar energy capacity in the current fiscal. Overall, railways has a target of installing 1,000 Mw of solar power and 200 Mw of wind energy by 2020. Railway...

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China with the world’s largest floating solar project

China is known as the world’s biggest producer and user of solar energy, but their supremacy in renewable energy doesn’t stop there. China has recently finished work on something pretty extraordinary: A huge solar array that floats on the surface of a lake. It is the largest floating solar project of its kind and can, according to the New York Times, produce enough electricity to power the lights and air conditioning of a nearby city....

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