‘Insanely cheap energy’: how solar power continues to shock the world

Australian smarts and Chinese industrial might made solar power the cheapest power humanity has seen – and no one saw it coming ‘Solar is providing the cheapest energy the world has ever seen ... It’s a fundamentally different world we’re moving into.’ Photograph: Lukas Coch/AAP In the year 2000, the International Energy Agency (IEA) made a prediction that would come…

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Semi-Transparent Solar Cells Can Power Greenhouses Without Slowing Plant Growth

Greenhouses fitted with semi-transparent solar cells can generate electricity without affecting the growth and health of the plants inside, according to a new study, suggesting we could build energy-neutral greenhouses without harming crops. Researchers tested groups of red leaf lettuce under different types of glass and different wavelengths of light, keeping all other variables the same – including…

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New Solar Power Park in the Balearics
Son Corcó, situated in Consell (Baleares), has a power of 2,4 MW. Photo: Government of the Balearic Islands

New Solar Power Park in the Balearics

In Consell, Mallorca a new photovoltaic park 'Son Corcó' has started its experimental commissioning tests this week. It is a photovoltaic installation that occupies an area of ​​almost three hectares and that will generate a power of 2.4 MW. It is the first park to be launched in the Balearic Islands since 2011, when the state government suspended…

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Old Spanish Coal Complex is to be Replaced by Europe’s Biggest Solar Energy Plant
The complex will feature 1.585GW of PV and replace a 1.1GW-plus thermal power trio Endesa is decommissioning at Andorra, Teruel. Image copyright: 2011-2019 Endesa S.A.

Old Spanish Coal Complex is to be Replaced by Europe’s Biggest Solar Energy Plant

Plans for what is being billed as “Europe’s largest solar plant” have been put forward in Spain as the UN climate negotiations came to a close in Madrid. Endesa took the floor at the COP25 summit in Madrid to announce a roadmap to replace its major thermal power plant in the Teruel province with a renewable “megaproject”. José…

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Two Solar Energy Parks for Ibiza?
Solar Park in Formentera

Two Solar Energy Parks for Ibiza?

"Making progress in the field of renewable energies by gradually abandoning the ones that are most polluting". That is the objective of the Balearic Government for this term, according the Minister of Energy, Juan Pedro Yllanes, who met with the president of the Consell d'Eivissa, Vicent Marí. "We want the Balearic Islands to be a pioneer in terms…

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