MIT Research: Shifting to Renewables is a Win-Win.

15 million Spaniards are breathing air the EU considers polluted. Dirty air causes 64,000 early deaths every year in the UK, and this number is expected to rise sharply in the coming years. Worldwide it causes 8.8 million deaths each year, which is more than deaths caused by smoking. The costs for health systems are enormous. It is…

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EU to support islands’ renewable energy dreams

Islands in the EU can now benefit from a support mechanism for new renewable energy and energy efficiency projects that includes help with early-stage, pre-feasibility studies as well as technical and financial due diligence for more advanced projects. The Clean Energy for EU Islands Secretariat, representing the European Commission, launched the scheme earlier this week, allowing islands to…

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Netherlands to issue green bonds worth up to €6 billion

On May 21, the triple-A rated nation will issue 20-year bonds for sustainable investments undertaken by its government. Eligible projects will include large scale renewable energy plants developed under the SDE+ incentive program. The government of the Netherlands has announced its first green bond, with a volume of €4-6 billion, will be issued on May 21. That marks…

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Combining Farming With Solar 186% More Efficient In Summer Of 2018

For many people, solar power is seen as a threat to farming communities. That’s because they believe farmers must  choose between raising crops or livestock and installing solar panels on their land. The Fraunhofer Institute has been conducting experiments in what it calls agrophotovoltaics for two years near Lake Constance, Germany. In the first year, it found the combination…

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Self-generated energy soars in Spain as solar panels plunge in price

Last year there was a 94% increase in sun-powered electricity compared to 2017, according to Spain’s Photovoltaic Union UNEF Solar power is paving the way for a rise in self-generated energy in Spain. Installed capacity grew for the second year running in 2018 with a 94% hike on 2017 figures – and 90% of that was self-generated. Installed…

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