household solar energy project Articles

  • Winning projects at clean energy awards benefit women

    The winning projects of this year's Ashden Awards for sustainable energy, which were announced last month (30 May), have particular benefits for women, organisers say. The projects demonstrate how improved access to ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Climbing the Solar Energy Ladder – New approach for energy-starved rural poor

    Access to electricity is crucial for sustainable economic development. Yet 1.3 billion people around the world live without basic access to electricity. Many of these people rely on unhealthy polluting kerosene lamps for nighttime lighting. Those with access to electricity in the developing world often rely on coal- or diesel-based grid power. ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Africa’s green energy challenge: Mega projects, off-grid or somewhere in between?

    South of the Sahara, getting electricity to 620 million people may require an all-of-the-above strategy. A 310-megawatt wind farm sprouting up in a remote, barren landscape near Lake Turkana in northern Kenya has the clean energy world buzzing — and for good reason. Africa’s largest wind farm, with 365 towering turbines, is creating more than 500 stable jobs in an ...


    By Ensia

  • Free solar for Africa?

    The African continent is not homogeneous. The constant gap between the way we perceive the north of the continent and the harsh reality that the South is going through is often surprising. Many start to see and praise the "African miracle” progresses. However, many obstacles remain for Africa to impose its way. The sun, is a natural, free and abundant wealth in the African land, would it ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • Morocco leans on Renewable Energy

    Morocco has no gas or oil gas resources on its territory. Therefore, the realm has to import about 90% of its electricity, totaling about one quarter of its overall importation. Buying energy from oversea is a huge investment for the country and Morocco is now turning to renewable energy to become self-sufficient in terms of energy. The country will soon produce its own energy, mainly through ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • A Cleaner Energy Future

    As renewable energy plays an increasingly important role in the world’s energy portfolio, the standards of ASTM International Committee E44 are helping to pave the way for innovation in clean energy sources. A growing population and improving living standards around the world are causing significant increases in energy demand and competition for fossil fuels. These escalating energy ...


    By ASTM International

  • Solar Thermal System: Benefits Vs Problems?

    Solar thermal systems are the latest green renewable technology that derives energy from the sun to produce heat. This heat is then transferred to warm water for utilization or regulates temperatures within households, offices and even industries. Varying qualities of equipment results in variation of performance in terms of efficiency and quantity of energy being wasted depending upon quality. ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • Feed-in Tariffs will boost the UK solar market

    Feed-in Tariff launch will boost the solar market, reports Envido. A new report predicts feed-in tariffs will trigger a five-fold increase of the solar market but will require further investments, reports Envido. A new report from consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers titled “On the brink of a bright future?” predicts that the launch of feed-in tariffs in the UK will trigger a ...


    By Vital Efficienci Ltd.

  • On rooftops worldwide, a solar water heating revolution

    The harnessing of solar energy is expanding on every front as concerns about climate change and energy security escalate, as government incentives for harnessing solar energy expand, and as these costs decline while those of fossil fuels rise. One solar technology that is really beginning to take off is the use of solar thermal collectors to convert sunlight into heat that can be used to warm ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Renewable energy progress report

    What is the Renewable energy progress report and what is its purpose? The Renewable Energy Directive states that a progress report should be issued every two years. The purpose of this progress report is to assess Member States' progress in the promotion and use of renewable energy in line with the 2020 targets. In addition, it contains sections on ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • World Solar Power Topped 100,000 Megawatts in 2012

    The world installed 31,100 megawatts of solar photovoltaics (PV) in 2012—an all-time annual high that pushed global PV capacity above 100,000 megawatts. There is now enough PV operating to meet the household electricity needs of nearly 70 million people at the European level of use. While PV production has become increasingly concentrated in one country—China—the number of ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Get Rid of Global Energy Poverty

    This modern 21st century still contains millions of people who do not have sufficient access to electricity or clean cooking facilities. Energy poverty can basically be described as the lack of access to even the most basic needs involving lights and cooking. The income disparity worldwide has increased the gap between one portion of the population enjoying luxuries and gadget ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • Decentralised energy: powering a sustainable future

    With rising fuel prices putting households under pressure, Helen Andrews Tipper, Public Sector Energy Programmes Manager, explains how decentralised energy schemes provide an alternative solution How we generate and consume energy is perhaps the most significant threat to economic and social wellbeing that we face today. Already high energy prices are only predicted to keep rising. Our ...


    By Carbon Trust

  • ‘Energy democracy’ becomes more real

    Will new technologies democratize energy much the way the Internet did information? Industry movement seems to point in that direction with the rise of the smart grid, time-of-day pricing, distributed solar, and the electric vehicle. Together these technologies offer a vision of a less centralized energy system, one where communities and households ‘vote in’ or shape the electric grid ...


    By Energy Efficiency Markets

  • Solar power is booming in India. Will it reach the people who need it most?

    As renewable energy ramps up, entrepreneurs work to bring its benefits to the 300 million citizens who lack electricity. The sun is shining on India, and India is poised to take advantage of it, with massive investments in solar energy facilities to help meet the needs of a population that is expected to grow to make it the planet’s most populous nation by 2022. But will ...


    By Ensia

  • Asia–Pacific Analysis: The slow road to green energy

    More Asia–Pacific countries need to embrace renewable energy and follow the first tentative steps of some governments, says Crispin Maslog. The South-East Asia and Pacific region is blessed with abundant sources of 'green' energy ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Siemens Takes A Good Step Towards Energy Efficiency

    The contemporary world today is facing a lot of economic and environmental challenges. It is important to find a quick and sustainable solution. Siemens, the market leader in power technology, concentrates on renewable energy, solar energy and wind power especially. The demand of solar energy and wind power in the United States is increasing as it is ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • Renewable Energy Companies Continue Their Surge

    Firms make use of Renewable Portfolio Standards, farm-to-fuel investments and availability in lower-cost feedstocks to achieve better results.   THE FARM-TO-FUEL Investment Act was ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Father, son team grow Vista Solar from longtime chip maker

    Patrick Callinan and his company, Silicon Valley Microelectronics Inc., had done one thing for more than 20 years - selling the silicon wafers to make computer chips and solar panels - when they noticed a trend. By 2008, the solar industry accounted for an increasing amount of their business. So Patrick and his son, Jaymes, decided to try something new. Four years later, the solar ...

  • It’s time to invest in clean energy in Africa

    Private-sector investment in electricity is sitting on the sidelines in Africa. Here’s how we can change that. The math for Africa’s clean energy future is adding up. Solar lamps are spreading like fireflies across Ghana. A first-of-its-kind solar farm in Rwanda is providing electricity for 15,000 rural homes. Utility-scale solar and wind projects are being built in ...


    By Ensia

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