Three days ago, Vodafone revealed a new product in Mumbai, India designed specifically to serve the millions of mobile subscribers living in rural parts of the country with limit access to electricity.
The International Medical Corps (IMC) received added support this week when Google.org donated 3,000 solar chargers worth $216,000 to the IMC's international relief efforts.
As we hinted at a few weeks ago, India has finally announced a national solar energy plan initially intended for public declaration on November 14. Officially known as the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, the “Solar India” plan adopts a three-phased approach with a preliminary goal of installing 200 MW of solar energy capacity by 2012. By the year 2022, Solar India hopes to have 20,000 MW of solar thermal and photovoltaic energy up and running. According to the plan,
Considering its sun-bleached location, you’d think it was only a matter of time before Algeria went solar. According to Algerian state media, the North African oil and gas producer has plans to build a plant for the manufacture of solar panels, in an effort to draw 5 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2015, Reuters reports. As proof of the government backing behind the project, state-owned utility Sonelgaz will invest $100 million in the factory and launch a round of bidding for contractors by the end of 2009.
With climate change negotiations set to begin in Copenhagen on December 7th, some nations are beginning to articulate commitments to renewable energy deployment in lieu of adopting binding carbon emission reductions. Rapidly developing economies, in particular, are opposed to emission reductions as they fear such caps will slow and limit economic prosperity. And so it goes with India, which is expected to announce details of the nation’s solar energy plan sometime this week.
When we look at a solar irradiance map of the world, it’s no wonder all eyes are focused on the arid deserts of North Africa. The sun’s rays are intense and provide the optimal climate for utility scale concentrated solar power (CSP). As one of the first movers in the region, the German government is eager to collaborate with Morocco, Tunisia, Libya and Algeria for European investment in electricity infrastructure and renewable energy generation.
As recent events have suggested, solar developers and environmentalists haven’t always had a happy relationship. While environmentalists and advocates for the widespread adoption of solar power have yet to become bosom buddies (seems counterintuitive, doesn’t it?), a San Francisco building contractor by the name of Stephen Gold has shown that solar panels can be just what conservation researchers out in the wild need.
The Indian state of Gujarat will soon be home to the world’s largest solar power complex, provided that it successfully acquires the thousands acres of land needed for the project by the end of the year. The $10 billion, 3,000-megawatt initiative will raise funding with the help of the Clinton Foundation and aims to develop an array of technologies, including solar panels and solar thermal plants. If successful, there’s little question as to the implications of the project: resource-poor India will be several steps closer to meeting energy demand for its burgeoning population while simultaneously addressing calls for it to reduce emissions.
Not content to sit idle as their Chinese rivals implement aggressive pricing strategies overseas, German solar manufacturers are fighting back by looking to a higher power. BSW (Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft, the German Solar Industry Association) has stated that it will decide whether or not to request regulatory action by the end of the year over what it considers dumping by Chinese solar manufacturers.
Thin-film solar manufacturer First Solar just signed an agreement with Chinese officials earlier today for what is currently considered the world’s largest photovoltaic power plant, a 2,000-megawatt solar farm in the Mongolian desert. The project is slated for completion in 2019 and represents just a small part of an 11,950-megawatt renewable energy park intended for Ordos City, in the Chinese province of Inner Mongolia. It will be developed in installments, starting in June 2010, and will have the capacity to generate enough power for 3 million Chinese homes upon completion, according to First Solar.