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Researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) have created a brand new, 100% transparent solar cell. The new transparent cell can be utilized anywhere, including on windows and smart phone screens without causing any obstruction to the view or screen.
Renewable energy technologies contributed nearly one fifth of the UK’s power mix in the first quarter of the year, as a result of high winds, rainfall, and a surge in new construction in the solar farm industry.
The UK is now the world’s fifth largest utility-scale solar market, according to figures published by Wiki-Solar.
The latest figures show that the UK has overtaken Spain and is closing the gap on India, Germany, China and the USA – the world’s top four utility-scale solar markets.
Brits think that solar PV is the “ideal” energy efficiency improvement for a home, according to a study carried out by the Energy Saving Trust.
The research surveyed over 2,000 homeowners who identified solar PV as the most desirable energy addition to their home if money were no object
According to the latest weekly analysis by NPD Solarbuzz on UK PV market deployment, the UK’s cumulative capacity has now reached 5GW.
This makes the UK only the sixth country to have more than 5GW capacity. Germany remains the undisputed leader with more than 36GW. China, Japan, Italy and the US each have more than 10GW installed.
All feed-in tariff levels for solar PV will remain the same from 1 October 2014 to 31 December 2014.
Ofgem confirmed that deployment in all feed-in tariff trigger bands fell short of enacting an automatic degression, meaning that all FiT rates will remain the same until 1 January 2015.
The skies are threatening to pour on the Apple solar farm but as the woman in-charge of the company’s environmental initiatives points out: the panels are still putting out some power. Apple is still greening its act.
Renewables accounted for 14.9% of UK electricty generated in 2013, up from 11.3% in 2012, according to the latest statistics released on Thursday.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change’s (DECC) report found a 30% increase in electricity generation rfom clean sources to to 53.7TWh.
Solar PV and solar heat contributed 3.3% of the total renewable energy mix across all sectors, including heat and transport.
Inverter manufacturer SMA Solar has revealed that its Sunny Island range of inverters with built-in storage have received G59/2 accreditation.
The accreditation allows the inverter range to be used in self consumption and/or energy storage systems in the UK.
The latest draft guidelines on state aid by the European Commission have drawn criticism from the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA), claiming they could “constrain member states’ capabilities to reach their 2020 binding renewable targets”.
The government is seeking ways to minimise the cost of hitting the renewable targets within the £7.6 billion budget set out in the Levy Control Framework (LCF) and effectively puts a price on CO2 emissions.
The LCF controls the maximum costs that can be added to electricity bills for renewables.
When leading economist Jeffrey Sachs gives three cheers for the new new EU climate and energy policy for 2030, there are reasons for us to be proud.