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This company wants to help remote areas stay connected even during natural disasters

Solar energy also doesn't produce air pollutants or carbon dioxide -- and systems placed on buildings have few negative effects on the environment -- and it's expected to be cheaper than fossil fuels by 2020, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency.

  • Date: 10 March 2019
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  • Source: CNN

Director-General of IRENA: Focusing on Green Development and Praising China's Achievements (Chinese)

The opening of the two national conferences in 2019 is just around the corner. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of New China and is a crucial year for building a well-off society in an all-round way. Adnan Amin, the Director-General of IRENA, said in an interview with CCTV reporters that he expects the two sessions to continue to discuss issues related to green development and praised the development achievements of New China in the past seventy years.

  • Date: 27 February 2019
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  • Source: CCTV

This Report Says Blockchain Is One Of 30 Key Innovations Set To Transform Renewable Energy

A new report from IRENA, says that to accelerate low-cost renewables in the power sector, countries will need innovative technology tools which enable them to benefit from renewable scale-ups.

  • Date: 26 February 2019
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  • Source: Forbes

Renewable Energy Investment to Increase by $210 Billion over Five Years

Backing for renewable energy assets is set to rise 10% with grid-scale PV the most attractive opportunity among investors surveyed for a new report. But improved investment vehicles and outsourced asset management are still needed if climate change is to be mitigated.


Renewable Energy Rewrites Rules of Global Geopolitics As Influence Of Fossil Fuel Producers Falls

The geopolitical map that has become so familiar to us is changing, and fast, thanks to the rapid deployment of renewable energy. A new report from IRENA highlights the way the energy landscape is changing, and the dangers and opportunities that it brings to different countries around the world. 

  • Date: 07 February 2019
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  • Source: Forbes

Renewable power surge in Africa faces a shortout: not enough workers

Overall, only 16,000 people are recorded as working in renewable energy in sub-Saharan Africa, outside South Africa, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). That is just 0.1 percent of the global renewable energy workforce, and fewer than the number of people who work on wind power in the U.S. state of Illinois alone, IRENA noted.

  • Date: 30 January 2019
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  • Source: Reuters

The week in energy: Clearing the smog

The fight against dirty diesels, the debate over the Green New Deal, and the mystery of interstellar propulsion. Irena, the International Renewable Energy Agency, published a report highlighting the rapid progress made by renewable energy in Gulf Cooperation Council countries. It pointed out that contracts had been agreed for photovoltaic solar power at prices below 3 cents per kilowatt hour and dispatchable concentrated solar power at 7.3 cents per kWh, “which is less than some utilities in the region pay for natural gas”.


The Future of Clean Energy in the GCC

Adnan Amin, director general at Irena, discusses the number of jobs in renewable energy in the GCC, sustainability of these jobs, financing for renewables, U.S. shale and renewables in the U.S. He speaks on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Middle East" from the sidelines of the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi. 


IRENA highlighting geothermal’s role for food security and heating & cooling

During a recent meeting of the Global Geothermal Alliance during the IRENA events of its General Assembly, the important role of geothermal for food security, but mainly for heating and cooling was highlighted by several speakers.


China Is Set To Become The World's Renewable Energy Superpower, According To New Report

“No country has put itself in a better position to become the world’s renewable energy superpower than China,” says the report, which was issued by the Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation – a group chaired by a former president of Iceland, Olafur Grimsson. The commission was set up by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) last year and its findings were published on January 11 in Abu Dhabi, at IRENA’s annual assembly.

  • Date: 11 January 2019
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  • Source: Forbes

The week in energy: A look ahead to 2019

A week ago, the Financial Times published some of its writers’ predictions for 2019, including my inevitably speculative guess at the outlook for oil. The decline in the costs of electricity from renewable sources has not always been smooth. The database kept by Irena, the International Renewable Energy Agency, shows that the global average cost of power from onshore wind levelled off in 2014-16, for example. But over longer periods the decline, driven by economies of scale and incremental improvements in the technology, has been inexorable, and there is no reason to expect it to come to an end this year.


GSC wants 1 trillion mini-grids, 10 million solar jobs

“One trillion mini-grids, one trillion home lighting systems, one trillion solar PV ports, 10 million jobs and energy for all have-nots around the world. The GSC’s general assembly will be held in Abu Dhabi between January 14 and 16, 2019. There, Pranav R Mehta will endeavor, with representatives from various countries, the International Solar Alliance (ISA) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), to create a detailed plan of action to achieve the “One trillion mini-grids, ports, lighting systems and 10 million jobs” objective.


Clear winners: China's war on smog lifts metals, LNG to multi-year peaks

Industrial metals, liquefied natural gas and steel finished 2017 in stunning fashion as a crackdown on pollution in China, the world’s no. 2 economy, boosts demand for cleaner fossil fuels and raw materials vital to clean-tech industries. World solar power capacity has ballooned to around 300 gigawatts from just 1 GW in 2000, according to IRENA data. Growth is largely driven by China, approaching 100 GW of capacity. IRENA says China can add 50 GW a year of capacity. 


Solar PV in Africa: Falling costs driving rapid growth

IRENA’s REmap analysis indicating a doubling of the share of renewable energy globally by 2030 shows that Africa could be home to more than 70GW of solar PV capacity by 2030. This will yield low-cost electricity to power Africa’s future and provide access to the approximately 600 million Africans who still lack access to electricity today.


Kuwait vows 15 pct of power from renewable energy by 2030

The Kuwaiti new electricity minister has said Kuwait is determined to produce 15 percent of power from renewable energy by 2030. The deserts in Kuwait contain abundant solar and wind resources. Its solar potential, as measured in global horizontal irradiance, amounts to 1,900 kilowatt-hour per square meter per year, according to IRENA data.


Are Rising Seas, Coastal Erosion & Powerful Storms a Wave of the Future for Small Island Nations?

The 44-member Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) represents some of the world’s most vulnerable island nations fighting a virtually losing battle against rising sea levels triggered by global warming and climate change. The Maldives, as the Chair of AOSIS, and in collaboration with IRENA, launched the Initiative for Renewable Island Energy in October, which will facilitates support for Small Island States in their transition to renewable energy, and in achieving energy efficiency.


14th Meeting of IRENA Council Focuses on Increasing Renewable Energy Deployment and Investments

Discussions at the 14th Meeting of the Council of IRENA centered on scaling up renewable energy deployment and investment. Council members also considered means to resolve the gap, identified in a recent IRENA report, between national renewable energy plans, actual deployment, and targets set within the framework of the Paris Agreement on climate change. Discussion focused on the potential for members to increase the share of renewable energy included in their Nationally Determined Contributions.


India’s commitment to science begins to pay off

Of India’s 1.3 billion citizens, almost 20% still lack electricity. To help combat this, the country has launched an ambitious renewable-energy plan, broadly focused on solar and wind power. In a review published this year, IRENA lists India among the six countries with Brazil, China, Germany, Japan and the United States that accounted for most of the renewable-energy jobs in 2016. 


India’s renewable energy push, if done properly, could mean a lot of jobs

Implemented properly, India’s renewable energy push could do more than just slow down global warming. It could help pull millions out of poverty, especially in rural communities. At last count, the solar and wind industry in India employed 151,000 people. IRENA estimates the solar industry in India employs 103,000 people, including 31,000 in grid-connected and 72,000 in offgrid applications, while another 48,000 people work in the wind sector. 


Croatia eyes solar power in bid to curb energy import

According to IRENA, Croatia, which imports nearly 40 percent of its energy needs, could develop 3,200 megawatts of solar power by 2030. The government is drafting a new strategy aimed at reducing energy imports which is likely to be completed next year. Croatia has installed power of 4,500 MW, mostly from coal and hydroelectricity. Renewable power accounts for 28 percent of production.