How complexity of feed-in tariffs add to the price of solar power.
Among politicians it has become fashionable to state that solar power is too expensive, no doubt as a pre-cursor to drastic cuts, as witnessed in many countries. Understandably, people demand more transparency and to know how much more they pay for electricity due to renewables. The reputation of being too expensive is damaging the solar industry and the technology as a whole. If it’s so expensive, why do we support it?
Green Rhino Energy will be featured on 21st Century Business TV, to be seen on CNBC, Fox Business and DirecTV. Joachim Baumgaertner discusses the challenges of businesses in the clean energy sector. JL Haber, Vice President of Programming at Multi Media Productions, added, “Green Rhino Energy is a unique company with an exciting mission. We are pleased to have selected them to appear in an upcoming feature.”
Posted by: joachim in Policy
on November 4th, 2010
UK airport departure taxes have been increased on 1 November 2010. The government has cited environmental reasons for the rise in order to hit aviation emission targets, and further rises are planned for 2011. But will the increase result in a reduction in carbon emissions? We think not, and here is why.
By converting abundant sunlight directly into electricity without any fuels, photovoltaic modules (PV) are an ideal technology to reduce green house gas emissions. No wonder it has caught the attention of many governments that have made tackling climate change their declared priority. In fact, many publications such as the Energy Trust  list carbon emission reductions as the benefit first mentioned! Not suprisingly, a 2009 McKinsey report  has identified an annual carbon abatement potential for PV solar of 1Gt of CO2 equivalent by 2030 in its medium ‘B’ – scenario. That’s a major challenge. If all panels were to be installed in a not so sunny location (e.g. Germany), and assuming an area of 8m2 per installed kW (kiloWatt), 10,000km2 would have to be covered by solar panels – the size of Jamaica. Only half the panels would be needed if installed in Australia. At this scale, it is crucial where in the world panels are installed.
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Posted by: admin in Companies
on July 29th, 2010
For over 30 years, the British Wind Energy Association (BWEA) was the home for the professional trade in the wind energy sector in the UK. With the rise of other technologies, especially marine energy, the mere focus on wind energy felt too narrow in scope. And alas, BWEA became RenewableUK in March 2010, now covering all technologies. The reason for change seemed convincing. But is this really a case study in successful re-branding?
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