The falling cost of renewables gives emerging economies a strong business case to power past coal in pursuit of a net-zero economy, says the International Renewable Energy Agency.
Clean energy advocates say citizen-owned solar and wind power is the best way to get community buy-in for renewables projects, but as feed-in tariffs are replaced by competitive auctions, citizen-led initiatives are decreasing in number.
Chile has masses of renewable energy potential, but its environmental and human rights record around energy projects is far from rosy. A new constitution being drawn up by independent candidates could be the opportunity for change.
Brown coal kills 32.8 people per terawatt hour (TWh) of power generated, versus 0.02 deaths per TWh of solar power.
Countries in the Global South need international public finance to support clean energy instead of the dash for gas as witnessed in recent years, says the International Institute for Sustainable Development.
Microgrids – local power grids that can operate independently of the larger grid – are becoming an indispensable tool in building a clean, flexible, secure and cheaper energy system.
Data from the 2020 Californian wildfire season shows that increased levels of smoke in the air caused daily solar generation to drop by around one-third.
Trade association SolarPower Europe calls for consideration of seven key issues across the value chain – and analyses how the international solar PV industry is currently addressing these – to promote sustainable development.
Apprenticeships and greater unionisation can make a serious contribution to creating a more diverse clean energy workforce, and offering stable, long-term careers in the industry.
Many countries in Africa and Latin America could meet all their energy needs by covering less than 0.1% of their landmass with solar panels.
Cheap solar and wind power are more than capable of powering the global economy, finds a report from the Carbon Tracker Initiative.
Life on the edge: How grid edge innovations are enabling a more sustainable, decentralised and equitable energy system
The coupling of an increasingly decentralised power grid and advanced new technologies presents an unprecedented opportunity to accelerate energy transition. Michael Weinhold of Siemens Smart Infrastructure outlines how innovation at the grid edge will be a key component in delivering a more sustainable future.