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The government of India has agreed to purchase 10,000 new electric vehicles from India’s Tata Motors as part of a bid to replace the diesel- and petrol/gas-powered cars currently used by government agencies there, a public statement has revealed.

Read more: https://cleantechnica.com/2017/09/30/indias-government-purchase-10000-evs-tata-motors/

Despite its close relationship with Panasonic, Tesla will actually be utilizing Samsung SDI lithium-ion battery cells at the facility in South Australia that’s now under construction, the company has revealed.

Read more: https://cleantechnica.com/2017/09/30/tesla-using-samsung-sdi-battery-cells-129-mwh-south-australia-facility/

A record 55,000 new passenger electric cars were registered last month in China, with the market growing 68% compared to the same month last year and pulling the year-to-date (YTD) count to over 282,000 electric cars, up 45% year over year (YoY).

Read more: https://cleantechnica.com/2017/09/30/china-electric-car-sales-reach-record-month-ev-sales/

Philippine Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi has expressed intentions for the Filipino government to accelerate the deployment of mini-grids using renewable energy in the country to help achieve its goal of total electrification by 2022.

Read more: https://www.pv-tech.org/news/philippines-energy-minister-shows-intent-to-fast-track-mini-grid-deployment

Australia’s Clean Energy Regulator has given extra support to potential solar consumers to help them ascertain whether they are eligible to partake in the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES).

Read more: https://www.pv-tech.org/news/australian-regulator-offers-support-scheme-advice-to-small-scale-solar-cons

As Renewable Energy World has meticulously documented since Suniva, Inc. filed its case with the International Trade Commission (ITC) in April 2017 alleging that imports of solar cells and modules from overseas manufacturers (primarily China) had resulted in serious harm to U.S. domestic manufacturers, the Section 201 trade case has roiled the solar industry in the US and China.

Read more: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2017/09/solar-development-in-the-us-and-china-in-the-shadow-of-suniva-s-section-201-trade-case.html

Singapore’s National Water Agency part of the utilities agency PUB has announced plans to tender for 2 floating photovoltaics (FPV) power plants for a total of 56.7 MW after initial tests proved a number of benefits.

Read more: https://www.pv-tech.org/news/singapore-tenders-for-56.7mw-of-floating-solar-projects

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $50 million loan to aid the funding of rooftop solar power generation systems in Sri Lanka, it was announced Wednesday. The ADB said its Rooftop Solar Power Generation Project would increase access to "clean and reliable power" in the country.

Read more: https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/27/asian-development-bank-approves-50-million-loan-to-boost-rooftop-solar-in-sri-lanka.html

According to data recently released by the National Energy Administration of China, as of the end of June, the country had a PV power generation installation capacity of 102 GW. The country added 24.4 GW in new capacity during the first half of this year, a year-over-year increase of 9 percent.

Read more: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2017/09/china-s-solar-pv-market-passes-100-gw-milestone.html

While headlines about energy storage in Australia have been dominated by news of batteries in large-scale utility projects and the residential sector, the country’s government and renewable energy agency have identified numerous possibilities for developing pumped hydro storage assets.

Read more: https://www.energy-storage.news/news/australian-studies-indentify-thousands-of-potential-pumped-hydro-sites

India’s Central Electricity Authority (CEA) is debating how and whether to introduce a mandate for solar and wind projects above a certain size to be coupled with energy storage.

Read more: https://www.energy-storage.news/news/india-ponders-how-to-mandate-storage-with-large-scale-solar-and-wind

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi has launched a new programme to electrify every willing household in the country by 31 December 2018, using solar, energy storage batteries and LED lighting.

Read more: https://www.pv-tech.org/news/india-to-electrify-every-home-by-december-2018-using-solar-storage-and-leds

Hong Kong Green Building Council head Sr Wong Bay explains how green building rating systems are an essential tool in the fight to achieve a net zero emissions built environment.

Read more: http://www.eco-business.com/opinion/green-building-certification-the-sustainability-movements-secret-weapon/

A new study shows that poor households in cities spend 14 to 22 per cent of their income on energy. Plummeting prices of renewable energy promises to ease this burden.

Read more: http://www.eco-business.com/news/cities-must-lead-the-clean-energy-drive-says-report/

Conergy, one of the region’s largest downstream solar companies, has designed and installed a 145 kWp solar power system for one of the most iconic landmarks in Singapore’s skyline, Marina Bay Sands, one of Asia’s leading destinations for business, leisure and entertainment.

Read more: http://www.eco-business.com/press-releases/conergy-brings-solar-power-to-marina-bay-sands-reduces-carbon-footprint/

As one of the 43 Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) member countries, Sri Lanka is not only disproportionally affected by the impacts of climate change – but also willing to take bold domestic actions to combat it.

Read more: https://blogs.adb.org/blog/achieving-sri-lankas-vision-100-renewable-electricity-2050

Malcolm Turnbull’s government has been wrestling with the prospect of a clean energy target ever since Chief Scientist Alan Finkel recommended it in his review of Australia’s energy system. But economist Ross Garnaut has proposed a path out of the political quagmire: two clean energy targets instead of one.

Read more: https://theconversation.com/can-two-clean-energy-targets-break-the-deadlock-of-energy-and-climate-policy-84373

The race is on for storage solutions that can help provide secure, reliable electricity supply as more renewables enter Australia’s electricity grid.

Read more: https://theconversation.com/want-energy-storage-here-are-22-000-sites-for-pumped-hydro-across-australia-84275

PanaHome Corporation, ENERES Co., Ltd, IBJ Leasing Co., Ltd. and the Public Enterprises Agency of the Hyogo Prefectural Government plan to embark on the urban development of a microgrid system (a regional energy distribution management system) starting October 2017. The microgrid system will power a total of 117 homes in Zone D4 of Smart City Shioashiya Solar-Shima, which is being designed and developed by PanaHome in Ashiya City, Hyogo Prefecture.

Read more: http://www.panahome.jp/english/news/release/2017/0921.pdf

It seems that the one certainty about any clean energy target set by the present government is that it will not drive sufficient progress towards a clean, affordable, reliable energy future. At best, it will provide a safety net to ensure that some cleanish energy supply capacity is built.

Read more: https://theconversation.com/a-cleanish-energy-target-gets-us-nowhere-84358

Smart buildings can be grid partners with utilities by shaving peak loads and increasing resiliency of the grid.

Read more: http://greenblog.jll.com/2017/09/20/little-sharing-leads-big-savings-smart-buildings/

There is more than one way to look at oil-market balances. The IEA uses a straightforward approach: supply minus demand, which we report in the monthly Oil Market Report as “Total stock changes and Miscellaneous.”

Read more: https://www.iea.org/newsroom/news/2017/september/commentary-looking-for-balance-in-the-oil-market.html

A building can never really be green if the people inside it aren’t. Building owners need to give their occupants a nudge in the right direction, experts said at a recent Building and Construction Authority event in Singapore.

Read more: http://www.eco-business.com/news/the-missing-brick-in-green-buildings-the-occupant/

If you think Tesla’s 300-plus-mile battery range for its electric cars is a big deal, here’s a new world record that triples that figure.

Read more: https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/proterras-electric-bus-breaks-a-world-record-for-range

While India will hit 20GW of installed solar PV capacity this year, its annual deployment is expected to slow down to 5GW, according to consultancy firm Bridge to India, which released its latest ‘India Solar Map 2017’ today.

Read more: https://www.pv-tech.org/news/india-to-hit-20gw-of-solar-this-fiscal-year-bridge-to-india

Pursuing knowledge can build expertise in a field, or it can change the world. Professor Manfred Lenzen explains how the University of Sydney’s purpose-first approach to sustainability research helps students tackle tough global challenges.

Read more: http://www.eco-business.com/news/sustainability-research-that-aims-to-change-the-world/

While lithium-ion is rapidly racing ahead to become the “de facto grid storage solution” and is the most popular technology choice by far, vendors of other types of batteries are also targeting the market, with varying degrees of success.

Read more: https://www.energy-storage.news/news/flow-batteries-leading-the-way-in-lithium-free-niches1

Vietnam’s final solar power purchase agreement (PPA) has to a large extent ignored recommended changes from a group of international Chambers of Commerce and therefore its attractiveness to foreign investors remains in doubt, according to representatives from law and finance sectors.

Read more: https://www.pv-tech.org/news/vietnams-final-solar-ppa-still-short-of-bankability

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved two loans, adding up to US$1.1 billion, that will help strengthen and round out Indonesia’s energy sector — spurring growth within the country and increasing access to renewable-energy sources.

Read more: https://www.pv-tech.org/news/adb-to-boost-indonesias-energy-sector-spur-renewable-energy-access-with-ove

The world currently faces an unprecedented displacement crisis, which puts particularly the most vulnerable populations at risk. According to the UN International Migration Report, 244 million people worldwide were registered as living outside their country of origin in 2015.

Read more: http://sdg.iisd.org/commentary/guest-articles/the-role-of-sustainable-energy-access-in-the-migration-debate/

Roof-mounted semiconductors that turn solar energy into electricity have the most potential among renewable energies to supply power to the underserved in cities in emerging economies

Read more: https://cities-today.com/rooftop-solar-best-way-supply-power-urban-poor/

As much as P5.5 trillion in electricity cost savings can be realized over the next 12 years from the proposed energy-efficiency and conservation policy.

Read more: https://businessmirror.com.ph/p5-5-t-savings-seen-from-energy-efficiency-policy/

SINGAPORE - DBS Bank has pledged to power all of its operations in Singapore using renewable energy by 2030, and eventually aims to extend this to all of its global operations, it announced on Wednesday (Sept 13).

Read more: http://www.straitstimes.com/business/companies-markets/dbs-pledges-to-power-all-its-singapore-operations-with-renewable-energy

Reports have emerged suggesting that the Turnbull government of Australia is pondering an alteration of the newly proposed Clean Energy Target (CET) to support baseload coal over wind and solar, prompting concern from some industry bodies while others have brushed off the perceived threat.

Read more: https://www.pv-tech.org/news/extraordinary-economics-of-australian-solar-to-triumph-over-ideology

Officials from 56 Muslim-majority nations have come together to pledge new climate-related technology goals that included promoting microgrids, energy storage and renewable energy targets.

Read more: https://www.pv-tech.org/news/muslim-nations-pledge-to-push-renewables-storage-and-micro-grids

Copenhagen and Vancouver are among the world’s most environmentally friendly, low-carbon cities, but it wasn’t always this way. City officials tell delegates at IGBC 2017 how a focus on sustainability revived their cities.

Read more: http://www.eco-business.com/news/when-sustainability-saved-the-city/

As solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems become increasingly competitive, continued market growth depends on assurances of performance and durability. Quality assurance protects and accelerates future PV investments, lowers capital costs, improves performance, extends module lifespans and lowers the resulting electricity costs.

Read more: http://www.irena.org/menu/index.aspx?mnu=Subcat&PriMenuID=36&CatID=141&SubcatID=3871

If Asian cities continue with business-as-usual modes of energy use and urban development, they will not only exacerbate global climate change, but could also face severe risks including economic struggle, flooding, and food stress. The first detailed assessment of climate risk for Asia, carried out by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), makes clear that Asia’s cities stand at the frontline of the fight against climate change. Indeed, many consequences of a hotter planet – such as more extreme weather events, sea-level rise, environmental migration, and mounting social tensions – intersect in urban areas.

Read more: http://www.eco-business.com/opinion/are-asian-cities-headed-for-an-endless-summer/

In my most recent Navigant Research blog, I highlighted how load management and optimization solutions, which include demand response (DR) and energy storage, fit within the energy as a service (EaaS) framework. The EaaS solutions framework is now positioned to support how corporate commercial and industrial (C&I) energy and sustainability managers apply these new technologies and business model innovations to meet their energy management and sustainability needs.

Read more: https://www.navigantresearch.com/blog/new-demand-responseenergy-storage-partnership-poised-to-reduce-customer-deployment-hurdles

Distributed energy resources (DER) are often touted as having the potential to disrupt traditional energy markets by providing both reserve capacity and ancillary services. However, to date, there have been limited actual opportunities for this diverse set of technologies to provide these services.

Read more: https://www.navigantresearch.com/blog/energy-market-participation-for-der-continues-taking-shape

NEW DELHI: Electric three-wheeler manufacturer Kinetic Green on Tuesday said it has entered into a strategic partnership with shared electric mobility company SmartE to introduce 10,000 electric three-wheelers across the country within the next 18 months.

Read more: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/auto/news/industry/kinetic-green-partners-with-smarte-to-introduce-10000-electric-three-wheelers-in-18-months/articleshow/60479325.cms

This technology brief from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) provides technical background information, analyses market potential and barriers, and offers insights for policy makers on geothermal power generation.

Read more: http://www.irena.org/menu/index.aspx?mnu=Subcat&PriMenuID=36&CatID=141&SubcatID=3875

China is home to half the world’s total of new-energy vehicles, with more than a million currently on its roads. A new national smart cars strategy promises banning production and sale of fossil fuel-based vehicles in the near future.

Read more: http://www.eco-business.com/news/china-on-the-road-to-eliminating-fossil-fuel-vehicles/

Large blocks of silicon storing wind and solar power as heat are the latest innovation in the battle to replace all fossil fuels with renewable energy.

Read more: http://www.eco-business.com/news/silicon-fires-up-renewable-energy-revolution/

NEXTracker’s single-axis solar tracker, NX Horizon is the leading tracking solution for ground-mounted solar power systems, with over 175 MW per week of manufacturing capacity.

Read more: http://www.saurenergy.com/solar-energy-news/nextracker-achieves-10-gigawatts-of-solar-tracker-sales-worldwide

CHENNAI: India’s power supply deficit figures might be looking better than ever, but ratings agencies and analysts have begun to point out that the Indian energy machine might not be able to fulfill overall needs during the current financial year.

Read more: http://www.newindianexpress.com/business/2017/sep/10/indias-power-sector-stuck-in-the-doldrums-1654798.html

TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pacifico Energy K.K. (Head Office: Minato, Tokyo) is pleased to announce the commencement of construction of its second solar power plant in the Tohoku region, the 42 MW (DC) Iwaki Mega Solar Power Plant, located in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture.

Read more: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170908005249/en/Pacifico-Energy-Commences-Construction-42-MW-Mega

Harry Brekelmans, the projects and technology director for Royal Dutch Shell, one of the world’s leading oil and gas companies and a founding member of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI), on Wednesday met with groups of MIT students and faculty members about their work before taking part in a public discussion about energy issues with MITEI co-founder and director Robert Armstrong.

Read more: http://news.mit.edu/2017/shell-executive-describes-transition-carbon-free-energy-0907

Canberra is ahead of the game when it comes to the biggest challenge for new energies.

Read more: http://www.petroleum-economist.com/articles/midstream-downstream/power-generation/2017/energy-storage-gains-momentum-in-australia

Energy sector development in the Pacific requires a different investment approach. The region’s small economies and geographically dispersed populations typically necessitate a higher volume of relatively small investments, when compared with the lower volume of large projects being implemented in other developing member countries across Asia.

Read more: https://www.adb.org/news/features/regional-approaches-energy-investment-bring-efficiency-pacific-islands

PATIALA: The All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) has demanded that the National Electricity Policy be reviewed to maintain a balance between renewable energy and thermal energy and has urged Union power minister R K Singh to discuss the matter with the power engineers.

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/power-engineers-seeks-review-of-national-policy/articleshow/60383439.cms

Electric vehicle and energy storage giant Tesla is touring Australia with a tiny house that has a big mission: to increase renewable energy adoption and educate the public on how to generate, store, and use solar power at home.

Read more: http://www.eco-business.com/news/teslas-tiny-house-takes-renewable-energy-solutions-across-australia/

Firebricks, designed to withstand high heat, have been part of our technological arsenal for at least three millennia, since the era of the Hittites. Now, a proposal from MIT researchers shows this ancient invention could play a key role in enabling the world to switch away from fossil fuels and rely instead on carbon-free energy sources.

Read more: http://news.mit.edu/2017/firebricks-low-cost-storage-carbon-free-energy-0906

It looks like a regular roof, but the top of the Packard Electrical Engineering Building at Stanford University has been the setting of many milestones in the development of an innovative cooling technology that could someday be part of our everyday lives.

Read more: http://www.eurasiareview.com/06092017-cooling-system-works-without-electricity/

Singapore-based renewable energy firm Equis Energy has been awarded a contract by Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs’ Bureau of Energy (BOE) to develop a 70.2MW solar project in Chiayi County’s Yizhu Township.

Read more: https://www.pv-tech.org/news/equis-awarded-taiwans-largest-solar-project-at-70mw

Royal Dutch Shell, Uniper, BMW and Audi are among the companies looking to develop hydrogen as an optimal means of power storage.

Read more: http://www.powerengineeringint.com/articles/2017/09/hydrogen-power-storage-development-gaining-impetus.html

As Indonesia continues to face energy challenges, GE Power (NYSE: GE) today announced it has appointed PT. Euroasiatic Jaya as an authorized distributor of Jenbacher gas engines in the country.

Read more: http://www.genewsroom.com/press-releases/ge-power-announces-pt-euroasiatic-jaya-jenbacher-gas-engines-distributor-indonesia

The bloc should increase its support to Least Developed Countries and invest in sustainable infrastructure led by renewables.

Read more: http://www.eco-business.com/opinion/brics-summit-an-opportunity-to-lead-a-fairer-more-sustainable-world/

According to the head of a top energy consultancy, the cost of electric vehicles (EVs) will fall to match those running on combustion engines by 2022, a key trigger that will mean by 2035 half of all passenger vehicles sold globally will be electric.

Read more: http://econews.com.au/55345/electric-cars-renewables-not-enough-to-meet-paris-agreement/

The Asian Development Bank expects to step up its funding for the renewable energy sector, both sovereign and directly to the private sector. It is in discussions to channelise a credit line for energy efficiency.

Read more: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/companies/adb-in-talks-for-energy-efficiency/article9844604.ece

Hyderabad: No new coal-based power plants will be allowed by the Centre, apart from the ones already under construction. This has been included in the national electricity plan.

Read more: http://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/040917/no-more-coal-power-as-india-shifts-to-sun-wind.html