Sunflower-influenced solar panels ‘could harvest 400% more energy’

Researchers have developed ‘SUNbots’, which feature innovative ‘stems’ able to point solar panels directly towards light sources

Tsunami-hit Fukushima to become renewable energy hub

The region, which was the site of the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear accident, could become home to 11 solar power plants and 10 wind power plants

Australia
Australia’s National Electricity Market breaks 50% renewable milestone

The market, which is Australia’s main grid, saw clean power make up half of all electricity produced during one trading period for the first time on Wednesday

Alliant Energy commits to bringing 1GW of solar energy to Wisconsin by 2023

The company says this will provide enough clean electricity to power approximately 260,000 homes in the US region.

Mitsui sells stake in Canadian renewable portfolio

The renewable branch of the Japanese trading giant held a 30% stake in the 679MW package of wind and solar assets

Solar tech
Future looks sunny for UK’s largest community solar farm with finance deal

The Heart of England Community Energy solar farm has secured long-term finance from Triodos Bank UK

Solar panels
New solar plant to give cerebral palsy charity sunny savings of $30k a year

New York State has completed the 1.4MW clean energy project for Upstate Cerebral Palsy

Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) to replace Feed-In-Tariff (FiT) Payments

Following the closure of the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme to new applicants in March 2019, the government has acknowledged that small-scale renewable energy generators need to be paid for the electricity that they export to the grid.

Solar energy market ‘set for spectacular growth over next five years’

The International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts the world’s total renewable-based power capacity will grow by 50% between 2019 and 2024

Exeter households offered free solar upgrades

Exeter City Council and EDF Energy are offering the renewable upgrades to households currently heated by electricity