We tend to associate solar power with highly developed countries like the USA or European countries. However, there are places on this planet that have very little in natural resources, but are given plenty of sunshine. One such place is the North African country of Morocco. Located on the very north west of Africa, just a narrow Strait of Gibraltar away from Spain, this country is predominantly covered in desert. The Sahara covers large swathes of land and makes these parts almost uninhabitable, and certainly unfit for agriculture.
The moment many environmentalists have been waiting for so long finally came in late 2016; installing solar-powered facilities is now more financially viable than investing into similar fossil fuel based facilities. Green technology fans – rejoice!
This is an amazing time to be alive. The technology is progressing so quickly and diversifying that sometimes we can’t even keep up. A vital aspect of the ever changing world of technology is the focus on mobility. We are rejecting the tethers which bind us to single locations and embracing the portable and self-sufficient devices.
Morocco has no gas or oil gas resources on its territory. Therefore, the realm has to import about 90% of its electricity, totaling about one quarter of its overall importation. Buying energy from oversea is a huge investment for the country and Morocco is now turning to renewable energy to become self-sufficient in terms of energy. The country will soon produce its own energy, mainly through wind and solar facilities. Morocco’s goal is to produce about 20% of the country energy by 2020. Continue reading “Solar’s future in Morocco”
European countries were the first to launch and promote their solar market in the 2000’s. They mostly created a favorable environment for companies, households and communities to switch the flip: feed-in tariff, subsidies, advantageous loan and other policies were established to stimulate the solar industry. Continue reading “The Blooming Japanese Solar Market”
In February, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) launched its Feed-in Tariff program that allows citizen, who generate between 30 megawatts to 3 gigawatts, to sell electricity produced by solar energy to the utility. The program encounter a great success as over 135 applications were sent for a 115 megawatts of solar power capacity. The LADWP offered 17cents/kwh for this Feed-in Tariff plan. For the secon round, the price is now 16cents/kwh and professionals already forecast high success of the program. This time, the city will sign an up to 20 years contract for interesting projects.
Los Angeles is working to reduce the use of coal-fueled plant to produce energy. Previous Los Angeles Mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, said the city will stop using this highly polluting plants to produce electricity by 2020.
On July 8th, the German minister of Ecology Peter Altmaier announced that by 2018, at the latest, Germany will stop to subsidize its solar industry. Last year, he fixed a ceiling beyond which no more subsidies would be provided. This threshold of 52 gigawatts will likely be reached in 2017. For the moment, 34 gigawatts of solar panels have been installed in the country. Continue reading “Germany to stop subsidising its solar industry”
All over the world, researchers are working and testing to make solar cells more efficient. Today, solar cells’ conversion rate is around 15 – 20%. On the most effective solar panel it can go up to 30%. MIT researchers are working in an other direction. They have been working on nanometer technology to create the thinnest solar cell in the world which only has a 1 – 2% conversion rate. Continue reading “Solar cells revolution”
The solar plane started its journey on May in San Francisco and had its final landing Saturday night at 11.09 pm in JFK airport, New York. Taking off at Dulles Airport in Washington DC at about 5 am, the Solar Impulse fled to New York City and was expected to pass around the Statue of Liberty. However, due to a tear on the left wing, it had to shorten its plan to 3 hours and directly go to JFK. Continue reading “End of the Cross-Country flight for the Solar Impulse”
The famous Empire State Building enjoyed a special “green” lifting. As part of the Clinton Global Initiative, the Empire State Building Retrofit program is almost completed.The main goals were to decrease the cost of electricity as well as decrease CO2 pollution from the building and increase the real estate value of the building. Continue reading “A greener Empire State Building”