World Added More Solar, Wind Than Anything Else Last Year

    For the first time ever, solar and wind made up the majority of the world’s new power generation — marking a seismic shift in how nations get their electricity. Solar additions last year totaled 119 gigawatts, representing 45% of all new capacity, according to a report Tuesday by BloombergNEF. Together, solar and wind accounted for more than two-thirds of the additions. That’s up from less than a quarter in 2010. The surge comes as countries move to slash carbon emissions and as technology costs fall. “That is a big deal,” said…

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OPINION Wind & Solar Are Always Ruinously Expensive

  A very similar plan was actually implemented in South Australia and shows us what to expect in the real world. Driven by green ideology, South Australia shut down coal stations, which had been providing cheap, reliable electricity, and built a lot of wind turbines and some solar power. Australia, unlike us, has an abundance of cheap gas. The result was soaring electricity prices to final customers and two total state black-outs. At one point in July 2016, the price of electricity reached $14/kWh. This is R140/kWh. Their IRP’s “least…

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Wind energy body launches mentorship programme

A mentorship programme to address gender and transformation in the renewable energy sector has been initiated by the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA). The WindAc Africa Mentoring Programme seeks to promote the professional and personal development of female and male students with exclusively female mentors. “Transformation of the four-year-old SA renewable sector requires specific programmes focused on actively addressing the value chain within renewable power. This programme aims to contribute to the work of changing the leadership of the industry over time. It is part of SAWEA’s commitment to…

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