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:: The world’s most successful politician in the field of solar energy is dead

In the next few weeks, Hermann Scheer wanted to present his book “The energetic imperative – 100 % now – How the complete change to renewable energies can be realised” in five towns. The book became his legacy. On Thursday, the winner of the Alternative Nobel Prize and SPD Member of the German Bundestag in Berlin passed away. Shortly before his death – together with him – I had the pleasure to present this book in his constituency near Stuttgart.

:: My Solar Age started with Tchernobyl

Until the great accident of Tchernobyl I was a supporter of the Atomic Energy. I trusted those experts that had told us their ideology of a ‘safe Nuclear Energy’. As a TV journalist and member of a conservative Party, the CDU in Germany, I was blindly believing the energy experts. But the disaster of Tchernobyl was a wake up call and eventually I started to make up my mind seriously. Tchernobyl was my ‘Damascus event’.

:: Three quarters of new solar systems world-wide were installed in the EU in 2009

In 2009, newly installed photovoltaic (PV) cells world-wide produced a peak amount of electricity estimated at 7.4 GW, out of which 5.8 GW was located in Europe. Similarly to previous years, this shows the EU's dominance, where more than three quarters of the world's new solar systems were installed. By the end of 2009, Europe's cumulative installed PV electricity generation capacity (existing and newly installed) was 16 GW, which is about 70% of the world's total (22GW). These are just some of the findings of the ninth annual Photovoltaics Status Report published today by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC).

:: Obama: America Goes Green

President Barack Obama has slaughtered a „sacred cow“. “There will never be cheap oil or cheap fuel again”, the President told his shocked Americans, to whom cheap energy had been a kind of human right so far. Over and out! What Europeans have been discussing for years, is beginning to dawn the Americans, too. Their President and the oil disaster have finally opened their eyes. All fossil fuels will run out quickly, get therefore more and more expensive and they cause the greenhouse effect or are as dangerous as nuclear power plants.

:: Roofs could technically generate up to 40% of EU’s electricity demand by 2020

With a total ground floor area over 22,000 km2, 40% of all building roofs and 15% of all facades in EU 27 are suited for PV applications.  This means that over 1,500 GWp of PV could technically be installed in Europe which would generate annually about 1,400TWh, representing 40% of the total electricity demand by 2020.

:: Fierce competition and declining prices pose threat to German photovoltaic companies

Competition heating up for German solar power companies – few prepared to face difficult market climate. More production will be offshored to Asia. Not every German photovoltaic company will survive. Success factors: Production volumes that are large enough to facilitate low costs and healthy market access – especially in project business – to fuel high-volume sales.

:: Intersolar Europe honors the most innovative solar companies of 2010

This year, prizes were awarded in the fields of “Photovoltaics” and “Solar Thermal Technology” and for the first time in the category “PV Production Technology”.

:: US Wind Growth Likely To Drop in 2010

Following a record-breaking year of capacity additions in 2009—with 9.8 GW of wind projects installed—the U.S. wind market finds itself confronting a growth-constrained 2010 and a near-term market landscape wrought with increased competition, according to a new market study, U.S. Wind Power Markets and Strategies: 2010-2025 from IHS Emerging Energy Research.

:: China overtakes Germany as second leading wind power nation

Global wind energy markets are expected to continue their rapid growth, with the world's wind power capacity increasing by 160% over the coming five years, according to the annual industry forecast presented by the Global Wind Energy Council.

:: Come sun, rain, or high wind: Europe could create a 100% renewable electricity supply by 2050

A new study, released this week, demonstrates how the opportunity exists to power Europe and North Africa exclusively by renewable electricity by 2050, if this is supported by a single European power market united with a similar market in North Africa.

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