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LSE Bees

12 Sep 2016

Not the Bees: a new song by Octopuses

Five-piece, Brighton-based, self-proclaimed “psychedelic indie-pop” band Octopuses is campaigning to raise awareness for the plight of bees.

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Infra News

23 Aug 2016

Lightsource planning new solar fund

Lightsource Renewable Energy is planning to launch a solar fund seeded by its renewable obligation certificate (ROC)-backed portfolio, InfraNews has learnt.

In an emailed statement, Paul McCartie, the chief investment officer of the UK-based solar developer, told InfraNews: “We are in the process of considering using the ROC assets as a seed portfolio to start a solar fund vehicle.”

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Infra News

27 Jul 2016

Q2 Sector Spotlight: Brexit overshadows rising renewables activity

Following the Brexit vote, it is unclear whether EU directives will continue to apply in the UK, potentially jeopardising subsidies to sectors such as waste to energy.
For example, the EU Landfill Directive (1999) requires member states to reduce biodegradable municipal waste sent to landfill, to 35% of 1995 levels by 2020. One lawyer suggested that the UK government could cease to provide waste energy subsidies if the directive is phased out.

Similarly, tidal energy and subsea interconnector cables are at risk of losing funding if European energy targets no longer apply - raising concerns about the future of the GBP 1bn Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project.

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Infra News

02 Jun 2016

Bidders lining up for National Grid’s “balancing” auction

Investors are lining up to take part in the National Grid’s new electricity balancing services auction, with many offering battery storage solutions, InfraNews has learnt.

Likely bidders include renewable energy company RES, sustainable energy investor SDCL and renewable infrastructure investor TRIG (The Renewables Infrastructure Group), it is understood.

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China Dialogue

25 Apr 2016

Mining threatens Mongolia’s fragile environmental balance

A fifth of Mongolian land has been earmarked for mining. Investors are so happy about this they have given a new moniker to the world’s second-biggest landlocked country: “Minegolia”.

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LSE Sustainability

18 Mar 2016

COP21 & the Greening of Paris: Célia Blauel comes to LSE

“There were some days when I thought: wow, this is so great! There are people from all over the world, coming to Paris, to save the planet. And then, there were days when I thought: but wait, if this is the twenty-first meeting, what are they doing that it needs twenty-one meetings?!”

This is how Célia Blauel, Paris’ Deputy Mayor for Environment describes the lead up to the most monumental climate change event ever held in Paris: COP21.

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Inquirer

07 Oct 2015

Filipinos should fight for renewable energy

LONDON—Travelling the world reporting on renewable energy, I come across all kinds of marvelous wonders, from the United States’ spectacular 110-megawatt Crescent Dunes solar power plant, stockpiling 10 hours of clean energy for when the sun isn’t shining, to futuristic plans merging GPS maps and weather data to cleanly power the entirety of Singapore.

I get to see communities, cities and countries rejoicing in being 100-percent-powered by renewable energy. For years now, I’ve heard expert after expert tell governments, world leaders and business: “We’re ready with clean energy whenever you are.” But by far, the greatest wonder I’ve seen is the lengths people will go in denying this reality.

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The Ecologist

22 Sep 2015

Russia - has the world's biggest country turned against the environment?

Russia is the globe's biggest single nation. It spans nine time zones, borders Europe, China, North Korea and the Arctic; has the world's eighth largest economy, 140 million residents, and unmatchable potential in leading the globe towards ecological peace.

Yet Russia trundles sluggishly behind the rest of the world in international environmental policy.

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Solar Power Portal

22 Sep 2014

The people want solar: thousands turn out for the London Climate March

Fanfares, drums, whistles and giant shadows of a puppet savannah of animals, and – meters in diameter – black rolling bubbles of metaphoric black carbon lined the streets of London yesterday.

The swarm of witty placards and provocative thoughts taped, sewed and felt tipped to banners decorated a determined crowd of an estimated 40,000 climate protestors as the globe witnessed the largest climate march in history.

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Solar Power Portal

16 Jul 2014

  • Politics

Who will represent solar in Cameron’s government reshuffle?

In a monumental re-shuffle to seemingly oust the “stale, pale and male” shackles of Cameron’s cabinet, the solar industry has some new parliamentary voices, but will the newbies lift the scandal of the notorious “green crap”?

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PV Tech

12 Mar 2014

  • Energy

Uncertain future for Ukraine’s PV power plants

Crimea is home to some of Ukraine’s largest PV power plants, most of which have been built by Austria-based Activ Solar. According to Yuri Kubrushko, an energy analyst with Kiev-based consultancy IME Power, in the event of the region separating from the rest of the country (and leaving aside the question of how the West would respond if this happens), there is a “high chance” the plants, which includes Ukraine’s largest, could be nationalised by Crimea’s government.

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PV Tech

16 Oct 2013

Recom announces women in solar scholarship following sexism claims

Greece-based solar module supplier, Recom, previously accused of "sexist" marketing campaigns, has announced a scholarship for women working in solar.

Recom is offering two candidates a financial award to attend UC Berkeley’s Executive Leadership Program in April 2014.

“Recom hopes to encourage women to excel in solar and become active role models and leaders in the field,” the company said in a statement.

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PV Tech

13 Sep 2013

Solar’s future fantasies

Just decades before the moon landing, space venture was preposterous science fiction. Submarines and robots were also once the preserve of the fantasists, not to mention the technological miracle now in everyday use – mobile phones.

From automatic doors, deep-sea discoveries, the automobile, air travel and escalators, Star Trek communication fantasies to H.G Wells’ lasers, science fiction leads to real-life innovation. The same is true of solar energy. Who would have dreamt 50 years ago that we would use the sun to produce electricity? That dream is now reality, but what next? Technology deficits in solar energy are all advancements waiting to happen, and some of science’s best brains are already working on solutions.

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Solar Business Focus

15 Aug 2013

Why Solar Needs More Women

Like many technology-based sectors, solar in the UK is dominated by men. Lucy Woods asks where all the women are in solar and how the industry would benefit from an influx of female workers

This June a Climate Institute survey found out of 1,000 Australians, 93% of women asked said they loved solar - ranking it in their top three energy sources. In 2009, 90% of over 1,200 women in the US, (surveyed by non-profit groups: Women Impacting Public Policy and the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment) said solar was important. In 2011, online installer locator Solar Guide estimated 25,000 people work in the US solar industry, but statistics specifying the number of female employees are nowhere to be found.

So where are all the UK solar women?

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Solar Business Focus

01 Aug 2013

Solar’s role in plugging the Pakistan energy gap

A land of Himalayan rivers for hydro power, un-farmable plains for wind turbines and vast stretches of sun baked desert, ripe for solar development: Pakistan is a bounty of natural energy reserves – yet the country is caught in the turmoil of an energy crisis.

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