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Solar photovoltaic market continues to grow in Europe and around the world

Venerdì, 27 Gennaio 2012
The European Photovoltaic Industry Association’s (EPIA) new Market Report 2011 shows important increase in grid-connected capacity of PV systems, but changing economics will require development of new markets in the world.

The world-wide solar photovoltaic (PV) market continued to grow in 2011 even in the midst of financial and economic crisis, with new grid-connected PV capacities rising by 27.7 GW and propelling the global PV capacity from 39.7 GW at the end of 2010 to 67.4 GW at the end of 2011.

Solar surge drives record clean energy investment in 2011

Venerdì, 27 Gennaio 2012
Total new investment in clean energy increased 5% to $260bn in 2011, despite the sluggish global economy and a painful squeeze on manufacturers, says Bloomberg New Energy Finance Report.

Global investment in clean energy reached a new record of $260bn in 2011, up 5% on 2010 and almost five times the total of $53.6bn in 2004. Investment in solar far outstripped that in wind, and perhaps of most note, US clean energy investment moved back ahead of China for the first time since 2008, according to the latest authoritative data from analysis company Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Last year also saw the one trillionth dollar invested in clean energy globally since the company started compiling data in 2004.

Energy efficiency, IEA report to support policy makers

Venerdì, 20 Gennaio 2012
International Energy Agency Report offers detailed guidance for governments on how to partner with private sector to finance energy efficiency measures. Case studies included in the report.

The latest IEA Policy Pathway report, “Joint public-private approaches for energy efficiency finance”, aims to support policy makers at all levels of government and other relevant stakeholders who seek practical ways to develop, support, monitor or modify energy efficiency policies in their home country and abroad.

This publication proposes a policy pathway that supports the development and implementation of PPPs (public-private partnerships) comprising ten critical steps in the following four stages.

European Union: a 30% CO2 cut would be much less costly than we thought

Giovedì, 19 Gennaio 2012
Raising the European Union's 2020 emission reduction target from 20% to 30% would be much less costly than was assumed in 2008, and the effort could be shared fairly among governments, according to a draft EU document.

Raising the European Union's 2020 emission reduction target from 20% to 30% would be much less costly than was assumed in 2008, and the effort could be shared fairly among governments, according to a draft EU document.

The analysis could reignite the debate over whether the EU should boost its climate ambitions. The economic downturn has made emissions cuts easier to achieve but also has reduced the ability of governments and companies to make the necessary investments.

Survival strategies for the Italian PV industry

Mercoledì, 18 Gennaio 2012
Giulio Meneghello
Despite the boom of installations in 2011, the Italian photovoltaic industry is in a delicate moment: prices are too ragged and access to credit has been reduced. In order to survive sector needs stability to plan and focus on technological innovation. Qualenergia.it inteviews Matteo Demofonti of Convert Italia.