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Egypt Draws $1.8B To Develop 1.4 Gigawatts of Solar Capacity

Egypt’s fledgling solar industry attracted $1.8 billion of investment, largely from the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development and the World Bank’s International Finance Corp.

The EBRD is backing 16 photovoltaic projects, and the IFC is financing 13 in the sunny North African nation with a combined capacity of 1.4 gigawatts. They are writing loans for $380 million and $203 million, respectively, and have mobilized the rest from co-investors.

Tesla and Vestas Partner in $160 Million Australian Project

A novel $160 million renewable energy project combining wind, solar and storage technologies reached financial close.

UK Will Be Vulnerable Outside of the EU’s Energy Market

Britain’s divorce from the EU is less than 18 months away yet the arguments become more fractious and uncertainties over trading relationships seem no nearer to resolution. Among the big unknowns is what fate lies in store for the UK’s energy market and its relationship with Europe.

How Fire Forensics Investigators Approach The Aftermath Of Wildfires

NPR’s Ari Shapiro speaks with Fire Captain Specialist Ron Eldridge of Cal Fire about fire forensics and what approaches investigators take when they’re faced with many miles of scorched earth, like the situation in northern California now.

Invasive ‘Devil Fish’ Plague Mexico’s Waters. Can’t Beat ‘Em? Eat ‘Em

In trying to get people to eat the Pez Diablo, or suckermouth catfish, sustainable fisheries specialist Mike Mitchell says it isn

The armored catfish erodes shorelines and devastates marine plants — and its numbers have exploded. So researchers, chefs and fishermen are trying to rebrand it by promoting its flavor and nutrition.

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sonnen To Build Innovative Residential Energy Storage Community in the US

Each home in the new community will have solar PV and a sonnenBatterie installed, enabling every household to produce and consume most of its own electricity, according to sonnen.

UK’s First Floating Offshore Wind Turbine Up and Running

Today the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, officially opened Hywind Scotland, which the company is touting as the first floating wind farm in the world. The long awaited Statoil Hywind floating offshore wind farm is a 30-MW project located at Bucham Deep, which is 25 km from Peterhead in Aberdeenshire. The project is operated by Statoil in partnership with Masdar and uses Siemens 6-MW turbines. Through this pilot project Statoil hopes to drop the cost of offshore wind energy to a range of €40-60 €/MWh by 2030. 

 

Nigeria Asks World Bank, IMF to Scale up Renewable Energy

Nigeria has asked the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to scale up the provision of and access to renewable energy in order to deliver development results and meet global climate goals. Nigeria’s position on renewable energy and regional integration was presented by the Minister of Finance, Mrs.

How Fire Suppression Techniques Can Change As Wildfires Get Bigger

NPR’s Kelly McEvers speaks with Professor John Abatzoglou of the University of Idaho about how climate change and decades of aggressive fire suppression are making wildfires bigger and more likely.

FEMA Looks To Hire 2,000 More People As It Responds To Long List Of Disasters

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is being stretched by the number of natural disasters this year. The agency has put out the help wanted sign as it responds to 22 disasters nationwide, including massive hurricanes in the south and now wildfires in the west.