Big Moves

RWE and PPC partner for 2 GW of solar power deployment in Greece

RWE, a German energy company, has formed a joint venture (JV) with PPC, a Greek utility, to develop utility-scale solar projects with a combined capacity of up to 2 GW in Greece. Under the arrangement, RWE will hold 51 per cent of the joint business, while PPC renewables will hold the remaining 49 per cent. PPC Renewables will provide nine solar projects with combined generation capacity of 940 MW to the joint venture.

News

Pele Green and EDF consortium to build 100 MW PV plant in South Africa

Anglo American Platinum has chosen EDF Renewables South Africa and Pele Green Energy to build a 100 MWp solar photovoltaic system at its Mogalakwena platinum mine in South Africa. The initiative is part of the mining company's long-term sustainability plan in South Africa. The partnership plans to start building the solar facility in the fourth quarter of 2022, with completion due in late 2023.

Interviews

Need to set up many large-scale hydrogen projects: ICE’s Alicia Eastman

When we started ICE, we were very focused on having inexpensive wind and solar power facilities mostly located in deserts next to the ocean. As a result, locations with high solar irradiation and wind speeds were chosen. These include regions in North Africa, South America, Australia, and the Middle East. This would ensure that the projects in these regions would have the highest capacity utilisation factors as well as the lowest cost of energy.

Opinion & Perspective

The significance of low residential solar-plus-storage adoption in New Jersey

New Jersey is an example of a state that lacks the right cocktail of incentives and grid reliability issues to move quickly out of the nascent, “early adopter”- only market stage - where  most  homeowners aren’t yet opting to install batteries in their homes, and many solar installers do not pitch storage. Looking at detailed vendor and installer data, Wood Mackenzie finds that New Jersey’s market has a few key characteristics that are consistent with the state’s low solar-plus-storage demand.

Mega Trends & Analysis

Offshore wind to green hydrogen in Europe: Key takeaways for US

It must be recognized that the US offshore wind industry is at a much earlier stage of development than the European industry. The output from the initial US wind farms will be fully needed for electricity production that displaces fossil fuel generation. Green hydrogen is a key component of Europe’s deep decarbonization strategy for sectors where electrification is technologically unfeasible.

Policy Watch

African NDCs: Recommendations for Decision-Makers

Africa also has the potential to leapfrog traditional, expensive energy systems and move to a climate-smart and renewable energy future. The submission of revised National Determined Contributions (NDCs) ahead of COP26 is an opportunity to signal ambition and inform the international community of the priorities for finance, capacity building and technology transfer needs in the region. The international community should stand ready to support action through many programmes and instruments and this support will be most effective when aligned with country priorities.

Tech Talk

Repurposing infrastructure for hydrogen in a net-zero future

Interest in hydrogen is expanding rapidly in transport, power generation, data centers, and other industrial sectors seeking to decarbonize. Hydrogen provides opportunities to decarbonize industries that have historically relied on conventional gas and liquid fuels. It also has one significant advantage: It can repurpose existing infrastructure that might otherwise be rendered obsolete in a zero-emissions future. 

Webinars & Videos

RENdez-vous Southeast Asia: RE-Imagining Renewable Energy Futures for Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia has huge, untapped potential to be a leader in renewable energy. Currently, however, economies in the region are heavily dependent on fossil fuels to meet their energy demand. This was the second of a 3-part series of RENdez-vous for Southeast Asia by REN21. Participants and thematic experts discussed and re-imagined what futures may look like for renewable energy in Southeast Asia.

Knowledge Centre

Renewable Energy Policy Development and Implementation in Europe

A revision of the Renewable Energy Directive 2018/2001/EU (RED II) is necessary to make this existing piece of legislation fit for 55% emission reduction, and to ensure that renewable energy fully contributes to achieving the climate ambition of the EU. To support the European Commission in this policy review, a request for services was issued to provide technical support for RES policy development and implementation: delivering on an increased ambition through energy system integration (ENER/ C1/2020-440).

Finance

Greening India’s Homes and Vehicles with Low-Cost Finance

Pursuing low-carbon development is central to India’s Paris Agreement climate goals. In this pursuit, net-zero energy buildings (NZEBs) and electric vehicles (EVs) are the two high-leverage areas. The ability to deliver vast emissions reductions across rural and urban settings has brought NZEBs and EVs to the center of the climate change mitigation agenda. In the Indian context, vehicles and homes also have the distinction of being the two most important purchases consumers make.

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