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IRENA Annual Review 2017 — More Jobs Worldwide in Renewables than in Fossil Fuel

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More than 9.8 million people were employed in the renewable energy sector in 2016 — continuing to increase over 2015 numbers — according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Released at the organization’s recent council meeting, the fourth edition Renewable Energy and Jobs –(IRENA) Annual Review 2017 provides the latest employment figures in the renewable energy sector as well as insight into factors affecting the RE labor market. The report presents the status of renewable energy employment, both by technology and in selected countries, over the past year.

IRENA: Microgrids Most Democratic Energy Source, Energy Storage a ‘Game-changer’

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In 2016, the International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA), celebrated five monumental years of work. IRENA, an intergovernmental organization supporting countries in the transition to sustainable use of renewable energy, is headquartered in Abu Dhabi. Its formidable accomplishments last year include comprehensive reports (such as: ‘Innovation Outlook: Renewable Mini-grids,’ produced with support from HOMER Energy and TTA; the trajectory of solar in Africa; and the explosion of renewable energy jobs), as well as technology briefs, meetings […]

International Microgrid Conference to Present Findings from Just-released IRENA Report, ‘Innovation Outlook: Renewable Mini-grids’

The cost of renewable mini-grids and microgrids will continue to decline by 60% in the next two decades as new technologies improve their capability to cost-effectively integrate more energy from renewable sources. This cost reduction is just one finding in a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The IRENA report, titled Innovations Outlook: Renewable Mini-grids, evaluates technology innovations and mechanisms for successful implementation of renewable microgrids in the next two […]

Shell Foundation, World Bank Join Upcoming Microgrid Conference

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Shell Foundation COO Pradeep Pursnani will present a keynote address at the 4th annual HOMER International Microgrid Conference to be held at Columbia University, New York City, November 7 and 8. Pursnani joins other distinguished industry leaders participating in the conference, including Audrey Zibelman, Chair of the New York Public Service Commission, Richenda Van Leeuwen, former head of Energy Access for the United Nations Foundation, and Ke Wei, Senior Policy Advisor for Energy, […]

IRENA Microgrid Reports at IOREC: Off-Grid Renewables Can Achieve 100% Energy Access

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3rd International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference in Nairobi to drive off-grid deployment worldwide More than 500 participants gathered in Nairobi September 30 for the opening of the third International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference (IOREC). Organised by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the conference aimed to boost electricity access through the development of off-grid renewables. Today, roughly 15% of the world’s population lives without electricity, but off-grid solutions can provide an estimated 60%t […]

IRENA Report: African Solar Costs & Markets

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A new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), “Solar PV in Africa: Costs & Markets,” finds that solar PV is quickly changing the reality on the continent, which currently relies heavily on hydropower. The report states that “Solar PV module prices have fallen by 80% since the end of 2009, and PV increasingly offers an economic solution for new electricity generation and for meeting energy service demands, both on- and off-grid.” […]

Innovation driving mass deployment of renewable mini-grids

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The cost of renewable microgrids will continue to decline by 60% in the next two decades as new technologies improve their capability to cost-effectively integrate more energy from renewable sources. This cost reduction is just one finding in a forthcoming report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The IRENA report evaluates technology innovations and mechanisms for successful implementation of renewable microgrids in the next two decades. The report, conducted with support from […]

(Must read!) On Using Software to Make Case for Mini-grid Deployment; G20 Energy Meeting. News Extra 7/5/16

HOMER Director of Energy Engineering John Glassmire discusses how to use software to make a strong business case for mini-grid deployment in an easy-to-digest article; IRENA reports on 2016 G20 Energy Ministers Meeting.

Solar PV Recycling Offers Significant Untapped Business Opportunity, New Report Shows

Technical potential of materials recovered from end-of-life solar PV panels could exceed $15 billion by 2050 Munich, Germany, 20 June 2016 – The global solar photovoltaic (PV) boom currently underway will represent a significant untapped business opportunity as decommissioned solar panels enter the waste stream in the years ahead, according to a report released today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the International Energy Agency’s Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (IEA-PVPS). The […]