Senator Bernie Sanders, a leading contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential candidacy, on Thursday released his long-awaited climate platform. The document adopts the Green New Deal moniker and calls for a climate and justice-centered revolution “from the Oval Office to the streets.” 

The Sanders Green New Deal promises a remake of essentially all aspects of U.S. society by eliminating support for the fossil fuel industry and buoying clean energy through investments in wind and solar, energy efficiency and electrified transport. “Climate change will be factored into virtually every area of policy,” the plan reads. It requires 100 percent renewable electricity and transportation by 2030 at the

SolarEdge founder and CEO Guy Sella has taken a leave of absence for health reasons, leaving the Israel-based solar microelectronics maker under the interim leadership of long-time executive and current vice president of global sales Zvi Lando. 

Wednesday’s announcement noted that Sella has experienced a significant decline in health in the past few days due to a previously disclosed health condition. In 2017, Sella disclosed in a regulatory filing that he had been diagnosed with colon cancer. 

Sella founded SolarEdge in 2006, and brought it public in 2015. Since then, the Israel-based company has grown into a market leader for its solar panel-level power

California regulators want to direct $100 million in state energy storage incentives to a new class of disadvantaged customers: those living in parts of the state at the highest risk of deadly wildfires. 

The California Public Utilities Commission issued a proposed decision last week on the “equity budget” within the Self-Generation Incentive Program, the state’s main incentive program for behind-the-meter batteries. 

The proposed decision would direct $100 million from SGIP’s equity budget — a set-aside aimed at low-income, medically compromised, or otherwise disadvantaged residents — to vulnerable households, critical services facilities, and low-income solar program customers in Tier 3 high fire-threat districts.

These types of customers are far

As China moves towards a subsidy-free era for wind and solar projects beginning in 2021, the economics of renewable power have come into the spotlight. The average levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) for solar and wind power is already cheaper than gas-fired power in China, and will be competitive with coal-fired power by 2026, according Wood Mackenzie's China provincial renewables competitiveness report 2019

In 2019, new-build ultra-super critical coal plants are the key conventional low-cost power supply option with an LCOE of below $50 per megawatt-hour, while offshore wind is at the high end of the range, hitting $116 per megawatt-hour.

“Across most of China’s

Batteries paired with solar plants have gained momentum in sunny locales, but a market for shifting wind generation using battery storage has so far failed to materialize.

Developer GlidePath Power Solutions, however, sees a path forward for wind-plus-storage in one of the country's most competitive power markets, announcing the acquisition of 149 megawatts of north Texas wind capacity with the intent to pair it with batteries.

GlidePath, with the financial backing of low-carbon investment manager Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners, aims to use the eight distributed wind sites it bought from Exelon Generation as a base for developing storage and proving that batteries and wind can make money together.

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