Total corporate funding for solar last year was up 25 percent to $10 billion, according to the report. But the solar funding tide was not universally high, as global venture capital (VC) investments actually declined 40 percent to $600 million.
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In an exclusive interview, we chat with Steve Severance, manager of program management and investments for Masdar City, about how Masdar is walking the fine line between sustainable innovation and savvy business management.
No two cities are alike, and likewise no two “sustainability master plans” should be the same. Nevertheless, there are a number of proven measures that most local governments can take to make their city a greener and more inviting place.
Abu Dhabi sustainability week (ADSW), one of the largest sustainability gatherings in the world, launched today with a panel on the future of renewable energy development in Africa.
Access to electricity generated by clean energy sources is one of the most pressing issues concerning sustainable development for the future. How can the increasing energy demand due to developing nations and growing world population be addressed sustainably?
Stanford University’s Start.Home entry for the Solar Decathlon builds on a Core concept of sustainable design and modularity for cost-effective home design.
CEO Alan Mulally said Ford will continue to improve fuel economy across their range, asserting that the internal combustion engine won’t be going away anytime soon. “The number one thing we can do is improve fuel mileage every year” via a need to “continually improve the internal combustion engine,” he told bloggers this week.
John Deere partners with federal agencies, academic institutions and 17 other companies to form the Manufacturing Innovation Institute in North Carolina. The focus of the institute will be on developing the next generation of semiconductors that could shrink the energy use of an electric vehicle fast-charging station down to the size of a household microwave oven.
As a lead-up to Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, Jan. 18-25, Masdar sponsored a blogging contest called “Engage: Cities and Sustainable Development.” The following post, a fictional piece set in 2050 that examines the potential of sustainable urban development, was the winner.
New York State races up the path to energy independence with new statewide community solar and distributed solar initiative to reduce solar “soft costs.”
After a three-month delay, the EPA has published its proposed new carbon and GHG emsissions performance standards for new power plants in the Federal Register. Staunchly opposed by coal, fossil fuel and utility industry interests, the proposed new performance standards conform with “EPA’s original factual and legal rationale for selecting CCS (carbon capture and storage) technology as the basis for the emission standards.”
It’s going to be a good year for the solar panel installation industry, according to a new report published by Deutsche Bank Market Research. And the upswing, which is expected to be challenging at first, is poised to only get better in 2015.