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    Toward a Sustainable Photovoltaics Industry

    Saturday, March 14th, 2009

    Photovoltaic (PV) technology usually is portrayed as a “win-win” solution that can harness “free” solar energy to address climate change, reduce dependence on fossil fuel imports and create “green jobs.” Its greater use has often been advocated for many of the nations of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) (see here, here, here and here).  […]

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    What the Other Guy Blogs About: Why Isn’t Brazil a Solar Power?

    Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

    In his blog Henrique Cortez asks a question that has long bothered me too: why is a country blessed with so much intense sunshine such as Brazil not a world leader in tapping solar power?
    He points out that even small Portugal now has a 93 MW solar power generation installation — so why not Brazil?  […]

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    Brazil’s Light for All Program Promotes Renewable Energy

    Friday, February 27th, 2009

    A six-year old program to bring electricity to all Brazil’s citizens has concluded that solar, wind or mini-hydro power, or in some cases power generated by natural gas, may be the most practical solution to bring power  to remote places in the Amazon or the Pantanal. To encourage the use of alternative forms of energy, […]

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    Peru Opens Public Consultations on Draft National Environment Policy / Peru pone en consulta pública borrador de política nacional del ambiente

    Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

    Peru’s Environment Ministry (Minam) is circulating for public comment its proposal for a National Environment Policy. Interested parties can submit comments and suggestions through a web-based form. Minam will also be holding consultative workshops on the draft Policy in Lima and four regions.
    The draft Policy is clear and concise, with a set of overarching objectives […]

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    Stay at Marriott, Save the Brazilian Rainforest?

    Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

    From Marriott International:
    Green Your Marriott Hotel Stay for $1/Day: Help Preserve The Rainforest and Combat Climate Change
    In a bold move to help improve the climate, Marriott International, Inc. is launching a new way for guests to “green” their hotel stays. Now, when you book a room on www.Marriott.com or visit http://www.marriott.com/green-brazilian-rainforest.mi, you can offset […]

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    A New Sustainable Energy Program for the Caribbean / Un programa nuevo para energía sostenible en el Caribe

    Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB supports sustainable energy in the Caribbean

    Grants finance efforts to generate energy from waste, wind and sun; improve efficiency, and lower hotel energy costs

    Barbados, Bahamas and eventually other Caribbean countries will explore cutting-edge alternatives to lower their dependency on fossil fuels and improve their energy security with four grants approved […]

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    Cohab/Cemig to Install Solar Water Heaters in 7,000 Houses for the Poor

    Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

    The state-owned Housing Company of Minas Gerais (Cohab) has decided to put solar water heaters in the 7,500 houses it is building in the second phase of its Popular Homes Housing Program (PLHP).  The electric utility (majority owned by the state), the Energy Company of Minas Gerais (Companhia Energética de Minas Gerais – CEMIG),will assist […]

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    Wal-Mart Mexico Installs Largest Photovoltaic Array in Latin America / Wal-Mart de México coloca la instalación fotovoltaica más grande de América Latina

    Monday, January 19th, 2009

    From Wal-Mart:
    Wal-Mart Mexico Inaugurates Largest Sun-Operated Photovoltaic Installation in Latin America

    1,056 solar panels were installed on the roof of Bodega Aurrera Aguascalientes
    140 tons of CO2 emissions will be eliminated
    Solar panels will generate 20% of the store’s energy requirements for a full year

    Wal-Mart Mexico successfully concluded the installation of a photovoltaic complex that will generate 20% […]

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    Outlook for “Green Jobs” / Prognóstico para “empleos verdes”

    Monday, December 15th, 2008

    While the idea of creating a “green economy” with “green jobs” has been around quite a while, it really started to gain serious consideration as the climate change debate heated up,  and recently moved front-and-center during the US presidential elections and the debates about how best to respond to the global financial crisis (here, here, […]

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    IDB Finances Mexican Work on Climate Change / BID financiará agenda de México sobre cambio climático

    Friday, November 21st, 2008

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB supports climate change agenda in Mexico
    Finances innovations and reforms for climate change mitigation and adaptation, along with climate action plans in over 10 Mexican states
    The Inter-American Development Bank will finance the first national study on the economic impact of climate change, measures to mitigate that impact and climate change […]

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