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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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    Now Renewables Have Their Own International Agency

    Saturday, January 31st, 2009

    The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) was created at a founding conference in Bonn, Germany, this week, followed the next day by a short working session of the preparatory commission charged with getting it up-and-running.  The brainchild of renewable advocate Germany, with strong backing from Denmark and Spain, IRENA is intended to raise the profile […]

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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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    A Breakthrough for Renewable Energy in the Cayman Islands?

    Thursday, January 15th, 2009

    I might have more questions about this arrangement once I look closer at the details, but the first one that springs out at me is why are systems eligible for net metering capped at 10kW? This might be fine for modest homes, but it certainly discourages the adoption of solar or wind systems by […]

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    $50 Million for Green Energy in Rural Argentina

    Thursday, November 20th, 2008

    From the World Bank:
    Argentina: $50 Million for Green Energy in Rural Areas
    The World Bank approved today US$50 million to support the Renewable Energy in the Rural Market Project (PERMER), an innovative program providing clean energy to rural communities in Argentina.
    Through this new initiative, more rural communities will be receiving reliable electricity using renewable energy technologies. […]

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    Solar Power in Chile & Panama, Electric Cars in Uruguay

    Thursday, September 25th, 2008

    It’s been awhile since I did a post pointing to worthy or interesting posts on other blogs. Not that there hasn’t been plenty of good material to point to, and I certainly have wanted to do a slew of such posts. In fact, I’ve been considering adding a regular (weekly?) post of such links. Question […]

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