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    Chile Creates a Center for Renewable Energy

    Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

    Chile has created a Renewable Energy Center (Centro de Energias Renovables – CER) to serve as a national focal point for research, development, information and promotion of investment and technology transfer in non-conventional renewable energy (known by its Spanish acronym, ERNC), such as solar, wind, geothermal and ocean.  CER was created jointly by the National […]

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    Greenpeace’s Recipe for an Energy Revolution in Chile

    Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

    Greenpeace Chile recently presented to the government the Chilean version of its Energy [R]evolution scenario. To refresh memories, in the past GP [in cooperation with the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC)] released a report, Global Energy [R]evolution, to show, through scenarios (both global and regional), that a global energy revolution is technically and economically feasible […]

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    Walmart Goes Solar in Puerto Rico

    Monday, July 27th, 2009

    From Wal-Mart:
    Walmart and SunEdison Announce Solar Energy Pilot in Puerto Rico Largest Solar Energy Project to Help Puerto Rico Reach its Solar Potential
    Walmart Puerto Rico and SunEdison, North America’s largest solar energy services provider, today announced plans to deploy rooftop solar systems on five Walmart PR stores with the potential for 23 stores over […]

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    The Status of Global Renewables

    Saturday, May 16th, 2009

    The Vienna, Austria-based Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) has just released its latest review of the global state of adoption of renewable energy sources — solar (both photovoltaics and passive systems, such as solar water heaters), wind, geothermal, wave, biofuels and small hydro (REN21 excludes large hydropower projects from its review). […]

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    What the Other Guy Blogs About: Renewable Energy in Chile

    Monday, May 11th, 2009

    The Reegle Blog has a very good overview of the curent state of development of renewable energy projects in Chile.  My only quibble with the article is that it focuses solely on wind and solar projects, omitting other forms of renewable energy under development or being looked at in Chile, such as geothermal (where Chile […]

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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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