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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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    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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    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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    $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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    Solar Energy & Energy Efficiency for Baja California Homes

    Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

    This project is interesting to me for several reasons.
    I like that it will help home owners reduce their energy consumption, will provide photovoltaics to low- and middle-income households, and will emphasize systems “financially feasible for users” (sometimes household solar systems promoted are not appropriate to the income bracket they are supposed to serve).
    I like that […]

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    The High-Level Caribbean Sustainable Energy Seminar

    Thursday, July 31st, 2008

    Temas Observation: This seminar is a follow-up to the meeting held in Guyana last year, where some of the same promises were made. Let’s hope that not another year must pass before something more concrete emerges from this initiative.
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    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    Plans to unleash the Caribbean region’s renewable energy potential gain momentum […]

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