I get some renewable energy newsletters and though you would never know it if you only read/view the fossil fuel controlled mass media, there is a ton of stuff going on. I accumulate some links thinking to post them but I have way more than I will get to so here is a bunch of excerpts from them so I can clean up my Bookmarks.

Gambling When We Don’t Have To

He and I shared a concern about the increasingly hostile, anti-clean energy propaganda from dirty energy-funded critics who are trying to position clean energy as expensive, subsidy-dependent, and “not ready.”…

  • Fossil fuel welfare costs exponentially more than the current, basic policy support for renewables.
  • Policy support for clean energy is something that taxpayers want by overwhelming margins of 70%-90%, while only 8% of Americans want coal and oil corporations to continue receiving their current federal subsidies.
  • Highly profitable, mature dirty energy industries don’t just get subsidies.  They’re also showered with tax breaks, cheap access to public property and forgiven externalities – $500 billion annually for coal alone.
  • Though it claims it’s cheap, dirty energy is on its seventh decade of welfare, without which it can’t survive, according to one of its most ardent defenders….

Who’s Winning the Clean Energy Race?

Total Clean Energy investment in 2010 was $243 billion.

  • Up 30% over 2009

Solar Photovoltaic (PV) installations grew 53% over 2009

  • 17 GW of solar was installed in 2010
  • Distributed solar (less than 1 MW) installations doubled to $56 billion, accounting for 26% of total installations.
  • PV hit grid parity in southern Italy due to high electricity prices and good insolation.

Wind grew 34%

  • 40 GW added in 2010

Biofuels slumped

  • Lowest investment since 2005
  • Some markets are oversupplied with conventional biofuels
  • Next generation biofuels are not ready

Solar thermal was not tracked by the report.

  • Concentration Solar Power (CSP) and direct use solar thermal (for water, space, and process heating) were not included
  • I mention this because these are much more significant sectors than marine power, which was included in the report, and given the Pew center’s goal of providing information to policymakers to help them make better informed decisions, I’m hoping they will take the hint and include these important sectors in their next report update…

Phoenix Solar builds solar power plant for the Saudi Arabian Oil Company in Riyadh

Sulzemoos, 14 February 2011 / Oman-based Phoenix Solar L.L.C., a subsidiary of Phoenix Solar AG (ISIN DE000A0BVU93), an international photovoltaic system integrator listed on the German TecDAX, is to build a solar park with a peak power of 3.5 megawatts for the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco). Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil producing company, commissioned Phoenix Solar last year to install a photovoltaic testing field designed to analyse different module technologies at its headquarters in Dhahran…

How Much Could We Save If We Harness Solar and Wind with Electric Vehicles?

We might save money if we harnessed solar and wind to displace all our coal and all the gasoline used for light duty vehicles (cars, SUVs, pick-ups). Let’s see how this works…

Pathway To a 100% Renewable EU by 2050 Unveiled

Brussels, Belgium [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] The European Renewable Energy Council (EREC) this week released its new report RE-thinking 2050 a pathway how the European Union can switch to a 100% renewable energy supply for electricity, heating and cooling as well as transport, examining the effects on Europe’s energy supply system and on CO2 emissions. RE-thinking 2050, was initially launched last week.

It assesses how the different renewable energy technologies can contribute to a fully sustainable energy supply by 2050 provided there is strong political, public and economic support for all renewable energy technologies.

“The potential benefits of a future based on renewable energy are multiple: mitigating climate change, ensuring energy security and creating sustainable future-oriented jobs,” said Arthouros Zervos, president of EREC.

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