Lucius Fox

Chief Executive Officer of Wayne Enterprises

Last week, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched his Sustainable Energy for All (SEFA) initiative in Abu Dhabi. Energy is central to powering our economies to empowering women, from alleviating poverty, to stopping climate change. Together, we can address these challenges by increasing energy access for billions while also building an infrastructure that is more efficient and sustainable.

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Posted at 2:03pm and tagged with: Sustainability, Energy, Renewable Energy, Environment, Economics, Infrastructure, Poverty, Human Rights, United Nations, Sustainable Energy for All, SEFA, UN, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon,.

Blue skies and sunshine don’t make Joseph Katitu a happy man.

The 49-year-old sorghum farmer and father of nine shakes his head at the glaring sun as the last cloud fades in the sky above him.

“Mvua haitakuya (The rain will not come)!” he sighs.

The lack of gathering clouds is an ominous sign that Tseikuru District, some 230 km (150 miles) east of Kenya’s capital Nairobi, will have to wait a while longer before the heavens open again.

But the power of the sun will soon be turned to the advantage of farmers like Katitu. The Kenyan government plans to install 2,000 solar powered pumps in arid regions of the country to reduce the water shortages caused by erratic rainfall, which is believed to be associated with climate change.

Posted at 2:14pm and tagged with: Solar Power, Renewable Energy, Sustainability, Environment, Kenya, EMEA, Africa,.

Contractors with SunEdison install more than 1,000 Chinese-made solar panels on top of a Kohl's Department Store in Hamilton Township, N.J., in 2010. Energy generated by the solar system will cut the store's usage, on average, by 25 to 30 percent.
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Contractors with SunEdison install more than 1,000 Chinese-made solar panels on top of a Kohl’s Department Store in Hamilton Township, N.J., in 2010. Energy generated by the solar system will cut the store’s usage, on average, by 25 to 30 percent.


There’s a solar trade war going on inside the U.S., sparked by an invasion of inexpensive imports from China.

The U.S. solar industry is divided over these imports: Panel-makers say their business is suffering and want a tariff slapped on the imports. But other parts of the industry say these cheap panels are driving a solar boom in the U.S.

Posted at 11:01am and tagged with: China, BRIC, EMEA, Sustainability, Renewable Energy, Environment, Solar Power, Trade,.

Governments and the private sector must ramp up their investments into sustainable energy as part of a larger effort to alleviate poverty around the world and combat climate change, the U.N. chief told an energy conference Monday.

Ban Ki-moon told delegates at the World Future Energy Summit that he wants to see the world double its share of renewable energy, which typically includes wind, solar and hydropower, by 2030. He also called for providing universal access to energy services by that date and doubling the rate of energy efficiency as part of what he is calling the “Sustainable Energy for All Initiative.”

Posted at 2:37pm and tagged with: United Nations, UN, Sustainability, Energy, Private Sector, World Future Energy Summit, WFES, Renewable Energy, Investments, Investing,.

 

Rows of solar panels at a solar farm in Kings Mountain, N.C.
Renewable energy is growing rapidly in the U.S., with wind and solar industries enjoying double-digit growth each year. Part of that growth comes from more homeowners choosing to install solar panels.

With government subsidies, some people can even make a financial argument for installing the panels. But in recent years, the price of one fossil fuel — natural gas — has declined so much that solar panels are having difficulty competing.

Posted at 2:25pm and tagged with: Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Power, Natural Gas, Sustainability, Environment, Energy,.

Skyline Solar of Mountain View is set to announce Tuesday it has broken ground on two 100-kilowatt solar power plants at domestic military bases — Edwards Air Force Base in Southern California and Fort Bliss in Texas.

Posted at 5:12pm and tagged with: Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Power, Defense, Skyline Solar, Department of Defense, US Army, US Air Force,.