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Mobile Phones Are Driving A Solar Revolution In Papua New Guinea

The South Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea (PNG) has emerged as a leader in off-grid solar (OGS) installations. Additionally, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) predicts that off-grid renewable-based energy could create 4.5 million jobs globally by 2030.

  • Date: 09 September 2019
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  • Source: Forbes

This company helps women to become solar entrepreneurs

The southern highlands of Tanzania are blessed with fertile soil and good weather. But some areas are also known for extreme poverty and a lack of infrastructure. While renewable energy sources, including sun, wind and hydro, are in plentiful supply in the region, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency, it’s important they are fostered and included in the plans for the future.

Environmental Education Will Shape A New Generation Of Decision-Makers

The renowned biologist Sir David Attenborough once remarked that “An understanding of the natural world is a source of not only great curiosity, but great fulfillment.” The United Arab Emirates (UAE) recently signed an agreement with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to cooperate in the integration of renewable energy and sustainable development in the UAE’s education system.

  • Date: 26 August 2019
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  • Source: Forbes

Mini series: Women at work

Women provide an invaluable perspective in the PV industry’s workforce. The International Renewable Energy Agency’s (IRENA) sixth annual Renewable Energy and Jobs report, published earlier this year, found that women currently represent 32% of the renewable energy workforce – significantly higher than the 22% reported in the global oil and gas industry.

China and Japan see the future, and it’s not coal: why Australia will be stranded

IRENA reports that China is taking the lead in the clean energy race to become the world’s largest producer, exporter and installer of solar panels, wind turbines, batteries and electric vehicles.

Solar power is cheaper

Solar energy in hundreds of Chinese cities is now cheaper than electricity supplied by the national grid, and it can even compete with coal-fired power in 75 of them, a new study has found. China alone is set to produce 20 million tons of solar panel waste by 2050, according to a 2016 estimate from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

  • Date: 15 August 2019
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  • Source: CNN

Global solar installations to reach record high this year: research

A study earlier this year by the International Renewable Energy Agency said electricity generated by onshore wind and solar PV will in the next year be consistently cheaper than from any fossil fuel source.

  • Date: 25 July 2019
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  • Source: Reuters

Renewable Energy: Powering Jobs And Growth

The 2019 IRENA Renewable Energy and Jobs Report, highlights how the main contributing factors dictating the increased demand for labour are: governmental policies, including fiscal incentives and policy measures to promote the sector’s expansion; trade patterns; supply-chain diversification; and industry consolidation.

Beijing puts renewable energy centre stage at Winter Olympics

The snow events co-host Zhangjiakou, about 125 miles northwest of Beijing, has been singled out by the International Renewable Energy Agency in Abu Dhabi for its clean energy resources in photovoltaic and wind power that could be transmitted to Beijing through a cross-regional grid system being deployed in the area.

Moving away from fossil fuels will be costly and slow…but essential, UBS says

The renewable energy sector employed 11 million people in 2018, according to a recent report from the International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA). Most renewable energy jobs were in the solar photovoltaic industry, which employed 3.6 million people, according to IRENA.

  • Date: 15 July 2019
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  • Source: CNBC

Solar Energy: Dynamic Device Makes Electricity, Clean Water Simultaneously

The International Renewable Energy Agency found last month that around 372,000 people in parts of Asia and Africa are working in off-grid solar, a figure that’s expected to triple in the coming four years.

  • Date: 09 July 2019
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  • Source: Inverse

How finance is mainstreaming renewable energy

Alongside financing, policy has been a vital driver in supporting the transition to a low carbon economy.  According to data from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), there has been over 1000 per cent increase in solar panel installations globally from 2010-2018. 

Australia can be a world leader in solar, if it wants to be

A report published in January by a commission established by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) argues that the geopolitical and socio-economic consequences of the rapid growth of renewable energy could be as profound as those that resulted from the shift from biomass to fossil fuels two centuries ago, and that new powers, trade patterns and alliances will result.

ADFD-funded $15 million solar power project launched in Cuba

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Decarbonisation tools to meet Paris Agreement goals already exist

The tools required to meet the decarbonisation goals of the Paris Agreement exist today, and are technically feasible and economically attractive. This central message is being presented by International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) at the underway United Nation’s Climate Summit in Abu Dhabi.

Solar, Wind Auctions Picking Up as Countries Push to Cut Costs (Subscription)

A growing number of countries are choosing to auction renewable-energy projects in a drive to generate electricity at lower costs, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency.

Job losses caused by shift to green energy is a myth, Irena chief says

According to Irena, employment in renewables climbed to 11 million jobs in 2018, up from 10.3m the previous year. Director-General Francesco La Camera said more jobs will be created than those lost.

UAE’s cooperation has supported IRENA’s renewable energy efforts (VIDEO)

Francesco La Camera, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency, IRENA, stated that the cooperation between the UAE and IRENA has supported the agency’s efforts to hasten the adoption of renewable energy solutions around the world.

  • Date: 25 June 2019
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  • Source: WAM

11 Million People Now Have Jobs In Renewable Energy

Eleven million people around the world were employed by the renewable energy sector in 2018, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) reports in the sixth edition of their Renewable Energy and Jobs series.This represents an increase of 700,000 jobs from 2017, growing nearly 7% in just one year. The trend should inspire confidence in renewables by other countries as technologies improve and costs go down.

  • Date: 17 June 2019
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  • Source: Forbes

Renewable Energy Is Now The Cheapest Option - Even Without Subsidies

In recent years, the world has marched towards renewable energy. According to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), unsubsidized renewable energy is now most frequently the cheapest source of energy generation . The report finds that the cost of installation and maintenance of renewables, which was an important stumbling block to mass adoption, continues on a downward trajectory.

  • Date: 15 June 2019
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  • Source: Forbes