Enel Green Power, a renewable energy subsidiary of Italian energy company Enel, is one of 4 finalists in the “Large Corporation” category of the 2015 Zayed Future Energy Prize. I’d say that it is the least well known of the finalists, but it has definitely earned its spot in the finals.
I’ve covered cleantech solutions for several years. I’ve covered tens of thousands of stories. One of the stories that garnered the most enthusiasm and sharing was about one of the simplest solutions. The idea has been implemented in several places by a few organizations, but I think Liter of Light has taken it further than any other.
M-KOPA is just 3 years old but already has 300 staff members and $5 million in annual revenues. It is based in Kenya but leads the world in the highly successful pay-as-you-go model for the sale of clean energy to off-grid customers.
Covering the cleantech industries for years, there are many companies and technologies that I think are exciting solutions to our global warming and pollution crises. However, these days, not many new ones pop onto my radar and make me really sit up in my seat. EcoNation is one of those companies.
The World Resources Institute (WRI), a 2015 Zayed Future Energy Prize finalist, and multinational corporation Johnson Controls this month announced a new “Building Efficiency Initiative.” The initiative is to help advance energy efficiency action in cities.
Our Planet is not doing very well. Desertification, devastating storms, droughts, flooding, loss in biodiversity and many more increasingly worrying environmental / climate change related threats. Why are we not changing this? Do we have the power, the strength to change? Do we care?
While current energy outlooks to 2030 and beyond retain a dominant role for fossil fuels in the world’s energy mix, simple mathematics indicate that at the current pace of renewable energy investment (~0.3% of global GDP) the energy available to humans at the end of the century will be a small fraction of the current..
Energy outlooks to 2030 and beyond indicate growing global energy demand and a continued dominant role for fossil fuels in the world’s energy mix, even as utilization of renewable energy sources expands rapidly…
Renewable energy is entering a period of uncertainty that mirrors the increasing uncertainty about oil prices. Will increased demand from China and revitalized Western economies maintain oil prices at current levels in the face of increased supply from fracking and possibly from Iran? If so, government support for renewable energy should remain strong. If oil prices fall, however, then as in the 1980s many governments may cut their investments in new energy technologies so that alternative energy sources are unavailable when oil prices rise again. What can we do now to ensure continuing support for renewable energy initiatives in the face of possible short term economic and political pressures?
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SELCO is one of two 2015 Zayed Future Energy Prize “SME” finalists that have been Zayed Future Energy Prize finalists in previous years. SELCO was an early pioneer in the solar industry, bringing solar to the people of India way back in 1995! Importantly, SELCO isn’t a charity giving away solar. It is based on the premise that those in the developing world can afford and maintain solar.READ MORE
Practical Action is a nonprofit organization focused on bringing renewable energy, clean water, waste services, improved food supply, and greater disaster preparation to Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America.READ MORE
Electriciens sans Frontieres, which would translate to “Electricians without Borders” in English, is an amazing organization that wasn't on my radar until very recently. While only employing 7 people, it utilizes 1000 volunteers in 38 countries. As you might guess from its name, Electriciens sans Frontieres helps to bring electricity to those without it. It also mobilizes support in order to help people struck by emergency humanitarian disasters.READ MORE
The World Resources Institute (WRI), a past Zayed Future Energy Prize finalist and a 2015 Zayed Future Energy Prize finalist, works in various ways to advance the adoption of clean energy and other climate change solutions. Some important initiatives it has been behind include the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol, Electricity Governance Initiative (EGI), and organizing one of the earliest corporate Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for solar energy.READ MORE
SolarAid is a British charity that, like many others, brings solar-powered lights to developing countries. However, it goes further than most. It brings its solar lamps to widely dispersed rural regions.READ MORE
A number of Western solar companies deservedly get a great deal of attention from the media and the public. Companies like SolarCity, First Solar, SunPower, and Sungevity come to mind. These are wonderful companies doing great things, but there are also many other wonderful solar companies and organizations in the developing world with wonderful success bringing solar to millions of people that get almost no attention in the media.READ MORE