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In 2016 renewables have given work to 9.8 million people worldwide

In 2016 renewables have given work to more than 9.8 million people. These are the conclusions of the Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2017 study by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). When the first issue of the report came out in 2012, the figure was seven million. Until 2030, they could become 24 million, says IRENA director Adnan Z. Amin, more than those who are not lost in the fossil sector due to the energy transition. The bulk of jobs are offered in Asia, with 62 percent. The largest number of jobs were counted in China, Brazil, USA, India, Japan and Germany. The photovoltaic industry proved to be the most important employer with 3.1 million jobs, 15 percent more than the previous year. In the United States, the photovoltaic sector has grown by 25 percent to 260,000 jobs at a rate of 17 times higher than the rest of the industries.

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In Ireland, the potential market of three gigawatts on brownfields

irlanda_fotovoltaicoBritish Dulas Ltd reports that the potential market for photovoltaics of brownfields (brownfield) in Ireland amounts to three gigawatts, and that would have several advantages over the development of projects on non derelict land (greenfield). The figures, published in an ad hoc report, are based on present estimates of 400-600 former industrial sites in the country and an installed capacity of five megawatts for each of these sites. As reported by Dulas, “Ireland is by far the market with the best prospects for development for photovoltaics.” Benefiting from a market for solar technology industry mature and high-profile, “the country offers a fertile ground for the flourishing of plants on brownfield sites.” In addition, the recent Dublin government would reiterated its commitment to renewable energy, and would considering the best means to finance the development of green energy in the country.

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Photovoltaics with batteries? I’ll pay the manager, to save on network

It happens in Australia, where the manager of the South Australian State network is going to start on an experimental basis a program that provides PV system users and storage. The idea is to encourage distributed generation as an alternative to new investments on the electricity grid.

The distributed generation and in particular with the photovoltaic battery is an advantageous solution not only for users and climate, but also for the electrical system in general and for the network. For network managers, it may even be economically advantageous to provide its users with photovoltaic systems and storage systems and in this way to avoid having to invest in new cables and pylons.

This is the reason why SA Power Networks (SAPN), the grid operator of South Australia, from June will provide customers of photovoltaic kit + bargain prices storage or with a rent subsidized. He anticipated the Australian head RenewEconomy.

The program really start with a relatively small trial, approximately 100 kits installed in Salisbury, a small suburb north of Adelaide: the network operator’s bet is that – compared with an expected increase in electricity demand for the next five years – the spread of PV with battery in the town will avoid having to invest to adapt local network.


Germany: installed 50.4 MW of new photovoltaic systems in February

germania_installa_50MWGermany recorded new photovoltaic installations 50.4 megawatts in February according to the latest statistics released by the operator of the German Bundesnetzagentur network. Within a month before the newly installed it was of 83.2 megawatts, while in February 2015 had been registered new plants for 98.0 megawatts.
In early 2016 the newly installed was 133.6 megawatts, with a sharp decline compared to 221.5 megawatts in the same period of 2015.
If this growth rate were to be confirmed in the coming months, Germany could get to only install 800 megawatts this year. This result would be lower by 44 percent compared to 2015, during which were installed gigawatts 1:45 and it would be less than the target set by the German government which is between 2.4 and 2.6 gigawatts.
The cumulative installed PV capacity in late January in Germany reached about 39.83 gigawatts.