The European Union installed around 8.0 GW of solar power systems in 2018; that is a 36% year-on-year increase over the 5.9 GW connected to the grid in EU-28 in 2017, according to an estimate from SolarPower Europe, the association for the solar power sector in Europe, on February 20. Solar installations in Europe as a whole grew by around 20% to 11.0 GW in 2018, up from 9.2 GW the year before. “It is good to see Europe fully embracing solar again,” SolarPower Europe CEO Walburga Hemetsberger said. “With solar being the most popular energy source among EU citizens, the most versatile and often also the lowest cost power generation source, and with cost reductions continuing, we are only at the beginning of a long upward trend for solar in Europe,” she added. SolarPower Europe Policy Director Aurélie Beauvais noted that there is very strong demand for solar in Europe in the next two years. “One of the main reasons is the upcoming EU 2020 targets, where … [Read more...] about Germany leads EU solar market growth in 2018
National quality framework 2018
0 Have your say While I hold no formal position in the relationships between Scotland and Malawi, I have a strong affinity to its people, developed over a number of years. I have contributed to events in Lilongwe and Edinburgh around the enhancement of good governance in organisations from the public, private and third sectors.I write this in Myanmar where we have family currently working and I am struck by how history leaves very different footprints behind. For generations before the Second World War, there were close links between Scotland and Burma in many fields, but particularly in the extraordinary achievements of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company, based in Glasgow. This became the largest river fleet the world has ever known. Today, there appears to be little recollection of this long shared heritage. Contrast that with Malawi, where the Saltire is represented right across the country in recognition of a continuingly vibrant … [Read more...] about Sir Andrew Cubie: What can people of the future learn from collaboration between nations?
PUBLISHED: 11:09 15 January 2019 | UPDATED: 11:09 15 January 2019 Stuart Clancy, Conservative county councillor for Taverham. Pic: Norfolk Conservatives. Norfolk Conservatives More must to be done to get quality tutors into Norfolk’s colleges to train the next generation of apprentices, council leaders have said. New figures show the number of new apprenticeship starts in Norfolk fell by almost 13pc between August 2017 to July 2018.That is a worry for Norfolk County Council, although it is better than the national figure, which saw a 24pc fall.Stuart Clancy, Conservative county councillor for Taverham and the council’s member champion for apprenticeships, said the figures showed Norfolk was recovering at a faster rate than other areas.He said the number of 16 to 18 year olds starting apprenticeships had only seen a “small drop” of less than 2pc, but the challenge was really with getting apprenticeship starts for 19 to 24 year olds and those aged 25 and … [Read more...] about Drop in new Norfolk apprenticeships prompts call to woo better quality tutors
Popular on social media Unification Council elects head of Ukrainian Orthodox Church 1686 Vatican recognizes autocephalous church in Ukraine 1001 Veselka serves hundreds daily with Ukrainian cuisine in Manhattan 762 Let’s be blunt: people aren’t good at fulfilling their New Year’s resolutions. And Ukraine isn’t either. In its first issue of 2018, the Kyiv Post published a list of 18 steps the Ukrainian government should take in the new year to improve the country, strengthen its defense, and better its economy. The proposals were hardly novel. By and large, the newspaper recommended what the country’s reformers, its international friends, and participants in the EuroMaidan Revolution had all been demanding since 2014, when Kremlin-backed President Viktor Yanukovych was overthrown and Russia launched its retaliatory war on Ukraine. Now, as 2018 draws to a close, it is time to take stock of what was and what wasn’t accomplished. The … [Read more...] about How Ukraine fared in meeting 18 important goals in 2018
Renewable energy resources such as solar, wind, hydro and biofuel are under-utilized to meet the energy requirements in Vanuatu.According to Vanuatu’s Acting Director-General for the Ministry of Climate Change and Natural Disaster Mr. Reedly Tari, “Only 80% of urban and 17% of rural households in Vanuatu have access to electricity. Over 80% of the population cooks over open hearth fire.”The 2013 National Energy Road Map (NERM) for Vanuatu outlines the pathway to achieving electricity access for all citizens using renewable energy for power generation and improving energy efficiency in rural areas.Vanuatu requires incremental support to meet its NERM target.Sustainability of off-grid renewable energy power systems is limited — even when systems are installed for free, lack of funds for repairs and lack of local access to parts and services repeatedly result in broken down systems for the long-run.For village-scale renewable energy power systems, in-country … [Read more...] about Project to Support the Achievement of National Energy Targets of Vanuatu