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Renewable energy could cut power generation health impact by 80%

Nov 20, 2019 - 9:59 AM

Scientists says if majority of energy is derived from solar and wind power it could cut adverse health effects from electricity production by 80% compared with our current fossil-heavy economies

WINDMILL MAGIC. Be swept away by the wind and the towering beauty of Bangui’s windmills. Photo by Ros Flores

EU brings solar power to 2 sitios in Davao Occidental

Nov 11, 2018 - 12:11 PM

This is part of the European Union's P3.6-billion sustainable energy project in the Philippines

Belgian wins inaugural France to China solar bike race

Aug 04, 2018 - 10:52 PM

French organizers Sun Trip have started such races in 2013 to promote renewable energy

SOLAR BIKE RACE. Raf van Hulle of Belgium celebrates after arriving in Guangzhou, in China's southern Guangdong province, after riding 12,000 kilometers from Lyon, on August 3, 2018. Photo by AFP

AboitizPower ventures into solar rooftops

Apr 02, 2018 - 4:45 PM

The power firm sets up a new unit called AboitizPower Distributed Energy, which is eyeing projects in Luzon and the Visayas this year

Ayala Corp acquires U.S.-based solar tech firm

Feb 26, 2018 - 2:05 PM

Ayala's AC Industrials now has a controlling stake in Merlin Solar Technologies, with plans to establish manufacturing facilities in the Philippines in the future

Trump angers China, South Korea with new trade tariffs

Jan 23, 2018 - 3:45 PM

US President Donald Trump approves steep tariffs on imports of solar panels and washing machines to protect US producers

FACING TARIFFS. This file photo taken on January 6, 2016 shows an exhibitor demonstrating an Inverter Direct Drive washing machine at the LG exhibit during the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. David McNew/AFP

Fully implement EPIRA to give Filipinos 'power to choose,' says Gatchalian

Oct 12, 2017 - 6:19 PM

With the full implementation of EPIRA, an 'environmentally-conscious' consumer can choose to patronize factories that store renewable energy, instead of those that store coal, says Senator Sherwin Gatchalian

The sun is setting on coal

Jun 05, 2017 - 9:56 PM

For the Philippines we have an opportunity today to reduce our reliance on foreign coal and to ride the investment boom in clean energy

CLIMATE CHAOS. The combustion of fossil fuels like oil, gas, and coal by energy companies is largely responsible for climate change.

PHINMA Energy pins hopes on DOE's new renewable energy policy

Apr 11, 2017 - 1:18 PM

With the tight competition in coal energy the firm plans to focus on renewable energy projects and retail electricity as it waits for the DOE s next renewable energy incentive

Ayala Corp's AC Energy buys renewable energy developer Bronzeoak

Mar 22, 2017 - 4:00 PM

The move gives the firm an additional platform of more than 200 megawatts of solar and biomass energy

Sweden to scrap taxes on solar energy in 2017

Nov 21, 2016 - 11:54 PM

Solar energy is currently marginal in the Nordic nation accounting for less than 0 1 of electricity production Sweden relies mostly on hydropower 39 and nuclear power 36

SOLAR ENERGY. A partial solar eclipse is visible behind a statue of Sweden's King Gustav III through a break in the cloud cover over Stockholm's old town in Sweden on March 20, 2015. File photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Tesla expands its portfolio to produce solar roof tiles

Oct 29, 2016 - 2:06 PM

We need to make them as appealing as electric cars have become says Tesla founder Elon Musk

ELON MUSK. This file photo taken on April 30, 2015 shows Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk unveiling large utility scale home batteries at the Tesla Design Studio in Hawthorne, California. Photo by David McNew/AFP

Solar plane completes historic round-the-world trip

Jul 26, 2016 - 9:04 AM

Solar Impulse 2 lands in the UAE completing its epic journey to become the first sun powered airplane to circle the globe without a drop of fuel

HISTORY MADE. Solar Impulse 2, the solar powered plane, arrives at Al Batin Airport in Abu Dabi to complete its world tour flight on July 26, 2016 in the United Arab Emirates. Karim Sahib/AFP

Solar Impulse 2 begins Atlantic crossing

Jun 20, 2016 - 5:05 PM

UPDATED The solar powered plane heads for Spain s Seville airport in one of the most difficult legs of its journey around the world

Bertrand Piccard of Switzerland pilots the Solar Impulse 2 aircraft as it takes off from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York early on June 20, 2016.  The sun-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft set off from New York's JFK airport early June 20, embarking on the transatlantic leg of its record-breaking flight around the world to promote renewable energy. / AFP PHOTO / TREVOR COLLENS

Sun-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft sets off for New York

Jun 11, 2016 - 12:11 PM

UPDATED The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft is on the 14th leg of an east west journey that began March 9 2015 in Abu Dhabi and has taken the aircraft across Asia and the Pacific to the United States

SUCCESSFUL LANDING. Swiss adventurer and pilot Bertrand Piccard (L) and pilot Andre Borschberg (R) acknowledge the crowd after Borschberg landed Solar Impulse 2 in Dayton, Ohio, USA on May 21, 2016. Photo from Solar Impulse/EPA

Solar Impulse 2 plane lands in Dayton

May 22, 2016 - 2:45 PM

It takes the solar powered plane 16 hours and 34 minutes to travel from Tulsa Oklahoma to Dayton Ohio

epa05322470 A handout image made available by Solar Impulse on 21 May 2016 shows Swiss adventurer and pilot, Bertrand Piccard (L) and pilot Andre Borschberg (R) acknowledge the crowd after Borschberg landed Solar Impulse 2 in Dayton, Ohio, USA, 21 May 2016. Solar Impulse landed in Dayton, Ohio with Andre Borschberg at the controls. Departed from Abu Dhabi on 09 March 2015, the Round-the-World Solar Flight will take 500 flight hours and cover 35,000 kilometres. EPA/SOLAR IMPULSE / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Renewable energy posted record growth rate in 2015 – IRENA

Apr 08, 2016 - 8:00 PM

Renewable energy is now the preferred option for new power generation capacity around the world says the International Renewable Energy Agency

epa05071233 Project Manager Klaus Schrot checks the last solar panels before the opening of a new solar farm on a former firing range in Star Buchholz in Schwerin, Germany, 16 Decemeber 2015. The company PVStrom has installed almost 40,000 solar modules. The installation will thus generate more than 10,000 megawatt hours of solar power annually. EPA/JENS BUETTNER

Southeast Asia's biggest solar farm opens in Negros Occidental

Mar 03, 2016 - 10:48 PM

The solar farm in Cadiz City promises a production capacity of 280 MW and is expected to generate annual revenues of P45 million for the local government

RENEWABLE ENERGY. The P10-billion solar farm, located in Hacienda Paz, Barangay Tinampaan, Cadiz City, is developed through a partnership between Gregorio Araneta Incorporated (GAI) and Soleq Holdings Incorporated on the solar generation facility of Helios Solar Energy Corporation. Photo courtesy of the Negros Occidental provincial government

Solar Impulse 2 ready to fly again by April 20 – spokeswoman

Dec 23, 2015 - 11:07 PM

But the next leg of the sun powered plane s journey has not yet been decided says pilot Andre Borschberg

SOLAR-POWERED FLIGHT. Solar Impulse 2 pilot Bertrand Piccard (L) and pilot Andre Borschberg, celebrate after Borschberg landed at Kalaeloa Airport, Hawaii, on July 3, 2015. File photo by Eugene Tanner/AFP

AboitizPower sets geothermal project in Indonesia

Sep 21, 2015 - 5:16 PM

AboitizPower International Pte Ltd enters into an agreement with PT Medco Power Indonesia for the exploration and development of a potential greenfield geothermal plant in East Java Province

OPPORTUNITIES. AboitizPower CEO Erramon Aboitiz earlier says the power firm is looking at opportunities abroad, particulalry in Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

Renewable energy growing in PH, but still needs efficiency

Aug 30, 2015 - 8:30 AM

Government policy and commercial demand driven the rise of renewable energy but efficiency and incentives are still needed to help it grow

Korean wind tower to rise in Catbalogan

Aug 05, 2015 - 8:15 AM

The proposed wind tower according to ODIN Energy is about 11 story building with a minimum ground floor area of 113 square meters

SOON TO RISE. The proposed wind tower is seen to generate four times more energy compared to the traditional ones. Illustration by Raffy de Guzman

Solar Impulse lands in Hawaii, completing historic flight

Jul 04, 2015 - 12:06 PM

The 4 000 mile leg from Nagoya Japan to Hawaii is not only the world s longest solar powered flight both in terms of flying time and distance; it also set the record for longest solo flight by time

SOLAR-POWERED. A handout image provided by Solar Impulse shows the Solar Impulse 2 approaching Kalaeloa Airport with Andre Borschberg at the controls, O'ahu, Hawaii, USA, 03 July 2015. The solar-powered plane on a round-the-world journey landed in Hawaii after a record-breaking five-day flight from Japan. Photo by Solar Impulse/Jean Revillard/Rezo/Handout/EPA

New technology has Meralco worried about disruption

Jun 28, 2015 - 8:19 PM

Tesla’s new Powerwall and other disruptive technologies has Meralco focused on innovation in order to maintain its position

Illac Diaz and lighting up communities

Jun 24, 2015 - 1:16 PM

The Liter of Light aims to provide light access through an open source technology using a plastic bottle water and chlorine

‘Solar scholars’ in Visayas promote renewable energy

Jun 05, 2015 - 8:00 AM

Today is World Environment Day What is your community doing to help mitigate climate change?

New team to add 250 MW of solar power to FIT race

May 20, 2015 - 5:24 PM

Solar Philippines and Citicore Power team up to provide 250 MW for the FIT allocation and beyond

Meerkat vs Periscope, Bendgate part 2, Josie Rizal | SciTech4u

Apr 06, 2015 - 10:01 PM

Are you TeamMeerkat or TeamPeriscope? The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge bends is this Bendgate all over again? And Tekken introduces Josie Rizal

DOST in Cebu adds solar power charging kiosk for visitors

Mar 11, 2015 - 7:05 PM

The solar power charging kiosk can charge up to 20 mobile phones 10 rechargeable flashlights or a pair of laptops at a time

SOLAR POWER. The solar panel powering the charging kiosk sits atop the guard station of the DOST. Photo from DOST.

Talks on for lower FIT rate for solar energy projects

Feb 12, 2015 - 8:37 PM

The National Renewable Energy Board wants to encourage energy developers but also not burden consumers with the P9 10 per kilowatt hour Feed in Tariff rate

What you need to know about going solar

Jan 13, 2015 - 10:39 AM

With the upcoming power crisis here’s why solar energy presents a solution

WWF: DOE should ‘seize the wind’ in 2015

Jan 04, 2015 - 10:05 PM

With the increase in solar an additional increase in wind energy installation targets is a firm next step the Department of Energy can commit to World Wide Fund says

Renewable energy law 6 years after: 650 contracts okayed

Dec 26, 2014 - 3:55 PM

Six years after the Philippines moves to cut its dependence on fossil fuel the country has more renewable energy projects

RENEWABLE ENERGY. The Philippines has aimed to cut its dependence on fossil fuel as energy source by introducing the Renewable Energy Act in 2008.

Why solar power needs to happen now

Dec 10, 2014 - 6:00 AM

Solar panels are a big investment but as SM shows now there is a place for solar energy in the Philippines

AboitizPower, SunEdison to develop solar energy projects

Nov 13, 2014 - 12:22 PM

The companies will jointly explore develop construct and operate utility scale solar photovoltaic power generation projects over the next 3 years

'PH can rely on renewable energy as stable power source'

Sep 07, 2014 - 2:21 PM

Petilla says the Philippines can rely on renewable energy in the face of fluctuating global oil prices and threats to energy security

Aquino inaugurates large-scale solar energy plant

May 15, 2014 - 12:29 PM

But President Benigno Aquino III acknowledges the limitations of renewable energy which is still expensive

ASEAN SUPPORT. President Benigno Aquino III is expected to push for an early conclusion of a Code of Conduct for the South China Sea in the next ASEAN Summit. Malacanang Photo Bureau

Asian Greenergy plant to augment Mindanao power supply

May 06, 2014 - 11:09 AM

The full commercial operation of the entire project is probably going to be in the summer of 2015 We are trying to get it up in August or September for the first 4MW says Asian Greenenergy president Juan Miguel Zubiri

Solar power plant to rise in Bataan freeport

Jan 29, 2014 - 4:43 PM

Next Generation Power Technology to commit P2 billion for a 20 megawatt solar power plant in Bataan

SOLAR POWER. Next Generation Power Technology Corp will invest P2 billion into building a solar power plant in Bataan. Photo from

The problem with renewable energy

Dec 21, 2013 - 5:48 PM

Is renewable energy the panacea to energy problems and climate crisis?

VIDEO: Green revolution in San Carlos city

Dec 19, 2013 - 9:45 PM

A solar farm a bioethanol plant and a biomass plant will soon help generate clean energy for the power grid

Dutch team win Australian solar car race

Oct 10, 2013 - 8:37 PM

The Dutch team s car Nuna 7 took 33 05 hours to make the punishing trip from Darwin to Adelaide

FIRST TO ADELAIDE. The car of Dutch team Nuon from the Delft University of Technology at the finish line after winning the epic 3,000-kilometre (1,860-mile) solar car race across the Australian outback, in Adelaide on October 10, 2013. AFP/World Solar Challenge/Daniel Kalisz

Australian solar car race kicks off

Oct 06, 2013 - 11:34 AM

An epic 3 000 kilometer 1 860 mile solar car race across outback Australia kicks off in Darwin Australia on Sunday

PH ENTRY. Sikat II-A (pictured) will compete in this year's World Solar Challenge in Australia. Photo courtesy of Donna Manio

Arnie defends his Hummer fleet as eco-friendly

Jun 25, 2013 - 9:35 AM

The Hollywood star known for his lavish tastes in his 8 years in office as governor of California defended his own fleet of military style Hummer vehicles

HIP AND SEXY ENVIRONMENTALIST. Arnold Schwarzenegger at the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Young Americans' Challenge in 2007

Canadian researchers develop energy storage system

Mar 30, 2013 - 11:42 AM

Canadian researchers develop method to store excess wind and solar energy

Making a run for light

Jun 09, 2012 - 4:18 PM

On July 21 runners will raise funds to provide solar lamps for villages long kept in the dark

Solar plane lands in Morocco on historic flight

Jun 06, 2012 - 7:49 AM

The aircraft is not using a drop of fuel and makes history as it takes the first intercontinental flight in a plane powered by the sun