The newest report from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), in cooperation with Bloomberg New Energy Finance, a clean tech analytics firm, shows that the combined impetus of stimulus funding, feed-in tariffs (FiTs) and renewable portfolio standards (RPS) generated a record $211 billion globally in 2010 in renewable energy investment.
It has been said that a cleantech revolution is impossible without access to rare earth metals. Well, Germany is now telling the international community that China, the world's largest miner of rare earth metals, is refusing to trade these elements to certain countries.
Germany's new energy plan has garnered praise as well as protest, as the country propels toward a clean energy future.
The German government has announced its plan to generate 80% of the country's energy from renewable sources by 2050. Currently Germany produces 16% of its energy from renewable sources.
A paper on rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity and market penetration in the U.S., written by three National Renewable Energy Laboratory colleagues (Easan Drury, Paul Denholm and Robert Margolis), shows that fully 1 gigawatt (GW) of the world’s 15 gigawatts of solar PV was installed in the U.S. alone by December of 2009.