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 (Vivian Nereim  and  Stephen Cunningham/bloomberg, March 29, 2018)

  • Venture may cost $200 billion, add 100,000 jobs in the kingdom
  • Plan envisions 200GW of solar capacity in Saudi Arabia by 2030

Saudi Arabia and SoftBank Group Corp. signed a memorandum of understanding to build a $200 billion solar power development that’s exponentially larger than any other project.

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(The economist, 15 March 2018)

 

Collaboration and localisation will help,

On the eve of the first world war a young Winston Churchill switched the Royal Navy from coal to oil. As Daniel Yergin put it in his book “The Prize”, the reliance on doubtful supplies of oil from Persia rather than Welsh coal turned energy security into a question of national strategy. Churchill responded that “safety and certainty in oil lie in variety, and variety alone.”

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(Simon Holmes à Court/theguardian, 16 March 2018)

While the government insists that renewables have made our grid unreliable, lights have stayed on and prices are dropping, Simon Holmes.

On the first day of autumn tens of thousands of Victorians received a welcome surprise from their power company — their electricity bills were going down. Prices were cut 5% because the retailer increased their investment in renewable energy.

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