Global investment in clean energy rose 6.5% in 2011 to a record $263 billion with the US taking the lead position from China for the first time since 2009, according to The Pew Charitable Trusts.
Technology and ceramics manufacturer Kyocera has announced plans to construct the largest yet commercial-scale solar power plant in Kagoshima City in southern Japan.
Hyundai Engineering and Construction, Korean Western Power, Samsung Electronics and S-Oil have become the first four South Korean companies to earn the Carbon Trust Standard as the initiative expands into Asia.
The US government has confirmed plans to impose import levies on solar panels manufactured in China.
Global greenhouse gas emissions could rise 50% by 2050 without more ambitious actions by governments, warned the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development last week.
Danish turbine manufacturer Vestas has received a 396 MW order to supply the Mareña Renovables project in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Scotland’s European Marine Energy Centre is to work with Japan on setting up its first marine energy test centre.
The Japanese government is backing an effort to install an experimental floating offshore wind turbine farm off the coast of Fukushima.
Despite the furore surrounding the inclusion of airlines in the European Union Emissions Trading System, the UK started issuing free aviation allowances earlier this week.
Despite record levels in investment in clean energy last year, the outlook for 2012 is much less certain, warn financial consultants Ernst & Young.