At first glance, a new day seems to be dawning for the overshadowed solar sector in Australia, the world's sunniest continent.

The government is pushing through a carbon trading scheme that will penalize big greenhouse gas emitters; a major piece of renewables legislation is due for approval within months, setting a target of 20 percent green energy by 2020.

Australia has drafted laws that mandate the generation of 20 percent renewable energy by 2020 and the government aims to have the legislation passed within months.

The Mandatory Renewable Energy Target legislation aims to expand the target under an earlier scheme to 45,000 GWh by 2020 from 9,500 gigawatt-hours (GWh) in 2010.

Japan's subsidies for home solar panels have attracted far fewer applicants than planned, industry data showed on Wednesday, underscoring the likelihood of bold government steps to promote solar power.

South Africa's ANC party, expected to win elections this month, is promising a new energy strategy to tackle power shortages and cut greenhouse gases that account for more than two-fifths of the continent's emissions.

A key pillar of this plan is the likely split of the minerals and energy cabinet portfolio, to remove red tape that critics say is bogging down the ministry's performance.

MOVING in to make states comply with an existing rule to have a certain portion of their power grid reserved for green energy, the government is planning to set up a renewable power exchange that would issue certificates to surplus states which can be sold to deficit states looking to fill their mandatory quota.

A business meet on renewable energy sources was held here recently. The meet was organized by Sikkim Renewable Energy Development Agency (SREDA) in collaboration with Indian Renewable Energy Sources, a Government of India Undertaking.

U.S. environmental groups on Wednesday published online maps of the American West with vast areas that they said should be off-limits for renewable energy projects begun by the Obama administration.

TAMIL Nadu will soon have a solar thermal power station in Sivaganga district, chairman, Tamil Nadu Energy Development Authority (TEDA), Mohan Varghese Chungath told a meeting on

There is widespread interest in biofuel crops as a solution to the world's energy needs, particularly in light of concerns over greenhouse-gas emissions.

This report highlights a number of key findings from the scenario analysis which are intended to inform policy making both within China, and in international negotiations. These key findings include: Decoupling carbon emissions growth from economic development is challenging but achievable in China, and there is more than one way to achieve it.