- The first utility scale solar plant in Utah was commissioned on Thursday. The Utah Red Hills Renewable Park operated by Scatec Solar will produce enough power for 18,500 homes. At a cost of $188 million, the 104-MW plant will help get the state to 25% from renewables by 2025. [Deseret News]
- France and nine other partners renewed commitment to mobilize a cumulative $10 billion between 2015 and 2020 to boost access to energy in Africa. The costs are to be offset by repealing all subsidies for fossil fuels and ending the tax breaks that encourage corporate inversions. [The Election Central]
- Negotiators at COP21 aim to wrap up a global agreement to curb global warming on Saturday, a day later than expected. “Things are moving in the right direction,” said French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who is chairing the summit. But more compromise is needed if an agreement is to be reached. [BBC]
- Air pollution is the single largest environmental health risk in Europe, contributing to heart disease, respiratory problems and cancer. A report from the European Environment Agency estimates that it is responsible for more than 430,000 premature deaths in Europe each year. [Galway Independent]
- The fourth quarter of 2015 is shaping up to be the United States solar market’s biggest quarter on record, according to a new projection. The current utility-scale solar PV pipeline stands at 18.7 GW. This is greater than all US solar PV installations brought online through to the end of 2014. [CleanTechnica]
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