Monthly Archives: February 2012

So grand, so gentle: wind technology in tune with the natural world

The offshore wind turbines in the Thanet field look like ‘monuments to optimism, common sense and human daring’ The Thanet windfarm off the coast of Ramsgate in Kent became the world’s largest site of its type when it opened in … Continue reading

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Germany Created Own Threat with Chinese Solar Aid

Germany long aimed to be a front runner in the solar energy industry, but waning subsidies and rising competition from China have clouded its outlook. To add insult to injury, the Chinese boom has been generously supported by German financial … Continue reading

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Apple Adds Solar, Fuel Cells in Quest for Biggest Everything

Apple Inc. plans for a $1 billion dollar data center in Maiden, North Carolina. Courtesy Catawba County, North Carolina Apple is the world’s biggest company by market size, the biggest buyer of semi-conductors, the biggest maker of smartphones, and, if … Continue reading

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Wind industry’s extensive lobbying to preserve subsidies and defeat local resistance to turbines

The full extent of lobbying by Britain’s wind industry to preserve subsidies while getting thousands of new turbines built can be revealed. While lobbying is taking place nationally, developers are also employing lobbying tactics on the ground to get wind … Continue reading

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Merkel’s Switch to Renewables: Rising Energy Prices Endanger German Industry

Last spring, Chancellor Angela Merkel set Germany on course to eliminate nuclear power in favor of renewable energy sources. Now, though, several industries are suffering as electricity prices rapidly rise. Many companies are having to close factories or move abroad. … Continue reading

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Marshaling the Winds of Mongolia

Construction is to begin in March on Mongolia’s first wind farm, and its backers hope it will be the beginning of a renewable energy boom. Mongolia’s first wind installation is a $120 million project that will provide 5 percent of … Continue reading

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Feed-in tariff sees solar panel installation breakthrough

Since the scheme was launched in 2010, the amount of the renewable energy has grown by more than 41 times Since the scheme launched, the amount of solar has grown by more than 41 times. Photograph: Simon Burt/PA Explosive growth … Continue reading

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