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The Solúcar PS10 20MW solar tower near Seville, Spain. Saudi Arabia is now planning to build much bigger versions of the technology. Photo: Alejandro Flores via Flickr.com.

Solar is going great - but could be greater!

Jonathon Porritt

1st March 2014

The solar industry is going great, with tens of gigawatts of new capacity planned for 2014 alone. But as Jonathon Porritt writes, the solar revolution could be going even faster - with smart, consistent policies for solar power in Europe and Japan. more...

China: nuclear and coal giants go solar

Oliver Tickell

10th January 2014

Chinese coal and nuclear energy giants are suddenly piling into the solar industry. Is this the way of the future, not only in China but around the world? more...
A commercial solar installation under way in the south of England. Photo: Adrian Arbib / Renewable energy Cooperative - r-eco.coop.

2014 - the UK's year of the sun?

Alex Stevenson & Oliver Tickell

20th December 2013

Cuts to feed-in tariffs and hostility to large-scale farms have undermined the UK's solar energy sector. But changes are under way in the heart of government. Could 2014 be the UK's 'year of the sun'? more...
Power in paradise: the Catalgazi coal-fired power plant on turkey's Black Sea coast.

Erdogan's Turkey embarks on massive 'dash for coal'

Oliver Tickell

5th November 2013

Ignoring its significant solar and wind power potential, Turkey is planning a massive 'dash for coal' with over 37,000 MW of new coal fired power stations. more...

Nuclear power gets twice the price of solar!

Oliver Tickell

28th October 2013

The UK government's policy to pay for more for nuclear power than for power from solar PV is in direct contradiction of EU rules on state aid. more...
Offshore wind farm

Cameron's plan to cut green levies will cost us all

Jane Fae

28 October 2013

The truth is that 'green costs' are an investment that benefit all of us. Yet, to capitalise on that investment will take long-term vision, commitment, and a willingness to make and explain hard decisions. more...

China's choice

Jennifer Duggan

15th August 2013

China's State Council has announced plans to make green industries central to the economy by 2015..... more...
Solar power in Brixton

How solar power came to a Brixton council estate

Mark Briggs

25th April, 2012

Following a successful share issue, the UK's first 100 per cent community owned inner-city social housing solar power project went live last month. Mark Briggs visited to find out more more...
Installing solar panels

The communities taking renewable energy into their own hands

Ed Mayo

5th January, 2012

A new report by Co-operatives UK and The Co-operative Group examines those investing time and money in installing solar panels, wind turbines or hydro-electric power for their local communities more...
eco house

Retrofit revisited: one year on

Sue Wheat

22nd August, 2011

The salvaged velvet curtains are in and the newly painted walls are good to go but was it all worth it? In the final installment of her ecorefurb diary, Sue Wheat takes a retrospective look at a challenging year more...
Save our Solar campaign

TAKE ACTION to save the UK's solar industry

Matilda Lee

8th June, 2011

Solar could provide one third of the UK's electricity demand. So why has the government recently slashed the feed in tariff? more...
wind

Power: keeping it green

Henry Gass

3rd June, 2011

Angela Merkel’s decision to dispense with nuclear power has left environmentalists around the world exploring alternatives. Henry Gass weighs up the options more...

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Srinivas Krishnaswamy

Why India doesn't need World Bank energy funding

Matilda Lee

3rd June, 2011

Ahead of the release of the World Bank's revised energy strategy, the Ecologist speaks to sustainable development advocate Srinivas Krishnaswamy about why despite huge gigawatt power projects, 45 per cent of India's households still lack electricity more...
solar panels on roof, sunflowers in foreground

Solar power: a niche or serious energy source for the UK?

Mark Jansen

27th April, 2011

Much more than just a tool to engage communities in climate change issues, the solar industry argues it could meet between 6-8 per cent of the UK's electricity needs by 2020 more...
Renewable investment by country

Revealed: how your country compares on renewable investment

Tom Antebi

29th March, 2011

A breakdown of how major countries compare on their success in attracting investment in wind, solar and other forms of renewable energy in the past year more...

PassivHaus construction: the future of UK housebuilding?

Laura Sevier

22nd October, 2010

German design, British location, tropical climate. Super-efficient PassivHaus construction makes for warmer homes and lower energy bills. So why aren't we all building this way? more...
Installing solar panels

Renewables offer cash boost for local communities - think tank

Emily Shelton

16th September 2010

If climate change isn't enough motivation, the increasing financial benefits from renewable energy could pave the way for lower carbon lifestyles, a leading think tank has claimed more...
Carbon dioxide emissions

How to make money from fighting climate change

Reg Platt

16th September 2010

Renewable energy presents a unique opportunity for getting communities engaged in reducing their emissions - and benefiting financially - says Reg Platt of IPPR more...
CSP trough-based system

Solar power – the hidden threat to water supplies

Andrew Williams

18th August, 2010

Concentrating solar power plants seem in many ways like a silver bullet for the world's energy problems - but have we looked closely enough at their environmental impacts? more...
Solar garden light as night light

Turning our Victorian terrace into an ecohome: part four - ecogadgets

Sue Wheat

13th August, 2010

Sue immerses herself in the addictive world of ecogadgetry, including water-powered alarm clocks and a crash course in cooking with blankets... more...
India's first Sauvignon blanc

Growing green grapes and bottling sustainable wine in India

Anna da Costa

10th August, 2010

Viticulture is growing at a rate of knots in India, and the country's largest winery is leading by environmental example more...
Sue Wheat's street

Turning our Victorian terrace into an ecohome: part two - insulation

Sue Wheat

3rd June, 2010

Sue has a brief love affair with solar panels, but realises that if she shies away from the thorny issue of solid wall insulation, she's throwing good money after bad more...

How to make a solar water heater from plastic bottles

Giovana Zilli

6th May, 2010

Retired mechanic Jose Alano invented a simple, cheap, energy saving rooftop solar water heater which is benefiting thousands of people. Here's how it's done... more...
solar panels on roof, sunflowers in foreground

AUDIO: What does the new Feed-in Tariff mean for households?

Louise Parry

22nd March, 2010

It may have a dull-sounding name, but the Government's new Feed-In Tariff could revolutionise home energy generation. So how does it work, and what's the catch? more...
Unveiling the Ecohouse

The solar powered house of the future?

Ecologist

4th March, 2010

This gallery of images shows a prototype solar powered, zero carbon house designed by students at Nottingham University more...

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