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Desert world

What's stopping us getting solar power from deserts?

Mark Jansen

10th February, 2010

Plans to use concentrating solar power plants in the Sahara to generate and export electricity have been on the table for years. Now, it looks as though political will might help move things forward more...
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Solar lighting spells the end of kerosene in Africa

Charlotte Webster

8th February, 2010

A simple but effective solar kit is helping to bring light to homes in the less-industrialised world without the choking side-effects of kerosene lamps more...
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UK to pay public for generating green energy - but will it be enough?

Ecologist

1st February, 2010

Campaign groups believe the payments will be too low to encourage significant numbers of people to install small scale renewable energy in their homes and communities more...

India's plan for a solar power revolution

Anna da Costa

18th August, 2009

India is set to embark on the country's largest solar endeavour - increasing solar capacity from 3 megawatts to 20 gigawatts by 2020 more...
'The Dawn Commute' by Jonathon LittleJohn

Campaigning for cheaper solar power

Stephanie Wallis

29th July, 2009

Feed-in Tariffs for renewables are what the UK needs to make home-grown energy more attractive. We look at what the 'We Support Solar' coalition is doing to bring about a change, and take a look at the group's new photography competition...
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Solar power from Sahara a step closer

Ashley Seager

2nd November, 2009

The German-led Desertec initiative believes it can deliver power to Europe as early as 2015 more...

10p to create a solar power sector in UK

Ecologist

29th September, 2009

A higher tariff for green electricity generation would help the UK catch up with the rest of Europe more...
The world's first solar-powered blimp

Solar plane to cross English Channel

Ecologist

25th July, 2009

World's first manned solar-powered airship provides an inspiration for cleaner travel more...
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The case for harnessing renewable energy

Tim Helweg-Larsen and Tim Holmes

9th April, 2009

The authors of the recent Climate Safety report make the case for harnessing the UK's renewable energy resource. By Tim Helweg-Larsen and Tim Holmes more...
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Giant solar power plant to tap Sahara sunshine

News

15th August, 2008

Algeria switches from oil production to harnessing the power of the Sahara sun more...
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Problems with renewables - land wars

Paul Kingsnorth

1st April, 2008

Renewables good, fossil fuels bad... unless, of course, renewables begin to take up more and more land in order to meet our energy needs. Paul Kingsnorth adds fuel to a tricky debate. more...
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Energy leapfrogging in China and India

Joanna Lewis

28th March, 2008

Two firms in the wind power sector illustrate how companies in the developing world can take advantage of increasing access to technological know-how, while staying within the bounds of intellectual property law, says Joanna Lewis. more...

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Power On - Solar Power

Jon Hughes, Mark Anslow

1st November, 2007

Every year, each square metre of the UK receives between 900 and 1200 kWh of solar radiation. Capturing just some of this energy could make a significant contribution to fulfilling our energy requirements.
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Britain could be carbon-free by 2030

News

9th July, 2007

Britain could become a ‘carbon-free’ country in just twenty years, according to a new report published by the Wales-based Centre for Alternative Technology. more...
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South Korea hot for solar energy

News

10th May, 2007

The town of Shinan in South Korea is planning to host the world’s largest solar power plant, following government plans to generate 10 per cent of the country’s energy from renewable sources by 2020. more...
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Planning restrictions on home energy to be lifted

News

4th April, 2007

Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly will announce plans today that will enable homeowners to fit solar panels and wind turbines without applying for planning permission, the Guardian reports. more...
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Sunny Spain makes solar gain

News

2nd April, 2007

Europe's first commercial concentrating solar power plant has opened near Seville in Spain. more...
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EU promises 'a new industrial revolution'

Mark Anslow

15th January, 2007

The European Commission has set out plans to keep global temperatures from increasing more than 2 degrees. The authors said that limiting global warming to 2ºC is both technically feasible and economically affordable if the international community acts swiftly. more...
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People Power

Jeremy Smith

1st June, 2004

The community of Machynlleth has gone beyond just investing in someone else’s wind turbine. They’ve clubbed together and planned, built and paid for one of their own. more...
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Renewable energy: Micro-hydro, Biomass, Solar Water Panel

Jeremy Smith

1st June, 2004

Unlike large dams, now widely acknowledged to be unsustainable and ineffective, micro-hydro involves the use of small mills and dams to provide clean energy and an alternative source of income for rural communities. more...

Blackout Britain

Mark Townsend

1st June, 2004

Within two years, Britain could be facing a series of blackouts and the ignomony of importing the resource it once considered so plentiful from a host of politically unstable countries. more...
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Tidal Electric’s offshore project

The Ecologist

1st July, 2003

Could the latest type of tidal-power generator be environmentally benign and deliver cheap, dependable and sustainable energy? more...
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Running out of renewables

News

30th November, 1999

The UK does not have enough renewable energy to go round, the Financial Times reported yesterday. more...

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