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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...
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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...
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...
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PHOTO GALLERY: Visionary architect unveils eco designs

Christine Ottery

24th December, 2009

An exhibition in Beijing reveals architect Paolo Soleri's latest radical green city concept 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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Map of plan to bring solar power from Africa to Europe

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...
Solar Car 'Endeavour'

Under the hood of the solar electric car

Ecologist/Positive TV

25th August, 2009

Cambridge University's solar electric car 'Endeavour' was unveiled in July as a contender in the Global Green Challenge - a gruelling race across the Australian outback in October. Now, the Ecologist and Positive TV take a look at the guts of this remarkable vehicle, and ask - what does it mean for the average road user? more...

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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...
Pembrokeshire college

Welsh construction centre leads field in sustainability

Eifion Rees

16th July, 2009

The new Construction and Sustainable Energy Centre in Haverfordwest is a blueprint for the newbuild higher education buildings of the future, in Wales and beyond 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...

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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Last bastion of climate sceptics topples

News

11th July, 2007

Today, Martin Durkin and Channel 4 must hang their heads in shame. more...
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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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Meacher attacks Government's Climate Change Bill

News

9th May, 2007

Former environment Minister and Labour leadership candidate Michael Meacher MP has derided the government's Climate Change Bill as 'nowhere near commensurate to the threat'. 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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