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October 28, 2011

Lesotho signs $15 billion water, wind energy deal

Filed under: International News,News — Tags: — admin @ 8:41 am

Lesotho has signed a $15 billion (11 billion euro) renewable energy deal with a South African company in the country’s largest-ever private investment, officials said on Thursday. “The project aims to harness the natural resources of wind and water in Lesotho’s Maluti Mountains to produce power that will be used by both Lesotho and South Africa,” Johannesburg-based Harrison & White Investments said in a statement. The Lesotho Highlands Power Project (LHPP) will generate 6,000 megawatts of wind p …
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February 25, 2011

International News: Kenya to increase use of renewable energy

Filed under: International News,News — Tags: , , , , , — Georgia Romig @ 2:30 pm

International News from Capital FM Kenya, by Simon Ndong’a

The government is committed to reducing carbon gas emissions through the use of various renewable forms of energy, President Mwai Kibaki has said.

He pointed out that currently, large scale investments in geothermal and wind energy production programmes and forestry restoration programmes are underway in the country.

“The green climate funding that was generally agreed to and the global environment facility should support developing countries in transitioning towards green growth,” he stated during the opening of the 26th Session of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme and the Global Environment Ministerial Forum.

The President further said that a lot of effort was being exerted in tackling electronic waste in the country.

“My government has also supported a draft decision on electronic waste. We believe that a harmonised approach beginning with a clear assessment of the challenge would be a good start,” he stated.

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February 8, 2011

Solar & Wind Energy News of the Last Week (or So)

Great blog post from CleanTechina! Here’s an excerpt.

Ted Turner’s Solar Plant Begins Commercial Operation

Founder of CNN Ted Turner has announced that the 30-MW solar power plant developed and built by First Solar that he jointly owns has now started commercial operation. Here’s a little more from CalFinder Solar:

Built on more than 364 acres next to Turner’s Vermejo Park Ranch in New Mexico, presumably on private land since the project faced no environmental-review hurdles, the Cimarron Solar Project will feed power to Denver-based Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, a non-profit wholesale power dealer, and its 44 member electric cooperatives.

The project was first announced at the recent climate conference in Cancun and the electricity produced by it is expected to be enough to power 9,000 homes.

Go, Ted!

Click here to read the rest of the post at CleanTechina.

February 4, 2011

Global wind power capacity increases by 22% in 2010

From REVE:

Global wind energy installations increased by 35.8 GW in 2010. Wind farm capacity up to 194.4 GW, a 22.5% increase on the 158.7 GW wind turbines installed at the end of 2009.

This brings total installed wind energy capacity up to 194.4 GW, a 22.5% increase on the 158.7 GW wind farm installed at the end of 2009. The new capacity added in 2010 represents investments worth EUR 47.3 billion (US Dollars 65 bn).

For the first time in 2010, more than half of all new wind power was added outside of the traditional markets in Europe and North America. This was mainly driven by the continuing boom in China, which accounted for nearly half the new wind installations (16.5 GW).

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January 7, 2010

International News: Solar Panel Thefts Heating Up

This is kind of an odd alternative energy story, but we thought you might enjoy it.

From National Public Radio:

Solar panels are a hot commodity, and not just for residents and businesses that want to go green. It turns out that thieves also embrace clean technology. Solar panel thefts are on the rise, and the most popular targets include California wineries. What a disappointment. You’re a vintner. You’re sitting there, the thieves leave the bottles of wine alone and take the panel.

For more info on the thefts (and possible motivations), listen to the broadcast (or read the transcript) here.

October 9, 2009

International News: “The Boy who Harnessed the Wind”

Here is a clip from The Daily Show, interviewing William Kamkwamba (now 22) an who built a wind turbine out scraps in Africa.

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
William Kamkwamba
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show
Full Episodes
Political Humor Ron Paul Interview

You can find out more about Kamkwamba and his book here.

 
   

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