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China Orders 2,087 Polluting Factories to Close

Written by , on August 10, 2010

The Chinese government has ordered over 2,087 firms in high-polluting and energy-intensive industries to shut down outdated plant by the end of September. Companies that fail to do so risk having bank loans frozen, approvals for new projects and land purchases refused and their electricity cut off. Companies effected produce steel, coal, cement, aluminium, glass […]  Read more »

The InfoLadies of Bangladesh

Written by , on May 23, 2010

D.Net, a non-profit research organisation, is bringing some of the benefits of modern technology to impoverished rural villages in Bangladesh through a band of “InfoLadies”. The InfoLadies are young women equipped with a bicycle, phone, some medical equipment and a netbook loaded with information on topics from agriculture to health, sanitation and disaster management. The […]  Read more »

India Approves Ambitious Solar Plan

Written by , on January 15, 2010

The Indian government has approved the first phase of the proposed "Solar Mission" under which 20 gigawatts of solar capacity is to be installed by 2022 by which time it is hoped that India will have established itself as a global leader in solar power. In the first phase, which has now been formally approved, […]  Read more »

Another Big Solar Power Plant for China

Written by , on January 13, 2010

China has signed an agreement with the California company, eSolar, to build a 2,000 megawatt solar thermal power plant in the Yulin Energy Park in the Mongolian desert in northern China. Four months ago, an Arizona company, First Solar, secured a contract to build an equally large photovoltaic power plant just 80 kilometres south of […]  Read more »

Huge Solar Power Plants for Mongolia

Written by , on September 10, 2009

American solar photovoltaic panel manufacturer, First Solar, has signed a memorandum of understanding with China to partner on a 2,000-megawatt power plant in Ordos City, Inner Mongolia. This follows an agreement signed last month for Canadian Solar to develop a 500-megawatt solar power plant in Baotou, Inner Mongolia. Before these announcements, the largest solar electricity […]  Read more »

Solar Panel Price Collapsing

Written by , on September 9, 2009

According to the market research company, The Information Network, the wholesale price of solar panels has dropped from $US4.05 per watt a year ago to $US1.85 today. The company predicts that the price could drop below $US1 per watt next year and be as low as $US0.50 per watt in 2011. The main reason for […]  Read more »

India’s Huge Solar Plans

Written by , on August 11, 2009

India’s Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change has approved in principal the country’s “National Solar Mission” which aims to expand India’s solar power generating capacity from the current 3 gigawatts to 20 gigawatts by 2020 and 200 gigawatts by 2050, The huge scale of the plan can be seen from the fact that, under the […]  Read more »

Chinese 4-Seater SUV Has 400 km Range

Written by , on June 14, 2009

Chinese vehicle manufacturer, New Power, claims to have developed a full-sized electric four-seater with a range of 400 kilometress which will go into production in China next year. The company plans to bring it to the UK “within the next couple of years”. Known as the Zhong Tai, the vehicle has lithium-ion batteries that can […]  Read more »

China’s Booming Car Makers

Written by , on May 21, 2009

Car sales in China in April were 25 per cent higher than in the same month last year – and for the third month in a row, car sales in China exceeded those in the United States. The sales boom has been attributed to the Government’s halving of sales tax on small, fuel efficient cars. […]  Read more »

China’s Huge Solar Subsidies

Written by , on March 31, 2009

The Chinese government has announced what observers are describing as the most generous and aggressive power subsidy in the world. China is offerring 20 yuan (about $au4.30) per watt for solar voltaic installations greater than 50 kilowatts. This would amount to about half the cost of the installation. China has built up a sizeable solar […]  Read more »