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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The Chinese government has ordered over 2,087 firms in high-polluting and energy-intensive industries to shut down outdated plant by the end of September.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 »

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 »

New Chinese Law to Boost Renewables

Written by , on January 5, 2010

China’s national assembly has signalled the country’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by adopting a law supporting its renewable energy industry. The new law obliges electricity companies to buy all of the power produced by renewable sources. The State Council’s energy department, the electricity regulatory agency and its finance departments will determine the amount […]  Read more »

Wind Alone Could Provide All China’s Energy

Written by , on September 12, 2009

A team of environmental scientists from Harvard and Tsinghua University have demonstrated the enormous potential for wind-generated electricity in China. Using extensive meteorological data, the researchers have estimated that wind alone has the potential to meet the country’s projected electricity demands for 2030. While wind-generated energy currently accounts for only 0.4 percent of China’s total […]  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 »

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 »

China Unveils Another Plug-in Hybrid Car

Written by , on February 26, 2009

The Chery Automobile Co., China’s largest maker of own-brand cars, has unveiled its first plug-in hybrid. Chery claims that its S18 can travel 150 kilometres using just its batteries – compared with 64 kilometres claimed for General Motors’ Chevy Volt, due to go on sale next year. The S18 can be fully charged in as […]  Read more »

China to Build Gigawatt Photovoltaic Plant

Written by , on January 4, 2009

Two Chinese companies have announced plans to build a solar photovoltaic power plant in northwestern China that will eventually supply 1,000 megawatts of electric power. China Technology Development Group Corp and Qinghai New Energy Group will begin building the first stage –  a 30 megawatt solar power station – in China’s Qaidam Basin this year […]  Read more »