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Germany sets solar power record, institute says

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German solar power plants produced a world record 22 gigawatts of electricity – equal to 20 nuclear power stations at full capacity – through the midday hours on Friday and Saturday, the head of a renewable energy think tank said. The German government decided to abandon nuclear power after the Fukushima nuclear disaster last year, closing eight plants immediately and shutting down the remaining nine by 2022. They will be replaced by renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and bio-mass. Norbert Allnoch, director of the Institute of the Renewable Energy Industry (IWR)…read more

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Interior Dept. wants 100GW of solar power on federal land

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[From Ars Technica] The US Department of Interior has announced that it will be using some of its stimulus money to do a single environmental review for the best 24 solar sites on western public lands, clearing the way for more than 100GW of solar capacity. That’s enough to power 30 percent of US homes. By John Timmer On Tuesday, the US Department of the Interior announced plans that should radically streamline the process of building utility-scale solar facilities in the US Southwest. After having surveyed terrain administered by the…read more

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U.S. becomes top wind producer, solar next

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[From Scientific American] LONDON (Reuters) – The United States overtook Germany as the biggest producer of wind power last year, new figures showed, and will likely take the lead in solar power this year, analysts said on Monday. Even before an expected “Obama bounce” from a new President who has vowed to boost clean energy, U.S. wind power capacity surged 50 percent last year to 25 gigwatts (GW) — enough to power more than five million homes. Political and business leaders worldwide have urged “green growth” spending on clean energy…read more

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