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India to Provide Subsidy for Solar Power Plants


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AWAY AWHI
- 4220 days ago - enn.com
India will subsidize the running of solar power plants to help develop a renewable energy infrastructure, where high costs can be prohibitive, the minister for renewable energy said on Wednesday



   

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Philip Heinlein (474)
Wednesday January 2, 2008, 11:44 am
This is good news from India...

Too bad the new US Energy Bill didn't do much of anything for renewables.
Business As Usual in Washington.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 2, 2008, 12:17 pm
These technologies date from the time of the early Greeks, Native Americans and Chinese, who warmed their buildings by orienting them toward the sun.



On a sunny June day in 1979, President Jimmy Carter held the first and only press conference on the White House roof. Atop the West Wing, he unveiled a $28,000 solar cell system that captured the sun's energy to provide hot water for the White House. He also launched a sweeping drive aimed at harnessing the sun, the wind, and other renewable resources to generate 20% of America's electricity by 2000. It didn't happen, of course. The share of electricity produced by solar cell technology in the U.S. last year was a mere 0.07%. Carter's solar water-heating system was removed in 1986 so a leak in the roof could be fixed. The solar panels were supposed to be reinstalled but they never were. when are they going to learn? we can learn a lot from other countries.While the U.S. is still a major player in solar research, it has fallen behind in reaping profits from solar cells. What else is new? Japan is way ahead of every other country. In 2001, its annual capacity was nearly four times that of America's 167.8 Mwp -- the p means peak, or no cloudy days -- and Germany was a solid No. 2, with 260.6 Mwp. Last year, Japan generated half of all the world's solar power, built 44% of all new solar energy equipment, and installed five time as much new solar power capacity as the U.S. One company, Sharp Corp. (SHCAY ), accounted for 27% of all new solar panels, according to market researcher PV Energy Systems Inc. in Warrenton, Va. Remembering the past , Just a few years ago California was in the midst of an energy earthquake that bankrupted two of the nation's largest electric utilities and turned a governor out of office in a stunning recall that made Arnold Schwarzenegger leader of the state and a national political figure. The California energy crisis started with a poorly designed plan for deregulating the electric power industry and was made catastrophic by market manipulations of companies like the departed Enron and the lack of regulatory action by the Bush Administration.

It was in the midst of this turmoil and rolling blackouts that the public policy and the environmental ethic now celebrated were called into question. Vice President Cheney made speeches declaring that the answer was more power plants, maybe as many as one a week for the next 20 years. And he made it clear that California had only its misguided greenness to blame for its predicament.

Rise of ‘World’s Largests’

The current holder of the title of world’s largest project is solar panel producer Solon’s 12-megawatt Solarpark Gut Erlasee, dedicated in September near Arnstein in Bavaria, Germany
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Kathleen R (983)
Wednesday January 2, 2008, 3:31 pm
If only more US companies would encourage (& help finance) homes to be able to switch over~~~
 
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