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Solar power plant to open at site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster

A solar energy plant will begin operating within weeks at the site of the Chernobyl disaster. The €1m (£889,000) facility, capable of powering a small town, has been built in Ukraine at ground zero of the worst nuclear accident in

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Scottish tidal power station breaks world record for electricity generation

A tidal power station in the Pentland Firth between mainland Scotland and Orkney has broken the world record for electricity generation, the company behind it has announced. The tidal flows between the Atlantic and the North Sea could potentially power

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Saudi Arabia tables $200 billion solar-energy plant

Saudi Arabia has put on hold a $200 billion plan with SoftBank Group Corp. to build the world’s biggest solar-power-generation project, said Saudi government officials, setting back another eye-catching transformation project in the kingdom. The stalled solar project marks a

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From space stations to factories: five interesting ways that solar power is being harnessed

Solar power is becoming an increasingly important part of the planet’s energy mix. In 2016, for example, new solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity increased by 50 percent globally, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). The IEA also noted that, for

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Innovation is making solar panels harder to recycle

The United States installs 7 million pounds per day of solar panels, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, a pace that secures only fourth place among countries for installed capacity. Those panels are built to last 30 years, which

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For States that have already met their renewable energy goals, a new question: now what?

State laws boosting wind and solar power have seen remarkable success over the past two decades. But in the past couple of years, the role of renewable portfolio standards — state requirements for utilities to supply a minimum amount of

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Sahara wind and solar farms could green the desert in more ways than one

Renewable energy installations like wind turbines or solar panels can be an important part of fighting climate change by providing energy that does not require the burning of fossil fuels. But models have shown that large solar or wind farms

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Shocking IPCC report reveals the reality of climate change if a 1.5 degree target is not achieved

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have published a new shocking report which outlines the likely impact of global warming and the devastating consequences if radical, immediate action is not taken by governments and the international community. The

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Fuelling independence? Scotland’s oil hub embraces green energy

Scotland’s leader Nicola Sturgeon launched a major renewable energy project boasting the world’s most powerful wind turbines, which she hopes will also propel the independence ambitions of her nationalist party. The 11 191-metre-high turbines in the waters of Aberdeen Bay

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How China’s giant solar farms are transforming world energy

Fly over “Datong County”, a region in northern China, and you’ll see two giant pandas. One is waving at you. They are made of thousands of solar panels. Together, and with the other adjacent panels included, they form a 100-megawatt

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