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Trina Solar Limited, a leading integrated manufacturer of solar photovoltaic products from the production of ingots, wafers and cells to the assembly of PV modules, founded in 1997, announced today that shipments began this month to provide more than 13,400 solar PV modules to power the Atlantic City Convention Center ("ACCC") in New Jersey, United States. This supply comes as part of a signed agreement with general contractor American Capital Energy, who is managing project integration and installation for Pepco Energy Services and the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority ("ACCVA"). The agreement provides for up to four additional megawatts ("MW") to be supplied during 2009.{pagebreak}Once complete, the ACCC project will be North America's largest single roof-mounted solar array, with approximately 17200 square meters of solar panels for a system size of approximately 2.4 MW. The system is expected to generate over 2.8 million kilowatt-hours of energy per year, or enough to power 280 US homes. The system is being developed under a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement with Pepco Energy Services, a subsidiary of Pepco Holdings, Inc., and will provide the ACCC with energy savings of $4.4 million over 20 years."We are very pleased that Trina Solar modules were chosen

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Trina Solar Limited (NYSE: TSL; ''Trina Solar'' or the ''Company''), a leading integrated manufacturer of solar photovoltaic (PV) products from the production of ingots, wafers and cells to the assembly of PV modules, founded in 1997, today announced the inauguration of a 26 MW PV plant, consisting of an installation which uses primarily PV modules manufactured by Trina Solar, in Fuente Alamo, Murcia, in the south-east of Spain on August 7th, 2008. The project has been carried out by Gestamp Asetym Solar SA, a Spanish provider of solar system solutions.{pagebreak}Trina Solar supplied 20 MW of mono and multicrystalline solar modules of the total 26 MW required for this key project as part of the long-term arrangement between both companies. This PV plant consists of three phases: Fuente Alamo I, of 8MW; Fuente Alamo II, of 8MW; and Fuente Alamo III, of 10 MW, which are installed on a total of 62 sq ha of rural land."We are very pleased to have supplied 20 MW of high-quality modules for this large PV plant that Gestamp Asetym installed in the south of Spain, representing one of the largest PV plants so far in Europe," remarked Arturo Herrero, Trina Solar's Vice President of

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A plan by the British government to buy its way out of half its CO2 reduction targets weakens efforts to reverse climate change, a top scientist has claimed.Dr Keith Allott, head of the WWF-UK's climate change programme, said a leaked report which suggested EU nations should be allowed to trade away 50 per cent of their emissions was ‘appalling'.{pagebreak}European nations are currently expected to make around 70 per cent of their carbon reductions on home turf, leaving 30 per cent available for trade. Defra said the details need finalising but the deal would help clean energy projects in developing countries.But reducing that domestic obligation to 50 per cent could allow an extra billion tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere, according to WWF.Dr Allott, head of WWF-UK's climate change programme, said: "This is an appalling proposal from the UK. Already the CO2 targets aren't nearly strict enough to avoid the risk of dangerous climate change as defined by scientists. This would weaken the effort even more."The difference between what the EU are proposing and the UK are proposing is equivalent to 34 extra coal-fired power stations in Europe."The dispute centres on the credibility of the system used for trading international carbon

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The EU has chosen a more efficient, sustainable and affordable future through its policies to use renewable energy and fight climate change, says a new report.The International Energy Agency says the EU is a world leader in beginning to mitigate the effects of global warming through ambitious proposals on climate change and energy policies. {pagebreak}IEA Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka said the way the EU produces and uses energy will be transformed if the proposed regulations are successfully implemented.The European Wind Energy Association has welcomed the IEA's comments and believes they show how non-polluting, renewable energy sources such as wind power can be an important part of that transformation.Tanaka said the EU must greatly increase its overall R&D funding in order to effectively deal with the environmental and energy problems the world is facing. He called for R&D funding for non-nuclear energy, which includes wind power, to be increased significantly.EWEA says it is pleased that Tanaka fully supports efforts to liberalise energy markets by making access to existing transmission grids easier, more transparent and cheaper for wind-farm operators. Tanaka noted that the European Council has agreed to adopt the proposals by the end of the year. 

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A plan to create a government office to give a leg-up to the UK's renewables industry has been welcomed by the British Wind Energy Association (BWEA).Secretary of State John Hutton has announced a proposed Office for Renewable Energy Deployment. The office, which should be up and running in the spring of 2009, pending the outcome of the Renewable Energy Strategy consultation, will address 'barriers to renewables deployment including helping to develop the UK supply chain'. {pagebreak}Launched as part of Government's new framework for UK manufacturers, the initiative will help UK firms take advantage of "opportunities opened up by the move towards a low carbon economy" with the express aim of helping UK's renewables industries 'to become world-leaders in green technologies'.Maria McCaffery, BWEA Chief Executive said: "When it comes to R&D, the UK has been leading the world in areas such as wave and tidal, large turbine testing and small systems. But we have seen delays on deployment and this is where we hope the Government's new initiative will make a difference. We are pleased that the Secretary of State has firmly backed a dedicated task force which will take a lead on this issue."However, in welcoming the initiative BWEA also

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Renewable energy consumers in Germany are celebrating after the government said it would scale back the feed-in tariff by only 9-10 per cent each year until 2011.The news is a huge boost for renewables in Germany, as it was expected that a 30 per cent scale back would be implemented. {pagebreak}In 1999, the extra costs to consumers were €19 million; in 2005, €506 million; and in 2008, the cost is expected to €1 billion. The costs could grow even higher in the coming decade because households with solar panels are guaranteed a fixed income for 20 years for surplus electricity sold to the national grid.Solar power in Germany is set to generate 4.134 gigawatt-hours (GWh) or 0.83 percent of the country's total electricity consumption in 2008; wind power generates 41.143 GWh or 8.26 percent of the country's electricity.Employing around 60,000 people, mainly in eastern Germany, the country's solar industry is set to have a turnover of around €7 billion in 2008.Though PV electricity will continue to cost between €0.40 to 0.50 per KW/h even after the feed-in tariffs are lowered, experts from the German solar industry association, Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft (BSW), predict that the cost will fall to grid parity

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A slice of California's rich cinematic history will soon be undergoing the solar treatment, the first cinema of its kind in the United States to do so.The Fairfax 5 Theatres complex in the town of Fairfax will install a PV system, resulting in savings of more than $600,000 over its 30-year life span.The complex is the first of its kind in America to go solar. Dave Corkill, founder of Cinema West, a leading California major motion cinema chain, has owned and operated the Fairfax 5 Theatres for more than13 years.{pagebreak}"I wanted a sustainable and renewable energy solution for the Fairfax Theatre," he said. "Solar energy will not only help us offset our electricity costs, but will also reduce greenhouse emissions and propagate the environmental ideals of this progressive community. The Fairfax Theatre's marquis is one of the first things you see when entering Fairfax. Now we are proud that it also represents clean energy."Ted Walsh, sales manager for SPG Solar, the company which manufactures the PV system, said: "Over its 30-year life, the PV system at Fairfax Theatre is expected to offset nearly 1,000 tons of greenhouse gases, including over 2 million pounds of carbon dioxide, equivalent to removing 180

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While the debate over offshore oil drilling in the United States rages, the federal government is looking to lease large swathes of its continental shelf to wind turbine operators.Competition is hotting up to develop wind projects on the shelf, which is currently covered by an oil-drilling ban that has become a contentious issue in the race for the White House. {pagebreak}The federal programme is the start of a push to develop offshore wind energy in the U.S. The country often is dubbed by renewable-energy experts as "the Saudi Arabia of wind" because of its vast, windy expanses, particularly in the Western plains.The offshore-wind race is centered on the Northeast. In June, an electricity producer and a wind-energy developer in Delaware signed a contract for a project of some 67 turbines to be built about 11.5 miles off the state's coast. Over the next two months, Rhode Island and New Jersey are expected to choose wind-energy developers to work with as the states try to put together offshore projects. And New York City officials are talking with wind-power developers about erecting turbines on a massive tract of the Atlantic Ocean about 25 miles from ManhattanWind power is booming in the U.S.

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Pioneering UK green electricity firm Ecotricity has been highly commended in a national awards ceremony that honours green business.The company, which introduced green electricity as a consumer choice for the first time when it was launched in 1995 was praised for its efforts at the 2008 Barclays Commercial Bank Green Leaders in Business Awards.{pagebreak}Green Leaders in Business was open to all UK & Irish companies, and had three separate categories - companies with a turnover below £1m; between £1m and £20m; and above £20m.The awards recognised those companies who are using pioneering processes or new sustainable technology, products or services to help beat climate change and boost their own profits.Ecotricity designs, plans, finances, builds, owns and operates wind energy projects and supplies 35,000 homes and 3,000 businesses in the UK - saving the emission of more than 100,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere.Barclays Marketing Director for Local Business, John Davis, said: "We are delighted to recognise inspiring examples of forward thinking companies whose ecological conscience will improve the way we treat our increasingly fragile planet." 

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The need to recruit people with the right skills is causing worries in the renewables sector as demand for good employees far outstrips supply.With the cost of energy rising rapidly, the need for alternative supplies and people with relevant skills to produce it is producing challenges says Stuart Brown, Practice Head of Energy and Natural Resources at UK recruitment consultants Ellis Fairbank.{pagebreak}"The recent controversy over the rising costs of fuel within the UK only highlights the increasing importance placed on the renewable energy market, to get it right," he said. "With prices for gas and electricity continuing to increase people are starting to think about the alternatives available.""It is both an exciting and tumultuous time to work in the energy industry as prices soar and reserves are reportedly reduced. The increasing demand from consumers has further highlighted the need to find alternatives and manage the reserves which we still have available. As a result of this is there is a growing demand for energy professionals at all levels of the industry, especially those with specific sector skills."Recruiting into roles with such high demands is never easy and both the client and candidate need to ensure the job is carried out

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