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Government of UK has planned to craft Britain a center of green manufacturing, for which it won a major accolade from plans which will begin the job hunts.The authority in command, has decide to create a plan for a green manufacturing hub in Britain which has been promoted, when the same got unleashed with plans of spend £100m to craft a new factory in the north-east.The proposal created by Mitsubishi, shall craft the urgency of head hunting in the field of tech jobs for many aspirants.This investment deal has created a real time opportunity for UK to be a world class player in the leading sector, as hardly any nation plans to craft on such offshore wind turbines of the size the group is planning to do on a commercial scale in the coming times. Since many years UK has been the center of attraction for onshore wind technology, but however it failed to utilize and capitalize it by not responding to the growth of right climateAccording to the CEO of Mitsubishi the group was pondering on number of locations in the north-east, and has been working with UK Trade and Investment from some time with a goal to grow

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A Chinese solar energy company is proposing to build a solar-panel plant in Austin, investing $20.7 million and creating more than 300 jobs.In return, the city of Austin is proposing to give the company an 80-percent break on property taxes on the plant and equipment.Yingli Green Energy, the U.S. subsidiary of a large Chinese solar energy company, also is negotiating with Phoenix, Ariz., according to Dave Porter, senior vice president for economic development at the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce.The company also has applied for incentives from the U.S. Department of Energy under a federal clean-energy stimulus program, he said.The jobs would pay an average of about $35,000, ranging from $13.50 an hour for manufacturing workers to $50,000 for 55 staff workers and $125,000 for 2 top executives.Austin would become the company's U.S. headquarters, according to the proposal. 

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The biggest boat to be powered by solar energy, left, has been displayed in Germany before it begins preparations to circumnavigate the globe.The 31m (100ft) by 15m catamaran, PlanetSolar, has been developed to be silent and clean, its Swiss-based maker said. The ship will be able to travel at a top speed of 15 knots (17mph) and carry 50 people.The PlanetSolar, which was built in Kiel, Germany, will be launched in March and will be part of celebrations at Hamburg port in May. A crew of two plan to begin the world tour, which will cover about 40,000km (24,850 miles) along the equator, from April next year.Its maker, which is also called PlanetSolar, wants to use the voyage to promote solar power and other non-polluting sources of energy. 

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The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) and the Community of European Shipyards' Association (CESA) are calling on the European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) to support the building of new ships to serve the expanding offshore wind energy market over the coming years. EWEA and CESA urge the European Commission to develop programmes and funding mechanisms, and for the European Investment Bank to take the necessary measures to support the risk related to the necessary significant investments, to ensure that a sufficient number of installation vessels are available to the offshore wind industry. They also argue that the offshore wind power industry should be identified as a key industry in the EU's 2020 strategy for smart, green growth. Investments in new ships totalling €2.4 billion are needed for the predicted growth of offshore wind. By 2020, the installation of thousands of offshore wind turbines, as well as the necessary substructures and cables, is foreseen. "From 2020 we will see 40,000 MWs per year built offshore" said Eddie O'Connor, founder and CEO of Mainstream Renewables and EWEA Secretary. "This will require ten to twelve new heavy lift vessels, other vessels for transporting foundations, towers, nacelles and blading systems. New

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Iberdrola SA, Spain's biggest electricity company, said net investment from 2010 through 2012 may total 16 billion euros ($22 billion) as it spends more on renewable-energy projects and networks.Gross investment may climb to 18 billion euros, while asset sales may raise as much as 2.5 billion euros through 2012, Iberdrola said today in a filing. The utility targets average annual growth of 5 percent to 9 percent in profit excluding one- time items and in earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization from 2009 through 2012."The diversification strategy that has been followed has provided the group with a portfolio of businesses and geographies that creates a wide range of growth options," Chief Executive Officer Jose Ignacio Sanchez Galan said today on a conference call.Almost two-thirds of Iberdrola's planned gross investment will be in the U.S. and the U.K. The Bilbao-based company already generates more than half its electricity outside Spain after expanding abroad to reduce reliance on the domestic market, where demand dropped last year. Its renewable-energy division is the world's largest owner of wind parks.U.S. Wind GrowthThe U.S. market has a "massive wind-power potential," the utility said in a presentation. Wind turbines accounted for 42 percent of all new

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A state bill that would open wind power to private developers was praised by a variety of groups during a legislative hearing on Wednesday, including some who called it a potential milestone for Nebraska's fledgling wind power industry."I think this is the most significant legislation relating to electricity in this state, probably, since the 1930s," said Ron Steinbach, a policy administrator with Tri-State Generation and Transmission, a Denver-based wholesale power supplier that serves utilities in western Nebraska. "This is a really big step for this state."The bill, LB1048, would allow private developers to build wind farms in Nebraska if at least 90 percent of the power they generate is exported outside the state.Nebraska is covered solely by public utilities, and the state's wind development has been dictated by those public power providers. The Nebraska Public Power District has coordinated much of the state's wind power -- initially by building wind farms itself and more recently by soliciting and approving proposals from private developers, who then sell their power back to Nebraska's public utilities.This bill, introduced by state Sen. Chris Langemeier of Schuyler, would change that, allowing private wind developers to build outside of the direct oversight of public utilities.That's something

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One of the world's largest wind turbine manufacturers is in talks with the government about setting up a factory in Britain.Gamesa, the Spanish turbine company, is being urged by Iberdrola, the owner of Scottish Power, to build a manufacturing facility to serve the British market, according to Ignacio Galan, Iberdrola's chief executive.Gamesa confirmed last night it was considering investing in the UK and said it could make a decision in the next three or four months.The government has been trying hard to attract inward investors to supply the planned £100bn development of offshore wind power, with only limited success, although ministers are expected to announce a new investment in the wind industry this morning.The opening of a turbine factory would boost hopes of creating "green jobs", which took a blow last year when Vestas of Denmark shut the UK's only big wind turbine plant on the Isle of Wight, with the loss of more than 600 jobs.The government has been in talks for months with leading turbine manufacturers, including Siemens of Germany, General Electric of the US and Mitsubishi of Japan.Gamesa is dominant in the Spanish onshore wind market, which is slowing after rapid growth. Last week it announced a

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At the Renewable Energy Expo and World Conference in Austin, Texas yesterday, solar energy received accolades from the editors and readers of the Renewable Energy World network of publications. The Excellence in Renewable Energy Awards are intended to recognize projects, people, and companies for "advancing the market for renewable energy in North America".Of the seven awards given out yesterday, six went to the solar industry. From Renewable Energy World:Project of the Year - eSolar's 5-MW Sierra SunTowerUtility-scale Renewables - Enbridge and First Solar's 20-MW Sarnia Solar ProjectDistributed and On-Site Renewables - Solyndra and Solar Power Inc's 602-kW Rooftop CIGS PV Project for CostcoBuilding Integrated Renewables - Conserval Engineering's 25-kW PV and 75-kW Thermal SolarWall Hybrid System at the John Molson School of Business at Concordia UniversityInnovation in Renewable Energy - Enphase Energy's Micro-inverter SystemLeadership in Renewable Energy - For policy, Rhone Resch, President of the Solar Energy Industries Association; and for technology Dr. Ajeet Rohatgi, Founder and CTO of SunivaReader's Choice Award - First Wind's 203-MW Milford Wind CorridorIt's great to see solar leadership honored in this way. Renewable energy technologies like geothermal and wind aren't as sexy as solar is right now partly because they've had more legislative-and financial-backing

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The Chevron Corporation has announced that it will be constructing a new photovoltaic solar panel facility on the site of one of its molybdenum mines in Questa, New Mexico.The solar energy facility will consist of approximately 175 solar panels spread across 20 acres of land, making it the largest concentrating solar photovoltaic installation in the country.Energy created by the facility will be sold to the Kit Carson Electric Cooperative as part of a separate power purchase agreement."Locating renewable energy projects on impacted lands is a great way to redevelop the land," Richardson said. "I'm pleased that Questa - and Chevron Mining and Chevron Technology - will contribute to New Mexico's solar energy production and help us build a strong clean energy economy. This makes economic and environmental sense."Fred Nelson, the president of Chevron Mining, added that the solar energy project would help demonstrate how previously impacted land could be remade to house "future alternative energy resources."Construction on the project will get underway this spring and is scheduled to be done by year's end. It will be accompanied by an evaluation of the soil depths for when the facility eventually ends its mining operations. 

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For homeowners and businesses, a big part of the appeal of "going solar" is the chance to offset their energy bills by earning credit for the power they generate.State law requires investor-owned utilities such as the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to provide such credits to their customers - up to 2.5 percent of a utility's overall electricity load.It is a measure of the "net metering" program's success that PG&E, which has been in the solar forefront, will soon reach that 2.5 percent threshold.It is time to adjust the cap. The California Legislature has just given its approval to AB510, authored by Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, that would double the allotment of customer-generated solar power that utilities would be required to credit."This should allow us to have net metering through the life of the California Solar Initiative program

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