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President Obama is spending $2.1 million to help Suntech Power Holdings build a solar-panel plant in Arizona. It will hire 70 Americans to assemble components made by Suntech\'s 11,000 Chinese workers.That gap shows the challenge Obama faces as he works to create \"green\" jobs. Asia makes more than half the world\'s wind and solar energy equipment, and is gaining ground as U.S. factories lose out to cheaper labor and higher demand for clean energy. China for the first time topped the U.S. in wind-turbine manufacturing and installations last year, the Brussels-based Global Wind Energy Council said Wednesday in a report.Obama is giving billions of dollars in tax breaks to the wind and solar industries to create jobs in the United States even as production expands faster overseas. First Solar Inc., the world\'s largest maker of thin-film solar-power modules, won $16.3 million to add 200 manufacturing jobs at its Ohio plant, yet 71 percent of its planned factory growth will go to Malaysia. The company employs 4,500 globally.\"The cost of manufacturing here is too expensive compared to Asia,\" said Guy Chaffin, chief executive officer of Elite Search International, an executive search firm in Roseville, Calif., that has found employees for Tempe,

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The world\'s wind power capacity grew by 31 per cent in 2009, according to statistics released by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).The boost added 37.5 GW to total global wind power installations, bringing the figure up to 157.9 GW.One third of these additions were made in China, which experienced yet another year of over 100 per cent growth.China was the world\'s largest wind energy market, nearly doubling its wind generation capacity from 12.1 GW in 2008 to 25.1 GW at the end of 2009.A newly added capacity of 1,270 MW in India and some smaller additions in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan made Asia the biggest regional market for wind energy in 2009, with more than 14 GW of new capacity.However, the US maintains a comfortable lead in terms of total installed capacity, according to the GWEC. Despite the financial downturn, the US wind energy market installed nearly 10 GW in 2009, increasing the country\'s installed capacity by 39 per cent, and bringing the total installed grid-connected capacity to 35 GW.\"The continued rapid growth of wind power despite the financial crisis and economic downturn is testament to the inherent attractiveness of the technology, which is clean, reliable and quick

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New Energy Husum, in cooperation with the World Wind Energy Association, is hosting the 1st World Summit for Small-scale Wind - Turbines, with participants and speakers from 11 nations.Leading experts from Egypt, Argentina, Belgium, China, Denmark, Germany, the United Kingdom, India, Mali, Spain and the USA will be presenting an overview of the use and potential of small wind turbines in each of these countries. High-calibre speakers will be talking about the status and importance of international standards as this technology spreads.

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The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) has welcomed the publication of the European Energy Regulators (ERGEG) draft strategy on the role of Regional Initiatives towards a single energy market in Europe."Regional Initiatives are a very good step forward, but the final aim remains the creation of a single European market for energy, which should be in place by 2015. Regional Initiatives are an effective tool towards the establishment of a single market", Paul Wilczek, Regulatory Affairs Advisor at EWEA said. EWEA would like to see a strategy for moving forward from Regional Initiatives to deeper market integration across Europe, and a timeline for the creation of a single European market. Market integration is of high importance for the wind industry whose cost-effective integration into the electricity market hinges on the development of integrated electricity markets across the EU. Rules that ensure an efficient allocation of electricity from renewable sources such as wind power are also critical to the development of wind power. A properly functioning single market will be a building block for a future power system characterised by flexibility and an increased number of market entrants, facilitating the integration of wind and other renewables. In addition

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Husum's New Energy trade fair, which with around 16,000 visitors last year - well over half of which were trade visitors - making it one of the best visited events in the renewable energy sector, announces an increase in exhibition space of over fifty percent for the exhibition in March 2010.In 2009 there were 148 exhibitors over 6,900 square metres in two exhibition halls. Now, two months before the start of the fair, more than 180 exhibitors have already registered for New Energy 2010. The organisers expect the number to have risen to a good 200 by the beginning of March.Innovations from all areas of the renewable energy sector will be shown in three large exhibition halls and the open-air section, with the exhibition space totalling 10,500 square metres."Almost all the 2009 exhibitors are back again, and will be showcasing their new products on larger exhibition spaces. We are also pleased to announce exhibitors from Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, Lithuania, China, Korea, Finland, Sweden, Spain and the USA. Numerous Danish businesses will also be exhibiting together for the first time on a large communal stand", confirmed Kira Sönksen, New Energy Husum project manager.Once again, the main themes of

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Hamlin Energy Solutions, a division of Hamlin Companies, furnished and installed 52 Uni-Solar 136 photovoltaic panels for a historical property, Morey Residence, in Durham, NC. This 7,000 watt solar power rooftop system is estimated to generate approximately 10,000 kilowatt hours of renewable energy each year, and 200 carbon free megawatt hours over 20 years.Rajendra Morey, property owner, said, "My wife and I are excited about the solar rooftop power plant that was designed and installed by Hamlin Energy Solutions. We had considered the idea of making a real and lasting contribution to generation of carbon neutral energy in our community". One of the challenges during the planning stages for the owner was "to design a solution that maintained the State Historic Landmark Designation of our house, one of the few Modernist architectural houses in this approval in the State". He further adds, "Hamlin was excellent in working within the constraints of the Historic standing of our house while optimizing other design concerns. They were patient in facilitating the delays required to gain concurrence on design proposals by the State Historic Commission".Hamlin Energy Solutions provides cost-effective BIPV (building-integrated photovoltaic) thin film laminate materials to generate solar energy, which is used to

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Intel has contracted for new solar electric installations at its sites in Oregon, Arizona, California and New Mexico. The new installations will generate approximately 2.5 megawatts of clean solar energy.About 800 kilowatts of the total will be generated at Intel in Oregon, adding to a 100 kilowatt electric photovoltaic system at Intel's Jones Farm campus energized in December 2008.The new installations are planned to be completed over the next seven months. Specific locations at Intel's campuses in Oregon will depend on engineering studies. All the installations will use the power generated on their respective site, making them a more efficient source and saving distribution transmission losses.According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, over 25 years the new solar installations in Oregon will offset an estimated:32.8 million pounds of carbon dioxide,94,576 pounds of sulfur dioxide, which causes acid rain, and6,432 pounds of particulates, which can cause asthma.Intel has also renewed and increased by 10 percent its purchase commitments for renewable energy credits to more than 1.43 billion kilowatt hours. This is more than 51 percent of the company's estimated 2010 U.S. electricity use.Intel's purchase commitments correspond to the carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity use of nearly 134,000 average American homes

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Data released Tuesday by the American Wind Energy Association show that Michigan's efforts to diversify into wind energy face some significant headwindsOrders for new wind turbines have slowed dramatically and the state lagged far behind others last year in the installation of wind turbines, the association's report shows. And any hope that production of wind turbines and parts will pick up this year largely depends on what happens in Washington."The manufacturers are not at all that optimistic," said Kathy Belyeu, AWEA's manager of industry information services. "There's a possibility 2010 could be a good year, but it could also be a slow year."Though installation of wind-generating capacity hit a record in 2009, Michigan only added 14 megawatts of capacity last year, ranking 26th out of 28 states.Michigan has only 143 megawatts of total wind-generating capacity, compared with 1,809 megawatts in Minnesota.This year, the state is supposed to gain 20.2 megawatts of capacity.Nationwide, the number of jobs associated with wind power remained flat last year, at 85,000. In 2009, 38 new wind-power manufacturing facilities came online, were announced or were expanded, one-third fewer than in 2008. 

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Claims that wind turbines cause health problems will be discussed at a conference in Cardiff later."Wind turbine syndrome" was dismissed last year by a panel of experts, commissioned by the American and Canadian Wind Energy Associations.They said headaches, nausea and panic attacks "were more likely associated with annoyance to low sound levels".Environment Minister Jane Davidson and Dr Geoff Leventhall of the Institute of Acoustics will speak at the conference.Dr Leventhall joined independent experts in medicine, public health, audiology and acoustics to examine whether the sound from wind turbines was detrimental to people's health.According to the panel, whose findings were published recently in Wind Turbine Sound and Health Effects, evidence showed that "wind turbine syndrome" was based on "misinterpretation" of physiological data.'Constant noise'The panel's report claimed there was no evidence that audible or sub-audible sounds emitted by wind turbines had any direct adverse physiological effects.In mid Wales, there have been strong objections to wind farms.Last year, a report for Powys Council said building work on more turbines in rural Wales would bring "significant disruption" because country roads would have problems transporting the huge structures to the hilltops.In Carmarthenshire, people living near wind turbines in Alltwalis have complained to the county council

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President Obama gives his State of the Union address tonight, and some supporters of the shift to clean energy worry that the troubled U.S. economy and high unemployment will overwhelm any attention he might want to give climate change.Sen. John Kerry, who has been leading the Senate drive for climate legislation, urged the president to underscore that climate and energy reform remain priorities for 2010."The president has a good story to tell, having personally gone to Copenhagen last month and negotiated an agreement with all the major countries of the world to address climate change," Kerry told E&E. "He can remind Congress that he's invested."But even if the U.S. president eases off his public drive for climate-protective efforts, the nation's governors are not.In state of the state addresses across the country this month, governors from both parties have been taking about the value of clean energy and energy efficiency in the race to create stronger economies and jobs. They are touting their successes and aiming to be the state to lead the world into the future.Even Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee, talked about clean energy, biofuels and carbon capture and storage as he

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