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Arizona Solar Center Blog

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Japan looks to renewable energy

In a shift that reflects broader developments across Japan - the Nippon Paper plant will change the way it gets its power. Oil furnaces that provided much of its electricity before the tsunami will be mothballed in favour of cleaner-burning biomass generators.

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Energy storage, wind power and solar energy

The Advanced Energy Storage and Utilization and System (AESUS) will allow solar power and wind energy producers to store energy during peak production and release it during peak consumption. W2 Energy, Inc. announces that the Arizona Research Institute for Solar Energy (azrise.org) at the University of Arizona has prepared its laboratory to test the AESUS.

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TÜV Rheinland extends testing programme for safety in the solar industry

TÜV Rheinland (with offices in Tempe, AZ) will present its new services for the testing of solar modules and components, as well as services for investors and power plant construction at the Intersolar Europe 2011 trade fair in Munich.

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Tibet Gets Another 10 MW of Solar Power

Suntech Power (STP) has been donating solar power on a small scale to schools, community centers and even a base at the bottom of Mt Everest in Tibet for many years. Yesterday they announced a larger scale 10MW solar project in Chek Kang village.

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China’s New Five-Year Plan and Solar Power

It is official: China is now the world's largest consumer of energy. And its twelfth five-year plan will set annual GDP growth at 7.0% for the next five years. The plan also outlines a tectonic shift in the structure of the Chinese economy away from export-oriented manufacturing in the face of unstable external demand, towards a service-based economy with more domestic consumption.

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