... and maybe
I did not know that
was a solar power-house. This is pretty cool... er.. hot...er.. you know what I mean! :) Germany
Cloudy Germany emerging as a solar energy powerhouse
When it opened here in 2004 on a reclaimed mining dump, the Geosol solar plant was the biggest of its kind in the world. It is so clean and green that it produces zero emissions and so easy to operate that it has only three regular workers: plant manager Hans-Joerg Koch and his security guards, sheepdogs named Pushkin and Adi. The plant is part of a building boom that has made gloomy-skied
the unlikely global leader in solar-generated electricity. Last year, about half of the world’s solar electricity was produced in the country. Of the 20 biggest photovoltaic plants, 15 are in Germany , even though it has only half as many sunny days as countries such as Germany . Portugal
Update - July 2007: Bavarian farmers set shining example
Also, CNN reports:
Meanwhile, in India:
The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) aims to save electricity, become more eco-friendly, reduce power theft, and do away with some of the headache of wiring — all at one go. The civic body is planning to replace all streetlights with solar-powered ones. It will be the first in the country to go ahead with the plan on a large-scale. Already, a pilot project that began in the Chanakyapuri area in November 2006 has, despite some hiccups, proved a success. NDMC has tentatively set a 2010 deadline for replacing all streetlights.
Elsewhere in India, household solar systems have turned sunlight to electricity for 100,000 rural Indians, thanks to a UN program and also
at a housing estate at a housing estate (old link expired; new link with an update from July 2008 inserted in Sep 2008) in Calcutta/Kolkatta.
In other sunny news:
scientists today revealed a breakthrough method for producing molecular specks of semiconductors called quantum dots, a discovery that could clear the way for better, cheaper solar energy panels. Rice University
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