Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Renewable Energy News, October 26, 2010

World's Biggest Solar Energy Project Approved for California
The United States Monday approved a permit for the largest solar energy project in the world -- four massive plants at the cost of $1 billion each in southern California.

"The Blythe solar power plant will consist of four, 250-megawatt plants, built on public lands in the sun-drenched Mojave desert," Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said.

"When completed the project is expected to generate up to 1,000 megawatts of energy ... That's enough electricity to power up to 750,000 average American homes and to make Blythe the largest solar power plant facility in the world."
California voters likely to keep global warming law
Despite the struggling economy, most California voters oppose suspending the state's landmark global warming law, which would place strict new environmental regulations on business, a new Los Angeles Times/ USC poll shows.

Proposition 23, which would put the new emissions standards on hold, is trailing 48% to 32% among likely voters, according to the survey.
Greece Looks to Renewable Energy Investment to Regain Economic Stability
Over the next five years the government of Greece hopes to attract 45 billion Euros of renewable energy investments.

After many months of trying to come to grips with a dismal economy, dealing with massive street demonstrations and high rates of unemployment the Greek government has decided to try and attract green investment as one mechanism towards turning their economy around.

“Our country has an enormous renewable energy sources that remain untapped,” Prime Minister George Papandreou told a forum on green investment at the Mediterranean Climate Change Conference in Athens on Saturday.

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