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South Africa: Renewables Program Gains Momentum

Already the continent’s largest producer of renewable energy, South Africa is moving to further reduce its reliance on hydrocarbons by expanding private sector investments in solar and wind projects, and introducing biofuels. Under the Renewable Energy Power Producer’s Programme launched in 2011, the contribution of independent power producers (IPPs) to generation is expected to reach […]

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How to make a solar water heater from plastic bottles

Retired mechanic Jose Alano invented a simple, cheap, energy saving rooftop solar water heater which is benefiting thousands of people. Here’s how it’s done… José Alano is a model of creativity in tackling environmental problems in Brazil. In 2002, the retired mechanic transformed a pile of plastic bottles and cartons into a solar water heater. […]

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Asian Water Scarcity Risked as Coal-Fired Power Embraced

Inner Mongolia’s rivers are feeding China’s coal industry, turning grasslands into desert. In India, thousands of farmers have protested diverting water to coal- fired power plants, some committing suicide. The struggle to control the world’s water is intensifying around energy supply. China and India alone plan to build $720 billion of coal-burning plants in two […]

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Eastern Cape: 34000 litre/day from solar powered water pumps

Manufacturer of lead acid batteries in South Africa, First National Battery (FNB), a subsidiary of JSE listed Metair Investments Limited, assisted with the installation of a solar water treatment station in the OR Tambo district municipality community of Mnxehazi, situated between Ntabankulu and Mount Frere in the Eastern Cape. Before the installation, the village’s 1,596 […]

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Five breakthroughs that will make solar power cheaper than coal

There was some good news last week. While Washington was busy holding the global markets hostage and placing billions in badly needed R&D funding on the chopping block, a new report from REN21 (the Renewable Energy Network for the 21st Century) showed that global investments in renewable energy jumped 32 percent to a record $211 billion, […]

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Guidelines for building green homes

You might think that there is a lot more hassle and expense involved in building a home that conforms to your eco-friendly standards, but in truth, it is very similar to standard types of building in that the price and the level of difficulty depend largely on what you choose to use.  For example, the […]

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10 Things to Know about Power Plant Water Use, 10 Reasons to Care

Some things get better with age. Not power plants. The nation’s older power plants that still rely on antiquated and damaging once-through cooling systems have a huge thirst for water. These plants are capable of withdrawing approximately 100 trillion gallons each year directly from rivers, lakes, estuaries and oceans; profiting from a free public resource. […]

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Water and Mow Less with Eco-Friendly Lawn Grass

Keeping a lawn lush and green requires a lot of “anti-green” practices. Spreading fertilizer and pesticides filled with chemicals, running sprinklers that waste water and cutting grass with a mower that pollutes the air are routine for most homeowners. It’s estimated every weekend, 54 million Americans mow their lawns, using 800 million gallons of fuel […]

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19 Interesting & Sustainable Uses For Bamboo

Humanity’s relationship with bamboo is extensive, stretching across a myriad of cultures and spanning thousands of years. Its uses have evolved over time, and even in the 21st century this grass—considered a symbol of fertility in Chinese culture and a symbol of friendship in India—has been utilized in a multitude of ways that might seem […]

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