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GE Drivetrain Technologies has signed Letters of Intent to supply more than 900 gearboxes for China's A-Power Energy Generation Systems' Fuhrländer 2.7 MW wind turbines beginning in 2010. A second deal will establish a joint venture partnership for a gearbox assembly plant majority owned by GE Drivetrain Technologies and operated under the name GE Transportation.

Good Energy, the UK's only 100% renewable electricity supplier, is launching Good Energy HotROCs, the country's first renewable heat incentive that pays domestic solar generators money for the heat energy they produce. The incentive is offset by a small premium on gas charges for the company's dual fuel customers.

The 1200 MW Alto Tamega pump storage hydro complex in Portugal is to be developed by Iberdrola. Around €1.7 billion is to be invested in 2012-2018 to build four new dams. The new plants, two with a combined 900 MW of pumped storage capacity and two pure turbine facilities with a combined 234 MW, are expected to produce some 2 TWh a year.

A 1.1 MW tracking PV system has become operational at the California HQ of dried fruit group the Mariani Packing Co. The more than 5800 PV panels from Evergreen Solar are expected to produce 1.9 GWh annually. groSolar and SunEdison constructed and financed the system under a long-term power purchase agreement.

Consent for the 4 MW Siadar wave energy project on the Scottish island of Lewis has been granted by the Scottish government. npower renewables, will be the operator of the planned facility with Wavegen, part of Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation, the technology partner providing the oscillating water column (OWC) machines.

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Renewable Energy 101

Renewable Energy 101

Renewable energy is energy that is generated from sunlight, rain, tides, geothermal heat and wind. These sources are naturally and constantly replenished, which is why they are deemed as renewable. The usage of renewable energy sources is very important when considering the sustainability of the existing energy usage of the world. While there is currently an abundance of non-renewable energy sources, such as nuclear fuels, these energy sources are depleting. In addition to being a non-renewable supply, the non-renewable energy sources release emissions into the air, which has an adverse effect on the environment.

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