Sunday, March 18, 2012

Switching to Green Energy

This article discusses the growing presence of wind power and hydropower as renewable energy sources for China to reach its 2020 target of 15% non-fossil fuel consumption. “Wind power fields in China contributed to a total of 47 million kW to power stations last year, generation 73.3 billion tones of energy.” In addition, hydropower has become one of the fastest growing alternatives in China. One reason behind why solar is less popular than other alternatives is because of its relatively steep cost. Solar power is sold at 1.15 yuan per kilowatt-hour while wind power is solde at 0.57 yuan kW/h. Currently only 8% of the sources are from new energy. 

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