Chemical maker DuPont said on Thursday that it would invest $120 million to boost production of a popular solar cell product.

The move is part of a broader push by the chemical industry to supply solar cell producers with technologies to make the renewable energy source more efficient.

DuPont hopes sales of all its solar products will exceed $1 billion by 2012, it said on Thursday.

Australia passed laws on Thursday mandating the generation of 20 percent of its electricity from renewable energy, which could unleash up to $22 billion in investments to the sector.

The renewable energy laws set a statutory target of 9,500 gigawatt-hours (GWh) from renewable electricity sources in 2010, increasing to 45,000 GWh in 2020.

VELLORE: The installation of a solar energy tapping system should be made compulsory and a condition by the local bodies for issuing building plan approvals for houses in order to encourage the harnessing of the abundant solar energy available in places like Vellore and reduce the use of electricity in the context of the power scarcity faced by the country, C.

The solar energy plan seems too ambitious to be realistic

The Government is mulling over a proposal for mandatory implementation of solar water heaters or solar photo voltaic systems in the state and the legislation might come into effect in the next four months, said Energy Minister K S Eshwarappa.

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Solar power can be the basis for energy security and competitive strength in a carbon-conscious world
Nitin Desai / New Delhi August 20, 2009, 0:53 IST

The government has unveiled an ambitious programme for solar energy development with the goal of 20,000 MW of solar power capacity by 2020. The plan aims at ensuring that by 2020 solar power is cost-competitive. How realistic is this?

China started construction of the country's first 10-gigawa wind power base in Jiuquan of northwest Gansu province on Saturday as Beijing seeks more clean power to fuel its fast economic growth.

The Scottish government has given the go-ahead to two wind power projects, including one held up in the planning system for five years, that could supply enough clean energy for about 43,000 homes, it said on Friday.

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