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The Cape Cod resort area, famous for sandy beaches and centuries-old fishing villages, could in the next few years claim a new title of home to the United States' first offshore wind farm.

The U.S. electric grid is outdated and needs a major overhaul if it is to carry electricity generated by renewable energy sources, a senior official with Southern California Edison told Congress on Thursday.

Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Sardar Aseff Ahmed Ali said on Thursday that the existing energy crisis could easily be overcome by converting all the streetlights, park lights and traffic signals to the solar energy. He was chairing a meeting, organised by Pakistan Council of Renewable Energy Technologies (PCRET) here on Thursday,

Almost 3000 systems have been installed through "solar homes technology" in the rural areas of Sindh, electrifying thousands of homes in the province.

The existing energy crisis can easily be solved by proper utilisation of alternate energy sources. Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Sardar Assef Ahmed Ali said this on Thursday.

EDF Energies Nouvelles and U.S. solar panel maker First Solar Inc said on Thursday they will build France's largest solar panel manufacturing plant at an investment cost of 90 million euros ($128 million).

The plant will initially be able to produce panels with a total capacity of around 100 megawatts, enough to provide electricity to 50,000 homes per year.

District Nazim Kanwar Naveed Jamil has urged the government to withdraw 34 per cent duty on import of equipment for solar energy system.

A parliamentary standing committee yesterday asked the power and energy ministry for taking an immediate initiative for generating wind and solar-based electricity as alternative sources of power due to gas crisis.

Sri Lanka has been identified as the `Hot Spot of Solar Energy Applications at two European Union solar energy conferences in Paris and Milan, a world renowned Sri Lankan born Professor of Electronics Materials and Devices who has been actively researching on solar energy over the past three decades, said.

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