Energy experts believe Sri Lanka should now tap all possible renewable energy sources to cut down on the use of fossil fuels which comes to the country at a high price.

"Our economy will fall behind if we continue spending on foreign oil and coal every year," said Executive Director Energy Forum Ashoka Abeygunawardane at a recent workshop in Colombo.

Schott Solar, seeking to capture a big chunk of the US solar market, will unveil a new US facility on Monday that will produce both solar thermal and photovoltaic solar components.

The unit of privately held German glassmaker Schott AG said its Albuquerque, New Mexico facility employs 300 workers and will be up to 350 staff by the end of the year.

Do you have a new home and want power connection?

Have a good look at your roof before venturing to the nearest Bescom office. Because the electricity company now wants all new house owners, including those having two-storied buildings in 20X30 sites, to install solar water-heaters to get electricity connections.

An important and realistic front page report was published in a local English daily on the subject. It deserves national attention and urgent action by the government if it is really serious in providing more power within the next two years (by December 2012).

China is set to smash its target for a roll-out of solar power by 2020 more than fivefold and possibly even tenfold, a researcher with the National Development and Reform Commission, the economic planning ministry, said on Tuesday.

Under the NDRC's renewable energy plan set out in 2007, China would have 1,800 megawatts of installed solar capacity by 2020.

Solar power in India has immense potential, provided it is supported by the right financial products, Dr Harish Hande, managing director, SELCO Solar Light and winner of the Ashden and AcelorMittal Boldeness Business Awards, tells Sheetal Vyas in a candid chat.

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Brazil could already arrive at grid parity - if modules were produced in the country. Meanwhile, Brazilian home owners are becoming inventive with the installation of solar thermal systems. One popular approach: buying tubes and water collection tanks from the home improvement store.

Chairman of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission Dr Ansar Parvez while addressing the 2009 convocation of the KANUPP Institute of Nuclear Power Engineering stated that Pakistan plans to build more nuclear plants in an effort to increase supply by a total of 8,800 MW.

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